Directions (1-5): In the following questions two columns are given containing three sentences/phrases each. In first column, sentences/phrases are A, B and C and in the second column the sentences/phrases are D, E and F. A sentence/phrase from the first column may or may not connect with another sentence/phrase from the second column to make a grammatically and contextually correct sentence. Each question has five options, four of which display the sequence(s) in which the sentences/phrases can be joined to form a grammatically and contextually correct sentence. If none of the options given forms a correct sentence after combination, mark (E) , i.e. “None of these” as your answer.
- Column (1)
(a) the fact that Ella’s moods were as mercurial as the weather was
(b) most lottery winners go from being conservative
(c) she didn’t think her vocabulary was
(d) was so profligate as to line all the walls of his apartment
(e) wanting, yet there were so many words she didn’t know
(f) problematic for her relationships-it didn’t help that she lived in ChicagoC-E and B-FA-FC-Eboth (B) and (C)None of theseOption D
Wanting- lacking, sentence (C) and (E) makes a perfect match.
Mercurial-unpredictable changes in mood, (A) and (F) makes a perfect match.
- Column (1)
(a) the professor argued that many statements regarded as wise in previous times
(b) The apex court observed that it was important to strike a balance
(c) There seems to be a wide gap in the interpretation
(d) the Congress alleged that there were financial irregularities in the Intergovernmental Agreement
(e) are now regarded as mere platitudes
(f) and application of laws between the higher judiciary and the lower judiciary in India.C-FC-E and B-FA-Eboth (A) and (C)None of theseOption D
Platitude- a trite or obvious remark
- Column (1)
(a) Madhav Gadgil, who chaired the Union Environment Ministry’s WGEEP
(b) But population estimates for the sensitive zones
(c) This is not going to be easy
(d) has said the recent havoc in Kerala is a consequence of short-sighted policymaking
(e) of allowing extractive industries such as quarrying and mining
(f) led by solar power are available.C-FB-FA-DC-ENone of theseOption C
- Column (1)
(a) The Centre had then returned the Bills
(b) The current proposal is a slightly
(c) There is a history of misuse of laws aimed
(d) limited to the question whether holy books of other religions did not warrant the same protection.
(e) in the name of protecting the feelings of a sectionof society.
(f) expanded form of amendments passed by the Punjab Assembly in 2016C-FB-FA-DC-ENone of theseOption B
- Column (1)
(a) Leaderfield, Leader for short,
(b) Tourism in these parts made a small start around 2003
(c) Clouds float into gorges below.
(d) of a Garo married to a Khasi living in a village in this part of the Khasi Hills.
(e) Some of them, determined to carry back every moment of their travels
(f) is a small, muscular man who leads hiking tours.C-FB-FA-FC-ENone of theseOption C
- I. He appeared more than happy to be the coach of the Hong Kong cricket team and showered __________ on Hong Kong cricket.
II. Her original choreographies based on Indian mythology and contemporary issues earned her __________ from around the world.
(4) Eulogies(3) and (4)Only (2)(1), (3) and (4)(1) and (2)None of (1), (2), (3) and (4)Option C
Chasm [noun] means a deep fissure in the earth’s surface or a profound difference between people, viewpoints, feelings etc.
Accolades, Encomiums and Eulogies are plural nouns and synonyms which mean a speech or a piece of writing that praises someone or something highly.
- I. She was a __________ officer of the CIA and she had worked undercover around the world.
II. The area is also a haven of illegal immigrants, the majority who are involved in the __________ activities.
(4) SurreptitiousOnly (1)Both (1) and (2)Both (1) and (3)All of (1) , (2) , (3) and (4)None of (1) , (2) , (3) and (4)Option D
Clandestine, Furtive, Surreptitious are synonyms of the word ‘secret’ which mean ‘keeping something secret; kept secret or done secretly
- I. There are often __________ between what politicians say and what they do.
II. These writers interpret bits of disconnected data to reassert the old __________ of men versus women, of biology versus culture.
(4) ChasmsBoth (1) and (3)Both (1) and (4)Only (2)All of (1) , (2) , (3) and (4)None of (1) , (2) , (3) and (4)Option B
Dichotomy [noun] and chasm [noun] are synonyms which mean ‘a division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different’.
Paean [noun] and Testimonial [noun] are synonyms which mean ‘a song of praise or triumph’ or ‘a creative work expressing enthusiastic praise’.
- I. They had won the seemingly impossible battle without even a ___________.
II. There ensued one of those friendly ___________, not quite fights, that kids find such fun.
(4) TussleOnly (4)Both (2) and (3)Only (1)All of (1) , (2) , (3) and (4)None of (1) , (2) , (3) and (4)Option A
Panegyric [noun] means ‘a public speech or published text in praise of someone or something’. Gulf [noun] and Split [noun] are synonyms which mean ‘a profound difference between people, viewpoints, feelings, etc.’.
Tussle [noun] means a vigorous struggle or scuffle, typically to obtain or achieve something.
- I. I __________ a lift back to the station in Roger’s car, which was kind of him.
II. This is a preamble to confessing that, like Jackie, I ____________ a few puffs of a fat Cuban on Christmas Day.
(4) BelaboredOnly (1)Only (4)Both (2) and (3)All of (1) , (2) , (3) and (4)None of (1) , (2) , (3) and (4)Option E
Spawn [verb] means (of a fish, frog, mollusk, crustacean, etc.) release or deposit eggs;
Flayed (flay), berated (berate), belabored (belabor) are synonyms which mean to criticize severely and brutally;
The word which could have satisfied the context of the sentences I and II are ‘requested’, ‘begged’, ‘cadged’ (means to ask for or obtain (something to which one is not strictly entitled) .
Directions (6-10) : In the questions given below two sentences are given with a blank which are then followed by four options which may or may not fill the blank. Choose the option which gives the correct word or combination of words that fill both the sentences to make them grammatically and contextually correct.