English Test for IBPS Clerk 2018 Prelim Exam Set – 20

Directions(1-5): In each of the following questions a passage is given in which there is a blank. Choose the most logical and appropriate option from the five options given that can be filled in the blank.

  1. All governments are complicit: when it was in power, Labour encouraged gambling as a revenue-earner, though mercifully its plans to ____________ supercasinos to help the “regeneration” of the poorest places, starting in Great Yarmouth, failed.
    a. put up
    b. follow up
    c. set up

    Both a & b
    Both b & c
    Both c & a
    Only c
    All are Correct
    Option C

     

  2. Compare that with today’s bright picture of Britain’s highest-earning chief executive, Denise Coates, who last year paid herself £265m from her gambling company Bet365. That’s money made from the rise in compulsive gambling, including among 450,000 children, according to a report this week. But what’s that she’s ____________ so proudly in the pictures? Ah yes, it’s a CBE awarded in 2012 for “services to the community and business”.
    a. upholding
    b. holding up
    c. take the plunge

    Both a & b
    Both b & c
    Both c & a
    Only b
    All are Correct
    Option A

     

  3. The High Pay Centre reports that pay for CEOs of FTSE 100 companies last year rose by 11%. Does it matter? A sense of grudge, resentment, mistrust in “the elite” has grown ever since the lid was ____________ top pay in Margaret Thatcher’s get-rich deregulation of finance in the 1980s.
    a. blown off
    b. cuss out
    c. save up

    Both a & b
    Both b & c
    Both c & a
    Only a
    All are Correct
    Option D

     

  4. The article didn’t exactly ____________. It was cited just nine times in 2005, 16 times in 2016, and 28 times in 2007. Most scholars, like me, continued to see populism as part of a broader “radical right” agenda and devoted little attention to its specific contribution. The rise of Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia created a new subcategory, “neoliberal populism”.
    a. add on
    b. abide by
    c. take off

    Both a & b
    Both b & c
    Both c & a
    Only c
    All are Correct
    Option D

     

  5. What is needed is a workable, better alternative to the prime minister’s deal. And it is incumbent on all of us who oppose it to ____________ with something that can command majority support. And while there is not yet a finalised alternative to the prime minister’s plan, there is now an emerging cross-party consensus that can lead to a much better outcome.
    a. went up
    b. come up
    c. move up

    Both a & b
    Both b & c
    Both c & a
    Only c
    All are Correct
    Option B

     

  6. Directions(6-10): In each of the following questions there are sentences. There is error in one of the parts. Mark the option which contains error parts as your answer. If no part contains error mark option E as your answer.

  7. (A) With the Conservative party struggling to navigate Brexit, /(B) Labour is pressing the point that Jeremy Corbyn is ready to step on as prime minister. /(C) But while Labour is quite justified in presenting itself as the alternative minority government, /(D) this isn’t likely to happen without a general election.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    NE
    Option B
    step on = step in

     

  8. (A) We’ve all experienced that immediate panic after saying something stupid. /(B) The hot rush of shame pumps through our bodies and we are gripped by the forlorn hope that we could rewind time. /(C) The claustrophobic fear that we are forever diminished in the eyes of those who witnessed our stupidity causes genuine panic. /(D) We are convinced that this is a moment from which we will never recover.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    NE
    Option E

     

  9. (A) Politics, while still full of decent, talented and well-meaning people, is becoming a pedestal for the ignorant. /(B) If politics is the art of the possible, surely it’s possible to have better politicians? /(C) I get plenty of material out from this crop, of course. They’re a gift to a topical comedian, but I increasingly find myself laughing about these things through gritted teeth. /(D) As a citizen I’m outraged at how the government and opposition are being run.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    NE
    Option C
    from = of

     

  10. (A) We have reached a new and decisive stage in our civilisation’s ongoing quest to cannibalise itself, /(B) with the announcement this week that there is such a thing in production as “a Great Gatsby origin story”. /(C) The television series, which is in the early development stages, will go out on YouTube, the great redeemer of content. /(D) Consider this moment when we have begun to eat our own tail.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    NE
    Option D
    this moment = this the moment

     

  11. (A) The Harlem renaissance was an extraordinary cultural and artistic flourishing that could yield some number of stories /(B) quite distinct from a left‑field interpretation of The Great Gatsby – and since /(C) Gatsby is revealed in the book to have been a bootlegger in years gone by, it’s unlikely that the series will shed any new light on the book. /(D) But for now it’s to be hoped that the YouTube series will bring a new generation of readers to Fitzgerald’s masterpiece.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    NE
    Option A
    some = any

     


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