English Quiz: Verbal Ability Questions And Answers

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How good is your verbal ability in the English language? Here, we have a few verbal ability quiz questions and answers to check if you can easily find various meanings to a particular word. Try the quiz below if you are preparing for the upcoming competitive exams and looking for verbal ability practice questions. Also, you can take this quiz if you want to improve your verbal ability skills. Did we make sense to you? Then go for it. Please answer the following questions to the best of your ability.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Each question below consists of a word printed in capital letters followed by five lettered words or phrases. Choose the lettered word or phrase that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the word in capital letters. Since some of the questions require you to distinguish fine shades of meaning, be sure to consider all the choices before deciding which one is best. DIFFUSE

    • A.

      Concentrate

    • B.

      Contend

    • C.

      Imply

    • D.

      Pretend

    • E.

      Rebel

    Correct Answer
    A. Concentrate
    Explanation
    The word "diffuse" means to spread out or scatter, while "concentrate" means to gather or bring together in a focused manner. Therefore, "concentrate" is the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to "diffuse".

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  • 2. 

    Directions*A related pair of words or phrases is followed by five lettered pairs ofwords or phrases. Select the lettered pair that bestexpresses a relationship similar to that expressed inthe original pair.COLOR : SPECTRUM :

    • A.

      Tone : scale

    • B.

      Sound : waves

    • C.

      Verse : poem

    • D.

      Dimension : space

    • E.

      Cell : organism

    Correct Answer
    A. Tone : scale
    Explanation
    The relationship between color and spectrum is that color is a part or component of a spectrum. Similarly, the relationship between tone and scale is that tone is a part or component of a scale.

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  • 3. 

    Directions*The sentence below has one or two blanks, eachblank indicating that something has been omitted.Beneath the sentence are five lettered words or setsof words. Choose the word or set of words for eachblank that best fi ts the meaning of the sentence asa whole.Early ________ of hearing loss is ________ by thefact that the other senses are able to compensate formoderate amounts of loss, so that people frequentlydo not know that their hearing is imperfect.

    • A.

      Discovery..indicated

    • B.

      Development..prevented

    • C.

      Detection..complicated

    • D.

      Treatment..facilitated

    • E.

      Incidence..corrected

    Correct Answer
    C. Detection..complicated
    Explanation
    The sentence states that early detection of hearing loss is complicated by the fact that the other senses are able to compensate for moderate amounts of loss, leading people to not realize their hearing is imperfect. Therefore, the best words to fill in the blanks are "detection" and "complicated".

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  • 4. 

    Vocabulary: choose the correct definitionreciprocity

    • A.

      Large piece of cloth

    • B.

      Projecting, prominent, undesirably noticeable

    • C.

      Granting of privileges in return for similar

    • D.

      Weak/unsteady; light

    • E.

      Forceful, effective, vigorous, extremely perceptive, incisive

    Correct Answer
    C. Granting of privileges in return for similar
    Explanation
    Reciprocity refers to the act of granting privileges or benefits in return for similar treatment or favors. It implies a mutual exchange where both parties involved receive similar advantages or privileges. This definition aligns with the concept of reciprocity as it involves the granting of privileges in response to similar actions or favors.

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  • 5. 

    Overhaul

    • A.

      Tending to evade

    • B.

      Blocked up

    • C.

      Examine thoroughly to learn about the condition

    • D.

      Cowardice; give up cowardly

    • E.

      Striped, grooved, or banded

    Correct Answer
    C. Examine thoroughly to learn about the condition
    Explanation
    The word "overhaul" means to examine thoroughly to learn about the condition. This suggests that when something is being overhauled, it is being closely inspected and analyzed in order to understand its current state or condition. This explanation aligns with the meaning of the word and accurately reflects its usage.

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  • 6. 

    Castigate

    • A.

      Very much ornamented; naturally red (e. g. of face)

    • B.

      To chastise; correct by punishing

    • C.

      Disguised

    • D.

      Think deeply

    • E.

      Abusive language; curses

    Correct Answer
    B. To chastise; correct by punishing
    Explanation
    The word "castigate" means to chastise or correct by punishing someone. It implies a form of punishment or reprimand for a wrongdoing or mistake. This explanation fits with the given options as it aligns with the meaning of the word and accurately describes the action of correcting through punishment.

