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Directions (Q.1-10): In the following questions, a paragraph is given with three blanks, followed by six words. You have to choose the most suitable combination of words among the five alternative options, that will fill the blank coherently, forming a grammatically correct and contextually meaningful paragraph. If none of the given combination is appropriate to fill the blank, mark option (e) i.e. “none of these” as your answer choice.

  1. Given the political dynamics in the U.S. today, a systemic solution to this problem is not _______. However, it has to be on the India-U.S. dialogue agenda. The India-U.S. strategic partnership is based on a strong _______ of interests, but it was not intended to have the exclusivity of an alliance. India should not have to choose between one strategic partnership and another. The India-Russia dialogue should not get _________ entangled in the India-U.S.
    I. lucid
    II. evident
    III. fondle
    IV. tangle
    V. mutuality
    VI. inextricably
    1. II , III , V
    2. V , II , I
    3. II , V , VI
    4. I , III , IIV
    5. none of these
    Answer – 3)
    Explanation:
    Evident- clearly seen or understood
    Mutuality- the sharing of a feeling, action, or relationship between two or more parties.
    Inextricably- impossible to disentangle or separate

  2. Westphalia has its critics who point to the risks of territoriality _________ from geopolitical autonomy, but it has, nonetheless, become a _________, a by-word for smaller entities coming together to resist the might of the physically and militarily large, the technologically and financially _______ and the politically dominant.
    I. stemming
    II. preponderant
    III. pretense
    IV. metaphor
    V. clique
    VI. habitual
    1. II , IV , V
    2. I , IV , II
    3. II , IV , V
    4. V , VI ,I
    5. none of these
    Answer – 2)
    Explanation:
    Stemming- originate in or be caused by
    Preponderant- predominant in influence
    Metaphor- a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.

  3. Where curriculum designers fear to tread, film directors take relaxed, bold ______. Few will consider ghosts and witchcraft as suitable topics for a textbook. Killing of women on the ______ that they are practising witchcraft occasionally figures in the news. Such episodes may be on the decline, but witches and ghosts continue to shape the deeper layers of the collective _____ mind.
    I. abrade
    II. suspicion
    III. strides
    IV. impute
    V. convoke
    VI. social
    1. III , II , VI
    2. I , II , IV
    3. VI , V , III
    4. II , V , I
    5. none of these
    Answer – 1)
    Explanation:
    Strides- walk with long, decisive steps in a specified direction
    Suspicion- a feeling or thought that something is possible
    Social- relating to society or its organization

  4. Memory is a great charger. It is also a great __________. The Congress’s memory of its past _______ energises it but restricts its scope for a practical __________ of current realities.
    I. accommodation
    II. leavening
    III. supremacy
    IV. fallacy
    V. inhibitor
    VI. lampoon
    1. III , VI , IV
    2. I , II , IV
    3. II , VI , V
    4. V , III , I
    5. none of these
    Answer – 4)
    Explanation:
    Accommodation – the available space for occupants
    Supremacy- the state or condition of being superior to all others
    Inhibitor- someone who hinders, restrains, or prevents

  5. The State must follow a more ______ policy of creating incentives for firms leading to greater employment, instead of merely dictating higher recruitment of locals. Gujarat is no _______. Nativist arguments against migrants have been too easily used by political forces in various States, from more developed ones such as Maharashtra to smaller States such as Meghalaya, to address ________ over the paucity of jobs.
    I. ferment
    II. holistic
    III. exception
    IV. resentment
    V. burlesque
    VI. crusade
    1. I , II , V
    2. III , VI, V
    3. II , III , IV
    4. IV , II ,I
    5. none of these
    Answer – 3)
    Explanation:
    Holistic- characterized by the belief that the parts of something are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole
    Exception- a person or thing that is excluded from a general statement
    Resentment- bitter indignation at having been treated unfairly

  6. While education has improved the distribution of _______ and job opportunities for women, it has made little impact on male aggression and self-righteousness. The potential that education has for improving male sanity has been severely ________ by the unprecedented and easy ______ provided by digital devices to pornography, including child pornography.
    I. eligibility
    II. hampered
    III. access
    IV. enmesh
    V. notable
    VI. bewitch
    1. III , IV , V
    2. I , II , III
    3. II , I ,III
    4. IV , V , VI
    5. none of these
    Answer – 2)
    Explanation:
    Eligibility – the state of having the right to do or obtain something through satisfaction of the appropriate conditions
    Hampered- hinder or impede the movement
    Access- the means or opportunity to approach or enter a place

  7. Liberal-progressive America may understandably fear that the country is on the _____ of a new epoch of politics and social justice that could ______ a ________ of hard-fought freedoms in areas such as women’s reproductive rights, voting rights, LGBTQ rights, rights of racial or ethnic minorities, immigration reform, and environmental controls.
    I. travesty
    II. certitude
    III. yeast
    IV. brink
    V. herald
    VI. rollback
    1. II , III , VI
    2. I , III , V
    3. III , VI , I
    4. IV , V , VI
    5. none of these
    Answer – 4)
    Explanation:
    Brink- the extreme edge of land before a steep slope
    Herald- a person or thing viewed as a sign that something is about to happen
    Rollback- a reduction or decrease

  8. India, Pakistan and China are already suffering ______ effects of warming in areas such as water availability, food production and land degradation, and these will _____, as the report says. Closer to a 2°C increase, these impacts are expected to spread to sub-Saharan Africa, and West and East Asia. The _______ for India, of annual heatwaves by mid-century in a scenario of temperature increase in the 1.5°C to 2°C range, is particularly worrying.
    I. cinch
    II. moderate
    III. ennui
    IV. bellicose
    V. prognosis
    VI. worsen
    1. II , VI , V
    2. I , IV , III
    3. II , III , V
    4. III , IV , VI
    5. none of these
    Answer – 1)
    Explanation:
    Moderate- average in amount, intensity, quality, or degree
    Prognosis- a forecast of the likely outcome of a situation
    Worsen- make or become worse

  9. The Road Accidents in India report of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways for 2017 comes as a disappointment. By ______ poorly performing policies and programmes, it has failed to signal the _______ shift necessary to reduce death and disability on the roads. It expresses concern at the large number of people who die every year and the thousands who are ________ in accidents, but the remedies it highlights are weak, incremental and unlikely to bring about a transformation.
    I. quantum
    II. reiterating
    III. overhang
    IV. crippled
    V. rampart
    VI. tribulation
    1. VI , V , IV
    2. II , I , IV
    3. III , VI , I
    4. V , III , II
    5. none of these
    Answer – 2)
    Explanation:
    Quantum – a discrete quantity of energy proportional in magnitude to the frequency of the radiation it represents
    Reiterating- say something again or a number of times
    Crippled- unable to walk or move properly

  10. From Independence, India’s politics had taken the form of a consensus _______ to issues about nationhood and majority-minority relations. Clearly, that consensus has broken down, with the BJP keen to break away from the traditional national ______. In the past too, religion wasn’t divorced from politics since it is part of the political landscape, but it is certainly more _______ now.
    I. strident
    II. dauntless
    III. pertaining
    IV. fumble
    V. pernicious
    VI. discourse
    1. I , II , III
    2. IV , V , VI
    3. III , VI , I
    4. II , III , IV
    5. none of these
    Answer – 3)
    Explanation:
    Pertaining – be appropriate, related, or applicable to.
    Strident – loud and harsh
    Discourse – written or spoken communication