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Read the following questions and each question has two blanks. Choose the set of appropriate words for each blank to form a meaningful sentence.

  1. The government led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal, came to power in 2016 on the …………………of accommodating these demands to the extent possible and ………………… a reasonable consensus across the political spectrum.
    1.commitment, recommending
    2.obligation, drawing
    3.promise, forging
    4.plight, building
    5.swearing, manufacturing
    Answer – 3.promise, forging
    Explanation :
    Govt came to power on the promise or commitment of fulfilling the demands. Hence options A and C are valid for the first blank. ‘Obligation’ B is also the right choice but will be next best option after A and C. For the second blank – ‘forging’ or ‘building’ is the right word. Consensus – a general agreement, accord, unanimity etc. ‘Across the political spectrum’ means across all the political parties, Govt wanted to build or forge a consensus on which all the political parties agree. Using this analogy, we can arrive at the answer C

  2. The Tamil Nadu goverment has itself to blame for theviolence………………… by pro-Jallikattu………………… in Chennai on Monday.
    1.propagated, people
    2.unleashed, protestors
    3.kindled, forum
    4.overthrown, administration
    5.wreaked, sympathisers
    Answer – 2.unleashed, protestors
    Explanation :
    Unleash – become unrestrained, uncontrolled etc. Kindle – become impassioned, inspire or arouse an emotion or feeling; ‘violence’. Wreak – cause or inflict harm. For the first blank, options B, and E are correct. In the second blank, we talk of people who favourJallikattu or are pro- Jallikattu. ‘Protestors’ is the correct word for the second blank.

  3. This ………………… by South Korea’s highest court, upholding Parliament’s vote to impeach Park Geun-hye, could well ………………… a new era in a land where it has for long been unthinkable to get the powerful to face justice even for serious crimes.
    1.verdict, herald
    2.indecision, compromise
    3.indictment, deliver
    4.opinion, indicate
    5.conviction, promise
    Answer – 1.verdict, herald

  4. …………………of presidential immunity, Ms. Park could now face criminal proceedings on allegations that she was ………………… in nefarious activities involving her close confidante.
    1.Reserved, engaged
    2.Deprived, redundant
    3.Stripped, complicit
    4.Inspite, involved
    5.Availability, accomplice
    Answer – 3.Stripped, complicit
    Explanation :
    sentence tells about criminal proceedings against a person. It means the immunity was taken away, that is why the case has been filed, hence only B and C can occupy the first blank. For the second blank, Complicit – involved with others in an activity that is unlawful or morally wrong- is the perfect word. ‘Redundant’ – no more in use, unnecessary, expendable.

  5. The most provocative foreign policy move was the US’s …………………of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence, an American missile defence system, in South China sea which …………………regional tensions between the US and China.
    1.bringing, accelerated
    2.deployment, escalated
    3.engagement, unified
    4.submission, subdued
    5.stationing, hampered
    Answer – 2.deployment, escalated
    Explanation :
    Missile defence system can either be deployed or stationed in a place. Hence only option B and E are fit for the first blank. Also, from the sentence we know that this such an action by America would increase the tension between two countries (read closely – America deployed defence system in South China sea). Hence between B and E, ‘escalated’ is the right choice. Hamper (verb) – obstruct, impede, retard etc.

  6. While acknowledging that it is still too early to …………………exactly how the Trump administration’s fiscal policies may unfold, the central bank is intimating that it will be closely ………………… the new dispensation’s broad budget plans.
    1.visualize, offending
    2.prohibit, vying
    3.anticipate, monitoring
    4.regard, celebrating
    5.predict, preparing
    Answer – 3.anticipate, monitoring
    Explanation :
    Since we are talking of a future time (how trump’s policies unfold or what is the effect of trump’s policies), so options A, C and E fit in the first blank. ‘New dispensation’ – new govt of Mr. Trump. For the second blank, only ‘monitoring’ is the correct fit; other words could be ‘observing’ and ‘tracking’.

  7. Given that the central bank’s holdings of Treasury bonds reached record levels in the ………………… of the 2008 financial crisis, any plan to begin unwinding these holdings will need to be very carefully ………………….
    1.purview, constructed
    2.succession, updated
    3.consequence, conveyed
    4.aftermath, calibrated
    5.tenure, formulated
    Answer – 4.aftermath, calibrated
    Explanation :
    Aftermath – the consequences or after-effects of an unpleasant event. Record levels were reached as a consequence of crisis or in the aftermath of crisis. Do notice the different ways in which options C and D are used. ‘During the crisis’ would also be correct, although meaning will change. For the second blank, we need a verb for the subject ‘plan’. Plans needs to be carefully formulated/calibrated/executed etc. ‘Conveyed’ wont make any sense.

  8. Congress will have to build a ………………… opposition to the BJP, little by little, State by State, instead of trying to pit Mr. Gandhi against the vastly more experienced Mr. Modi in what is clearly an unequal ………………….
    1.dramatic, contest
    2.robust, debate
    3.fragmented, encounter
    4.formidable, pitch
    5.credible, battle
    Answer – 5.credible, battle
    Explanation :
    For the first blank, we need an adjective for the ‘opposition’. B, D and E are the apt options. For the second, only ‘battle’ fits. ‘Contest’ and ‘Encounter’ could be other correct words too. Robust – strong, rigid. Formidable – daunting, alarming, frightening. Fragmented – broken, not strong.

  9. His confidence that the 2019 general elections will see him ………………… as an even stronger supreme leader is predicated on the ………………… in the ranks of his political opponents.
    1.emerge, disarray
    2.define, abetment
    3.outgrow, obtrusion
    4.nourish, progress
    5.prosper, harmony
    Answer – 1.emerge, disarray
    Explanation :
    Disarray – a state of disorder, confusion, chaos. Abetment – to encourage or support in wrongdoing. Read the sentence closely, in the first part the leader is becoming a stronger leader because of problems in the ranks of political opponents, hence we need a negative word in the second blank, hence option A. For the first blank, ‘develop’ and ‘grow’ could be other correct words.

  10. Former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav too will take a long time to ………………… the ground that slipped from under his feet so easily and ………………… the damage that the internecine family feud did to the SP.
    1.regain, stop
    2.assess, repair
    3.enjoin, correct
    4.recover, contain
    5.alight, impair
    Answer – 4.recover, contain
    Explanation :
    For the second blank – damage can be ‘repaired’ or ‘corrected’ or ‘contained’. A and E do not fit in the second blank. Assess – to calculate; Enjoin – pressure, urge, encourage; Both the options do not fit in the first blank. Ground that slipped under his feet can be recovered or regained or restored (although the first two are better).

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