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.
- Johnson seems _________________ , perhaps reflecting on a bruising few days in which the break-up of his marriage has been announced, the papers have feasted on speculative details of his complex private life, and his attempt to divert attention by suggesting Theresa May had wrapped a “suicide vest around the constitution” brought only a few hours _________________ .
blithesome, convocationbreezy, outburstshallow, agonypensive, respiteAll are CorrectOption D
- It’s possible that the three disconsolate Brexiteers were contemplating the gathering evidence that their camp is _________________ . While some remain irreconcilable and committed to vote down almost any agreement May might secure with Brussels, a substantial number of leave-supporting Tories are preparing to follow the lead reiterated by Michael Gove on the radio on Tuesday morning and _________________ the Chequers plan, even if they don’t like it.
juxtaposition, expelsplit, swallowjuncture, spurnconverge, gobbleAll are CorrectOption B
- The Brexiteers surely know that the most punishing blows to their cause come not from politicians, but from employers issuing warnings that tens of thousands of jobs could go if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Airbus and BMW have done that, and so now has Jaguar. Voters who _________________ the Westminster noise _________________ to hear the signal of massive job losses.
brush aside, abandonbrush off, achetune out, tendlaugh off, amendAll are CorrectOption C
- To me, the poll _________________ a little off. Sure, there are similarities between the pretentious South American grain and a socialist party: they’re both things that Londoners were recently _________________ with but are now considered a bit passé, they both have scarily dedicated supporters, and an intensive cultivation of both has led indirectly to the collapse of the Venezuelan economy.
appeared, sanesounded, wiseexpected, casualseemed, obsessedAll are CorrectOption D
- At first you can’t blame the sugarless biscuit. I mean, sure, it’s a bit tough, but maybe after years of sugar and sweetness it’s time for something healthy to rebalance your body fat/the wider economy. And sure, there seem to be a few wronguns who like _________________ on the biscuits while simultaneously accusing Jewish people of being part of some worldwide media _________________ – but hey, that’s hardly the biscuit’s fault, right?
snacking, conspiracyportioning, intriguegulping, connivancedining, collusionAll are CorrectOption A
- As for Bone, his hair more tousled even than Johnson’s, he looks like a man who, in a final bid to clear his gambling debts, bet the family home on the nailed-on favourite in the 2.30pm at Aintree – only to hear that the horse limped home in last place. He is a _________________. a. terrible face b. broken Bone c. broken Leg
Both a & bBoth b & cBoth c & aOnly bAll are CorrectOption D
- The thing about a Gastropub gruyere cheese souffle is, on the menu, it sounds quite good. As you’re waiting for it, you kid yourself into thinking that it might be exactly what you need – after years of stodgy boorish pub burgers, maybe this souffle will ________________ a bit.
a. shake things up
b. calm down
c. tranquillize thingsBoth a & bBoth b & cBoth c & aOnly aAll are CorrectOption D
- The collapse of Lehman Brothers on 15 September 2008 unleashed the worst global _______________ since the Great Depression of 1929. And it was almost entirely unanticipated. Ten years on is a good time to ask what governments, policymakers, and economists might learn from this catastrophe – how to prevent future ones, and how to overcome them if they happen. Of these two, prevention is far better than cure. Once a downturn gathers momentum, the scale of intervention needed to reverse it becomes frighteningly large.
c. fall-offBoth a & bBoth b & cBoth c & aOnly aAll are CorrectOption C
- Budget deficits balloon, public debts soar, governments take over banks – all ___________________ visions of looming state bankruptcy, or worse, state control over the economy. So the most important question is: how can these catastrophes be prevented?
b. conjuring up
c. slashBoth a & bBoth b & cBoth c & aOnly bAll are CorrectOption D
- It was the rapid spread of contagion through the banking system that brought it low in 2008. This was because big global banks held each other’s heavily insured risky assets. When the value of these assets collapsed, the banks and their insurers _______________. They then had to be rescued because they were “too big to fail”.
a. make use of
b. went under
c. went bustBoth a & bBoth b & cBoth c & aOnly aAll are CorrectOption B
Directions(6-10): Fill in the blanks with the most approproiate optin given below.