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  • 1. 

    In each of the following questions, part of the sentence is in bold. Four alternative meanings of the highlighted part of the sentence are given below the sentence. Mark as your answer that alternative meaning which you think is correct. Question: Our school is within a stone’s throw of the railway station.

    • A.

      Very far-off

    • B.

      With a certain radius

    • C.

      At a short distance

    • D.

      Within a definite circumference

    Correct Answer
    C. At a short distance
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "at a short distance." This means that the school is located close to the railway station, within a short walking distance.

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  • 2. 

    For the first week, the apprentice felt like a fish out of water:

    • A.

      Frustrated

    • B.

      Homeless

    • C.

      Disappointed

    • D.

      Uncomfortable

    Correct Answer
    B. Homeless
    Explanation
    The phrase "felt like a fish out of water" is an idiom that means feeling uncomfortable or out of place in a particular situation. Therefore, the correct answer is "homeless" because it best represents the feeling of being without a home or a sense of belonging, which aligns with the idiom.

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  • 3. 

    The prices are going up by leaps and bounds.

    • A.

      Irregularly

    • B.

      Gradually

    • C.

      Rapidly

    • D.

      Systematically

    Correct Answer
    C. Rapidly
    Explanation
    The phrase "going up by leaps and bounds" suggests a rapid and significant increase in prices. This means that the prices are rising quickly and in large increments, rather than gradually or systematically. Therefore, the correct answer is rapidly.

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  • 4. 

    Directions (Q.4 – 8): Each of these questions has an idiomatic expression followed by four options. Choose the one closest to its meaning. question: Talk shop:

    • A.

      Talk about one’s profession

    • B.

      Talk about shopping

    • C.

      Ridicule

    • D.

      Treat lightly

    Correct Answer
    A. Talk about one’s profession
    Explanation
    The idiomatic expression "talk shop" means to discuss or talk about one's profession or work. It does not refer to talking about shopping, ridiculing, or treating something lightly.

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  • 5. 

    Wear one’s heart on one’s sleeve:

    • A.

      Lure passionately

    • B.

      Do the right thing

    • C.

      Show one’s feelings

    • D.

      Be intimate

    Correct Answer
    C. Show one’s feelings
    Explanation
    The phrase "wear one's heart on one's sleeve" means to openly display or express one's emotions or feelings. It suggests that a person is not afraid to show their true emotions and is transparent about their feelings. This can be in the context of being honest, vulnerable, or unguarded in expressing emotions, whether it is love, sadness, or joy. Therefore, the correct answer is "Show one's feelings."

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  • 6. 

    To be above board:

    • A.

      To have a good height

    • B.

      To be honest in any deal

    • C.

      To have no debts

    • D.

      To be able to swim

    Correct Answer
    B. To be honest in any deal
    Explanation
    The phrase "to be above board" means to be honest and transparent in any deal or transaction. It suggests that the person is not hiding anything or engaging in any deceitful practices. This expression is often used to describe someone who conducts themselves with integrity and fairness, ensuring that all parties involved are aware of the details and terms of the agreement.

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  • 7. 

    To have the gift of the gab:

    • A.

      A talent for speaking

    • B.

      To do exactly the right thing

    • C.

      To be cheerful

    • D.

      To get lots of gifts

    Correct Answer
    A. A talent for speaking
    Explanation
    The phrase "to have the gift of the gab" refers to someone who has a natural talent or ability for speaking eloquently and persuasively. This person is able to engage others in conversation effortlessly and can express their thoughts and ideas effectively. They have a way with words and are able to captivate an audience with their speaking skills. This talent for speaking allows them to communicate effectively and convincingly in various situations.

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  • 8. 

    To fall flat:

    • A.

      Retreat

    • B.

      To meet accidentally

    • C.

      Quarrel

    • D.

      To be met with a cold reception

    Correct Answer
    D. To be met with a cold reception
    Explanation
    The phrase "to fall flat" means to fail or be unsuccessful in achieving a desired outcome. When used in the context of being met with a cold reception, it suggests that someone's efforts or ideas have been received poorly or without enthusiasm by others. This can lead to a sense of disappointment or rejection, as their expectations were not met and their attempts did not have the desired impact.

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  • 9. 

    Directions (Q.9 – 10): In each of the following questions an idiomatic expression and its four possible meanings are given. Find out the correct meaning of the idiomatic expression. Question: Between the devil and the deep sea

    • A.

      To be in a dilemma

    • B.

      To be in a temper

    • C.

      To choose correctly

    • D.

      To live dangerously

    Correct Answer
    A. To be in a dilemma
    Explanation
    The idiomatic expression "between the devil and the deep sea" means to be in a dilemma. This means that someone is faced with a difficult choice or situation where both options are equally unfavorable or dangerous. It suggests that the person is stuck between two difficult choices and is unsure of what to do.

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  • 10. 

    The green eyed monster.

    • A.

      The creature of the sea

    • B.

      An animal with green eyes

    • C.

      Personal jealousy

    • D.

      To get into trouble

    Correct Answer
    C. Personal jealousy
    Explanation
    The phrase "The green eyed monster" is a metaphor that refers to personal jealousy. It suggests that jealousy can consume a person and turn them into a monster. The color green is often associated with envy, and the use of "monster" emphasizes the destructive nature of jealousy. Therefore, the correct answer is personal jealousy, as it accurately captures the meaning and connotation of the phrase.

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