Directions (1-5): Each question below has two blanks, each blank indicating that something has been omitted. Choose the set of words for each blank that best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

1. A plethora of cultural talent ________ the spectators busy at a talent hunt programme where students from various colleges get together to_________   their mettle in various contests.

Tried, show

Kept, prove

Caught, puzzle

Held, learn

Helped, mention

2. The _______ of Chinese plastic thread should be banned as it ________ thousands of birds every year during the kite flying season.

Sale, cripples

Sell, kills

Sale, disturbs

Sell, disables

Sale, saves

3. Harish ___________with me some basic techniques that one can _______at home without even owning a drum set.

made, shred

Imparted, try

Learned, balance

Fits, rehearses

shared, practice

4. In the present case, the facts clearly _______ that the required reasonable degree of care and caution was not __________ by hospital in the treatment of the patient.

Reflect, compressed

Fix, advancement

Show, Proceeded

Observe, considered

indicate, taken

5. Students from the Middle East and the African countries have___________ been ________ contributors to the pool of foreign students in the university.

Traditionally, major

Conservatively, crucial

Surprisingly, most

Intuitively, salient

Annually, lucid