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  • 7. 

    Grandiloquent

    • A.

      Calm, sluggish temperament; unemotional

    • B.

      Get back by payment; compensate

    • C.

      Put into difficulties

    • D.

      Intractable; not willing to yield; stubborn

    • E.

      Using pompous words

    Correct Answer
    E. Using pompous words
    Explanation
    The word "grandiloquent" refers to using pompous words. This means that someone who is grandiloquent tends to use language that is exaggerated, showy, or overly elaborate in order to impress others. This can often come across as pretentious or insincere.

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  • 8. 

    Fill in the blank Nature has an apparently _____ source of plants that can be fruitfully exploited for the herbal cure of many diseases.

    • A.

      Inexhaustible

    • B.

      Insatiable

    • C.

      Insuperable

    • D.

      Indefatigable

    • E.

      Iniquitous

    Correct Answer
    A. Inexhaustible
    Explanation
    The word "inexhaustible" means unlimited or unable to be used up. In the context of the sentence, it suggests that nature has an abundant and limitless supply of plants that can be effectively used for herbal cures. This implies that there are numerous plant species available for medicinal purposes, making it a valuable and sustainable resource for treating various diseases.

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  • 9. 

    Sanctimony

    • A.

      Sentimental in a silly or tearful way

    • B.

      Of the same period; coexisting

    • C.

      Self-righteousness; hypocritical with FALSE piety

    • D.

      Member of vigilance committee

    • E.

      Self-confidence

    Correct Answer
    C. Self-righteousness; hypocritical with FALSE piety
    Explanation
    The word "sanctimony" refers to self-righteousness and hypocrisy, particularly when accompanied by false piety. It suggests a person who acts morally superior and judgmental, often pretending to have a strong religious or moral belief system while not truly living up to those values. This person may display a false sense of virtue and righteousness, making them appear insincere and hypocritical.

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  • 10. 

    Complete the sentenceThis ____ verse mourns for the valiant soldiers who lost their lives in battle.

    • A.

      Satiric

    • B.

      Ironic

    • C.

      Derivative

    • D.

      Elegiac

    • E.

      Desultory

    Correct Answer
    D. Elegiac
    Explanation
    The word "elegiac" is the correct answer because it means expressing sorrow or lamentation, especially for the dead. In the given sentence, it is stated that the verse mourns for the soldiers who lost their lives in battle, which aligns with the definition of elegiac. The other options, such as satiric, ironic, derivative, and desultory, do not convey the same sense of mourning or sorrow.

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  • 11. 

    Which pair is closest in relationship to the given pair? DRY : SOAKED : :

    • A.

      Desert : oasis

    • B.

      Air : moisture

    • C.

      Arid : parched

    • D.

      Anhydrous : saturated

    • E.

      Teetotal : alcohol

    Correct Answer
    D. Anhydrous : saturated
    Explanation
    The given pair "DRY : SOAKED" indicates a relationship of opposite states, where "DRY" is the opposite of "SOAKED". Among the options, the pair "anhydrous : saturated" also represents opposite states, where "anhydrous" means without water and "saturated" means filled or soaked with water. Therefore, the pair "anhydrous : saturated" is closest in relationship to the given pair "DRY : SOAKED".

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  • 12. 

    PRACTICAL : IDEALISTIC : :

    • A.

      Academic : theoretical

    • B.

      Human : angel

    • C.

      Whimsical : factual

    • D.

      Possible : quixotic

    • E.

      Unreal : fantastic

    Correct Answer
    D. Possible : quixotic
    Explanation
    The words in the given question are related to each other in terms of their practicality or realism. The word "quixotic" means overly idealistic or impractical, similar to the word "unreal" which means not realistic. Therefore, the pair "possible : quixotic" fits the pattern established by the other word pairs in the question.

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  • 13. 

    HISTRIONIC : THEATER : :

    • A.

      Olden : drama

    • B.

      Harmonic : orchestra

    • C.

      Dramatic : stage

    • D.

      Halcyon : opera

    • E.

