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.
- As Britain ___________ over its destiny, I’ve been in Brussels discovering what other Europeans think about Brexit – and therefore what real options Britain still has. Essentially, there are just two. Europe’s door is still open for Britain to stay, if we vote to do so in a second referendum, preferably before the European elections in late May. Otherwise, most of our fellow Europeans would rather we left on 29 March, leaving everything else to be ___________ later and allowing them to get on with confronting their own big challenges.
anguishes, bemuseagonises, sorted outhaunts, bewilderracks, confoundAll are CorrectOption B
- What would Britain look like if George Cunningham, known as the only backbench MP ever to have brought down his own government, had never lived? Would Scotland be less or more ___________ than it is now – independent, even? Would Jim Callaghan have ___________ Margaret Thatcher in the 1979 election? Would the fleet never have sailed for the Falklands? Would the miners still have struck? The chances are that nothing would be very different: to cast Cunningham as the Gavrilo Princip of Thatcherism is an interesting idea, and a mistake.
electable, desirableaddicted, pleasantautonomous, seen offautocratic, acceptableAll are CorrectOption C
- I cannot self-terminate,” Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 says to Sarah Connor at the end of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. “You must lower me into the steel.” The same ___________ to be true of Theresa May. No matter how judgmental all this week’s judgment days ___________ to be for the prime minister, the unit is incapable of overriding its programming. So who’s going to press the button, staring mournfully into its eyes as the molten metal claims it, because this is the only way it can end?
departs, bypassdispels, discernfades, fleeappears, seemAll are CorrectOption D
- In 2016 I would have welcomed even two dozen as I ___________ the streets for remain, finding little love for the EU. Some MPs – Lisa Nandy, Gloria De Piero and Gareth Snell among them – show real ___________ for small-town Britain. For many lifelong Labour voters, who happened to vote Leave; voters told in so many ways that they are stupid or worse. My leave-voting Don Valley constituency is made up of more than 30 small towns, mining communities and villages.
slogged, empathydashed, apathyrushed, atrocitysprinted, detachmentAll are CorrectOption A
- Brexit is largely about fantasy: the fantasy that we can walk away and be a ___________ nation. Or the fantasy we could go back to how it was before the ___________. The fantasy that Jeremy Corbyn has an ace up his sleeve and will deliver the Brexit he has also supported, as well as creating socialism on our golden shores. Or the fantasy that another vote will make all the bad things go away.
servant, plebiscitesovereign, referenduminferior, plumperconquered, suffrageAll are CorrectOption B
rejectedindicatedforsakenabdicatedAll are CorrectOption B
segregatedhomogeneousmixedpurebredAll are CorrectOption C
concealedensconceddrapedunveiledAll are CorrectOption D
recovereddeterioratedabandonedpwnedAll are CorrectOption A
enjoyedsufferedflourishedrejoicedAll are CorrectOption B
Directions(6-10): In the passage given below there are 10 blanks. Every blank has four alternative words given in options (A),(B),(C), and (D). You have to tell which word is APPROPRIATE according to the context. If all are appropriate then mark your answer as “E”.
Sweden’s Riksbank extended its quantitative easing (QE) programme on October 28th. Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, has ___6___ that further easing may come in December, probably by adjusting the pace, scale or type of asset purchases in its QE regime. More than two-fifths of economists polled by Bloomberg forecast that the Bank of Japan would pick up the pace of its monetary easing on October 30th, after The Economist went to press. Even if policy is kept unchanged, the bank plans to expand the money supply at an annual rate of ¥80 trillion ($664 billion). The picture in the emerging markets is more ___7___. Capital Economics calculates that, on balance, slightly more emerging central banks have been tightening than cutting. But China cut interest rates on October 23rd, the sixth reduction in the last year. India ___8___ a half-percentage-point rate cut in late September. The benign interest-rate outlook is one reason why equities have ___9___ from the wobbles they ___10___ in August and September. As of October 28th, the S&P 500 index had regained nearly all the ground lost in the previous two months. Futures markets indicate that investors do not expect the first Fed hike until next year, although that may change after the Fed’s open market committee removed a previous reference to global economic risks in its October statement.