(a) tragic end
(b) highest point
(c) futile effort
(d) peace negotiations.
Ans:apotheosis: (b) highest point, glorified ideal.
—Our readiness to succumb to any kind of pressure reached its apotheosis in the ‘Satanic Verses’ affair.
(a) short description
(b) long journey
(c) competitive price
(d) delayed recognition.
Ans: blurb: (a) short description (book).
—The book’s blurb talks of the author’s first novel thatwas set in a desert kingdom too.
(c ) liberate
Ans: coop: (d) confine.
—He remembers being cooped up in the forensic laboratory for a month.
Ans: deft: (c) skilful.
—The sketches by M.F. Hussain do have the artist’s deft touch.
(a) timely help
(b) cheap product
(c) unattractive addition
(d) immoral act.
Ans: excrescence: (c) unattractive addition.
—There must be a cover design even uglier than the schlocky excrescence that decorates the novel.
Ans: funk: (b) avoid (out of fear).
—The main character in the novel funks while taking on the leader of the rival gang and lets his aide handle him.
(a) unexpected money
(b) undelivered letter
(c) uncovered glass
(d) unplanned city.
Ans:gravy: (a) unexpected/ unearned money or profit.
—His lottery ticket has brought him sudden gravy.
(a) utter failure
(b) average movie
(c) uninteresting episode
(d) remarkable thing.
Ans: humdinger: (d) remarkable thing.
—The kidnapping case turned out to be a humdinger.
Ans: intrepid: (c) brave, fearless.
—An Indian soldier is intrepid both in character and concrete action.
Ans: kosher: (b) genuine, legitimate.
—The intelligentsia still believes that it is kosher to be progressive instead of being pragmatic.
(a) not reliable
(b) not healthy
(c) not relevant
(d) not cultured.
Ans: lowbrow: (d) not cultured or intellectual.
—It proved to be a lowbrow programme or discussion.
(a) marriage hall
(b) conference hall
(d) marriage proposal.
Ans: mart: (c) market, trade-centre.
—London is an international mart for stocks and shares.
(a) practical joke
(b) over-simple measure
(c) angry gesture
(d) noble intention.
Ans: nostrum: (b) oversimple measure.
—If a country in crisis declines IMF nostrum, it goes into default and faces worse calamity.
(a) preventive course
(b) inventive mind
(c) short distance
(d) public place.
Ans: prophylactic: (a) preventive course or action. (tending to prevent misfortune or disease).
—Astrology proves a prophylactic to all those who are prone to despair, distress and desperation.
1 5 . quirkiness:
(a ) strange behaviour
(b) patient hearing
(c) sudden appearance
(d) chance occurrence.
Ans: quirkiness: (d) chance occurrence.
—She shares with her creator a dry sense of humour and a sense of the quirkiness of the universe.
(a) militant act
(b) meeting place
(c) imaginary fear
(d) successful flight.
Ans: rendezvous ( b ) meeting place or time.
—Assam is a rendezvous for the dark forces of superstition and revolutionary insurgency.
(a) excessively ambitious
(b) excessively arrogant
(c) excessively sentimental
(d) excessively anxious.
Ans:schmaltzy: (c) excessively sentimental.
—Fortunately schmaltzy sentiment was furthest from the author’s mind when she wrote the book titled: “Razia—ThePeople’s Princess”.
Ans: tantrummy: (c) angry, bad-tempered.
—The first few chapters of the novel recount fulminations against an alcoholic father, a socialite step-mother and a tantrummy younger sister.
Ans: venal: (b) corrupt or money-loving.
—Some politicians stand condemned as being venal in their day-to-day lives.
(c ) conspire
Ans: zap: (a) destroy or obliterate.
—The suicide attacks on the W.T.C. zapped the buildings in no time.
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