IBPS English Quiz (Cloze Test) for 2019 Exams: 18th February

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English Quiz For IBPS PO & Clerk 2019

IBPS had released the calendar for the Recruitment in 2019-20. Now the next step is to start practicing for the exams from now itself. Thus, the English Language can be an impetus for your success as it helps you save crucial time and score good points in lesser time and effort. So, instead of boiling the ocean, try building up a strong vocabulary, an effective knowledge of grammar, and efficient comprehension skills so as to be on the ball to face this particular section. Here is a quiz on English Language being provided by Adda247 to let you practice the best of latest pattern English Questions for IBPS PO and Clerk Examinations 2019-20. 


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Directions (1-10): Read the following passage and attempt the questions as directed. 

As India mourns the death of 40 CRPF personnel in Thursday’s terrorist strike in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, it is clear that the attack was meant to (A).............. The Jaish-e-Mohammed, the Pakistan-based terrorist organisation which has orchestrated numerous strikes in the Kashmir Valley, has taken responsibility (B)............................................... in any attack in the State. Investigations should yield a better picture, but it is a matter of extreme concern that a suicide bomber could time his attack to hit a security convoy. (C) There is no question that Pakistan bears the onus to explaining why Masood Azhar, the leader of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, enjoys such freedoms on its territory, if not outright support from the establishment. Certainly, diplomatic backing by Pakistan and China has been crucial in defeating efforts at the United Nations to put Azhar on the list of banned terrorists. (D) Early details indicate that a sports utility vehicle targeted with a huge quantity of explosives laden  the convoy of 78 buses carrying about 2,500 soldiers from Jammu to Kashmir. The video of the presumed suicide bomber too hints at an altered standard operating procedure meant to provoke and (E) escalate tensions. Forensics teams have already begun work and answers to the disturbing questions the attack has raised on intelligence gathering, dissemination and (F).................... in the Valley must be pieced together.

However, if the terrorists have acted from an updated playbook, New Delhi’s response must not play into their plans with reflexive and precipitate official action. India has withdrawn the Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan in a signal that it will not wait for preliminaries (G)……………………….. (H) Coercive diplomacy is likely to continue, but to be effective the effort needs a wider net, especially at a time when the U.S. is seeking Pakistan’s help in firming up a deal with the Afghan Taliban. (I) Beijing too must not, and cannot, evade questions about its previous blocking of action at the UN, specifically against Azhar. Post-Uri, after terrorist attacks the air is always thick with calls for retributive cross-border strikes. The past history of limited, if any, returns from such precipitate action must serve as a cautionary check. Instead, the effort must be to isolate Pakistan for its support to the Jaish and seek (J) substantive action, to effectively upgrade intelligence and plug security gaps, and to win the confidence of the local population in the Valley. Thursday’s attack was meant to provoke and polarise the country. New Delhi’s response must, instead, be to isolate the perpetrators and keep the peace on Indian territory. (Source: The Hindu) 

Q1. Which of the following words given in the options should come at the place marked as (A) in the above paragraph to make it grammatically correct and meaningful. Also, the word should fill in the blanks given in the two sentences given below to make them contextually correct and meaningful. 


(I) The pictures of the victim’s body are sure to …………………………. feelings of anger within the jury. 
(II) Nobody expected the teen’s death to …………………………………. a national investigation into the brutality of police force.
excitin
provoke
inspiring
motivation
Both (b) and (c)
Solution:
Provoke: stimulate or give rise to (a reaction or emotion, typically a strong or unwelcome one) in someone.

Q2. Which of the following phrases should fill the blank in (B) to make it contextually correct and meaningful?
for what is now the highest toll of security forces
for what now the highest toll of security forces
for what have now the highest toll of security force
for what is now the highly toll of security forces
None of the Above
Solution:
"for what is now the highest toll of security forces " is grammatically and contextually correct here.

Q3. In the passage given, a sentence (C) is given in BOLD. There may or may not be an error in one part of the sentence. Choose the part which has an error in it as your answer. If there in no error then choose option (E) as your answer.
There is no question that Pakistan bears the onus to explaining
why Masood Azhar, the leader of the Jaish-e-Mohammed
enjoys such freedoms on its territory,
if not outright support from the establishment.
No Error
Solution:
'Explaining' is incorrect here. Instead, 'Explain' should be used because we use first form of verb with 'to'.

Q4. The sentence given in (D) has four words given in BOLD. Amongst the given BOLD words which of the following must replace each other to make the sentence contextually correct and meaningful.
indicate-carrying
targeted-laden
carrying-laden
indicate-targeted
No Change required
Solution:
Replace targeted and laden to make a grammatically and contextually correct sentence.

