English Questions: Fill in the Blanks 143

Directions (1-5): In the given question, a statement with a blank has been given, followed by three word out of which more than one can complete the sentence grammatically and contextually. Find the word (s) which can fill the blank and choose the option accordingly.

  1. Larval mosquitoes contribute to aquatic food chains by ______ as food sources for many predators, including fish and birds.
    I. Servicing
    II. Supplying
    III. Serving
    Only I
    Only II
    Only III
    Both I & II
    Both I & III
    Option C
    Servicing means performing routine maintenance or repair work on (a vehicle or machine).
    Supplying means providing with something needed or wanted.
    Serving means perform duties or services for.
    Larval mosquitoes have an important job in the food chain. Hence, the correct answer is C.

     

  2. Primates represent the third ______ species-rich mammalian radiation after bats and rodents.
    I. Most
    II. Least
    III. Best
    Only I
    Only II
    Only III
    Both I & II
    Both I & III
    Option D
    Most means
    greatest in amount or degree.
    Least means smallest in amount, extent, or significance.
    Best means to be of the most excellent or desirable type or quality.
    “Species-rich” refers to a number of species. ‘Best’ is used when we discussing quality, not quantity. Hence, the correct answer is D.

     

  3. One of humans’ life skills is to make decisions, which is why _____________ let children decide which flavour of ice cream they want.
    I. Parents
    II. Adults
    III. Curator
    Only I
    Only II
    Only III
    Both I and II
    Both I and III
    Option D
    The context of the given sentence implies that children are allowed to make small decisions so as to enable them to learn decision making skills. This can be allowed by the adults interacting with them. Thus, both ‘parents’ and ‘adults can fill the blank. But ‘curator’ which means a keeper or custodian of a museum or other collection is incorrect for the blank. This makes option D the correct answer.

     

  4. The first step in developing a planning document is to ___________ all the tasks necessary to complete your public relations action.
    I. Identify
    II. Idyllic
    III. Ideal
    Only I
    Only II
    Only III
    Both I and II
    Both I and III
    Option A
    ‘Identify’ means to recognize or distinguish (especially something considered worthy of attention). ‘Idyllic’ means extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque. ‘Ideal’ means most suitable. The context of the given sentence implies that certain tasks are necessary to achieve while developing a planning document. So, it hints towards recognizing the necessary tasks. Thus, ‘identify’ is the best fit word for the given blank, making option A the correct answer.

     

  5. Bangladeshi governments have felt that the Indian government behaves like a regional bully over the ____________ of river waters.
    I. Sharing
    II. Monopoly
    III. Distribution
    Only III
    Both II and III
    Only II
    Both I and III
    All I, II, and III
    Option D

     

  6. Directions(6-10): The Following questions have two blanks, each blank indicating that something has been omitted. Choose the set of words for each blank that best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

  7. For some years past, French Government had been _________________ divided and French Parliaments had been incoherent and __________________.
    Inarticulate, responsive
    Unable, domineering
    Weak, inchoate
    Many, few
    Vacillating, irresponsible
    Option E
    Vacillating: To be indecisive.
    Irresponsible: Not showing a proper sense of responsibility

     

  8. In a changing and ___________________ unstructured business environment, creativity and innovation are being ______________ demanded of executives.
    Excessively, rapidly
    Highly, extremely
    Increasingly, moderately
    Progressively, increasingly
    Highly, speedily
    Option D

     

  9. Spring is in the air, and it is _____________to shake off the wooliness and ______________ the coolness and elegance of Indian cottons.
    Period, accept
    Moment, welcome
    Occasion, hold
    Time, embrace
    Stage, adopt
    Option D
    Embrace: An act of accepting something willingly or
    enthusiastically

     

  10. He is ____________ to______________ any kind of work with due sincerity.
    Fond, perform
    Reluctant, entrust
    Determined, undertake
    Eager, avoid
    Willing, ignore
    Option C

     

  11. Children are more ____________ than adults, it is ___________________ their quickness in learning a new language.
    Intelligent, disproved by
    Adaptable, reflected in
    Conservative, seen in
    Susceptible, demonstrated in
    Resourceful, proportionate to
    Option B
    Adaptable: Able to adjust to new conditions

     

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