English Test for IBPS Clerk 2018 Prelim Exam Set – 21

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.

  1. The rise of fascism has always been aided and __________ by powerful elites. Modern Britain is no exception. Politicians spent years blaming migrants for social ills, whilst implementing policies which suppressed living standards and increased insecurity. Britain’s rightwing media injected a daily dose of venom against migrants, refugees and Muslims into the body politic – a lethal __________ of myths, distortions, selective half-truths and outright lies.
    fostered, feature
    abetted, concoction
    facilitated, elemental
    provoked, fraction
    All are Correct
    Option B


  2. Claims of asylum based on sexual __________ are frequently reported by the UK Home Office, with 20% of all claims from Kenya being based as such in the 2015-17 period. This year, the prime minister proudly announced during her Pride reception speech to have “__________ the colonial-era laws that still criminalise gay people in dozens of nations around the world” in front of government leaders – and yet only 25% of all LGBTQ-based cases are granted asylum on these grounds.
    inclination, enshrined
    introduction, absolved
    orientation, condemned
    assimilation, canonized
    All are Correct
    Option C


  3. Cast your minds back to July this year. Spirits are high. Laughter is plentiful. Thirty thousand people are parading the streets of London under rainbow banners, led by political leaders, celebrities and influencers. Even more line the route, surrounded by __________ and corporate sponsorships. Everyone is waving flags, painting their faces and showing off their presence on social media, and this will continue into the early hours of the morning as a societal statement by the various __________ identities present.
    refusals, curious
    denials, bizarre
    oppositions, offbeat
    endorsements, queer
    All are Correct
    Option D


  4. What is the price of success? If you’re a Manchester City fan with an interest in human rights, it’s a crisis of conscience. I’ve been here before. Eleven years ago my club was bought by former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who had __________ over “very serious human rights violations” according to Amnesty. At the time, I wrote a sports column for the Guardian, and said that I could no longer __________ my love for City with Shinawatra’s record so I was giving up on City.
    presided, reconcile
    controlled, alienate
    chaired, skew
    bridled, enrage
    All are Correct
    Option A


  5. The trial of leading Chinese pro-democracy activists that opened this week in Hong Kong, is the latest, dismaying example of how China’s president, Xi Jinping, appears hellbent on extirpating every last vestige, __________ and squeak of political pluralism and public __________. Tales of repression in China are sadly nothing new. What is different, and underappreciated in the west, is the way Xi is inexorably and single-mindedly expanding draconian systems of social control centred on the Communist party and the de facto dictatorship of one man: himself.
    screech, acquiesce
    squawk, dissent
    grouse, concur
    protest, concede
    All are Correct
    Option B


  6. Directions: Read the following passage and answer the questions that follows.

    ONCE UPON A TIME, there lived a carpenter and his wife. More than anything, they wanted a child of their own. At long last, their wish came true – the wife was going to have a baby! From the second floor window of their small house, the wife could see into the garden next door. Such fine fresh rows of plants and flowers there were! But no one dared to go over the garden wall to see them up close. For the garden belonged to a witch!
    One day the wife was looking down at the garden from her window. How fresh-looking were those big green heads of lettuce! “It is just what I need to eat!” said the wife to her husband. “You must go and get me some.”
    “But we cannot!” said the carpenter. “You know as well as I do that the garden belongs to the witch, who lives next door.”
    “If I cannot have that lettuce,” said the wife, “I will not eat anything at all!”
    What could the carpenter do? Late that night, he climbed over the garden wall. With very quiet steps, he took one green head of lettuce. With more quiet steps, he went back over the garden wall. His wife ate up the lettuce right away. But eating the lettuce only made her want more! If she could not have more lettuce, she said, there was nothing she would eat at all! So the next night, the carpenter climbed back over the garden wall. He picked up one more head of lettuce. All at once came a high, loud, voice.
    “STOP! What do you think you are doing?”
    “I…uh…am getting lettuce for my wife,” said the carpenter.

    “You thief!” yelled the witch. “You will pay for this!”
    “Please!” said the carpenter. “My wife is going to have a baby. She saw your lettuce and wanted it so very much.”
    “Why should I care about that?” shouted the witch.
    “I will do anything!” said the carpenter. He thought, “Maybe I can build her something.”
    “You say you will do anything?” said the witch.
    “Yes,” he said.

    “Fine!” said the witch. “Here’s the deal. Go ahead – take all the lettuce you want. Your wife will have a baby girl. And when she does, the baby will be mine!”
    “What?!” said the carpenter. “I would never agree to that!”
    “You already did!” said the witch. And she laughed an evil laugh.

    Soon the wife had a baby girl, just as the witch had said. To keep the baby safe from the witch, the carpenter built a tall tower deep in the woods. He built stairs that led up to a room at the very top, a room with one window. He and his wife took turns staying with the baby.
    But the witch had a magic ball. The ball showed her just where the baby was, at the top room of the tower. One day when the carpenter and his wife were both in the house, she cast a spell over both of them. They fell into a deep, deep sleep. And at once, the witch went to the tower.
    At the top room, the witch said to the baby, “I will call you Rapunzel. For that is the name of the lettuce that brought you to me. Now Rapunzel, you are mine!”

  7. What was the deal between the carpenter and the witch? a. The baby girl for all the lettuce b. The baby boy for all the lettuce c. The mother for all the lettuce
    Both a & b
    Both b & c
    Both c & a
    Only a
    All are Correct
    Option D


  8. Where did the carpenter and his wife live?
    In a tall tower in the town
    In a house in the woods
    In the second floor of house
    In the garden of the witch
    None of these
    Option C


  9. What was the spell that the witch cast on the carpenter and his wife?
    Avada Kedavra.
    Wingardium Leviosa.
    Expecto Patronum.
    Not mentioned in the passage
    Option E


  10. What, according to the passage, is the most appropriate meaning of the word “Lettuce”:
    fleshy vegetable
    leaf vegetable
    plump of the vegetable
    None of these
    Option B


  11. What is the name of the baby girl?
    Snow White
    None of these


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