Fill in the Blanks Set – 20

In each of the following questions three statements are given with a missing word in each. You have to fill the blank of first two statements with the first word of the option and the blank of the third statement with the second word of the option provided.

Q1. (i) The little boy forgot to deliver a newspaper to one of the houses on his ______ , so he had to go back after supper.
(ii) The gas company was able to _______ the pipeline under our flower garden without having to dig up our yard at all.
(iii) A quick punch to the throat will ________ most attackers.
A) way, depress
B) route, debilitate
C) lay, defeat
D) trail, submit

Answer & Explanation

 Option B
: (i)route- a way or course taken in getting from a starting point to a destination.
(ii) route: send or direct along a specified course
(iii) debilitate- to weaken

Q2. (i) For a fee, most celebrities will ______ a product by pretending to like it.
(ii) The purpose of the brochure is to _____ the beauty of the small island nation.
(iii) The ________ of Sherlock Holmes is one of the most recognizable figures in English literature.
A) glorify, book
B) recognize, temper
C) exalt, character
D) demeanor, stroke

Answer & Explanation

 Option C
: exalt : to glorify or place above others 

Q3. (i) The promoters _________ the right to cancel the outdoor concert in the event of rain
(ii) Australia is the site of the world’s largest underground water _______.
(iii) The boss ______ him to send the report out as soon as it was completed.
A) reserve, instructed
B) holds, allowed
C) stores, advised
D) assigned, informed

Answer & Explanation

 Option A
: (i) reserve- retain or hold (a right or entitlement), especially by formal or legal stipulation.
(ii) reserve- a supply of a commodity not needed for immediate use but available if required.

Q4. (i) The local newspaper now runs a regular _________ on environmental issues.
(ii) The swimming pool is an attractive _________ of the apartment complex.
(iii) Studies show that listening to music, especially rock music, is the preferred _______ activity of North Indian adolescents.
A) article, respite
B) feature, leisure
C) location, idle
D) column, liberty

Answer & Explanation

 Option B
: (i) feature- a newspaper or magazine article or a broadcast programme devoted to the treatment of a particular topic, typically at length.
(ii) feature- a distinctive attribute or aspect of something

Q5. (i) A Danish proverb tells us that it is better to be a free bird than a _______ king.
(ii) The steel company opened a ______ power plant to fulfill its power needs.
(iii) The Prime Minister claimed the scandal was a minor affair and certainly didn’t ______ an investigative commission.
A) caged, attract
B) temporary, attend
C) captive, merit
D) directed, allow

Answer & Explanation

 Option C
: (i) captive- a person who has been taken prisoner or an animal that has been confined.
(ii) captive: (of a facility or service) controlled by, and typically for the sole use of, an organization.
(iii) merit- deserve or be worthy of (reward, punishment, or attention).

Q6. (i) The planet earth takes just over 365 days to complete its _______ around the sun.
(ii) The runner has been doing very well in the national track and field ________ and is expected to place in the top ten in next year’s Olympics.
(iii) Computers are able to process ________ amounts of data in mere seconds.
A) revolution, large
B) circuit, massive
C) event, vast
D) rotation, great

Answer & Explanation

 Option B
: circuit – a roughly circular line, route, or movement that starts and finishes at the same place.
(ii) circuit- an established itinerary of events or venues used for a particular activity, typically involving sport or public performance.

Q7. (i) The family physician said he was afraid that surgery could ______ a heart attack.
(ii) The government has introduced a lower minimum wage for those starting their first jobs in an effort to _______ companies to hire more young people.
(iii) The press was given a/an _______ of the highlights of the speech ahead of time.
A) induce, outline
B) attract, prospect
C) draw, deadline
D) cover-up, digest

Answer & Explanation

 Option A
: (i) induce- bring about or give rise to.
(ii) induce- succeed in persuading or leading (someone) to do something.

Q8. (i) She likes to mix different _______, such as paint, plastic and sound in her art works.
(ii) Children’s interpretation of ________ content is molded by the opinions of parents, teachers, and friends.
(iii) Microsoft has become the ________ of the computer companies of the future.
A) material, path
B) information, sample
C) layouts, representation
D) media, paradigm

Answer & Explanation

 Option D
: (i) media- the material or form used by an artist, composer, or writer.
(ii) media- the main means of mass communication (broadcasting, publishing, and the Internet) regarded collectively.
(iii) paradigm – a typical example or pattern of something; a pattern or model.

Q9. (i) Some people seem to have this ________ in their heads that there is some shortcut you can take to learn a language quickly, and it simply isn’t true.
(ii) She had a ______ to ring her friend at work.
(iii) His failure was ________ , given his poor study habits.
A) approach, refrained
B) concept, unforseen
C) notion, predictable
D) preference, certain

Answer & Explanation

 Option C
: (i) notion – a conception of or belief about something.
(ii) notion- an impulse or desire, especially one of a whimsical kind.

Q10. (i) People were chosen at ______ from the group to take part in the experiment.
(ii) Several people put their names forward to work on the committee, so we chose 3 names purely at______ .
(iii) The students staged a ________ march in front of the Legislature in anger at rising tuition fees.
A) arbitrary, knock
B) definite, praise
C) desultory, peace
D) random, protest

Answer & Explanation

 Option D
: random, protest

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