Question) Though one eye is kept firmly on the _______, the company now also promotes _______ contemporary art.
a) present, experimental
b) future, popular
c) present, popular
d) market, popular
Solution) The word ‘though’ in the first clause shows a change in the flow of the sentence. Therefore, the word ‘now’ in the second clause must be in contrast with the word in our first blank. ‘Future’ is the only word that is in contrast with ‘now’. Therefore, future and popular are the words to be used in the two blanks. Hence, it is important to know the meaning of the sentence while solving vocabulary questions.
Question) The manners and _______ of the nouveau riche is a recurrent ______ in literature.
a) style, motif
b) morals, story
c) wealth, theme
d) morals, theme
Solution) Here, the conjunction ‘and’ tells us that the word ‘manners’ and the word in the blank must be in sync. ‘Morals’ is the only word that is sync with ‘manners’. Between the words ‘story’ and ‘theme’, ‘theme’ is more relevant because story is not recurrent in literature but the theme can be recurrent. Hence, ‘morals’ and ‘theme’ are the words to be used in the blanks.