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    In the following passage, there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below and against each, some words are suggested as options. Identify the one that fits each blank appropriately

Most of us are (1) of open conflict and avoid it if we can. And there is a (2) to expressing and working through conflict. If the working through involves harsh words and name-calling, people feel deeply hurt and relationships can be (3). Sometimes permanently. Some group members may be afraid that if they really (4) their anger, they may go out of control and become violent, or they may do this. These fears can be very (5) and based on experience. So why take the risk? Why not avoid conflict at all costs? Conflict is rather like disease (6) is best, that means attending to areas where (7) may occur before they become an issue. If you have not (8) a conflict happening, your next choice is to treat it early, or hope that it goes away. If it goes away over time fine. If it (9), then you will still have to handle (treat) it and it is likely to be more (10).

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Question 1
Identify the word that fits blank 1.
A
Scared
B
Careful
C
Reckless
D
Aware
E
Worried
Question 1 Explanation:
An easy question with easy options. The correct answer is Scared.
Question 2
Identify the word that fits blank 2.
A
Challenge
B
Measure
C
Principle
D
Chance
E
Risk
Question 2 Explanation:
Measure, Chance and Principle are totally irrelevant, hence eliminated. The confusion can arise between Challenge and Risk..The previous sentence talks about us being scared to open conflict and trying to avoid it. Hence, keeping that sense in mind, the correct answer comes out to be Risk.
Question 3
Identify the word that fits blank 3.
A
Established
B
Maligned
C
Damaged
D
Rebuilt
E
Involved
Question 3 Explanation:
If someone insults you, belittle you, uses derogatory comments that would harm your relationship, the relationship would be strained. Hence, the correct option for this question is option (c) damaged.
Question 4
Identify the word that fits blank 4.
A
Sublimate
B
Express
C
Minimize
D
Regulate
E
Control
Question 4 Explanation:
The neighbouring line give us a hint ‘..they may go out of control and become violent, or they may do this..’. if someone goes out of control, that means he/she was unable to control, regulate, sublimate or minimize his/her anger. Hence, this line indicates that the anger was expressed. So the answer is (b) express.
Question 5
Identify the word that fits blank 5.
A
Baseless
B
Imaginary
C
Exaggerative
D
Real
E
National
Question 5 Explanation:
‘So why take a risk?’ This line makes us realize the seriousness of the situation. Hence, all options get eliminated leaving aside one critical word i.e. Real. Option (d) is correct.
Question 6
Identify the word that fits blank 6.
A
Cure
B
Diagnosis
C
Prescription
D
Prevention
E
Medicine
Question 6 Explanation:
We have a common saying which goes like this, “prevention is better than cure”. The author also means the same thing. Hence option (d) is correct.
Question 7
Identify the word that fits blank 7.
A
Harmony
B
Discomfiture
C
Disagreement
D
Consensus
E
Statement
Question 7 Explanation:
By going with the overall idea of the sentence the problem would arise between Discomfiture and Disagreement. The word Discomfiture has a broader scope than the other hence the former is the right choice.
Question 8
Identify the word that fits blank 8.
A
Expressed
B
Ignored
C
Induced
D
Seen
E
Perverted
Question 8 Explanation:
Expressed, Seen and Perverted are totally out of question. Reading the sentence carefully would make us realize that it is Ignored and not Induced. This is so because if someone induces a fight, he/she does not want to go away just like that. Also, putting induced is disturbing the meaning of the sentence.
Question 9
Identify the word that fits blank 9.
A
Doesn't
B
Won’t
C
Don’t
D
Not
E
Hasn’t
Question 9 Explanation:
A simple grammar question, if you have chosen the above options right, there should be no problem choosing this.
Question 10
Identify the word that fits blank 10.
A
Credible
B
Serious
C
Fraudulent
D
Urgent
E
Skilled
Question 10 Explanation:
A fight cannot be more credible; more serious; more fraudulent or more urgent. In short, all the options are irrelevant except serious. So the answer is option (b) Serious.
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