English Quiz – New Pattern Mixed – 17


Hello and welcome exampundit. Here is a set of English Quiz for Mains exams with various types of new pattern problems.


1-3: Find the most suitable ending sentence for the given paragraphs


  1. Let us bring to your attention historians and psychiatrists. Historians study complex facts and narratives that do not infrequently conflict. They toil to produce accounts that explain the substance, causation and mechanisms of historical events. A noble aim of these scholarly efforts is the desire to help others better understand current events and thus provide a stronger foundation for reacting to them.

(1) Recently the connivance between historians and psychiatrists has come into light, blithely negating whatever was said previously.

(2) The noble aim is also furthered by the findings that people who have chosen to be professional historians are also very philanthropic by nature.

(3) Recently, historians have begun to examine the motivations behind history-making actions and decisions, and it is here that history and psychiatry meet in something called psychohistorical research, the formal application of the models and methods of psychiatry in historical studies.

(4) Psychiatrists, on the other hand, are more interested in human behaviour.


Option: 3

Explanation: option (3) provides a logical culmination of the mix of the two parallel ideas of historians and psychiatrists.




  1. One of the oddities of the New Labour Era has been the disappearance of tax (politically, not financially). The public has seemed blithely confident that the share of the nation’s wealth taken by government has been more or less correct— even as that proportion has risen by a couple of percentage points. After his three predecessors failed in their bids to beat Labour by challenging that consensus, David Cameron, the Conservative leader, decided to join his opponents instead, abandoning tax levels as an electoral issue.

(1) But still tax remains a burden whatever may be the general sentiment.

(2) Now, suddenly, tax may be making a comeback.

(3) Can tax ever be taken in a positive light is a question that needs to be answered.

(4) Ever since tax has never come back as on electoral issue.


Option: 2

Explanation: since the whole paragraph talks positively about the taxes. Therefore, the last sentence has to be (2).




  1. Drivers are becoming better informed, thanks to more accurate and timely advice on traffic conditions. Some services now use sophisticated computer-modelling which is fed with real-time data from road sensors, satellite-navigation systems and the analysis of how quickly anonymous mobile phones pass from one phone mast to another. Providing motorists with such information is supposed to help them pick faster routes.

(1) But the latest research shows that in some cases it may slow everybody down.

(2) But the reviews seem to negate the above findings.

(3) The latest research suggests that there has been a significant difference in driving comfort.

(4) Whatever be the research, motorists still keep complaining about the painful driving processes.


Option: 1

Explanation: because all the other arguments are either illogical or they form a continuation, only option (1) gives a logical conclusion.


Directions for Questions 4-6: Choose the correct option to fill in the blanks.


  1. Although Sally appeared confident, once she began her __________ speech, her voice indicated her nervousness.

(a) tenuous

(b) resonant

(c) supercilious

(d) tremulous


Option: 4

Explanation: Tremulous(adj.) means characterised by quivering or unsteadiness.



  1. Sherry was __________ by a series of setbacks that nearly made him miss his deadline.

(1) ensconced

(2) solicited

(3) beleaguered

(4) relegated


Option: 3

Explanation: To beleaguer (v.) is to harass, beset, besiege, to be surrounded by



  1. The King’s __________ fell ill during his journey and was unable to negotiate on his behalf when he arrived at the economic summit.

(1) zealot

(2) miscreant

(3) emissary

(4) denizen


Option: 3

Explanation:  An emissary (n.) is an agent sent on a mission to represent the interests of someone else.




Directions for Questions 7-8: Choose the sentence with the wrong usage of the given word :

  1. COME

(1) The top and bottom come apart if you pull hard enough

(2) My nephew came down with chicken pox this weekend

(3) The woman came forward with her husband’s fingerprints

(4) The art of origami come from Asia.


Option: 4

Explanation: “comes” not “come”



  1. CUT

(1) My doctor wants me to cut back on sweets and fatty foods.

(2) We had to cut the old tree in our yard down after the storm.

(3) Your father cut in while I was dancing with your uncle.

(4) The doctors cuts off his leg because it was severely injured.


Option: 4

Explanation: Doctors cut off his leg.



From the given options choose the grammatically incorrect sentences.

  1. (1) English is a West Germanic language that originated from the Anglo-Frisian and Old Saxon dialects brought to Britain by Germanic settlers and Roman auxiliary troops from various parts of what is now northwest Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands in the fifth century.

(2) During the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church exerted great influence on intellectual life and written language. Catholic monks mainly wrote or copied text in Latin, the prevalent Medieval lingua franca of Europe.

(3) Approximately 375 million people speak English as their first language. English today is probably the third largest language by number of native speakers, after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

(4) However, when we combine native and nonnative speakers it is probably the most commonly spoken language in the world, though possibly second to a combination of the Chinese languages.


Option: 4

Explanation: when combining native….



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