Directions (1-05): Out of the four alternatives, choose the one which best expresses the meaning of the given word and mark it in the answer sheet.
Directions (6-10): Pick out the most effective word from the given words to fill in the blanks to make the sentence meaningfully complete.
Q6. A woman came in with a baby who, she said, __________ a safety pin.
(b) just swallowed
(c) had just swallowed
(d) was just swallowing
Sol. ‘had just swallowed’ is correct verb form.
Q7. An argument __________ between the two friends.
(a) sprang up
(b) rose up
(c) broke out
(d) broke in
Sol. broke out- to burst forth suddenly, as with a fire, a riot, giggling, shouting, etc.
Q8. When I was a child, I __________ to school every day instead of going by cycle.
(b) have been walking
(c) had walked
(d) have walked
Sol. Walked- is correct verb form.
Q9. The relationship between the International Monetary Fund and the G-20 is __________ but conflicted. Like a long-married couple who habitually bicker and fight, the two can’t seem to live together-but they can’t live apart, either.
Sol. Symbiotic fits in the context correctly.
Q10. Unfortunately, trying to scare the socks off of people doesn’t help matters. Yes, a startling statistic, combined with some hyperbolic prose, will make us sit up and pay attention. But we quickly become __________, requiring ever more outrageous scenarios to move us. As the scare stories become more inflated, so, too, does the likelihood that they will be exposed for the exaggerations that they are – and the public will end up tuning the whole thing out.
Sol. desensitized- make less sensitive.