TEST- English Usage 001

Instructions
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: 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 1. NOVEL : BOOK
  • a. act : play
  • b. article : magazine
  • c. mitten : hand
  • d. loafer : shoe
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 2. TEMERITY : CAUTION
  • a. trepidation : fear
  • b. effrontery : shame
  • c. cacophony : dissonance
  • d. capriciousness : whimsy
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 3. NEST : BIRD
  • a. lair : lion
  • b. kennel : dog
  • c. ring : elephant
  • d. corral : horse
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 4. HAMMER : HIT
  • a. screw : replace
  • b. wrench : leak
  • c. glue : paste
  • d. saw : cut
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 5. ANGER : DISPLEASURE
  • a. ignorance : knowledge
  • b. hatred : understanding
  • c. ecstasy : happiness
  • d. patience : fury
  • e.Not Attempted

Directions for questions 6 to 9: In each of the following statement the main statement is followed by four sentences each. Select a pair of sentences that relate logically with the given statement.

Question Number 6. Either Sam is ill; or he is drunk. A. Sam is ill
B. Sam is not ill
C. Sam is drunk
D. Sam is not drunk
  • a. AB
  • b. DA
  • c. AC
  • d. CD
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 7. Whenever Ram hears of tragedy, he losses sleep.
A. Ram heard of a tragedy
B. Ram did not hear of a tragedy
C. Ram lost sleep
D. Ram did not lose sleep
  • a. CA
  • b. BD
  • c. DB
  • d. AD
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 8. Either the train is late; or it has derailed
A. The train is late
B. The train is not late
C. The train is derailed
D. The train is not derailed
  • a. AB
  • b. DB
  • c. CA
  • d. BC
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 9. When I read a horror story, I have a nightmare
A. I read a story
B. I did not read a horror story
C. I did not have a nightmare
D. I had nightmare
  • a. CB
  • b. AD
  • c. BC
  • d. AC
  • e.Not Attempted

Directions for questions 10 to 15: In each question, A single word is used in four different ways, numbered (a) to (d). Choose the option in which the usage of the word is INCORRECT or INAPPROPRIATE.

Question Number 10. Advance
  • a. The discovery of antibiotics was a major medical advance.
  • b. Advance three paces
  • c. Property values are going to advance in the near future.
  • d. She was planning for advance preparations to clear CAT better this there.
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 11. Enforce
  • a. Such a strict rule is not easily enforceable.
  • b. The police are entrusted with the enforcement of law and order.
  • c. Have you any statistics that would enforce your argument?
  • d. The teacher enforced the children into obedience.
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 12. Rage
  • a. The fierce battle raged for weeks
  • b. The long hike has given me a rage thirst
  • c. Cholera is raging(v) out of control in the informal settlement
  • d. Many youngsters want whatever is the latest rage.
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 13. Scream
  • a. His bright purple shirt screams.
  • b. Chickens have screamy necks.
  • c. She’s an absolute scream, always cracking jokes.
  • d. The car screamed along the highway at 140 km per hour.
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 14. Protagonist
  • a. For many people Shylock is the protagonist in ‘The Merchant of Venice’
  • b. He had resolved to take the chief protagonists across the sea towards the West at the end of the book.
  • c. He is an enthusiastic protagonist of women’s rights
  • d. I brought it on myself like the tragic protagonist of a Greek play.
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 15. Data
  • a. Feed the data into the computer.
  • b. Insufficient data were supplied for a reliable result
  • c. The information captured is stored as a database and can be retrieved at any time.
  • d. The available data on acid rain in Northern Europe suggests that the Britain is the chief culprit.
  • e.Not Attempted

Directions for questions 16 to 20: 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 16. Since 1986 enrollments of African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans in fulltime engineering programs in the United States has steadily increased, while the number of other students who enter the field has fallen.
  • a. has steadily increased, while the number of other students who enter the field has fallen
  • b. has steadily increased, while other students entering the field have declined in number
  • c. increased steadily, while there was a decline in the number of other students entering the field
  • d. have steadily increased, while the number of other students entering the field has fallen
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 17. From the time of its defeat by the Germans in 1940 until its liberation in 1944, France was a bitter and divided country; a kind of civil war raged in the Vichy government between those who wanted to collaborate with the Nazis with those who opposed them.
  • a. between those who wanted to collaborate with the Nazis with those who opposed
  • b. between those who wanted to collaborate with the Nazis and those who opposed
  • c. between those wanting to collaborate with the Nazis with those opposing
  • d. among those who wanted to collaborate with the Nazis and those who opposed
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 18. Biologists believe that they have found one of the substances that tell individual genes both when to become active and when to remain quiescent in the earliest phases of an embryo’s development.
  • a. tell individual genes both when to become active and when to remain
  • b. tell individual genes both at which time they should become active or should remain
  • c. tells individual genes both when to become active or remain
  • d. tells individual genes both when to become active or when to remain
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 19. The growth of the railroads led to the abolition of local times, which was determined by when the sun reached the observer’s meridian and differing from city to city, and to the establishment of regional times.
  • a. which was determined by when the sun reached the observer’s meridian and differing
  • b. which was determined by when the sun reached the observer’s meridian and which differed
  • c. which were determined by when the sun reached the observer’s meridian and differing
  • d. determined by when the sun reached the observer’s meridian and differing
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 20. Under Napoleon the French were not able to organize an adequate supply system, and it was a major cause of the failure of their invasion of Russia.
  • a. Under Napoleon the French were not able to organize an adequate supply system, and it
  • b. The French being unable to organize an adequate supply system under Napoleon
  • c. For the French under Napoleon, to be unable to organize an adequate supply system
  • d. The inability of the French under Napoleon to organize an adequate supply system
  • e.Not Attempted

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