TEST- English Usage 019

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:In each question, a word with its contextual usage is provided. Pick the word from among the alternatives that is most appropriate substitute for the question word in the given context and markets number as your answer.

Question Number 1. EQUIVOCATE: Unable to face the barrage of questions from the reporters, the minister had no option but to resort to equivocation.
  • a. prevarication
  • b. allusion
  • c. diatribe
  • d. endearment
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 2. UNFATHOMABLE: The stoic depth of Hinduism will remain unfathomable to those who pretend to be its action heroes.
  • a. inscrutable
  • b. ambiguous
  • c. immeasurable
  • d. enigmatic
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 3. BEQUEATH: Sister Elizabeth Kenny announced yesterday that she would bequeath her knowledge of poliomyelitis to an international committee of orthopedic surgeons
  • a. Fugacious
  • b. Ladle
  • c. Siege
  • d. Bestow
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 4. CONNOTE: In 1904, the term blue chip first came into use to connote something that was valuable
  • a. nsinuate
  • b. finery
  • c. regalia
  • d. JFF
  • e.Not Attempted

Directions for questions 5 to 9: 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 5. Religions in order to cease to breed communalism they have to become spiritual movements geared to liberating individuals and transforming societies.
  • a. Religions in order to cease to breed communalism.
  • b. For religions to cease to breed communalism.
  • c. Religions which are ceasing to breed communalism.
  • d. For religions ceasing to breed communalism.
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 6. For the next two or three years Louise managed, notwithstanding her weak heart, to go dressing beautifully to all the most lively parties, gambling very heavily to dance and even flirt with tall slim young men.
  • a. dressing beautifully to all the most lively parties, gambling very heavily to dance and even flirt with tall slim young men.
  • b. beautifully dressed to all the most lively parties, gambling very heavily to dance and even to flirt with tall slim young men.
  • c. dressing beautifully to all the most lively parties, gambling very heavily, danced even flirt with tall slim young men
  • d. beautifully dressed to all the most lively parties, to gamble very heavily to dance and even flirt with tall slim young men
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 7. More than any other single factor, sharp increase in the price of diesel that has been responsible for the inflation experienced by India in the last few years.
  • a. More than any other single factor, sharp increase in the price of diesel that has been responsible for
  • b. More than any single factor, a sharp increase in the price of diesel that have been responsible for
  • c. More than any other single factor, sharp increase in the price of diesel has been responsible for
  • d. increase in the price of diesel, more than any other single factor, has been responsible for
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 8. Night is a deal monotonous period under a roof, but in the open world it passes highly, with its star and dews and perfumes, and the hours is marked by changes in Nature’s face.
  • a. and the hours is marked by changes in Nature’s face.
  • b. and the hours which are marked by changes in Nature’s face.
  • c. and the hours are marked by changes in the face of Nature.
  • d. and the hours are marked by the changes in the Nature’s face.
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 9. Night is a deal monotonous period under a roof, but in the open world it passes highly, with its star and dews and perfumes, and the hours is marked by changes in Nature’s face.
  • a. and the hours is marked by changes in Nature’s face.
  • b. and the hours which are marked by changes in Nature’s face.
  • c. and the hours are marked by changes in the face of Nature.
  • d. and the hours are marked by the changes in the Nature’s face.
  • e.Not Attempted

Directions for questions 10 to 13: Choose the word or set of words for each blank in the following questions that best fits the meaning of the sentence.

Question Number 10. I am not ..... to sell you my house unless you offer a more ..... price.
  • a. conform, true
  • b. prepared, realistic
  • c. ready, correct
  • d. having, actual
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 11. If we do not take ..... care in our industry, we will have to ..... a grave problem.
  • a. normal, experience
  • b. proper, face
  • c. adequate, catch
  • d. intensive, aggravate
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 12. Warned by an anonymous phone call that an explosion was ....., the police ....the building immediately.
  • a. expected, filled
  • b. ubiquitous, purged
  • c. eminent, checked
  • d. imminent, evacuated
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 13. They were unwisely ..... during their education, and ..... was the result.
  • a. neglected, ignorance
  • b. interrupted, consistency
  • c. befriended, alienation
  • d. instructed, genius
  • e.Not Attempted

Directions for questions 14 to 17: Choose the lettered word or phrase that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the word in capital letters.

Question Number 14. LAX
  • a. salty
  • b. strict
  • c. shrill
  • d. boring
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 15. SANGUINE
  • a. pessimistic
  • b. sickening
  • c. warranted
  • d. irritated
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 16. UNKEMPT
  • a. bombed
  • b. washed
  • c. neat
  • d. showy
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 17. PUTATIVE
  • a. colonial
  • b. quarrelsome
  • c. undisputed
  • d. powerful
  • e.Not Attempted

Directions for questions 18 to 20: 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 18. AWL : PUNCTURE
  • a. tire : ride
  • b. cleaver : cut
  • c. plane : soar
  • d. throttle : start
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 19. PLANET : ROTATES
  • a. top : spins
  • b. star : shines
  • c. moon : glows
  • d. toy : plays
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 20. HAND : GNARLED
  • a. tree : tall
  • b. foot : soar
  • c. flower : crushed
  • d. brow : creased
  • e.Not Attempted

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