Mixed English Questions for upcoming Exam — Set 443

Directions(1-5): In the following question, 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.

  1. 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 and 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.
    Thus, the word has been correctly used in statement 1 as well as 2.

     

  2. Direction: The following question carries a word, which has been used in 3 different sentences given below it. Identify the statement(s) in which the word has been used correctly.

    Legacy
    1) People who do great things often leave behind a legacy.
    2) Her father died of a severe legacy.
    3) She promised that one day she will manage to get a legacy in the corporate sector.

    Only 1
    Only 2
    Both 1 and 2
    All 1, 2 and 3
    Only 3
    Option A
    The word “legacy” carries several meanings:
    (i) ‘something left or handed down by a predecessor’.
    (ii) an amount of money or property left to someone in a will.
    (iii) an applicant to a particular college or university who is regarded preferentially because a parent or other relative attended the same institution.

     

  3. Lethal
    I) In toxic and lethal doses, the activity of the spinal cord is lowered.
    II) We employed a lawyer to straighten our lethal tangle.
    III) Lean and youthful, he was unthreatening in appearance, but the single most lethal creature Prakash knew.
    Both I and II
    Only II
    Both I and III
    Only III
    All I, II and III
    Option C
    “Lethal” means:
    (i) Very harmful or destructive
    (ii) (In a sporting context) very accurate or skilful
    The meaning given in (i) makes sentence 1 correct, while the meaning given in (ii) makes statement 3 correct.

     

  4. I. With respect to cost, the hydraulic crane has the advantage, but the power mains are less expensive and more convenient to arrange in the electric crane.
    II. The Manchurian crane is common, as also are eagles, cuckoos and laughing doves, owing to the swampy nature of much of the country.
    III. An old man walking with a crane asked Priya to help him across the street.
    Only I
    Only III
    Both I and II
    Both II and III
    All I, II and III
    Option C
    The word ‘crane’ carries several meanings:
    1. A large, tall machine used for moving heavy objects by suspending them from a projecting arm or beam.
    2. A tall, long-legged, long-necked bird.
    3. Stretch out one’s body or neck in order to see something.

     

  5. Net
    1)She learned to net very quickly, and is making a wash-cloth for her mother.
    2) The net effect of the surrounding land is, in fact, to reverse the seasonal variations of the planetary circulation, but without destroying its type.
    3) In a few minutes the big net was pulled up out of the water.
    Only 1
    Only 3
    Both 1 and 2
    Both 2 and 3
    All of these
    Option D
    The word Net carries several meanings:
    I) An entrapping device or situation.
    II) Excluding all nonessential considerations.

     

  6. Directions(6-7): The following question carries a sentence with a blank. Find the most appropriate segment from the options to make the sentence grammatically correct and meaningful.

  7. The requirement that only the central government can borrow money from abroad recognises that ________.
    State governments are not financially strong to afford borrowing costs.
    State governments are financially so strong that they need not borrow from abroad.
    A single agency is better placed to manage the country’s foreign exchange exposure.
    Central government has played vital role in achieving fiscal discipline.
    None of the above
    Option C

     

  8. No sooner the Chinese Army entered the Korea Peninsula _____________.
    then the CCP government launched a vigorous movement in the whole China.
    than the CCP government had launched a vigorous movement in the whole China.
    when the CCP government launches a vigorous movement in the whole China.
    than the CCP government launched a vigorous movement in the whole China.
    None of these
    Option D

     

  9. Directions(8-9): In the following question, multiple sentences have been given. Each sentence has been divided into a few parts which may or may not carry an error. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. The number corresponding to that part and the sentence in which it is, will be your answer. If the given sentences carry no error, mark ‘All are correct’ as your answer. Ignore the errors of punctuation if any.

  10. a) Just then I had no sentences (1)/ in raised letters which she could understand; (2)/ but she would sit since hours (3)/ feeling each word in her book. (4)
    b) It works by supplying people experiencing breathing difficulties (1)/ with relatively small but continuous amounts of air, (2)/and it has the potential to reduce (3)/ the numbers of people needing ventilators in hospitals. (4)
    c) It was enough light (1)/ to see a long way in the deserted street (2)/ and it seemed more like morning (3)/ or evening than night. (4)
    A-3 & B-3
    B-3 & C-2
    A-3 & C-1
    A-2 & B-3
    All are correct
    Option C
    In sentence A, the preposition ‘since’ is only used when we’re using a specific time as a point of reference. When referring to a length of time like ‘hours’, the preposition ‘for’ is used’.
    In sentence B, the error lies in the positioning of the determiner ‘enough’. The determiner ‘enough’ goes after adjectives, adverbs and verbs.

     

  11. a) When you care for health (1)/ you also care for the economy and vice versa (2)/ but the successive regimes in India (3)/ did not accept this close interconnection. (4)
    b) By mutual agreement, (1)/ announced to Howie by our silence, (2)/ no discussion about Julie took place (3)/ unless not initiated by Howie himself. (4)
    c) One can then imagine what would be (1)/ the nature of infrastructure and manpower (2)/ available for public healthcare that has emerge (3)/ as the vanguard in fighting the COVID-19 epidemic. (4)
    A-3 & B-3
    B-3 & C-2
    B-4 & C-3
    A-2 & B-3
    All are correct
    Option C
    The error lies in sentences A and B.
    In sentence B, ‘unless’ implies -if…not. Hence the succeeding ‘not’ is incorrect.
    Sentence C is in present perfect tense. Hence ‘has’ should be followed by ‘emerged’ to make the third part correct.

     

  12. Direction: In the following question, a passage is given which describes a situation or a scenario. A question is asked with reference to the passage. Mark the option that correctly answers that question.

  13. “And the trees all died. They were orange trees. I don’t know why they died, they just died. Something wrong with the soil possibly or maybe the stuff we got from the nursery wasn’t the best. We complained about it. So we have got thirty kids there, each kid had his or her own little tree to plant and we’ve got these thirty dead trees. All these kids looking at these little brown sticks, it was depressing.”

    What is the author’s approach towards the above passage?

    Cynical
    Derisive
    Speculative
    Technical
    Pessimistic
    Option E
    The use of the adjectives “dead” and “depressing” sets a gloomy tone in the passage. As trees signify life here, their unexpected “death” from an unknown cause gives the above passage an unhappy and pessimistic tone.

     

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