TEST- English Usage 017

1. The test comprises of 20 questions. You should complete the test within 15 minutes.
2. There is only one correct answer to each question.
3. All questions carry four marks each.
4. Each wrong answer will attract a penalty of one mark.

Directions for questions 1 to 5: In each question, the word at the top of the table is used in four different ways Choose the option in which the usage of the word is INCORRECT or INAPPROPRIATE.

Question Number 1. PAPER
  • a. When I put down my thoughts on paper, I found more clarity
  • b. Although difference between the neighbors were papered down they were not fully resolved.
  • c. The promise you make are not worth the paper they were written on.
  • d. They papered their bedroom in soft colours.
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 2. RUN
  • a. Whenever she runs short in ideas she consults her dad.
  • b. The prisoner who escaped is on the run from the police.
  • c. It is not often that you run into an old friend at a cinema.
  • d. The innovation has run its course and is no longer useful.
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 3. HAND
  • a. I read everything I can lay my hand on.
  • b. Traditions are customs that you hand down from generation to generation.
  • c. “You must hand in your homework before you leave”, said the teacher.
  • d. Mala was given a free hand with the arrangements.
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 4. NOTICE
  • a. Send this notice to all our area offices.
  • b. Owls and cats notice during dark.
  • c. If you want to continue in my office be honest, otherwise hand in your notice.
  • d. Sorry I took no notice of your presence at the dinner.
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 5. DISTINCT
  • a. He is distinct about what is right and what is wrong.
  • b. Mars became distinct on the horizons in the month of august.
  • c. The distinct strains of Ravi’s violin could be heard above the general din.
  • d. Ghoshbabu’s is a distinct case of water rising above its own level.
  • e.Not Attempted

Directions for questions 6 to 10: Choose the lettered word or phrase that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the word in capital letters.

Question Number 6. PERIPATETIC
  • a. worldly
  • b. stationary
  • c. disarming
  • d. inherent
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 7. RUSTIC
  • a. urban
  • b. slow
  • c. corroded
  • d. mercenary
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 8. SALLOW
  • a. salacious
  • b. ruddy
  • c. colorless
  • d. permitted
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 9. CARNAL
  • a. impressive
  • b. minute
  • c. spiritual
  • d. actual
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 10. CRYPTIC
  • a. tomblike
  • b. futile
  • c. indifferent
  • d. candid
  • e.Not Attempted

Directions for questions 11 to 15: In each of the following sentences, a part of the sentence is underlines. Four different ways of phrasing the underlined part are given. Choose the best alternatives.

Question Number 11. I may not have known much about managing investments, but I think I am a great debt manager.
  • a. do not know
  • b. might not know
  • c. couldn’t know
  • d. may not know
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 12. When you look at long term, investing in equity had proved to be a good way to create wealth.
  • a. was proven to have been
  • b. will be proved to have been
  • c. has proved to be a
  • d. is proving to be a
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 13. A direct line between the two major capitals of world power could avert escalation of an untoward incident into a nuclear holocaust
  • a. could overt escalation
  • b. can avert elevation
  • c. could avert escalation
  • d. can overt elevation
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 14. By emulation of the magi of the bible, who carried their offerings to the Chirst child 12 days after his birth, Italians present gifts to their children epiphany
  • a. In simulation of the magi
  • b. In emulation by the magi
  • c. In emulation of the magi
  • d. By simulation of the magi
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 15. Passenger car sales moved into positive gear, clocking a 4 per cent growth just as a few manufacturers were to continue their downward slide in September.
  • a. just as a few manufacturers were to continue .
  • b. just as a few manufacturers continued.
  • c. even as a few manufacturers will continue.
  • d. even as a few manufacturers continued on.
  • e.Not Attempted

Directions for questions 16 to 20: Select the lettered pair in the following analogy questions that best expresses a relationship similar to that expressed in the original capitalized pair.

Question Number 16. TRYST : CLANDESTINE
  • a. reverie : dreamy
  • b. acquaintanceship : brief
  • c. expectation : hopeless
  • d. glance : resentful
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 17. CANONIZE : SAINT
  • a. train : athlete
  • b. guard : dignitary
  • c. deify : sinner
  • d. lionize : celebrity
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 18. INDOLENT : WORK
  • a. decisive : act
  • b. gullible : cheat
  • c. perceptive : observer
  • d. taciturn : speak
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 19. PERJURY : OATH
  • a. plagiarism : authority
  • b. embezzlement : trust
  • c. disrespect : age
  • d. testimony : court
  • e.Not Attempted

  • a. byline : column
  • b. alias : charge
  • c. credit : purchase
  • d. note : scale
  • e.Not Attempted

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