Directions (1-4): Out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentence.
Q1. Handwriting that cannot be read
Q2. Animals that can live on land and in water
Q3. Easily duped or fooled
Q4. Fear of water
Directions (5-10): Choose the correct option.
Q5. As the rate of life expectancy has increased due to tremendous progress in medical science, the over-population problem has __________.
Q6. The story of the novel, The Deranged, is very __________. It shows how a man cut off from the world for a long time becomes a mad man.
Q7. Although Agatha is arguably as good a mystery writer as Grundy, she is clearly far less __________ than Grundy, having written only six books in comparison to Grundy’s sixty.
Q8. A golden rule which should always be followed by an investor is that: never invest on sentiment or on a tip; look for stocks with promising __________ potential for growth.
Q9. At the world’s finest educational institutes, only students with the __________ to succeed are selected.
Q10. Jamshedji Tata, the founder of the Tata Group in India, knew that only dedication and __________ could ensure that the customer gets the very best.
Directions (11-15): In each question, a sentence is given in which an idiom is used. The idiomatic phrase is underlined/bold. Four possible meanings of the idioms are also given. Mark the number of the correct meaning as your answer.
Q11. The young manager took the responsibility of settling the dispute of agitating workers as he was regarded as having the common touch.
(a) have the same interests as others
(b) support of various groups
(c) hold over workers
(d) the ability to talk to and understand ordinary people
Q12. This reshuffling of party positions is only a straw in the wind as there are definitely going to be major policy changes ahead.
(a) an incident that indicates how a future situation might develop
(b) a matter of negligible concern
(c) an action that instigates violence among employees
(d) a policy that contains no further implication
Q13. The articles of this journalist are acknowledged as one of the best as he takes his life in his hands to get information right from the scene of action.
(a) kill yourself; commit suicide
(b) make somebody’s life unpleasant of difficult
(c) have a comfortable and enjoyable life
(d) risk being killed, injured or attacked
Q14. The repeated requests of the teacher to maintain silence fell on deaf ears.
(a) was overheard
(b) was not tolerated
(c) was ruled out
(d) was ignored
Q15. Though the members of the team agree basically on most of the things, there are a few matters that they don’t see eye to eye.
(a) have the same opinion
(b) have clear vision
(c) think clearly
(d) argue vehemently