Mixed English Questions for upcoming Exam — Set 415

Directions(1-5): In the following question, fill the blanks with the appropriate pair of words for each blank.

  1. Gasper Hicks _______ down at the dead teenager at the foot of his door and realized that he knew him as one of the _______ anxious children they bussed from the trailer
    park.

    Went, Many
    Locked, Professional
    Kidnapped, Screaming
    Stared, Dozen
    None of the above
    Option D
    The sentence conveys that Gasper Hicks looked down at the dead teenager whom he knew as one of the many(or any definite number or figure) children they bussed from
    the trailer park.
    ‘Stared’ means ‘to look at someone or something fixedly or for a long time’.
    ‘Dozen’ means ‘a group or set of twelve’.

     

  2. I dropped the album on the record player, _______ my headphones on, and _______ the sandwich in three bites.
    Took, Heated
    Slid, Devoured
    Kept, Distributed
    Put, Probed
    None of the above
    Option B
    The sentence conveys that the person put on his headphones after dropping the album on the record player and eat the sandwich in three bites.
    ‘Slid’ means ‘to move along a smooth surface’. Here, the headphones moved along his skin as he put them on.
    ‘Devoured’ means ‘to consume or engulf destructively’.

     

  3. I fly past the smaller shops, past the men drinking wine on the benches and finally I step into the _______ of my father’s store, completely out of _______.
    Room, Money
    Ruins, Flowers
    Door, Sleep
    Darkness, Breath
    None of the above
    Option D
    The sentence conveys that the person stepped into the darkness of his father’s store and the use of the word ‘finally’ in the sentence implies that he had walked a long way
    and is therefore out of breath.
    ‘Darkness’ means ‘the complete or partial absence of light’.
    ‘Breath’ means ‘inhalation or exhalation of air from the lungs’.

     

  4. Aristotle’s ethics, though always _________, gained renewed interest with the modern _________ of virtue ethics.
    Influential, advent
    Inflation, adequate
    Blasé, salient
    Ominous, weary
    Influential, weary
    Option A
    The meanings of the rest of the words are:
    Inflation: the action of inflating something or the condition of being inflated
    Adequate: satisfactory or acceptable in quality or quantity
    Blasé: unimpressed with or indifferent to something because one has experienced or seen it so often before
    Salient: most noticeable or important
    Ominous: giving the worrying impression that something bad is going to happen; threateningly inauspicious
    Weary: feeling or showing extreme tiredness, especially as a result of excessive exertion

     

  5. The Chinese Consulate will be _______ in _______ the canopy where the idol of the goddess will be housed.
    Maintaining, Marginal
    Decorating, Doors
    Participating, Constructing
    Celebrating, Center
    None of the above
    Option C
    The sentence conveys that the Chinese Consulate will be participating in the making of the canopy where the idol of the goddess will be placed.
    ‘Participating’ means ‘to be involved; take part.’.
    ‘Constructing’ means ‘to build or to make’.

     

  6. Directions(6-10): Read the sentences to find out whether there is any grammatical error/ mistake in it. The error, if any, will be in two phrases of the sentence. The combination of those parts is the answer of that question. If no part in the sentence has an error then mark ‘No error’ as your answer.

  7. Subsequent bombings in the centre of Jakarta,(A)/ in which all the victims was ordinary (B)/ Indonesians, shocked the public and brought a swift (C)/ respond from the
    Indonesian security forces. (D)

    AC
    BC
    AD
    BD
    No error
    Option D
    The error lies in part B and part D of the sentence
    In Part B verb was is incorrect in part B as the subject “Indonesians” is plural.
    The subject must agree with the verb thus were should be used here.
    In Part D is the verb respond has an error as it should be replaced with the noun response to make the sentence correct.

     

  8. President Xi headed in Nepal later on Saturday (A)/ where he is expected to push for farther Chinese involvement in (B)/ developing its infrastructure as part of Beijing’s
    signature (C)/ Belt and Road Initiative to boost trade and transport links across Asia. (D)
    AB
    AC
    CD
    BD
    No error
    Option A
    The error lies in Part A and Part B of the sentence.
    In part A The preposition in after the word headed is incorrect and must be replaced with to.
    Headed to is the correct phrase to be used and it means going towards someplace or something
    In part B is the word farther which should be replaced with further.
    Farther means by a greater distance and further means a greater extent.

     

  9. Because of my car (A)/ is in the garage (B)/ I will be unable to (C)/ assist you up tomorrow morning(D)/
    AB
    AD
    CD
    BD
    No error
    Option B
    The error lies in Part A and Part D
    In part A Because of is grammatically incorrect in the context of this sentence.
    The conjunction because always proceeds a sentence, hence here it is contextually wrong.
    It should be as my car.
    In part D, we cannot use up with the word assist, as it is the wrong usage.
    It should be ‘assist you tomorrow’.

     

  10. While all cultures have used some sort of experimentation, (A)/for improving its technologies, the systematic use (B)/ of experiments of the acquisition of theoretical
    knowledge (C)/ is a fundamental novel aspect of modern science.(D)
    AC
    AD
    BC
    BD
    No error
    Option C
    The error lies in part B and part C of the sentence.
    In part B-The sentence has plural subject cultures thus the correct word to be used here is “their” and not its.
    The subject must agree with the determiner being used in the sentence.
    In part C-The preposition of used after the word experiments is incorrect and must be replaced with for.

     

  11. Below, a statement(s) has been divided into 5 parts. The one in the bracketed is the fixed part in which no changes can be made. Among the other parts (A), (B), (C)
    and (D), find the erroneous part(s). If the statement has no error, mark the E option (No error).

    Radhika was emotional stable, (A) so much so that (B)/ she was not affected (C)/ (by the decision of the board members) / to remove her. (D)

    A and B
    B and C
    A
    B
    No error
    Option C
    The error lies in part A of the sentence.
    In Part A ‘emotionally’ should be used in place of ‘emotional’.
    Since ‘stable’ is adjective here (showing an attribute of Radhika), an adverb must be used before it.
    ‘emotional’ is an ‘adverb’, whereas ‘emotionally’ is an ‘adjective’.

     

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