Directions: In  the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. against each number, five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. find out the appropriate word in each case.
 After ten years of (___ 14 ___) inflation, prices have spiked 7 . 5 % in the third week of July. This looks scary after all, Indians had got used 1 to prices crawling up by 2 % in the last two years, and a 10 year average inflation rate of about 5 %but you shouldn’t worry. This burst of inflation is the result of three factors that have come together unexpectedly, are unlikely to (___ 15 ___) for long and are unlikely to (___ 16 ___) up together again A (___ 17 ___) rise in global oil prices, a monsoon that arrived late and a spike in global metal prices. North Sea crude has crossed $ 42 per barrel, driven up by low petroleum (___ 18 ___) and soaring demand In the US as war production heats up. Oil markets are also spooked by the (___ 19 ___) of Russian oil supplies falling on the back of the Yukos-Sibneft probe. There’s little that the government can do to (___ 20 ___) users from soaring oil prices indeed, it shouldn’t, if it wants to (___ 21 ___) efficiency. Higher transport costs have pushed up rates of vegetables and fruits farm produce could also get affected by rains that arrived too late for kharif sowing. China is (___ 22 ___) up steel and other metals from all over the world to (___ 23 ___) a construction boom ahead of the 2008 Olympics, making metal prices soar all over the world, and sparking inflation in India.

Q1.

14.

(a) mere

(b) moderate

(c) retarding

(d) vehement

(e) dull

Q2.

15.

(a) obstinate

(b) constitute

(c) persist

(d) repeat

(e) normalize

Q3.

16.

(a) go

(b) scramble

(c) mount

(d) yield

(e) crop

Q4.

17.

(a) sustained

(b) suspicious

(c) horrific

(d) erratic

(e) favourable

Q5.

18.

(a) lists

(b) trades

(c) services

(d) inventories

(e) details

Q6.

19.

(a) prospect

(b) progress

(c) view

(d) extent

(e) deposit

Q7.

20.

(a) support

(b) ignore

(c) propel

(d) prolong

(e) Insulate

Q8.

21.

(a) position

(b) promote

(c) process

(d) pass

(e) form

Q9.

22.

(a) hurrying

(b) passing

(c) pairing

(d) (gobbling)

(e) throwing

Q10.

23.

(a) keep

(b) make

(c) feed

(d) grow

(e) fight 

 

ANSWERS :

            1 b       2 c       3 e       4 c       5 b       6 c       7 e       8 b       9 d       10 b