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1. It has been suggested that the ants of each nest have some sign or password by which they _________ one another.

  • A. Greet
  • B. Recognize
  • C. Defeat
  • D. Identify
  • E. Overcome
Answer

B and D

The presence of the word, ‘password’ in the sentence suggests that the missing word should be close to the word ‘identify’ in meaning. Out of all the given options, ‘recognize’ means the same as ‘identify’. ‘Defeat’ and ‘overcome’ mean the same but they are irrelevant in the context of the usage of the missing word. Therefore, B and D are the correct answers.

2. By the time he understood that it was essentially a matter of _________ and knowledge, it was too late.

  • A. Belief
  • B. Doubt
  • C. Conviction
  • D. Ignorance
  • E. Unawareness
Answer

A and C

The missing word describes the matter being discussed with knowledge being the other aspect of the same matter. Therefore, it becomes evident that the missing word cannot be close to ‘ignorance’ or ‘unawareness’ in meaning as they are both antonyms of ‘knowledge’. Out of the remaining answer options, ‘belief’ and ‘conviction’ are the only two words that mean the same and either of them can be placed in the blank to impart a logical meaning to the sentence. Therefore, A and C are the correct answers.

3. It should be obvious that voters are looking for accountability and for ways in which to make a _________ system work again.

  • A. Responsible
  • B. Functional
  • C. Corrupted
  • D. Liable
  • E. Debauched
Answer

C and E

It has been brought out that the voters are looking for ways in which to make a certain type of system work again. The type of system is being described by the missing word. Since the system needs to be made working and accountable, it means that ‘functional’ is not the correct answer. Also, ‘responsible’ and ‘liable’ are unsuitable for the blank as they do not fit in with the message being conveyed by the remaining sentence. Therefore, C and E are the correct answers.

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