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Q 1. In the following passage, some of the words have been left out. First read the passage over and try to understand what is about. Then fill in the blanks with the help of the alternatives given. When we visited the volcano it was in a state of (1) . We stood near tip of the (2) on an irregular plane. It was heaped (3) stones and cinders and (4) rocks which had been regularly (5) out from the volcano. During the volcanic eruption, large quantities of rocks and stones were hurled out from the summit in terrible (6) . From the summit volumes (7) smoke and fountains of liquid fire (8) forth continuously. The smoke now white, now impenetrably black was (9) by a deep fiery roar. Stones (10) down and the molten lava moved on with a horrible sound.
(1) is

A

movement

eruption

C

ejection

D

insertion

Explanation

eruption (Noun) : the act of exploding

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Q 2. In the following passage, some of the words have been left out. First read the passage over and try to understand what it is about. Then fill in the blanks with the help of the alternatives given. I have always been nervous and keyed up at onset of any operation. With Louwtzie next to me, I became even more tense. There was a sense of (1) between us which did not belong in the theatre. It was something electrical, a sort of involuntary interlocking of our (2) selves, which she could not (3) any more than I would. Inevitably, this was a (4) at the operating table. The ritual of command and interlacing of hands and instruments demand a totally different (5).
(1) is

A

futility

B

consistency

C

hostility

intimacy

Explanation

intimacy (Noun) : the state of having a close personal relationship with somebody

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Q 3. In the following passage, some of the words have been left out. First read the passage over and try to understand what it is about. Then fill in the blanks with the help of the alternatives given. Bollywood is the informal term (1) used for the Hindi-language film industry (2) in Mumbai, India. The term is (3) incorrectly used to refer to the (4) of Indian cinema; it is only a (5) of the Indian film industry. Bollywood is the (6) film producer in India and one of the largest (7) of film production in the (8). The name is a portmanteau of Bombay the (9) name for Mumbai and Hollywood, the (10) of the American film industry.
(1) is

A

ultimately

popularly

C

singularly

D

deliberately

Explanation

popularly (Adv.) : commonly

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Q 4. In the following passage, some of the words have been left out. First read the passage over and try to understand what it is about. Then fill in the blanks with the help of the alternatives given. Experts are beginning to suspect that one of the major (1) of crime in modern cities is the actual design of the city. Oscar Newman, a professor of architecture, in his book titled "Defensible Space has (2) the results of his research on this question. The effect of environment (3) crime is twofold. Prof. Newman's research shows that some buildings may encourage people not only to interfere but to allow crimes to (4). Crowded apartments in a huge block bring people physically together but isolate them (5). People living in what is (6), one building with a common entry fell isolated within their own apartments. They are unconcerned (7) their neighbours. Some years ago, a girl was stabbed to death (8) a period of half an hour, while hundreds of people living in the block (9) without interfering, without even calling the police. The other obvious effect of the design of buildings is that it affords room for crimes. Hidden nooks and corners, spaces between buildings out of (10) are convenient spots where crimes can be committed without the fear of detection.
(1) is

A

expositions

causes

C

theories

D

results

Explanation

causes (Noun)

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Q 5. Directions (346 - 355) : In the following passage, some of the words have been left out. First read the passage over and try to understand what it is about. Then fill in the blanks with the help of the alternatives given. India and 25 other countries agreed to the Copenhagen Accord even as other developing countries accepted it as an irreversible decision later. The Accord came out of (1) bargaining lasting almost 20 hours among (2) of governments of some of the most (3) countries of the world. At the (4) of the day on Saturday, India (5) to have given ground on some (6) but blocked intrusion on other red lines. It had become (7) within the first week of the (8) that the best, even the four emerging and (9) economies of the developing world were going to defend the (10) economic resource sharing regimes.
(1) is

A

difficult

hard

C

easy

D

early

Explanation

hard (Adj.) : difficult

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Q 6. PASSAGE -II One of the oldest cities of Asia, Srinagar is known for its unique wooden architecture. Its (1) network of narrow streets amid multi-storey wooded houses (2) out its waterways, make it look like medieval Islamic (3) centres. The large-scale demolition of traditional buildings and bazaars (4) the quest for modernity have, however, (5) to their disappearance.
(1) is

A

expansive

extensive

C

extended

D

expended

Explanation

extensive (Adj.) : covering a large area

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Q 7. In the following questions, in the passage some of the words have been left out. Read the passage carefully and choose the correct answer to each question out of the four alternatives and fill in the blanks. The Red Indians (1) for the arrival of the bison. The beasts, which come only once a year, are a good source of meat and hide. The Red Indians (2) to survive the cold, bitter winter. Tikki, the young boy, (3) to look out for herd's arrival. Everyday, he (4) to the top of the hill to see if he could spot them on the vast horizon. One night, while he (5) the ground shook (6) and his bag of arrows fell off from its hook on the wall. Tikki (7) of his wigwam and felt a strong gust of wind and dust gush past him. Shouting excitedly, he ran to the other wigwams and woke everyone up. A big fire (8) built and the Red Indians danced around it, giving praises to their God who had, at last, (9) their food and clothing of animal hide. The next morning, all the warriors (10) to hunt down the beasts which were grazing near the river.
(1) is

were waiting

B

is waiting

C

were waited

D

are waited

Explanation

were waiting

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Q 8. In the following two passages some of the words have been left out. Read the passages carefully and choose the correct answer to each question out of the four alternatives and fill in the blanks. Passage I How old is the Earth ? This is a (1) to which we may never have the exact (2). Man has (3) about the age of the Earth since (4) times, and there were all kinds of myths and (5) that seemed to have the answer. When it was proven that the Earth (6) around the Sun, (7) then knew where to begin. To find the (8) of the Earth, it was necessary to (9) how the solar system was (10).
(1) is

question

B

debate

C

fact

D

point

Explanation

question

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Q 9. Passage -II There is an old story told of a man who (1) into a deep sleep, His friend stayed by him as long as he (2). Being compelled to go and fearing that he might be in want, the friend hid a (3) in the old man's garment, When the old man (4), not (5) that his friend had (6) a jewel in his garment, he wandered about in (7), hungry. A long time afterwards, the two men met again. The friend told the poor man about the jewel and (8) him to look for it. Like the old man in the story, people (9) about in this life, (10) of what is hidden away in their inner nature, pure and untarnished. Meanings of words/phrases(1)In vain = useless(2)Wander (Verb) = to walk aimlessly.
(1) is

fell

B

fall

C

slept

D

fallen

Explanation

fell

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Q 10. Passage II It is one of the tragic ironies of our age that the rocket which could have been symbol of humanity's aspirations for the stars, has become one of the weapons threatening to destroy civilisation. This state of affairs has (1) a difficult moral problem to (2) wishing to take an active (3) in the development of astronautics, (4) almost all research on rockets (5) now carried out by military (6) and is covered by various (7) classifications. The technical problems involved (8) designing long-range guided missiles are (9) identical with those involved in the (10) of reconnaissance rockets.
(1) is

A

produced

B

caused

presented

D

provided

Explanation

presented