TEST- English Usage 014

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. WAFT : ODOUR
  • a. drag : sleigh
  • b. message : convey
  • c. cater : need
  • d. feery : troops
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 2. CONTINENT : ISLAND
  • a. ocean : lake
  • b. isthmus : peninsula
  • c. cape : cove
  • d. river : canal
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 3. BOOK : PAGE
  • a. violin : string
  • b. passage : rite
  • c. act : drama
  • d. army : soldiers
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 4. SKINFLINT : STINGY
  • a. daredevil : alert
  • b. blackguard : protective
  • c. spendthrift : weak
  • d. diehard : stubborn
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 5. ENVY : GREEN
  • a. sadness : blue
  • b. hatred : purple
  • c. blush : pink
  • d. grief : stone
  • e.Not Attempted

Directions for questions 6 to 9: Choose the two premises that lead to the statement in the question.

Question Number 6. Some Clubs are Hearts A. All Clubs are Diamonds B. All Diamonds are Clubs. C. Some Hearts are not Clubs. D. Some Diamonds are Hearts.
  • a. AD
  • b. CB
  • c. BD
  • d. AC
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 7. All Notions are Opinions A. All Opinions are Odes B. All Odes are Opinions C. All Odes are Notions D. All Notions are Odes
  • a. AC
  • b. DB
  • c. AD
  • d. DC
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 8. No Plates are Trays A. No Trays are Coasters. B. All Trays are Saucers. C. All Saucers are Plates. D. All Plates are Coasters.
  • a. AB
  • b. BC
  • c. AD
  • d. AC
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 9. Some Boats are not planks A. No Planks are Wooden. B. No Boats are Oars. C. Some Boats are Wooden. D. Some Oars are Planks.
  • a. BD
  • b. AC
  • c. AD
  • d. BC
  • 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. DAPPER
  • a. unintelligent
  • b. untidy
  • c. uncertain
  • d. ungrateful
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 11. HOVER
  • a. commence
  • b. soothe
  • c. leave
  • d. transform
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 12. NOISOME
  • a. quiet
  • b. dismayed
  • c. fragrant
  • d. sleepy
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 13. LIMPID
  • a. erect
  • b. turbid
  • c. tangential
  • d. timid
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 14. PRELUDE
  • a. intermezzo
  • b. diva
  • c. aria
  • d. aftermath
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 15. PEJORATIVE
  • a. positive
  • b. legal
  • c. determining
  • d. delighting
  • 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. Although schistosomiasis is not often fatal, it is so debilitating that it has become an economic drain on many developing countries.
  • a. it is so debilitating that it has become an economic
  • b. it is of such debilitation, it has become an economical
  • c. so debilitating is it as to become an economic
  • d. such is its debilitation, it becomes an economical
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 17. For all his professed disdain of such activities, Auden was an inveterate literary gossip.
  • a. For all his professed disdain of such activities
  • b. Having always professed disdain for such activities
  • c. All such activities were, he professed, disdained, and
  • d. Professing that all such activities were disdained
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 18. In the 1980’s the rate of increase of the minority population of the United States was nearly twice as fast as the 1970’s.
  • a. twice as fast as
  • b. twice as fast as it was in
  • c. twice what it was in
  • d. two times faster than that of
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 19. The use of chemical pesticides in this country is equally extensive or more so than ten years ago.
  • a. equally extensive or more so than ten years ago
  • b. as extensive as ten years ago or more
  • c. equal to, if not more, than ten years ago
  • d. as extensive as it was ten years ago, if not more so
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 20. The metabolic rate of sharks is low compared with the rates of most other fishes.
  • a. with the rates of most other fishes
  • b. to most other fishes’ rate
  • c. to that of rates for most other fishes
  • d. to most other fishes
  • e.Not Attempted

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