Q5. A word is given in bold in (E). Choose the word which should replace the word given in bold to make the sentence correct and meaningful. If no change is required, choose option (E) as your answer.
shrink
plunging
growth
supressing
No change is required
Solution:
No change is required

Q6. Which of the following words given in the options should come at the place marked as (F) in the above paragraph to make it grammatically correct and meaningful. Also, the word should fill in the blanks given in the two sentences given below to make them contextually correct and meaningful. 
(I) In order to send a message to the brain, the ……………………………….. between the senses and the brain can be accomplished if the message is sent straight to the brain to interpret. 
(II) The dance needs close ………………………….. between two dancers.
institute
imbalanced
coordination
agitate
None of the Above
Solution:
Coordination: the organization of the different elements of a complex body or activity so as to enable them to work together effectively.

Q7. Which of the following phrases should fill the blank in (G) to make it contextually correct and meaningful?
in the effort to isolation Pakistan
in the effort to isolating Pakistan
in the effort for isolate Pakistan
in the effort to isolate Pakistan
None of the Above
Solution:
"in the effort to isolate Pakistan “ is grammatically and contextually correct here.

Q8. In the passage given, a sentence (H) is given in BOLD. There may or may not be an error in one part of the sentence. Choose the part which has an error in it as your answer. If there is no error then choose option (E) as your answer.
Coercive diplomacy is likely to continue,
but to be effective the effort needs a wider net,
especially at a time when the U.S. is seeking Pakistan’s
help in firming up a deal with the Afghan Taliban.
No Error
Solution:
No Error

Q9. The sentence given in (I) has four words given in BOLD. Amongst the given BOLD words which of the following must replace each other to make the sentence contextually correct and meaningful.
evade-blocking
blocking-action
action-against
evade-against
No change required
Solution:
No change required

Q10. A word is given in bold in (J). Choose the word which should replace the word given in bold without changing the meaning of the sentence. If no change is possible, choose option (E) as your answer.
considered
sabotage
unfruitful
bewildered
No change is possible
Solution:
No change is possible. 'substantive' means having a firm basis in reality and so important, meaningful, or considerable.

Directions (11-15): Read the following passage and attempt the questions as directed. 

The death of more than 100 people to toxic alcohol in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand has exposed the (A)............ sale of illicit liquor in the region. India remains among the countries with a high number of alcohol-related deaths, with poor governance, corruption and distorted policies (B)............................................................... The governments in U.P. and Uttarakhand cannot evade responsibility for the death of so many people, the majority of them in Saharanpur district of U.P. (C) Preliminary investigation has confirmed the well-entrenched system of illicit liquor vends that are known to exist in the region; several factories producing hooch in U.P. were unearthed within a couple of days in the episode. (D) Moreover, although several liquor-related deaths have been taking place, it took this illicit number of casualties for the authorities to acknowledge the presence of free-flowing staggering liquor. The Yogi Adityanath government prides itself on its law and order measures but its failure to crack down on these dens exposes the hollow claims. It has tried to put the (E) blame for previous incidents on political opponents hatching conspiracies.

Q11. Which of the following words given in the options should come at the place marked as (A) in the above paragraph to make it grammatically correct and meaningful. Also, the word should fill in the blanks given in the two sentences given below to make them contextually correct and meaningful. 


(I) Airlines reportedly are cracking down on this ……………………… but illegal trade. 
(II) The once …………………………. downtown has fallen into steep decline since the new mall was built.
declining
languish
unhealthy
thriving
infirm
Solution:
Thriving: prosperous and growing; flourishing.

Q12. Which of the following phrases should fill the blank in (B) to make it contextually correct and meaningful?
contributing to such periodic tragedies
contribution to such periodic tragedies
contributing too such periodic tragedies
contribute to such periodic tragedies
None of the Above
Solution:
"contributing to such periodic tragedies " is grammatically and contextually correct.

Q13. In the passage given, a sentence (C) is given in BOLD. There may or may not be an error in one part of the sentence. Choose the part which has an error in it as your answer. If there in no error then choose option (E) as your answer.
Preliminary investigation has confirmed the well-entrenched system
of illicit liquor vends that are known to exist in the region;
several factories producing hooch in U.P. were unearthed
within a couple of days in the episode.
No Error
Solution:
Use 'of' in place of 'in'.

Q14. The sentence given in (D) has four words given in BOLD. Amongst the given BOLD words which of the following must replace each other to make the sentence contextually correct and meaningful.
have-illicit
acknowledge-staggering
illicit-staggering
have-staggering
No Change required
Solution:
Replace 'illicit-staggering' with each other to make a grammatically and contextually correct sentence.

Q15. A word is given in bold in (E). Choose the word which should replace the word given in bold without changing the meaning of the sentence. If no change is required, choose option (E) as your answer.
benefit
accountability
applause
exculpation
commendation
Solution:
Blame: responsibility for a fault or wrong.

               






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