ANS 2001 June Part B, Most Nearly Opposite

In each of the following sentences, there is a word or group of words underlined and one gap. From the list of words lettered A to D. Choose the one that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the underlined word or group of words and that will, at the same time, correctly fill the gap in the sentence.

1. The leader of the delegation was commended for the manner in which he handled the matter, while their hosts were............

A. applauded
B. praised
C. criticized
D. sanctioned

Answer: C

2. Musa is very frugal, whereas his friend Audu is............

A. misery
B. thrifty
C. precocious
D. extravagant

D

3. Taiwo's flamboyance and Kehinde's............ often keep people wondering if they are really twins.

A. modesty
B. arrogance
C. timidity
D. pretension

A

4. People enjoy stories with............ settings rather than those with far-fetched background

A. practical
B. realistic
C. artificial
D. undefined

B

5. We were asked to reach a compromise and not start another............

A. accusation
B. concession
C. controversy
D. issue

C

6. He was promoted for his efficiency, while his colleague was demoted for............

A. ability
B. lateness
C. incompetence
D. capability

C

7. Oken's business is flourishing while his father's is............

A. declining
B. progressing
C. withering
D. vanishing

A

8. You should be............ so as not to be caught unawares.

A. serious
B. sober
C. ready
D. alert

D

9. The manager who was sacked last month has been............

A. retired
B. suspended
C. reinstated
D. promoted

C

10. The school authorities expected the contributions to be............ rather than compulsory.

A. willful
B. voluntary
C. deliberate
D. outright

B

ANS 2001 June Part B, Most Nearly Opposite
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