TEST- English Usage 021

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 similar in meaning to the word in capital letters.

Question Number 1. FRANCHISE
  • a. subway
  • b. discount
  • c. license
  • d. frightful
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 2. INVEIGH
  • a. speak violently
  • b. orate
  • c. disturb
  • d. apply
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 3. AVERT
  • a. entertain
  • b. transform
  • c. turn away
  • d. lead forward
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 4. CONTINENCE
  • a. humanity
  • b. research
  • c. embryology
  • d. self-restraint
  • e.Not Attempted

Directions for questions 5 to 8: In each of the following sentences, parts of the sentences are left blank. Beneath each sentence four different way of completing the sentence are indicated. Choose the best alternative from among the four.

Question Number 5. With the refugees came ___________ tales of _____________. These tales bred new attrocities
  • a. Confronting, truce
  • b. Harrowing, savagery
  • c. Archiac, absurdites
  • d. Disdainful, snobbery
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 6. Knowing his ______________ to punctuality, she desided to _________________ the conversation he was having with the tagore
  • a. Antipathy, restore
  • b. Penchant, interpret
  • c. Pondness, continue
  • d. Agreement, allow
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 7. The serials on television now a days defect __________ characters who are for ever plotting to _________ good deeds done by others
  • a. Benevolent, facilitate
  • b. Manic, define
  • c. Vindictive, hinder
  • d. Puristic, abet
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 8. During the Presidential Election, the _____________ played by the Third Front was ______________.
  • a. Role, Roll
  • b. Affair, Part
  • c. Role, Insignificant
  • d. Subordinate, Gloomy
  • e.Not Attempted

Directions for questions 9 to 12: 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 9. MILK : SPOIL
  • a. metal : bend
  • b. water : filter
  • c. wood : rot
  • d. fish :swim
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 10. DANCE : GYRATE
  • a. move : giggle
  • b. sing : listen
  • c. coax : mar
  • d. pulsate : throb
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 11. CHANGE : INERTIA
  • a. computer : clerk
  • b. bank : loss
  • c. prudence : act
  • d. traditions : iconoclast
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 12. MASOCHIST : SELF
  • a. sadist : others
  • b. doctor : patient
  • c. optometrist : eyesight
  • d. in : out
  • e.Not Attempted

Directions for questions 13 to 16: Choose the lettered word or phrase that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the word in capital letters.

Question Number 13. ERRATIC
  • a. unromantic
  • b. free
  • c. popular
  • d. steady
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 14. JOCULAR
  • a. Arterial
  • b. Bloodless
  • c. Verbose
  • d. Serious
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 15. OSTENTATIOUS
  • a. inactive
  • b. unassuming
  • c. impolite
  • d. illicit
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 16. PROPITIOUS
  • a. induced
  • b. promoted
  • c. indicative
  • d. unfavourable
  • e.Not Attempted

Directions for questions 17 to 20: 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 17. 1. Many small kirana stores, across markets, are unable to compete with modern retailers.
2. It would make better business sense for small kirana stores to lease their premises to larger formats.
3. While the convergence areas for customers used to be near station areas and bus-stops, it is now the malls that attract footfalls.
4. Lease rentals near the new convergence areas would be high.
  • a. JIFI
  • b. FIFJ
  • c. JJFI
  • d. FJFI
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 18. 1. Till recently people were talking of the world becoming just one large village.
2. Today, however, only the brightest-eyed optimists believe so.
3. Technology makes it possible for any part of the world to link up with another.
4. The ability to establish a link is not enough to ensure that this happens.
  • a. FFJI
  • b. FJFJ
  • c. JJJJ
  • d. FFJJ
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 19. 1. Broad-based growth calls for considerable improvement in levels of literacy and education.
2. In the absence of remuneration comparable to other professions that use similar skills, the teaching profession will continue to attract persons of limited ability.
3. The elite and wealthy would send their children to the up-market schools in the hope that the teaching there is of good standard.
4. The vast majority of raw talent would remain untapped as an employable human resource.
  • a. FJIJ
  • b. FFJJ
  • c. FIIJ
  • d. JIIJ
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 20. 1. The decision of the organized pharma sector freebies to doctors is welcome.
2. Lowering the cost of treatment is not possible as long as a doctor-industry nexus continues, and any control of costs in welcome.
3. Whether voluntary restraint can be expected of all manufacturers is a matter of debate.
4. Price control is bound to impair a manufacturer’s ability to invest in innovation.
  • a. FJFI
  • b. JIJJ
  • c. JFFI
  • d. JJFI
  • e.Not Attempted

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