English Test for NIACL 2018 Prelim Exam Set – 11

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. The Bank of England reports that consumer credit grew by 8.5% in July, with debt the only way to _____________ the gap between wages and staying alive. Rent _____________ with housing cuts means private landlords refuse universal credit tenants. Now No 10 has just stamped on plans to give tenants three-year leases, bowing to property company protests.
    socket, account
    bridge, arrears
    severance, wages
    bridge, advance
    All are Correct
    Option B


  2. That scratching sound you can hear are the _____________ snatching their bags – and what’s left of their reputation – before _____________ off their pirate president’s ship. It’s only slightly surprising the panic has set in before they even reached the half-way point on their voyage towards his promised treasure.
    dogs, rushing
    cats, scooting
    rats, scampering
    lions, scurrying
    All are Correct
    Option C


  3. One of the first people to work through this _____________ was scholar Manuel Chrysoloras. In the 1400s, he argued that even though looking at real naked bodies is “licentious and base”, viewers are not admiring the bodies themselves, but the “mind of their maker”. This idea formed the basis _____________ Italian Renaissance art theory, which posited painting and sculpture as primarily mental activities, rather than manual ones.
    enigma, at
    problem, to
    mystery, of
    conundrum, for
    All are Correct
    Option D


  4. A decade later, a new intellectual _____________ can be found on the left. Meanwhile, a panicked right flips between recognising that the social order is broken – but offering no credible solutions – to believing it just hasn’t made the case for its profoundly unpopular ideology with enough _____________ . When Jeremy Corbyn became odds-on favourite to win the Labour leadership in 2015, most of the British right collapsed into paroxysms of laughter, some even urging Tories to join Labour to vote for him to “help consign the party to electoral oblivion”.
    ferment, vigour
    quiet, spirit
    alleviate, spirit
    tranquilize, verve
    All are Correct
    Option A


  5. Commentators may _____________ about “chips and cheese in Styrofoam containers, and behind them is a massive fucking TV”, or claim that “the demand for food banks only exists because they are there” while _____________ about smartphones and Sky TV, but I had none of these when I was living in poverty. Neither do thousands of others. I sold my tiny secondhand TV and the iPhone I had bought myself when I had a decent job, to pay the rent.
    deride, substantial
    mock, admiring
    flout, approving
    scoff, sneering
    All are Correct
    Option D


  6. Directions: 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. He wants a start a new business but he did not have any money.
    thought to start
    want to started
    wanted to start
    wants for start
    No correction required
    Option C


  8. The smoke if inhaled proves to be more fatal than the burn itself.
    be most fatal
    kill more fatal
    be additional fatal
    be greater fatal
    No correction required
    Option E


  9. He covered the expensive furniture at sheet before he started painting the ceiling.
    with sheet ahead
    with sheet before
    in sheet prior
    in sheet earlier
    No correction required
    Option B


  10. As Rohan was already late, he had his breakfast while walk down the road.
    walking down the
    walking at the
    walked on the
    walked down the
    No correction required
    Option A


  11. The poor bullock do not move since the cart was overloaded with heavy goods.
    cannot move
    unable to move
    was not moved
    could not move
    No correction required
    Option D


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