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WLCI Test Your Communication Skills

Communication Skills

Q 1. Reading Comprehension
I . Unsinkable Ship
Naval architects never claim that a ship is unsinkable, but the sinking of the passenger-and-car ferry Estonia in the Baltic surely should have never have happened. It was well designed and carefully maintained. It carried the proper number of lifeboats. It had been thoroughly inspected the day of its fatal voyage. Yet hours later, the Estonia rolled over and sank in a cold, stormy night. It went down so quickly that most of those on board, caught in their dark, flooding cabins, had no chance to save themselves: Of those who managed to scramble overboard, only 139 survived. The rest died of hypothermia before the rescuers could pluck them from the cold sea. The final death toll amounted to 912 souls. However, there were an unpleasant number of questions about why the Estonia sank and why so many survivors were men in the prime of life, while most of the dead were women, children and the elderly.
1 ) One can understand from the reading that……….

2 ) It is clear from the passage that the survivors of the ancient…….

3 ) According to the passage, when the Estonia sank,…….

II . Dolphins
Dolphins are regarded as the friendliest creatures in the sea and stories of them helping drowning sailors have been common since Roman times. The more we learn about dolphins, the more we realize that their society is more complex than people previously imagined. They look after other dolphins when they are ill, care for pregnant mothers and protect the weakest in the community, as we do. Some scientists have suggested that dolphins have a language but it is much more probable that they communicate with each other without needing words. Could any of these mammals be more intelligent than man? Certainly the most common argument in favour of man's superiority over them that we can kill them more easily than they can kill us is the least satisfactory. On the contrary, the more we discover about these remarkable creatures, the less we appear superior when we destroy them.
1 ) It is clear from the passage that dolphins………

2 ) The fact that the writer of the passage thinks that we can kill dolphins more easily than they Can kill us………..

3 ) One can infer from the reading that……..

Q 2. Write the closest meaning for the following.
1 ) It is clear from the passage that dolphins………

2 ) The fact that the writer of the passage thinks that we can kill dolphins more easily than they Can kill us………..

3 ) One can infer from the reading that……..

Q 3. Analogies
Each of the following questions contains a pair of words in bold type. Find the relationship between the meanings of these two words, and then choose from among the possible responses the one in which the relationship between the two words is most similar to the relationship you have found.
1 ) baker : eating -

2 ) to shutter : is closed -

3 ) deck : fleet -

4 ) warn : wariness -

Q 4. Choose the correct word to fill in the gap:
1 ) I __________________ TV when the telephone rang.

2 ) I'm afraid I'm not hungry. I've _______ eaten lunch.

3 ) My mother let me ____________ late when I was a child.

4 ) Would you like ___________ chicken?

5 ) He has _______ friends in Chicago.

Q 5. Vocabulary - Choose the right word
1 ) The opposite of 'abound' is

2 ) The opposite of 'abide' is

3 ) Take after means

4 ) Get the best of ‘ means

5 ) A bolt from the blue’ means

Q 6. Idioms Questions
1 ) Mohan said,”Let’s adjourn this meeting.”What did he want to do?

2 ) Amar,the secretary, is taking minutes. What does this means?

3 ) “I hold a heavy heart”. This means?

4 ) “Let’s set up a meeting.” What did she mean by this?

5 ) “Follow your heart”. means?

Q 7. Sentence Completions
In each question, there is a sentence (or sentences) with several parts missing, followed by four possible ways of completing the sentence. Complete each sentence, using the response that is
1 ) Dead ends never……..scientific progress,……..they were always a factor that induced researchers and thinkers to…….the commonly held beliefs of their time,……a breakthrough.

2 ) Those who disapprove of Juan, a healer, claim that the improvement reported by his patients is due solely to their belief in his healing powers. In the past, I……. to believe this claim, but I changed my mind after learning that……patients who were…….. about the treatment's chances of success reported…… in their condition following treatment.

3 ) Research shows that laws in biblical times were intended to solve…… and not to prevent problems that ………. Thus, if the Bible contains a law that forbids looting,… that this……in those days.

4 ) ……..that the ability of penguins to survive even under extremely difficult climatic conditions……. to their ability to survive under all types of environmental conditions. …… the size of the penguin population……. following a deterioration in environmental conditions, such as a decrease in the quantity of fish available to them for food.

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