TEST- English Usage 020

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 4:Choose the lettered word or phrase that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the word in capital letters.

Question Number 1. OBSOLETE
  • a. heated
  • b. desolated
  • c. renovated
  • d. frightful
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 2. NOCTURNAL
  • a. harsh
  • b. marauding
  • c. patrolling
  • d. daily
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 3. IGNOBLE
  • a. produced by fire
  • b. worthy
  • c. given to questioning
  • d. huge
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 4. HAPLESS
  • a. cheerful
  • b. consistent
  • c. fortunate
  • d. considerate
  • e.Not Attempted

Directions for questions 5 to 8: From the alternatives, choose the one which correctly classifies the four sentences as a
F: Fact: If it relates to a known matter of direct observation, or an existing reality or something known to be true.
J: Judgment: If it is an opinion or estimate or anticipation of common sense or intention.
I: Inference: If it is logical conclusion or deduction about something based on the knowledge of facts.

Question Number 5. 1. To date Shiva has represented India thrice in Luge, an extreme ice-sport, at the winter Olympics.
2. Ranked 25th in the Luge world, Shiva the youngest Luge Olympian in the whole world, may well be called the fastest Indian on ice.
3. The thrill in this sport is how you keep your cool in extreme conditions.
4. Considering that he never had a full-time coach, his world ranking appears no less than a feat.
  • a. FIJJ
  • b. JIJI
  • c. FJIJ
  • d. FFJJ
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 6. 1. Hindustani classical music has a style of singing called Vilambit, in which the tempo of singing is very slow.
2. Dhrut, another important part of Hindustani classical music, is more melodious to listen to than even Vilambit.
3. The recent conference on Raga Therapy in Chennai will create more awareness on the therapeutic effects of Ragas on the human body and mind.
4. The great Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Saheb had once said that if every child in pre-Independence India had studied classical music, the partition of India and Pakistan would not have occurred.
  • a. FJJI
  • b. JJIF
  • c. IIIJ
  • d. FJJF
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 7. 1. The decision to use a common logo should have been at the 17th session of FAO Inter-Govermental Group on Tea, which met in Nairobi for three days from November 28.
2. This common logo is similar to ‘woolmark’ that is used by woolen garment manufacturers worldwide.
3. According to mid-term projections, global black tea production is projected to grow at 1.8% from 2005 to 2016, when it is expected to reach 2,927 million kg compared to an annual growth rate of 2.3% during the last decade.
4. In keeping with the overall situation, in African countries too the growth in annual output can be expected to slow down.
  • a. FIIF
  • b. JIFF
  • c. JFFI
  • d. JFFF
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 8. 1. There have been various studies conducted on the human mind by the Tata Research Institute.
2. The mind is nothing but a flow of thoughts.
3. The human mind cannot be seen but its wonderful effects are clearly experienced by each one of us living in this world.
4. In the scriptures, the mind has been compared to a lake; this may be because comparison with a lake makes the task of explaining the nuances of the mind relatively easy.
  • a. JFIJ
  • b. IFFJ
  • c. IFFI
  • d. FJJI
  • e.Not Attempted

Directions for questions 9 to 12: Choose the word or set of words for each blank in the following questions that best fits the meaning of the sentence.

Question Number 9. With the realisation, we have found ourselves left with ..... moral values and little ethical ..... .
  • a. fundamental, scruples
  • b. extreme, judgement
  • c. stereotyped, perspective
  • d. incidental, standards
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 10. The ..... soldier ..... at the idea that he was to go to battle.
  • a. luckless, rejoiced
  • b. youthful, retired
  • c. unwilling, recoiled
  • d. frail, relapsed
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 11. Although he was known as a ..... old miser, his anonymous gifts to charity were always .....
  • a. grasping, tasteless
  • b. spendthrift, gracious
  • c. gregarious, selfish
  • d. penurious, generous
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 12. Despite their strong resentment the tribals ..... the new laws as long the Government officials did not ..... them too strenuously.
  • a. expected, filled
  • b. ubiquitous, purged
  • c. eminent, checked
  • d. imminent, evacuated
  • e.Not Attempted

Directions for questions 13 to 16: In each question, a word with its contextual usage is provided. Pick the word from among the alternatives that is most appropriate substitute for the question word in the given context and markets number as your answer.

Question Number 13. squeamish: Some two decades later, a more benign but equally squeamish American foundation reported that it was lowering the incidence of “negative health outcomes” among a group of poor people.
  • a. disgusted
  • b. deign
  • c. halcyon
  • d. blissful
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 14. Innuendo : Many of the songs in Hindi films are full of innuendos
  • a. moral
  • b. information
  • c. message
  • d. double meaning
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 15. Presumptuous : It was presumptuous on her part to expect me to do the project alone.
  • a. wrong
  • b. careless
  • c. negligent
  • d. overbearingly confident
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 16. Solemn : The most solemn duty of a commander in chief is to fulfill his responsibility to the men and women who serve this country in uniform
  • a. protocol
  • b. gloomy
  • c. impressive
  • d. somber
  • e.Not Attempted

Directions for questions 17 to 20: Select the lettered pair in the following analogy questions that best expresses a relationship similar to that expressed in the original capitalised pair.

Question Number 17. LUSH : JUNGLE
  • a. delicious : fruit
  • b. diligent : worker
  • c. barren : desert
  • d. hot : weather
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 18. CARET : INSERT : :
  • a. Period : Stop
  • b. Colon : Sever
  • c. Comma : Interjection
  • d. Punctuation : Pause
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 19. SCULPTOR : STONE
  • a. essayist : words
  • b. painter : turpentine
  • c. composer : symphony
  • d. logger : timber
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 20. CORROSION : IRON ::
  • a. Wane: Energy
  • b. Tooth : Decay
  • c. Atrophy : Muscle
  • d. Extinguish : Lamp
  • e.Not Attempted

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