Mixed English Questions for Mains Exam — Set 253

Directions(1-5): In the following questions, a sentence with two blanks has been provided. From the given options, a word can fill both the blanks grammatically and contextually. Choose the appropriate word as your option.

  1. Gifted with a ___________ of being one of the best hosts in the county, she served us graciously with a European _____________.
    Option C
    The word ‘Flair’ can be used in the following contexts:
    1. a special or instinctive aptitude or ability for doing something well.
    2. a uniquely attractive quality; style.


  2. The father ____________ his son’s hair to soothe his anxiety, but the son was focussing hard on the puzzle and was __________ by his gesture.
    Option C
    The word ‘Ruffle’ can be used in the following contexts:
    1. disorder or disarrange (someone’s hair), typically by running one’s hands through it.
    2. disconcert or upset the composure of (someone).


  3. They had tried their best to ___________ the foreign delegate, but as soon as the dish he loathed was served all his good ___________ vanished.
    Option E
    The word ‘Humour’ can be used in the following contexts:
    1. comply with the wishes of (someone) in order to keep them content, however unreasonable such wishes might be. (fits in 1st blank)
    2. a mood or state of mind. (fits in 2nd blank)


  4. ___________ was one of the most popular games at the party, especially among people whose daily life involved keeping different _____________.
    Option B
    The word ‘Charade’ can be used in the following contexts:
    1. a game in which players guess a word or phrase from a written or acted clue given for each syllable and for the whole item.
    2. an absurd pretence intended to create a pleasant or respectable appearance.


  5. My Grandfather will definitely ____________ the same trainers I have, for the sole reason that it offers a better ___________ even on uneven surfaces.
    Option D
    The word ‘Purchase’ can be used in the following contexts:
    1. the action of buying something.
    2. firm contact or grip.


  6. Directions(6-10): In the following questions, a word is given, which has been used in the three statements given below it. Identify the statement(s) in which the word fits contextually to convey a logical meaning.

  7. Impulse
    1) They display chocolates next to supermarket checkouts in order to encourage impulse buying.
    2) It is the passion which provides the main impulse for music.
    3) Some people will buy a puppy on impulse without having any idea of the consequences.
    Only 1
    Only 3
    Both 1 and 3
    Both 2 and 3
    All 1,2,3
    Option E
    The word impulse has several meanings. It can mean:
    I. bought or acquired on impulse; as used in sentence 1. Here, the word acts as an adjective.
    II. the influence of a particular feeling, mental state, etc.; as used in sentence 2.
    III. sudden, involuntary inclination prompting to action, as used in sentence 3.


  8. Briskly
    1) The Russians again bombarded Kars, but the garrison replied briskly, and the Russians were obliged to retire.
    2) He spied a table outside and walked briskly to claim it, cranking open the umbrella and taking a seat in the shade.
    3) The wind was blowing briskly, and for more graphic elucidation he seized the corners of his mother’s shawl and spread them our till it bellied like a sail.
    Only 1
    Only 3
    Both 1 and 2
    Both 1 and 3
    All 1,2 3
    Option E
    The word ‘briskly’ is an adverb which carries several meanings:
    1. In an active, quick, or energetic way.
    2. In an impatient or brusque way.
    3. In a cold but pleasantly invigorating way.


  9. Mint
    1) Many people who had been with the company for years were just thrown on the scrap mint.
    2) She had removed the sides of the shelter a few weeks ago for the summer so they would have mint air and a breeze as well.
    3) Every single copy of the journal is in order and neatly compiled, with most of them being in mint condition.
    Only 1
    Only 2
    Both 1 and 2
    Both 2 and 3
    Only 3
    Option E
    The meanings of the word “mint” are as follows:
    a) the leaves of a mint plant used fresh or candied (Noun)
    b) a plant where money is coined by authority of the government (Noun)
    c) in pristine condition; as if new, particularly an object (Adjective)
    d) form by stamping, punching, or printing (verb)


  10. Camouflage
    1) He believed that her kindness was merely a camouflage for her real intentions.
    2) The chameleon’s ability to camouflage itself allows it to adapt to new environments and hide from predators.
    3) If a camouflage or a semi-colon is encountered further down the print list, the format reverts to decimal.
    All 1,2,3
    Both 1 and 2
    Only 3
    Only 1
    Only 2
    Option B
    “Camouflage” means:
    (i) To conceal the existence of (something undesirable).
    (ii) The natural colouring or form of an animal which enables it to blend in with its surroundings.


  11. Challenge
    1) The election commission had ordered proper challenge of polls after riots.
    2) Fuelled with rage he decided to challenge the order of the court in order to overturn the decision.
    3) Managing non-renewable resources for the next 50 years is another challenge being faced by humanity.
    Only 1
    Only 2
    Both 1 and 3
    Both 2 and 3
    All 1,2,3
    Option D
    Challenge means to dispute the validity of something. In sentence 2, it fits perfectly as the subject tried to refute the decision of the court.
    Challenge is also used to refer to a task or situation that tests people’s abilities. In sentence 3, it is a huge task to manage non-renewable resources properly.


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