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.
- Theresa May had almost celebrated her second anniversary as a post-referendum prime minister by the time her government got round to deciding its _______________ for the Brexit negotiations. The Chequers deal was an attempt to _______________ a future relationship with the EU somewhere between the Canada and Norway models – more than a free trade agreement but less than the full single market.
notifications, formabstracts, makeobjectives, shapeoptions, frameAll are CorrectOption C
- The message is _______________ from Sweden’s election result. There is one dominant issue in Europe’s politics at present, and it is immigration. It rules in Italy and Germany. It rules in Hungary and Austria. It rules from Serbia to Scandinavia. It dominates every meeting of the leaders of the EU. It _______________ the United Kingdom, except there it cloaks itself in the euphemism of “reaching trade agreements with the rest of the world”.
obtrusive, persecutesblinding, harassesdazzling, pursuesglaring, obsessesAll are CorrectOption
- There is no denying that western Europe is currently witnessing a “populist moment”. This arises from the multiplication of anti-establishment movements, which signal a crisis of neoliberal _______________. This crisis might indeed open the way for more authoritarian governments, but it can also provide the opportunity for reclaiming and _______________ the democratic institutions that have been weakened by 30 years of neoliberalism.
hegemony, deepeningauthority, moderatingsupremacy, thickeningoppression, intensifyingAll are CorrectOption A
- This summer it seemed as if our two cities had changed places. London was hot and dry while New York had days and days of rain. According to leading scientists, the heatwave in Europe over recent months was made twice as likely by climate change resulting from human activity. There is also growing _______________ of the link between climate change and the frequency of major floods, as well as the severity of hurricanes _______________ of hurricanes.
confusion, leniencybelief, gentilitytestimony, benevolenceevidence, severityAll are CorrectOption D
- You may wonder what could bring Nicky Morgan, Anna Soubry, David Lammy, Jacob Rees-Mogg and other senior MPs from across parliament together at the moment. Yet they are all sponsoring a bill I’m proposing that will _______________ online hate, fake news and radicalisation. It’s because, day-in day-out, whatever side of an argument we are on, we see the _______________ impact of abuse and hate online – and increasingly offline, too.
dodge, limitedtackle, pervasiveneglect, restrictedevade, confinedAll are CorrectOption B
- Worryingly, it is on Facebook, which most of us in Britain use, where people ____________________ to extremist material. Instead of small meetings in pubs or obscure websites in the darkest corners of the internet, our favourite social media site is increasingly where hate is cultivated.
a. get exposed
b. are exposed
c. are being exposedOnly aOnly bOnly cBoth a & bBoth b & cOption C
- There’s been none since the Chequers summit, just a dry white paper. A speech ____________________ May to explain the evolution of her Brexit policy, to defend the change of tack. Instead, Conservative MPs and the public can see that the plan has changed but are left guessing why.
a. may be allowed
b. would have allowed
c. had allowedOnly aOnly bOnly cBoth b & cBoth c & aOption B
- ____________________ , we are not only committed to taking bold action to tackle climate change and to improve the lives of those we represent, but also to showing others the way. That’s why, ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit in California, we are calling on other cities to stand with us to divest their assets from fossil fuel companies. Today we are announcing a new global initiative for cities on divestment and sustainable investment.
a. As mayors
b. Being mayors
c. Like mayorsOnly aOnly bOnly cBoth b & aBoth c & aOption A
- These are ____________________ for democratic politics. Shocked by the victory of Eurosceptic coalitions in Austria and in Italy, the neoliberal elites – already worried by the Brexit vote and the victory of Donald Trump – now claim democracy is in danger and raise the alarm against a possible return of “fascism”.
a. indefinite times
b. unsettled times
c. disputed timesOnly aOnly bOnly cBoth a & bBoth c & aOption D
- The one thing that will be catastrophic ____________________ otherwise. An organised and racist nationalism has risen in Sweden to defy half a century of liberalism. The old liberal fallacy – that noble ideals will ultimately trump mere majorities – is crumbling at every election. We can cheer the sea captain who pleads to land his refugees “out of common humanity”, but we cannot enforce his passengers on Europe’s citizens.
a. could be pretended
b. might pretend
c. will be to pretendOnly aOnly bOnly cBoth a & bBoth c & aOption C
Directions(6-10): Choose the appropriate option and fill in the blank accordingly.