      Forensic : court

    Correct Answer
    E. Forensic : court
    Explanation
    The relationship between the words in the given options is that each word in the first column represents a characteristic or attribute related to a specific field or domain mentioned in the second column. For example, "histrionic" is a characteristic related to the field of "theater", "harmonic" is a characteristic related to the field of "orchestra", and so on. Therefore, the correct answer is "forensic : court" because "forensic" is a characteristic related to the field of "court".

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  • 14. 

    CAPTIOUS : TOLERANT : :

    • A.

      Punctilious : scrupulous

    • B.

      Homogeneous : similar

    • C.

      Notorious : renowned

    • D.

      Fastidious : squeamish

    • E.

      Copious : plentiful

    Correct Answer
    C. Notorious : renowned
    Explanation
    The word "notorious" means well-known for a bad quality or deed, while "renowned" means well-known and respected. Both words refer to being well-known, but "renowned" carries a positive connotation, whereas "notorious" carries a negative connotation. Therefore, the relationship between "notorious" and "renowned" is similar to the relationship between "punctilious" (showing great attention to detail) and "scrupulous" (acting in accordance with moral principles).

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  • 15. 

    URBANE : SUAVE : :

    • A.

      Pedestrian : prosaic

    • B.

      Boorish : courteous

    • C.

      Rustic : sophisticated

    • D.

      Tempestuous : calm

    • E.

      Urban : rural

    Correct Answer
    A. Pedestrian : prosaic
    Explanation
    The relationship between "URBANE" and "SUAVE" is that they both describe someone who is sophisticated, polished, and refined. Similarly, the relationship between "pedestrian" and "prosaic" is that they both describe something that is ordinary, dull, and lacking in imagination or creativity.

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  • 16. 

    Choose the correct meaning for each root given below. dat as in mandate

    • A.

      Body

    • B.

      Cry out

    • C.

      Give

    • D.

      Care

    Correct Answer
    C. Give
    Explanation
    The root "dat" in the word "mandate" means "give." This can be inferred from the meaning of the word "mandate" itself, which refers to an official order or command to do something. The act of giving an order or command implies the act of giving instructions or directions. Therefore, the correct meaning for the root "dat" in this context is "give."

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  • 17. 

    Di, diurn as in diurnal

    • A.

      Citizen

    • B.

      Cry out

    • C.

      Care

    • D.

      Day

    Correct Answer
    D. Day
    Explanation
    The given words "citizen," "cry out," "care," and "day" are all related to the concept of "day." "Citizen" refers to a person who lives and works during the day, "cry out" can be associated with activities that happen during the day when people are more active and vocal, "care" can be interpreted as taking care of tasks or responsibilities that are typically done during the day, and "day" itself directly represents the concept being referred to. Therefore, the correct answer is "day."

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  • 18. 

    Oss as in ossify

    • A.

      Peace

    • B.

      Bone

    • C.

      Feel

    • D.

      Child

    Correct Answer
    B. Bone
    Explanation
    The word "oss" in the given context refers to the process of ossification, which is the formation of bone. Among the given options, "bone" is the only word that directly relates to ossification. Therefore, "bone" is the correct answer.

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  • 19. 

    Apt as in adaptability

    • A.

      Do

    • B.

      Fit

    • C.

      Soul, mind

    • D.

      War

    Correct Answer
    B. Fit
    Explanation
    The word "apt" in the context of "adaptability" suggests that something is suitable or well-suited for a particular purpose or situation. In this case, "fit" is the correct answer as it means to be well-suited or appropriate for something. It aligns with the idea of adaptability, indicating that something is able to adjust or change to fit different circumstances or requirements.

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  • 20. 

    Agog as in demagogue

    • A.

      Sharp

    • B.

      Leader

    • C.

      Self

    • D.

      Do

    Correct Answer
    B. Leader
    Explanation
    The word "agog" is used as an adjective to describe someone who is eager, excited, or enthusiastic about something. In the context of "demagogue," a demagogue is a leader who appeals to people's emotions and prejudices in order to gain power. Therefore, the correct answer is "leader" because a demagogue is a type of leader who manipulates and influences others through rhetoric and emotional appeals.

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