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.
- Rather than jumping through hoop after hoop of exams and qualifications, they’d have been better off with parents owning a home in London. That way, they’d have had somewhere to stay during internships and then a source of ______________ with which to buy their first home – because ours is an era that preaches social mobility, even while practising a ______________ concentration of wealth. Our new graduates will learn that the hard way.
equity, minorequity, historiccompassion, frivoloustendency, slenderAll are CorrectOption B
- When Theresa May says MPs will have the choice between her Brexit deal and ______________ out of the EU with no deal, as she did this week in her Panorama interview, she is being neither honest nor democratic. After all, it is parliament, not the prime minister, who is ______________ – and MPs could well decide to ask the people whether they still want to quit the EU.
silencing, empressdubious, supremecrashing, sovereigndoubtful, dividedAll are CorrectOption C
- The migration advisory committee (MAC) has done a great service with its latest report into the effects of European migration. We have been ______________ to unsubstantiated assertions, wild generalisations and dog-whistle politics about migrants, including from the EU. The MAC provides analysis and ______________ .
accustomed, evidenceamazing, contradictdeviant, confidenceepisodic, confuteAll are CorrectOption A
- Substantial Brexit progress was never on the ______________ for the EU’s Salzburg summit in Austria, so its absence comes as no surprise. More revealing is what the gathering says about the balance of power: European leaders can send Theresa May away humiliated and empty-handed, and still ______________ they have done her a favour.
planned, construeorganized, bountifulvitiate, suspectagenda, imagineAll are CorrectOption D
- Yesterday ______________ Sun journalists took to Twitter to denounce the decision taken by The World Transformed to not grant them press passes for our four-day festival of politics, arts and music taking place alongside the Labour party conference in Liverpool next week. The World Transformed released a statement explaining that this decision was an act of ______________ with the families of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster, and a show of support for the boycott of the newspaper observed by community groups and businesses across Liverpool.
compliant, dissensionmoderate, differenceoutraged, solidaritymoderate, convulsionAll are CorrectOption C
- They are making one of the biggest purchases of their lives, _________________ more on tuition fees and living expenses than one might on a sleek new Mercedes, or a deposit on a London flat. Many will emerge with a costly degree that fulfils few of the promises made in those glossy prospectuses.
a. forking out
b. shelling out
c. hoard outBoth a & bBoth b & cBoth c & aOnly aAll are CorrectOption A
- It’s hard to be sure how the unfolding political crisis over Brexit will _________________ . But one thing is clear: if MPs want to impose their will on the prime minister, they can, as John Kerr, the former civil servant who helped write article 50, outlines in a new report for the People’s Vote campaign.
a. burn out
b. replenish out
c. play outBoth a & bBoth b & cBoth c & aOnly bAll are CorrectOption C
- Our immigration system cannot be an obstacle to striking those deals. Unlike the Tories, Labour will always put the living standards of our population first. I also _________________ how we will provide work visas for doctors, nurses, social care workers and any other areas where we might still have labour or skills shortages after those Brexit and trade deals have been struck.
a. set out
b. set off
c. end upBoth a & bBoth b & cBoth c & aOnly cAll are CorrectOption A
- The timetable for Brexit talks has been stretched to swerve around the Conservative conference _________________ in Birmingham, but not by much. Talk of an emergency summit in November, allowing some slippage from a scheduled deadline in October, sounded more provisional from the EU side than it does when UK officials have been organising their diaries.
a. going off
b. coming up
c. slinging your hookBoth a & bBoth b & cBoth c & aOnly bAll are CorrectOption D
- But the silent crisis worsens by the week. The number of people kept in hospital beds for lack of other care went up over 6% from June to July alone. The County Council Network today says social care is eating up 70% of its members’ funds, with more of these (Conservative!) counties _________________ near bankruptcy.
a. letting go
b. digging up
c. tumbling intoBoth a & bBoth b & cBoth c & aOnly bAll are CorrectOption B
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.