English Sentence Completion Quiz For SSC Exams 2019: 12 October

Direction (1-10): In the following questions, the sentence given with blank to be filled in with an appropriate word. Select the correct alternative out of the four and indicate it by selecting the appropriate option.

Q1. Most of the houses in rural Assam are built on stilts to _______ floods and earthquakes.
(a) succumb to
(b) withstand
(c) capitulate
(d) lapse
S1. Ans.(b)
Sol. Withstand: remain undamaged or unaffected by; resist.
Lapse: pass gradually into (an inferior state or condition).
Hence option B is the correct choice.

Q2. Surveying the spectacular scenery from the Indian side, even as we dipped our toes in its cold waters, was __________, to say the least.
(a) choleric
(b) orgulous
(c) exhilarating
(d) chronic
S2. Ans.(c)
Sol. Orgulous: haughty.
Exhilarating: making one feel very happy, animated, or elated; thrilling.
Hence option C is the correct choice.

Q3. Formulation of the Common National Standards was _________ to standardize facilities and services that would be available to tourists.
(a) insipid
(b) insinuative
(c) imperative
(d) impertinent
S3. Ans.(c)
Sol. Insipid: lacking flavor; weak or tasteless.
Insinuative: provoking a change of outlook and especially gradual doubt and suspicion.
Imperative: of vital importance; crucial.
Impertinent: not showing proper respect; rude.
Hence option C is the correct choice.

Q4. The morning light had only then begun ________ and the mountains turned red as the sun made its way up.
(a) of strengthening
(b) to strengthening
(c) for strength
(d) to strengthen
S4. Ans.(d)
Sol. The infinitive case ‘to + V1’ will be used with ‘begun’. Hence Option D is the correct choice.

Q5. Browsing the festive store window displays nearby, I come across a bright green shopfront, _______ with the most intricate Christmas ornaments.
(a) blemished
(b) denuded
(c) adorned
(d) divested
S5. Ans.(c)
Sol. Blemish: spoil the appearance or quality of (something).
Denude: to remove a valuable possession or quality.
Adorn: make more beautiful or attractive.
Divest: deprive something of (a particular quality).
Fitting in the context, option C is the correct choice.

Q6. Leaving the huge art collection behind, I wander through the quaint Old Town’s streets and steep inclines __________ I stumble across a decorated doorway.
(a) neither
(b) because
(c) so
(d) until
S6. Ans.(d)
Sol. Stumble: trip or momentarily lose one’s balance; almost fall.
Until: up to (the point in time or the event mentioned).
Fitting in the context, option D is the correct choice.

Q7. The officer walked in front, leaning on a stick and __________ limping.
(a) marginally
(b) imperceptibly
(c) slightly
(d) a little
S7. Ans.(c)
Sol. Slightly: to a small degree; not considerably.
Hence option C is the correct choice.

Q8. Despite all the media campaigns focusing on bullying, the practice is still _________ in schools.
(a) astounding
(b) peremptory
(c) persuasive
(d) pervasive
S8. Ans.(d)
Sol. Peremptory: expecting to be obeyed immediately and without any questions.
Persuasive: good at persuading someone to do or believe something through reasoning or the use of temptation.
Pervasive: (especially of an unwelcome influence or physical effect) spreading widely throughout an area or a group of people.

Q9. When the caring man saw the __________ had no footwear, he offered the man the pair of shoes he wore.
(a) jabber
(b) pauper
(c) dapper
(d) hamper
S9. Ans.(b)
Sol. Jabber: rapid, excited, and often incomprehensible speech.
Pauper: a person who lives in poverty.
Dapper: neat and trim in dress and appearance.
Hamper: a rounded pad used in printing to apply ink to a surface.

Q10. The best way to ____________ the children’s poor test grades is to teach again the lesson and give a second test.
(a) rectify
(b) right
(c) revise
(d) recast

S10. Ans.(a)
Sol. Rectify: to correct something or make something right.

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