Directions: Read the passages carefully and fill up the blanks with suitable words out of the four alternatives given. [SSC CHSL 2012]
Auctions are public __1__ of goods, conducted by an. __2__ auctioneer. He encourages buyers to __3__ higher prices and finally names the __4__ bidder as the buyer of the goods. This is called ‘knocking down’ the goods, for when the bidding ends the auctioneer __5__ a small hammer on a table in front of him.