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Updated: Aug 27, 2013, 19:35 PM IST

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Q1. Given below is a paragraph from which the last sentence has been deleted. From the given options, choose the one that completes the paragraph in the most appropriate way.

I guess that in the early 60s it was extraordinary, or foolhardy, for a white family to foster a black child. Mum has always rebelled against what was considered normal. Although fostering Bim was not a political act, just an act of love, Mum always found racism intolerable. It didn’t occur to her that people would be openly abusive to a tiny baby because of the colour of his skin.

(a) Mum was appalled by the state in which Bim arrived.
(b) My dad is the Marquess of Queensberry, and in the best aristocratic tradition has produced a truly extraordinary family.
(c) She embraced him into the heart of our family without fully contemplating the consequences.
(d) It was therefore a shock when occasionally in the street she was called vile names.

Q2. The word given below has been used in sentences in four different ways. Choose the option corresponding to the sentence in which the usage of the word is incorrect or inappropriate.


(a) The board rejected the manager’s plan out of hand.
(b) When you have small children at home it is advisable to have a first aid kit at hand.
(c) He’s an old hand at managing advertising campaigns.
(d) He is hand over glove with the new president of the company.

Q3. There are two gaps in the sentence/paragraph given below. From the pairs of words given, choose the one that fills the gaps most appropriately.

What made Dr Hawking’s revelation so _________ to the religious establishment, and so __________to its ideological opponents, was that until now he was regarded as an ally of faith.

(a) Offensive, pertinent
(b) jarring, mellifluous
(c) Concordant, incongruous
(d) appealing, objectionable

Q4. In the question, there are four sentences or parts of sentences that form a paragraph. Identify the sentence(s) or part(s) of sentence(s) that is/are correct in terms of grammar and usage. Then, choose the most appropriate option.

A. It was an unusual book launch.
B. Journalists jammed themselves into suite of overcrowded rooms at the headquarters of Berlin’s press corps.
C. Security was tighter than for appearances by the chancellor.
D. When the author at last showed in he was greeted with the flashbulb fireworks you expect on the red carpet at the Kodak Theatre.

(a) A and C (b) B and D (c) Only A (d) A, B and C

Q5. Five sentences are given below, labeled A, B, C, D and E. They need to be arranged in a logical order to form a coherent paragraph/passage. From the given options, choose the most appropriate option.

A. It also made clear that economic ideology in the service of capitalism does not need logic on its side!
B. The debate on capital theory was logically won with its devastating implications for standard
theory, and yet nothing changed in the profession!
C. In this demolition job of neoclassical capital theory, Joan Robinson again became a main player, and popularised its implications for economic theory through her writings.
D. In disgust, Joan Robinson picked up the word “mumpsimus”, which means a traditional notion that is obstinately held although it is unreasonable.
E. Business continued as usual, because the vested intellectual interest in standard neoclassical economics as a worldwide industry was too great.


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