English Quiz for LIC Assistant Mains(17th December)

English Quiz for LIC Assistant Mains(17th December)

English Quiz for LIC Assistant Mains 17th December

LIC Assistant Prelims 2019 result is out and LIC Assistant Mains examination date will be announced soon. The Prelims exam was conducted on the 30th and 31st of October 2019. Those who have made it should boost their preparation and put some extra effort to clear mains. Those who couldn’t qualify the Prelims stage, should look for the loopholes and try to fill them with doubled hard work. The English Language is a subject that you can master with lots of practice. Here, Adda 247 is providing English Quiz for LIC Mains 2019 that will help you to boost your score in the examination.


Directions (1-7): In each of the following questions, a sentence is given with a blank. There are five idioms given below each sentence, one out of which can be used in the blank to form a meaningful sentence. Choose the most appropriate idiom among the five options that makes the sentence contextually meaningful.

Q1. What makes anyone laugh at the prime minister’s remark is that that ________________. 
 (a) Get your act together
(b) Once in a blue moon
(c) The pot is calling the kettle black
(d) Get the axe
(e) Cutting Corners

Q2. He ________________and even if you offered it to him for free, he would run a mile.
 (a) Wouldn’t touch it with a bargepole
(b) A taste of his medicine
(c) A fine tooth comb
(d) Pull yourself together
(e) Cut the ground from under feet

Q3. Many might have presumed that Michael Jordan would ________________ the weaker opponent, but Smith made sure to make his opponents work for their victory.
 (a) keep your fingers on the pulse
(b) Tricks of the trade
(c) Think on your feet
(d) Wipe the floor with
(e) A piece of cake

Q4. Midge is taking charge of her destiny but life tends ________________when you least expect it.
(a) Work like a charm
(b) Get ducks in a row
(c) Dead wood
(d) Waiting in the wings
(e) To throw a spanner in the works

Q5. Her mercurial parents are the ones who ________________and withdrew communication without as much as a phone call.
 (a) Golden handshake
(b) Pull yourself together
(c) Sent her to Coventry
(d) Breaking the ice
(e) Speak of the devil’s

Q6. We have folks in our ________________who have pushed the limits of both the imagination and physical endurance. 
 (a) Beat around the bush
(b) Neck of the woods
(c) Call it a day
(d) Hit the sack
(e) Hang in there

Q7. Going completely ________________ on Star Wars is something that diehard fans probably wouldn’t be able to do. 
 (a) Break a leg
(b) Get out of hand
(c) Easy does it
(d) Cold turkey
(e) Let someone off the hook

Directions(8-15): Read the following passage and answer the questions. Some words are given in bold for answer the questions. 

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said on Saturday, that one of the problems in building partnerships in the Indo-Pacific maritime region was the lack of consensus on what such a concept meant or “even its geographic extent”. Indian Ocean Region (IORA) countries should, therefore, build on a common vision, he said.
They all had the guiding principle of ensuring that the region remained “open and free for inclusive partnerships with all, within the parameters of sovereignty, equality, and a rules-based system.” The challenge, however, was that countries to the west of India had fewer mechanisms than those to the east to pursue such ties.
“There is much less architecture that covers the Indo-Pacific region west of India, IORA notwithstanding, and certainly no architecture currently that spans the entire region from end to end,” Mr. Jaishankar said at the Ministry of External Affairs’ ‘Delhi Dialogue’ on partnerships in the Indo-Pacific, comparing the ASEAN-led mechanisms such as the East Asia Summit and the ASEAN Regional Forum. While countries like the U.S. define the Indo-Pacific as reaching the Indian subcontinent, India and partners like Japan extend the idea to Africa.
Mr. Jaishankar said connectivity was a major challenge for building better Indo-Pacific partnerships, and suggested initiatives to enhance delivery of development projects. “Our scientific departments offered a number of new initiatives, including a Grand Challenges scheme for the IORA; a fellowship scheme for up to 100 post-doctoral scholars; place for partners on our oceanic research vessels; co-branded IORA research facilities; and sharing of the existing technologies in India for low-cost, low-energy consuming desalination facilities, which may be useful especially for island nations,” he said.
Another major challenge was maritime security, he said,………………………………. (A) or group seen as a threat in the Indo-Pacific.
Significantly, although the ‘Delhi Dialogue’ conference had participants from India’s Quadrilateral (Quad) partners, the U.S., Australia and Japan, Mr. Jaishankar made no mention of the Quad in his address, in line with the government’s objective of keeping the Indo-Pacific strategy separate from the Quad alignment.
In October, U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said ‘the Quad’ would “prove very important in the efforts ahead, ensuring that China retains only its proper place in the world,” comments that New Delhi did not endorse.
“While we all need to work together to share maritime domain data to ensure that every link of the maritime security chain is equally strong, there are also challenges to human security that need to be addressed,” said Mr. Jaishankar, addressing delegates from 30 countries, including Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi, who delivered the keynote address.

