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Sentence Completion - Section 4

Instructions:  

At that time the White House was as serene as a resort hotel out of season. The corridors were [1]. In the various offices, [2] gray men in waistcoats talked to one another in low-pitched voices. The only colour, or choler, curiously enough, was provided by President Eisenhower himself. Apparently, his [3] was easily set off; he scowled when he [4] the corridors.

1:  
A.

striking

B.

hollow

C.

empty

D.

white

 
 

Option: C

Explanation :


2:  
A.

quiet

B.

faded

C.

loud

D.

stentorian

 
 

Option: A

Explanation :

Choices (c) and (d) have similar meaning and are misnomers in the given context, as the keywords 'low pitched voices' require a word that is synonymous with 'quiet' or 'calm'. The usage of the adjective 'faded' in the sentence to describe men is untenable.


3:  
A.

laughter

B.

curiosity

C.

humour

D.

temper

 
 

Option: D

Explanation :

The given sentence depicts the President as a very angry person as suggested by the keyword 'scowled' Choices (a), (b) and (c) are either positive or neutral and cannot fit in the sentence


4:  
A.

paced

B.

strolled

C.

stormed

D.

prowled

 
 

Option: D

Explanation :

'Paced'in choice (a) is not consistent with the mood of the President as depicted in the first part of the sentence. It means 'to walk fast'. 'Strolled'in (b) means 'Walk casually' and hence is discarded. 'Stormed' in choice (c) refers to 'attack a place suddenly' or 'say something in a loud, angry way'. But here, neither of them fits in. 'Prowled' refers to moving in a restless manner and hence fits.




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