English Quiz 5th September 2018

Direction (1 to 5): Which of the phrase/ word from the options (a), (b), (c) and (d) given below each sentence should replace the phrase printed in bold letters to make the sentence grammatically correct? If the sentence is correct as it is, mark (e) i.e., “No correction required” as the answer.

Question1: When the police started asking questions, the suspect clammed up.

(a) camped down

(b) clamped up

(c) clam out

(d) clamed off

(e) No Correction Required

Question2: The implication is that these may be black funds and they are to be tracked and the people behind them will be caught.

(a) are on  track

(b) is being tracked

(c) have been tracked

(d) are being tracked

(e) No improvement is required

Question3: I must look after my French before going to Paris next month.

(a) brush in for

(b) catch up

(c) brush up on

(d) bring in on

(e) No Correction Required

Question4: If this is freedom of speech, then it must been curtailed immediately.

(a) have being curtailing

(b) must be curtailed
(c) must have been curtailed
(d) have been curtailed
(e) No correction required

Question5: India has suffered from terrorism. So has Pakistan. And it turns out, now the first world too is not immune.

(a) turning out to
(b) it turns to
(c) it turned out to be
(d) it turning out
(e) No improvement required

Directions (6 to 15): In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered and one word has been suggested alongside the blank. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each, five options are given. In four options, one word is suggested in each option. Find out the appropriate word which fits the blank appropriately. If the word written alongside the blank fits the passage, choose option ‘e’ (No correction required) as the correct choice.

ACCENTURE, advertorial, jeggings. The competition for ugliest portmanteau is combative(6). Few constructions, though, can match “bleisure” for abuse(7). For the uninitiated, the word is a alloy(8) of business and prosperity(9). But ugly as it is, it exists for a reason: the practice of adding a few days of pleasure(10) to a work trip is becoming increasingly popular.

The latest research to bear this out was recalled(11) this week by the Global Business Travel Association. Its review(12) of North American business travellers found that 37% had extended a work trip to include some leisure since(13) the past year. This, typically, might mean stetching a break in a city into the weekend, possibly shipping in the family to join the fun. Often, such travellers will stay in the same hotel for the duration, making up the extra cost themselves.

Interestingly, the older the travellers the less likely they are to do this. While 48% of 18-34-year-olds in the GBTA survey said they had taken a leisure trip, only 33% of travellers aged 35-54 and 23% of over 55s did. The researchers could not be sure why the dispute(14) occur, but a few reasons suggest themselves. First, younger worker are probably more likely to still see business travel as exotic and exciting(15).

Question6: (a) tortuous
(b) fierce
(c) overwhelming
(d) fervid
(e) no correction requirement

Question7: (a) monstrousness
(b) pleasantness
(c) barbarousness
(d) shockingness
(e) no correction requirement

Question8: (a) blend
(b) compound

(c) synthesis
(d) mingle
(e) No improvement required

Question9: (a) contentment
(b) passivity
(c) affluence
(d) leisure
(e) No improvement required

Question10: (a) poise
(b) admiration
(c) gloom

(d) zest
(e) No improvement required

Question11: (a) declared
(b) released
(c) revealed
(d) publicized
(e) No improvement required

Question12: (a) trial
(b) inspect
(c) survey
(d) verification
(e) No improvement required

Question13: (a) over
(b) by
(c) for
(d) within
(e) No improvement required

Question14: (a) discrepancies
(b) similarity
(c) negation
(d) disparity
(e) No improvement required

Question15: (a) ravishing
(b) endearing
(c) overpowering
(d) engrossing
(e) No improvement required


1. (e)

Exp. Clam up means to refuse to speak.

2. (d)

Exp. “are being tracked” is the correct phrase replacement.

3. (c)

Exp.  brush up on means to improve, refresh one’s knowledge of something

4. (b)

Exp. Curtail means reduce in extent or quantity; impose a restriction on.

5. (e)

Exp. The sentence is grammatically correct.

6. (b)

Exp. Combative means ready or eager to fight or argue. Fervid means intensely enthusiastic or passionate.

7. (c)

Exp. Barbarousness means Characterized by savagery; very cruel.

8. (a)

9. (d)

Exp. Affluence means the state of having a great deal of money; wealth.

10. (e)

Exp. Gloom means a state of depression. Poise means graceful and elegant bearing in a person.

11. (b)

12. (c)

13. (d)

14. (a)

15. (e)

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