Directions (1-5): Each question below has 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.
Q1. Many teachers ……… the lack of professional freedom as the ……… for leaving the job.
(a) cited, reason
(b) explained, force
(c) claimed, understanding
(d) argued, culprit
(e) believe, ground
Q2. Skeptics would not ……….. that the earth actually moves, let alone that it …………. around the sun.
(a) permit, orbits
(b) accept, revolves
(c) experience, circles
(d) assume, went
(e) challenge, spin
Q3. Unpredictable ………… of the child could not lead the consultants to any……….
(a) performance, setting
(b) belief, judgement
(c) operation, purpose
(d) behaviour, conclusion
(e) react, decision
Q4. A public servant who is guilty will not …………… punishment and no …………. person will be punished.
(a) be, sincere
(b) flee, guilty
(c) defend common
(d) avoid, uniformed
(e) escape, innocent
Q5. Few professions can ………….. the sheer variety and constant ……………. of being a doctor.
(a) like, struggle
(b) share, enthusiast
(c) match, challenge
(d) draw, work-load
(e) justify, exception
Directions (6-10): Pick out the most effective word from the given words to fill in the blank to make the sentence meaningfully complete.
Q6. Having played the piano since the age of eight, he was ___________ to pursue a career in the music industry.
Q7. If honesty, humility, hope and power __________ Sachin Tendulkar, then this era is something we should learn from.
Q8. The promise of a new Nepal seems to be on the retreat, with the Maoists losing people’s goodwill and __________ an opportunity to create a more democratic nation under a new constitution.
Q9. The author fairly records the _________ realities which are faced by the man.
Q10. The deal signed in November could have been clinched easily when Iran met in Geneva earlier in the same month, but was undermined at the ___________ hour by France.
Sol. ‘cited, reason’ is the correct use.
Cited means refer to as evidence for or justification of an argument or statement, especially in a scholarly work.
S2. Ans. (b);
Sol. ‘accept, revolves’ is the correct use.
Revolves means move in a circle on a central axis.
S3. Ans. (d);
Sol. ‘behaviour, conclusion’ is the correct use.
S4. Ans. (e);
Sol. ‘escape, innocent’ is the correct use.
S5. Ans. (c);
Sol. ‘match, challenge’ is the correct use.
S6. Ans. (b)
Sol. ‘meant’ is the correct use.
S7. Ans. (e)
Sol. ‘symbolise’ is the correct use which means to represent something.
S8. Ans. (c)
Sol. ‘squandering’ is the correct use which means to waste (something, especially money or time) in a reckless and foolish manner.
S9. Ans. (a)
Sol. ‘grim’ is the correct use which means very serious or gloomy.
S10. Ans. (d)
Sol. ‘eleventh’ is an idiom which means at the last minute.