Directions (1-10): In the following question, sentences are given with blanks to be filed in with an appropriate word(s). Four alternatives are suggested for each question. Choose the correct alternative out of the four as your answer.
Q1. ____________ of the opening ceremony of the theatre a large crowd had assembled.
(a) On the time
(b) At the time
(c) At time
(d) In the duration
Sol. ‘At the time’ fits in the context.
Q2. I am afraid I ____________ in the calculation.
(a) made a mistake
(b) did a mistake
(c) done mistake
Sol. ‘make a mistake’ is an idiomatic expression. Hence option ‘a’ fits in the context.
Q3. After dinner mother used to tell us stories while ____________ the old socks.
Sol. Darn: to mend, as torn clothing, with rows of stitches sometimes by crossing and interweaving rows to span a gap. Hence option ‘d’ fits in the context.
Q4. The students wanted a holiday, but the Principal ____________ and said, ‘No’.
(a) put his hands down
(b) put his foot up
(c) put his foot down
(d) put himself around.
Sol. Put one’s foot down: To assert something strongly or to be unyielding in one’s position or decision.
Q5. She left the room feeling ____________
(c) raison d’etre
Sol. Contrite: feeling or expressing remorse at the recognition that one has done wrong.
Raison d’etre : The most important reason or purpose for someone or something’s existence.
Trove: a store of valuable or delightful things
Miasma: an unpleasant or unhealthy smell or vapour. Hence option’b’ fits in the context
Q6. She was so ____________ she could hardly stand.
Sol. Emaciated: Abnormally thin or weak, especially because of illness or lack of food.
Q7. The separate details ____________ to form a single body of scientific thought.
Sol. Coalesce: Come together to from one mass or whole.
Q8. Because I wanted to ____________ my favourite actor at the movie premiere, I stood outside in the rain for seven hours.
Sol. Descry: Catch sight of.
Q9. He was ____________ at being excluded from the meeting.
Sol. Peeved: Aroused to impatience or anger.
Q10. Best friends have a deep ____________ which is often inexplicable to others.
Sol. Camaraderie: Mutual trust & friendship among people who spend a lot of time together.
Bland: Lacking strong features or characteristics and therefore uninteresting.
Hence option ‘a’ is correct.