TEST- English Usage 016

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: For each of the word below, a contextual usage is given. Pick the word from the alternative given that is most inappropriate in the given context.

Question Number 1. Killjoy: If you can call someone a killjoy, you are critical of them because they stop other people from enjoying themselves.
  • a. Spoilsport
  • b. Ascetic
  • c. Hinderer
  • d. Darling
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 2. Parley: A discussion between two opposing people or groups in which both sides try to come together.
  • a. Deliberation
  • b. Soliloquy
  • c. Tete-a-tete
  • d. Negotiation
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 3. Sodden: Something that is sodden is extremely wet.
  • a. Starched
  • b. Soggy
  • c. Wet
  • d. Drenched
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 4. Rubric: It is a set of rules or instructions
  • a. Percept
  • b. Rite
  • c. Label
  • d. Glossary
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 5. Impressionable: Someone who is usually young and very easy to influence
  • a. Responsive
  • b. Excitable
  • c. Sensitive
  • d. Cocky
  • e.Not Attempted

Directions for questions 6 to 10: In the following questions, only one of the four words is spelt correctly. Mark it

Question Number 6.
  • a. aboriginaes
  • b. aborgines
  • c. aborigines
  • d. abroigines
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 7.
  • a. subservience
  • b. subserviance
  • c. suborvience
  • d. suborviance
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 8.
  • a. mertyrdom
  • b. martyrdom
  • c. martirdom
  • d. mertirdom
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 9.
  • a. liitoral
  • b. litooral
  • c. littorel
  • d. littoral
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 10.
  • a. immiscible
  • b. immisciible
  • c. immiiscible
  • d. imiscible
  • e.Not Attempted

Directions for questions 11 to 15: 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 11. Cashing my pay cheque at the bank, I headed towards home
  • a. Cashing my pay cheque at the bank
  • b. On having cashed my payment cheque at the bank
  • c. After having cashed my payment cheque at the bank
  • d. After having encashed my payment cheque in the bank
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 12. Clinton has a history in Texas dates from 1972, when she worked on Democrat George McGovern's presidential campaign registering voters.
  • a. Clinton has a history in Texas dates from 1972
  • b. Clinton's history in Texas dates from 1972
  • c. Clinton has a history from the date 1972 in Texas
  • d. Clinton's history in Texas dates back to 1972
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 13. The technique, which could undercut security software required in protecting critical data on computers , is as easy as chilling a computer memory chip with a blast of frigid air from a can of dust remover
  • a. which could undercut security software required in protecting critical data on computers
  • b. which could undermine security software while protecting critical data on computers
  • c. which could undercut security software protecting critical data on computers
  • d. which could undermine security software protecting critical data on computers
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 14. The crisis Microsoft faces is multi-part: Google continues to grow, lapping up the majority of revenue created by online advertising.
  • a. Google continues to grow, lapping up the majority of revenue created by online advertising
  • b. Google continuing to grow, lapping up the majority of revenue created by online advertising
  • c. Google continues to grow to lap up the majority of revenue created by online advertising
  • d. Google is growing fast to lap up the majority of revenue created by online advertising
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 15. It was the worst violence engulfing the capital since pro-democracy demonstrators overthrew Slobodan Milosevic eight years ago.
  • a. It was the worst violence engulfing the capital since pro-democracy demonstrators overthrew Slobodan Milosevic eight years ago.
  • b. It was the worst violence to engulf the capital since pro-democracy demonstrators overthrew Slobodan Milosevic eight years ago.
  • c. It was the worst violence to engulf the capital after pro-democracy demonstrators overthrew Slobodan Milosevic eight years ago.
  • d. It was the worst violence engulfing the capital after pro-democracy demonstrators overthrew Slobodan Milosevic eight years ago.
  • e.Not Attempted

Directions for questions 17 to 20: Choose the lettered word or phrase that is most nearly similar in meaning to the word in capital letters.

Question Number 16. COGNIZANCE
  • a. policy
  • b. knowledge
  • c. advance
  • d. omission
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 17. PILLAGE
  • a. hoard
  • b. plunder
  • c. versify
  • d. denigrate
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 18. MENIAL
  • a. intellectual
  • b. clairvoyant
  • c. servile
  • d. arrogant
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 19. ADULATION
  • a. youth
  • b. purity
  • c. brightness
  • d. criticism
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 20. MORDANT
  • a. dying
  • b. trenchant
  • c. fabricating
  • d. controlling
  • e.Not Attempted

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