Most commonly asked English Questions in all competitive Exams (Practice set 12)

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Q1:
A term used interchangeably with diskette is

A) Floppy disk B) Disk pack
C) Disk cartridge D) Packette disk

Q2:
English words with similar meaning

A) Relegate - Downgrade B) Beautiful - Ugly
C) Qualm - Confidence D) Generic - Branded

Q3:
Which of the following is an example of a simile?

A) Clouds of vanilla cotton candy floated in the sky. B) His stomach rumbled like an approaching train.
C) She was drowning in a sea of grief. D) He was a hurricane in her heart.

Q4:
Read each sentence to find out whether there is an error in any part
As you know(a) that the ignorant(b) are easily duped(c). No error. (d)

A) a B) b
C) c D) d

Q5:
Who accuses Gulliver of Treason?

A) Balmuff B) Limtoc
C) Falcon D) All of the above

Q6:
A place where government records are kept

A) Coffer B) Pantry
C) Archives D) Scullery

Q7:
Choose the word that best defines the given phrases:-
To throw up the sponge

A) To surrender or give up a contest B) To offer a challenge
C) To become utterly disappointed D) To maintain grit and enthusiasm until the end

Q8:
The cricket match proved to be a big draw. (Idioms & Phrases)

A) a huge attraction B) a game without any result
C) a keen contest D) a lovely spectacle

Q9:
One who dies for a noble cause

A) Martyr B) Pilgrim
C) Astronomer D) Pantomath

Q10:
One who deserts his religion

A) Profane B) Turncoat
C) Apostate D) Deserter

Q11:
Which word or words explain the meaning of the following idioms:-
A fool’s errand

A) A blunder B) An impossible task
C) A useless undertaking D) None of these

Q12:
Improve the bracketed part of the sentence.
The guide's (knowledge) of the history of the monument surprised me.

A) knowing B) familiarity
C) know how D) no improvement

Q13:
Rearrange the parts of the sentence in the correct order.

Amartya Sen lays claim
P-to a history of writing
Q-some of the finest research papers
R-that have been published

A) QRP B) PQR
C) RQP D) QPR

Q14:
Rearrange the parts of the sentence in the correct order.

The wide world is all
P - ­cannot for ever fence it out
Q­ - about you: you can fence
R­ - yourselves in, but you

A) PRQ B) QRP
C) RQP D) RPQ

Q15:
Rearrange the parts of the sentence in the correct order.

The question
P-are on the right path
Q-is whether we
R-to the goal

A) RPQ B) QRP
C) QPR D) PRQ

ANSWERS WITH EXPLANATION

 

Answer1: A) Floppy disk
Explanation:
A term used interchangeably with diskette is Floppy disk.

Answer2: A) Relegate - Downgrade
Explanation:
Relegate means Assigning an inferior rank or position to. That means, downgrading or pulling down, lowers a person.
All other options have words with opposite meanings.
Hence, Relegate is an English word that is similar in meaning to Downgrade.

Answer3: B) His stomach rumbled like an approaching train.
Explanation:
In the given options, "His stomach rumbled like an approaching train" is an example of Simile.
All the other options are examples of metaphors. 
Simile and Metaphor are both figures of speech in English that are used for comparing things but the only difference is Simile uses LIKE or AS words in comparing and metaphor directly compares without using any words.

Answer4: C) c
Explanation:
'Are’ needs to be replaced with ‘is’ to make the sentence contextually correct. This is because, ‘in subject-verb agreement, we match the subject with the nearest verb or the verb with the nearest or the first subject. But the verb should be matched with the main subject of the sentence’. Here the main subject is ‘Ignorant’ which is singular and so is followed by a singular verb.

Answer5: D) All of the above
Explanation:
In Blefescu, Limtoc the general, Falcon the chamberlain, and Balmuff the grand justiciary accuse Gulliver of treason.

Answer6: C) Archives
Explanation:
A place where government records are kept is called Archives.

Answer7: A) To surrender or give up a contest
Explanation:
To throw up the sponge means to give up a contest or to acknowledge defeat or surrender

Answer8: A) a huge attraction
Explanation:
Here it is an idiom that says The cricket match proved to be a big draw means it stands as a huge attraction.

Answer9: A) Martyr
Explanation:
One who dies for a noble cause is called a martyr. He is a person who dies fighting for what they believe in like advocating religious or other beliefs, refusing to renounce, etc...

Answer10: C) Apostate
Explanation:
A person who abandons or renounces or deserts his religious or political beliefs or principles.

Answer11: B) An impossible task
Explanation:
A fool’s errand means a task that has little to no chance of being successful or beneficial.

Answer12: D) no improvement

Answer13: B) PQR

Answer14: B) QRP

Answer15: C) QPR

 

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