The following question has a sentence with two blanks. Given below it are four pairs of words. Choose the pair that best completes the sentence.

 For the first time, a graphic novel has been longlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction. ____________, ___________, minimal and unmanipulative: Sabrina makes demands on the reader in precisely the way all good fiction does.

  1. Presumptuous, allusive
  2. Profound, elusive
  3. Oblique, subtle
  4. Brazen, perfidious

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  1. Option 2.Because one can see that the author wants to mention some positive aspects of the novel.Only option 2 has both positive attributes,the other have either of one as negative meanings.

  2. Option 2.All other options have negative meanings whereas the author wants to talk about the positive attributes of the novel.Hence positive attributes should fill the blank which are present only in option 2.The rest have either of the word with a negative connotation.

    1. TG.Prabhat

      Hi Shubhra, take a look at the answer’s explanation in my comment below.
      I’ll revert to you about your suggestion of timing the ‘questions of the day’ as soon as I hear from the management about it. 🙂

      1. TG.Prabhat

        I have discussed your suggestion, Shubhra. The purpose of the ‘Question of the Day’ is to make students think and learn. Putting a psychological boundary by applying a timer to the question will be incompatible with this objective. Even if you take extra time over these questions, it’s all right. Make sure that you increase your conceptual knowledge by doing these questions. This will enable you to do better in mock tests (of which there are many) and actual exams. Applying this approach, you will also notice an organic decrease in the time you take to solve the ‘Questions of the Day’.

  3. TG.Prabhat

    Well, the answer has proved elusive for all of you.
    I’m feeling a sudden affection for the FIB question.

    The answer is 3. To label not just an idea or a concept, but an entire category or class of writing (that too- ‘good fiction’) as ‘elusive’ is not apt usage of the adjective.

    Presumptuous: (of a person or their behaviour) failing to observe the limits of what is permitted or appropriate.
    Allusive: using or containing suggestion rather than explicit mention.
    Profound: (of a person or statement) having or showing great knowledge or insight; (of a subject or idea) demanding deep study or thought.
    Elusive: difficult to find, catch, remember, or achieve; hard to comprehend or define; hard to isolate or identify
    Oblique: not expressed or done in a direct way.
    Brazen: bold and without shame.
    Perfidious: deceitful and untrustworthy.

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