English Test for IBPS PO 2018 Prelim Exam Set – 16

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. Who believes in the magic of self-organising, dynamic markets that never make mistakes? The crisis in British conservatism is that it is simultaneously a believer and non-believer. Just as it wants to be both out of Europe but in it, on its own terms, because that means prosperity and influence, so it proclaims undying _____________ to markets while being forced to curb and intervene in them in practice. It turns the party into a political pantomime horse unfit to _____________ – and may ultimately force its break-up as the strains of the lived inconsistencies become intolerable.
    treason, manage
    fealty, govern
    treachery, supervise
    perfidy, oversee
    All are Correct
    Option B


  2. When Theresa May woke up on Friday morning to headlines speaking of her _____________ in Salzburg, it was not an entirely novel experience for a prime minister who has become synonymous with _____________ . She has had many Catastrophic Fridays. And Miserable Mondays, Terrible Tuesdays, Wicked Wednesdays, Torrid Thursdays, Savage Saturdays and Searing Sundays.
    mortification, serendipity
    degradation, paragon
    humiliation, calamity
    ignominy, bliss
    All are Correct
    Option C


  3. It was some time in the 1990s that the phrase “evidence-based policy” first _____________ on to the UK political landscape. In the Blair years, every report or policy paper seemed to promise a future in which all policy would be firmly “evidence based”; inspired by research rather than ideology or political strategy. The _____________ might remain but when it comes to immigration, an issue that poll after poll shows many in the UK regard as among the most important, there has never been much actual evidence on which policy might be based.
    whee, hankering
    bingo, inhalation
    cared, ambition
    lumbered, aspiration
    All are Correct
    Option D


  4. The piece, dwelling on public disgrace related to recorded sexual _____________ , appears a year after the allegations that gave rise to the #MeToo tide of disclosures and as a principal attraction in an issue whose cover line is “The Fall of Men”. Since the magazine’s newly departed editor, Ian Buruma, expressed disquiet about “a general climate of denunciation” brought about, he suggests, by #MeToo, it seems fair to conclude that the magazine indeed _____________ , under his leadership, to portray the moment when women collectively spoke out about male harassment as yet another misfortune for his long-suffering sex.
    misdemeanours, intended
    offences, incidental
    delinquencies, casual
    assaults, extemporary
    All are Correct
    Option A


  5. Politics before the _____________ was based on the understanding that you couldn’t have it all. The free-market right had won the economic war, ran the _____________ of the time, while the left had won the culture war. Centre-left governments were “intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich”, said Peter Mandelson, “as long as they pay their taxes”. Not only leftish politicians, however, but many on the centre-right were not remotely relaxed about racism, sexism and homophobia. On these issues at least, cultural conservatives, as we so euphemistically call them, had to accept that the world had changed.
    clash, neoterism
    wreck, mintage
    bump, barbarism
    crash, cliche
    All are Correct
    Option D


  6. Directions(6-10): Which of the phrases (A), (B), (C), (D) given below each sentence should replace the phrase printed in bold to make the sentence grammatically correct? If the sentence is correct as it is, mark (E) ie ‘No correction required’ as the answer.

  7. As Anuj was familiar with the road to Neeraj’s house, he lead the way.
    led the way
    led away
    leading ways
    lead ways
    No correction required
    Option A


  8. Although he was new to the field of painting, Sharad give it a go.
    gave goes
    gives his go
    gave it a go
    giving it goes
    No correction required
    Option C


  9. The performance of the band on New Year’s Eve was out of worlds.
    out of the worldly
    outing of worlds
    out from the world
    out of the world
    No correction required
    Option D


  10. Parents are changing with the times and are friendlier and more open to their children’s views.
    changed timings
    changed to the time
    changing times
    change with time
    No correction required
    Option E


  11. Many people do not like to switch at one brand to another.
    switched in
    switches at
    switch from
    switching on
    No correction required
    Option C


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