Q8. What are the barriers coming in the way of building partnerships?
(a) Absence harmony regarding the meaning of such partnerships
(b) IORA countries building a vision
(c) Extending the meaning of concept of ‘IORA geographic extent’
(d) Conceptualizing new missions to achieve
(e) None of these

Q9. What was the challenge in front of the countries to the west of India?
(a) Lack of political will and efforts
(b) Less mechanisms to get to know other countries
(c) Scarcer mechanisms as compared to east India countries for pursuing partnerships
(d) Weak structure of judicial and executive wings
(e) None of these

Q10. What solutions were suggested by Mr. Jaishankar to establish better partnerships?
(a) Enhancing connectivity
(b) Initiatives for delivering developmental projects
(c) Defining Indo-Pacific extension
(d) Both (a) and (b)
(e) None of these

Q11. Which of the following statement is/are true about initiatives of scientific departments?
(a) Grand Challenges scheme for IORA
(b) Fellowship scheme
(c) IORA research facilities
(d) Sharing of current technologies
(e) All of the above

Q12. Which of the following phrases can fill in the blank (A) to make it a grammatically correct and contextually meaningful sentence?
(a) Specification of boundaries for better connectivity
(b) Without specifying any nation
(c) Specified IORA countries
(d) Delay the IORA partnerships
(e) None of the above

Q13. Why Mr. Jaishankar didn’t mention about Quadrilateral partners in the Delhi Dialogue?
(a) The aim of government that Indo-Pacific strategy will be kept separated from the Quad.
(b) Government wanted to keep it a secret.
(c) The Quad officials could create an issue
(d) Both (b) and (c)
(e) None of these

Q14. Which of the following phrases correctly denote the meaning of DESALINATION highlighted in the given passage?
(a) A process to desalinated
(b) A method to remove impurities from sea water
(c) A process of removing salt from seawater.
(d) A process of including essential minerals
(e) None of these

Q15. Which is the following is most similar in meaning with DOMAIN highlighted in the passage?
(a) Concerned
(b) Realm
(c) Wilderness
(d) Surrender
(e) Yield


SOLUTIONS:


S1. Ans. (c)
Sol. The pot is calling the kettle black is Used to point out hypocrisy.
Hence, option (c) is the right answer choice.

S2. Ans. (a)
Sol. Wouldn’t touch it with a bargepole is Used to describe something so unappealing that you wouldn't want to go anywhere near it.
Hence, option (a) is the right answer choice.

S3. Ans. (d)
Sol. Wipe the floor with (someone) means To defeat someone very easily.
Hence, option (d) is the right answer choice.

S4. Ans. (e)
Sol. To throw a spanner in the works means doing or happening something that complicates a plan or even prevents it from succeeding.
Hence, option (e) is the right answer choice.

S5. Ans. (c)
Sol. Send someone to Coventry is An old-fashioned phrase meaning to deliberately ostracise someone by ignoring them and generally pretending they don't exist.
Hence, option (c) is the right answer choice.

S6. Ans. (b)
Sol. Neck of the woods means The area where a person lives.
Hence, option (b) is the right answer choice.

S7. Ans. (d)
Sol. cold turkey means Describing the actions of a person who abruptly gives up a habit or an addiction.
Hence, option (d) is the right answer choice.

S8. Ans. (a)
Sol. Refer to the introductory paragraph of the given passage. The hint can be drawn from the lines, ‘one of the problems in building partnerships in the Indo-Pacific maritime region was the lack of consensus on what such a concept meant or “even its geographic extent”.’
Hence, option (a) is the right answer choice.

S9. Ans. (c)
Sol. Refer to the second paragraph of the given passage. The hint can be drawn from the lines, ‘The challenge, however, was that countries to the west of India had fewer mechanisms than those to the east to pursue such ties.’
Hence, option (c) is the right answer choice.

S10. Ans. (d)
Sol. Refer to the third paragraph. The hint can be drawn from the lines, ‘Mr. Jaishankar said connectivity was a major challenge for building better Indo-Pacific partnerships, and suggested initiatives to enhance delivery of development projects.’
Hence, option (d)[Both (a) and (b)] is the right answer choice.

S11. Ans. (e)
Sol. Refer to the third paragraph, the hint can be drawn from the lines, ‘“Our scientific departments offered a number of new initiatives, including a Grand Challenges scheme for the IORA; a fellowship scheme for up to 100 post-doctoral scholars; place for partners on our oceanic research vessels; co-branded IORA research facilities; and sharing of the existing technologies in India….’
Hence, option (e)[All of the above] is the right answer choice.

S12. Ans. (b)
Sol. Here, only option (b); ‘without specifying any nation’ fits in the blank (A) to make it a grammatically correct and contextually meaningful sentence.
Hence, option (b) is the most viable answer choice.

S13. Ans. (a)
Sol. refer to the fourth paragraph of the given passage, the hint can be drawn from the lines, ‘, Mr. Jaishankar made no mention of the Quad in his address, in line with the government’s objective of keeping the Indo-Pacific strategy separate from the Quad alignment.’
Hence, option (a) is the most viable answer choice justifying the above lines

S14. Ans. (c)
Sol. Desalination is a process in which salt is removed from the seawater. Hence, option (c) is the right answer choice.

S15. Ans. (b)
Sol. Realm is the word which is most similar in meaning with the given word. Hence, option (b) is the right answer choice.