TEST- English Usage 010

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. PLUMB: FLAT
  • a. Big : Small
  • b. Large : Enormous
  • c. Less : Greater
  • d. REgal : Royal
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 2. ENGRAVING : CHISEL
  • a. printing : paper
  • b. photography : camera
  • c. lithography : stone
  • d. etching : acid
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 3. LEAD: PENCIL
  • a. Wick : Candle
  • b. Thread : Wool
  • c. Light : Darkness
  • d. Quick : Rapid
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 4. GOOSE : GANDER
  • a. duck : drake
  • b. hen : chicken
  • c. sheep : flock
  • d. dog : kennel
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 5. YOKE : OX
  • a. saddle : stallion
  • b. tether : cow
  • c. herd : sheep
  • d. harness : horse
  • e.Not Attempted

Directions for questions 6 to 9: 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 6. A. The prices of electronics good are falling B. Since we have substantial reduction in import duties, this is obvious C. But the turnover the electronic industry is still rising, because the consumers are increasing at a rapid rate. D. But the turnover the electronic industry is still rising, because the consumers are increasing at a rapid rate.
  • a. IFJF
  • b. FJII
  • c. FIJF
  • d. JIFF
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 7. A. In the past, it appears, wealth distribution, and not wealth creation has dominated the economic policy. B. Clearly, the government has not bothered to eradicate poverty. C. Today’s liberalization is far from the hitherto Nehruvian socialism D. Results are evident in the form of a boom in the manufacturing sector output and turnover of all industries
  • a. FJIF
  • b. FIFJ
  • c. IJIF
  • d. JIFF
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 8. A. Our school recently announced that boys had to be clean-shaven. B. I thought that was very unreasonable. C. Her phone rings every two minutes giving the clear pace of her social life.
  • a. FJF
  • b. JFI
  • c. FJI
  • d. IFJ
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 9. A. Instance of horrendous ragging are on the rise because no serious disciplianry action is possible. B. The students rushed off to expensive hotels because Teacher's Day must be celebrated at any cost. C. Chirst has been crossed out because he has no place in the mindless revelry that Christmas has become.
  • a. JFI
  • b. IFJ
  • c. JJF
  • d. JFJ
  • e.Not Attempted

Directions for questions 10 to 15: Choose the lettered word or phrase that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the word in capital letters.

Question Number 10. HAGGARD
  • a. shrewish
  • b. inspired
  • c. plump
  • d. maidenly
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 11. LEVITY
  • a. bridge
  • b. dam
  • c. praised
  • d. solemnity
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 12. EXONERATE
  • a. forge
  • b. accuse
  • c. record
  • d. doctor
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 13. LACKADAISICAL
  • a. monthly
  • b. possessing time
  • c. ambitions
  • d. pusillanimous
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 14. HERETIC
  • a. sophist
  • b. believer
  • c. interpreter
  • d. pacifist
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 15. EQUIVOCAL
  • a. Mistaken
  • b. quaint
  • c. azure
  • d. clear
  • 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. As a result of medical advances, many people that might at one time have died as children of such infections as diphtheria, pneumonia, or rheumatic fever now live well into old age.
  • a. that might at one time have died as children
  • b. who might once have died in childhood
  • c. that as children might once have died
  • d. who in childhood might have at one time died
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 17. During the first year after the corporate reorganization, no one considered the management was well-organized; managers were largely untrained and directionless.
  • a. was well-organized
  • b. well-organized
  • c. were well-organized
  • d. seemed to be well-organized
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 18. Although the bush administration is focused on planning entirely new war on iraq, the battle against Al Qaeda and its terrorist allies are far from over
  • a. entirely new war on iraq, the battle against Al Qaeda and its terrorist allies are
  • b. an entirely new war on iraq, the battle against Al Qaeda and its terrorist allies is
  • c. an entirely new war on iraq, the battle against Al Qaeda and its allies are
  • d. a new war on iraq, the battle against Al Qaeda and its terrorist allies are
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 19. A substance from the licorice plant, 50 times sweeter than sucrose, was recently discovered, is not only a natural sweetener but also prevents tooth decay.
  • a. A substance from the licorice plant, 50 times sweeter than sucrose, was recently discovered
  • b. A substance, which was recently discovered, from the licorice plant, 50 times sweeter than sucrose,
  • c. A substance from the licorice plant, which was recently discovered to be 50 times sweeter than sucrose,
  • d. A substance from the licorice plant, 50 times sweeter than sucrose , which was recently discovered,
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 20. Through the years, the exquisitely subtle flavors and superb richness of Kenyan coffee has attracted an international following of discerning consumers.
  • a. the exquisitely subtle flavors and superb richness of Kenyan coffee has
  • b. the coffee of Kenya, with its exquisitely subtle and superbly rich flavors, have
  • c. Kenyan coffee’s superb richness and exquisite subtlety of flavor has
  • d. the exquisitely subtle flavors and superb richness of Kenyan coffee have
  • e.Not Attempted

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