Direction (1-5): In each question below a sentence is given with two blanks in each. Each question is followed by four options with two words in each. You have to select that option as your answer which can fill both the blanks of the sentence.
- Has the country ever been so badly governed as by this out of control Conservative party? The moving remembrance on Sunday of the end of the first world war reminds us of a time when an even worse government accidentally ______________ the country into a far greater cataclysm. But short of war, the folly, incompetence, ignorance, obstinacy, stupidity and delusions of the party that brought us to this crisis are ______________.
rushed, ordinaryplunged, unparalleledsubmerged, terribledescended, lousyAll are CorrectOption B
- If May does get her deal, the ______________ cabinet hardly needs Boris Johnson’s call for “mutiny”. This ship of fools running and ruining the country will calculate their personal advantage, as, inexplicably, most ______________ for the poisoned cup of leadership. But if they do grudgingly nod it through, what then?
agreeable, truceobedient, collaboratefractious, viemanageable, agreeAll are CorrectOption C
- We’re sleepwalking through supermarket aisles, shopping malls and online retailers, consuming without opening our eyes or acknowledging the product ______________ in plastic that we’re holding in our hands. And here lies the heart of the issue. The plastic problem is a byproduct of consumerism – a culture that perfectly blends the interests of the economy and society. When a culture takes root, it grows, and we have been subtly indoctrinated by a throwaway consumer culture that we have warmly ______________ .
cloaked, excludedclothed, shunnedshrouded, eschewedwrapped, embracedAll are CorrectOption D
- After Stormzy’s scholarship for black British students was ______________ at Cambridge in August, it would have been smart for Oxford to have tried to copy it anyway. It’s true that some efforts were made – the humanities division is planning scholarships for ethnic-minority postgraduates. But it is a sign of ______________ that funding something big for this group of students was not a major project at the university in the summer.
announced, complacencydeclared, modestyreported, annoyanceasserted, anguishAll are CorrectOption A
- Perhaps the biggest thing I’ve learned since I moved to Washington DC earlier this year is that democracy in the US is fundamentally broken. Not in that total, all-encompassing way that renders elections a sham and voting an entirely ______________ waste of time. Rather, there’s an eclectic set of factors that combine to stack the deck so heavily that the barriers to progressive change can seem almost ______________.
grave, attainablefarcical, insurmountabletragic, vulnerableburly, beatableAll are CorrectOption B
- This Brexit vandalism in the middle of a cripplingly long recession is brought to us by a party that has taken leave of its senses. The world looks on aghast, amused, amazed and maybe pleased to see our strutting on the world stage punctured by our own absurdity, as our influence ____________.
a. ebbs out
b. ebbs away
c. ebbs downBoth a & bBoth b & cBoth c & aOnly aAll are CorrectOption E
- Labour shadow ministers scurried everywhere on Monday to ____________ alarm in the party, unsure whether to say he misspoke, he didn’t mean it, he was not really concentrating – anything to deny his 1970s Brexit instincts had erupted.
a. damp down
b. bottle down
c. bottle upBoth a & bBoth b & cBoth c & aOnly cAll are CorrectOption C
- If May’s deal is ____________ , says the influential backbencher John Whittingdale, “it’s almost impossible to see how she can continue”. If the party does decapitate her, voters will regard this as no time for the civil war of a Tory leadership election. The dwindling and aged party membership would probably select a Brexiteer to send back to renegotiate with a deeply unwilling EU.
a. singled out
b. voted down
c. shoot downBoth a & bBoth b & cBoth c & aOnly aAll are CorrectOption B
- I decided not to ____________ any of my plastic waste for a year when, in 2016, while out on a run, I stumbled across vast amounts of plastic entangled in washed-up seaweed. Shortly after, a query to my local council regarding plastic recycling garnered the response: “I’m afraid it’s not available where you live.” But recycling is our way of doing good, right? Recycling is just a word, not a promise. It’s the tentative nod of approval that allows us to rationalise the everyday choices we make.
a. throw away
b. fritter away
c. choke withBoth a & bBoth b & cBoth c & aOnly bAll are CorrectOption A
- When I emptied my year-long collection of plastic waste from the 22 bin bags I’d accumulated, filling the floor of a massive warehouse with thousands of familiar products and brands, I was genuinely disgusted. This was all the stuff I’d bought, used and ____________ in 2017. Such is the nature of our fast-moving throwaway society, I barely remembered using any of it.
a. thrown away
b. compensate with
c. chucked awayBoth a & bBoth b & cBoth c & aOnly cAll are CorrectOption C
Directions(6-10): In each question, a sentence is given followed by a blank. Each blank is followed by three options and you have to determine which option can be used in place of blank to make it a meaningful sentence and mark it as your answer.