English Quiz – New Pattern Para Jumble & Error Correction – 40

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Direction for questions 1 to 5: Arrange sentences A, B, C and D between sentences 1 and 6, so as to form a logical sequence of six sentences.

1. 1. Whenever technology has flowered, it has put man’s language — developing skills into overdrive.

A. Technical terms are spilling into mainstream language almost as fast as junk — mail is slapped into e-mail boxes.

B. The era of computers is no less.

C. From the wheel with its axle to the spinning wheel with its bobbins, to the compact disc and its jewel box, inventions have trailed new words in their wake.

D. “Cyberslang is huge, but it’s parochial, and we don’t know what will filter into the large culture,” said Tom Dalzell, who wrote the slang dictionary Flappers 2 Rappers.

6. Some slangs already have a pedigree.





Answer & Solutions

Option: B

Explanation: C gives some examples to support 1. B introduces the era of computers as another example, A talks about the increasing technical terms, D introduces the idea of slangs, which is continued in 6.



2. 1. Until the MBA arrived on the scene the IIT graduate was king.

A. A degree from one of the five IITs was a passport to a well-paying job, great prospects abroad and, for some, a decent dowry to boot.

B. From the day he or she cracked the Joint Entrance Examination, the IIT student commanded the awe of neighbours and close relatives.

C. IIT students had, meanwhile, also developed their own special culture, complete with lingo and attitude, which they passed down.

D. True, the success stories of IIT graduates are legion and they now constitute the cream of the Indian diaspora.

6. But not many alumni would agree that the IIT undergraduate mindset merits a serious psychological study, let alone an interactive one.





Answer & Solutions

Option: C

Explanation: 6 speaks of a study of IIT undergraduates’ mindset. C speaks of culture developed by IIT students. Therefore, C6 is mandatory. D speaks of success stories of IIT graduates and therefore follows A.



3. 1. Some of the maharajas, like the one at Kapurthala, had exquisite taste.

A. In 1902, the Maharaja of Kapurthala gave his civil engineer photographs of the Versailles

Palace and asked him to replicate it, right down to the gargoyles.

B. Yeshwantrao Holkar of Indore brought in Bauhaus aesthetics and even works of modern artists like Brancusi and Duchamp.

C. Kitsch is the most polite way to describe them.

D. But many of them, as the available light photographs show, had execrable taste.

6. Like Ali Baba’s caves, some of the palaces were like warehouses with the downright ugly next to the sublimely aesthetic.





Answer & Solutions

Option: D

Explanation: A talks about the taste of the Maharaja of Kapurthala, B introduces another Maharaja with an exquisite taste, D introduces something in contrast to this, C continues with the idea which is exemplified in 6.



4. 1. There, in Europe, his true gifts unveiled.

A. Playing with Don Cherie, blending Indian music and jazz for the first time, he began setting the pace in the late 70s for much of what present — day fusion is.

B. John McLaughlin, the legendary guitarist whose soul has always had an Indian stamp on it, was seduced immediately.

C. Fusion by Gurtu had begun.

D. He partnered Gurtu for four years, and ‘natured’ him as a composer.

6. But for every experimental musician there’s a critic nestling nearby.





Answer & Solutions

Option: D


A shows how ‘his’ gifts were unveiled, B states the effect it had on McLaughlin, D states his reaction to the same and C states the ultimate outcome.



5. 1. India, which has two out of every five TB patients in the world, is on the brink of a major public health disaster.

A. If untreated, a TB patient can die within five years.

B. Unlike AIDS, the great curse of modern sexuality, the TB germ is airborne, which means there are no barriers to its spread.

C. The dreaded infection ranks fourth among major killers worldwide.

D. Every minute, a patient falls prey to the infection in India, which means that over five lakh people die of the disease annually.

6. Anyone, anywhere can be affected by this disease.





Answer & Solutions

Option: A

Explanation: C states why India is on the brink of a major public health disaster, A states what happens if TB is untreated for 5 years, D presents some statistics to highlight the point, B states how the disease spreads and 6 continues with the fact.




Directions for Questions 6 to 8: In each question, there are five 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.

6. A. When I returned to home, I began to read

B. everything I could get my hand on about Israel.

C. That same year Israel’s Jewish Agency sent

D. a Shaliach a sort of recruiter to Minneapolis.

E. I became one of his most active devotees.

(1) C & E

(2) C only

(3) E only

(4) B, C & E

(5) C, D & E

Answer & Solutions

Option: 1


C and E

In (A) ‘to’ is redundant.

In (B) ‘hands on about Israel’.

In (D) a Shaliach, a sort of recruiter to Minneapolis.



7. A. So once an economy is actually in a recession,

B. the authorities can, in principle, move the economy

C. out of slump – assuming hypothetically

D. that they know how to – by a temporary stimuli.

E. In the longer term, however, such polices have no affect on the overall behaviour of the economy.

(1) A, B & E

(2) B, C & E

(3) C & D

(4) E only

(5) B only

Answer & Solutions

Option: 5


B only

In (A) ‘into’ should be used in place of ‘in’

In (C) the article is missing before the word ‘slump’

In (D) the singular form ‘stimulus’ should be used in place of ‘stimuli’

In (E) ‘effect’ should be used in place of ‘affect’



8. A. It is sometimes told that democratic

B. government originated in the city-states

C. of ancient Greece. Democratic ideals have been handed to us from that time.

D. In truth, however, this is an unhelpful assertion.

E. The Greeks gave us the word, hence did not provide us with a model.

(1) A, B & D

(2) B, C & D

(3) B & D

(4) B only

(5) D only

Answer & Solutions

Option: 3


B and D

In (A) ‘said’ should be used instead of ‘told’

In (C) ‘handed down to’ should be used in place of ‘handed to’

In (E) a subject is required after ‘hence’. Another way of correcting (E) is to replace ‘hence’ by ‘but’.




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