ENGLISH PRACTICE SET (Latest Pattern)
Directions(1-2)Each of the following questions has 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
1.It looks as if within the next half century or so, material medical will have found a remedy for almost every physical disease now known, and there will then be little need of metaphysical practitioners as far as the healing of physical disease in concerned. That, however, will not solve life’s problems; it will not solve the problems of the world because the world’s problem is not really a problem of disease.
A. The rot runs deeper.
B. Disease in only one of the many facets of disharmony and discord in life.
C. Disease is, in fact, the physical manifestation of the spiritual ill that plagues the world body.
D. Life’s problem is must more severe that physical trauma.
2.It is a strange paradox of the frenzied age that we live in that we have become so busy that we do not have even time to think about the things that we are so busy about. We spend our days on projects that need to get done and in meetings that need to be attended. We spend our evenings with people we need to meet and doing activities that need to be completed. But let me ask you.
A. When was the last time you took out an unoccupied time to listen to the spiritual craving of the soul?
B. When was the last time you went for a solitary walk in the wood and deeply re?ected on the way you are working and living?
C. When was the last time you took a walk down the road with your loved but unattended one?
D. When was the last time you wore a thinking cap in your room and chewed upon the concrete gains these hectic occupied hours are yielding to you?
Directions(3-12)In the following passage, some of the words have been left out, each of which is indicated by a number. Find the suitable word from the options given against each number and fill up the blanks with appropriate words to make the paragraph meaningfully complete.
North Korea’s provocative action __3__ launching four missiles into the Sea of Japan a few hundred kilometres from the Japanese coastline has __4__ fears of renewed tension between nuclear-armed powers. The launch seems timed to test the strategic fortitude and tactical capabilities of new relationships in the broader power balance that __5__ in Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. The first test would be __6__ the strength of bilateral U.S.-Japan ties on the watch of U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un had already given these two leaders a wake-up call when his regime fired a medium-range missile last month. Mr. Trump has assured both Mr. Abe and South Korea’s acting President, Hwang Kyo-Ahn, of his ironclad commitment to stand by them through this crisis. Yet it is likely that Mr. Kim was, in fact, trying to get a measure of Mr. Trump, who had tweeted shortly before assuming office in January, “it won’t happen!”, on the North being close to testing an ICBM. Experts seem to __7__ that the missiles launched now did not appear to be of intercontinental range. Yet, the prospect looms of the North miniaturising nuclear warheads to the point __8__ even shorter-range weapons could, if they were nuclear-tipped, pose unprecedented risk to South Korea, Japan and the U.S. military assets in the vicinity.
The continuous __9__ of North Korea is only one side of the story. The other is that the international community, led by the U.S. and nations within striking distance of the North’s aggression, has hardly managed the __10__ consistently. The commendable effort of the Six Party Talks to invest diplomatic currency in bringing Pyongyang back to the negotiating table got derailed early on in President Barack Obama’s first term. The cycle of sanctions and international isolation fuelling further bravado by the Kim regime then dominated the denouement, as indeed it has since 1992. This time the conflict seems to be following a distinctly __11__ unstable trajectory as Mr. Trump has authorised the deployment in South Korea of the first elements of the U.S.’s advanced anti-missile system, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD), disregarding the possibility that it may be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the presumed retaliatory move of THAAD deployment glosses over the fact that in the past week the U.S. and South Korea had __12__military drills in the region, war games that Pyongyang views as overt hostility. On the other, Washington has clearly decided to ignore the justifiable fears of Beijing and Moscow that THAAD’s nuclear umbrella threatens their interests in the region too, not North Korea’s alone. Unless de-escalation becomes a priority for all parties involved, the Korean Peninsula region will remain a flashpoint.