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Cloze Test

Multiple Choice Questions

1.  

In the following passages, some of the words have been left out. First read the passage over and try to understand what it is about. Then fill in the blanks with the help of the alternatives given.

Most of us (161) that cockroaches are (162) creatures, very weak and (163), that can be destroyed with one (164). Yes, you can kill a cockroach easily, (165) in reality it is an (166) tough creature. Cockroaches are incredibly strong. They can (167) anywhere and on anything. A cockroach can eat anything. It (168) our food, but it can also eat (169) things like candle wax, soap and paper.
So the next time you kill a cockroach feel (170) because you are killing an extremely tough creature..



    2.  

    In the following passage, there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. Choose the correct word from the given options which fits the blank appropriately.

    There is an old story told of a man who (151) into a deep sleep. His friend stayed by him as long as he (152). Being compelled to go and fearing that he might be in want, the friend hid a (153) in the old man's garment. When the old man (154), not (155) that his friend had (156) a jewel in his garment, he wandered about in (157), hungry. A long time afterwards, the two men met again. The friend told the poor man about the jewel and (158) him to look for it. Like the old man in the story, people (159) about in this life, (160) of what is hidden away in their inner nature, pure and untarnished.

    not (155) that his friend had



      3.  

      In the following passage, some of the words have been left out. Read the passage carefully and choose the correct answer for the given blank out of the four alternatives.

      Our national leaders are still trapped in the slogans and cliches of the freedom struggle. Day in and day out, they extol the 146 of nationalism, patriotism and service to the motherland and 147 on the great sacrifices made by our leaders in the cause of India’s freedom. Mercifully, we still have 148 of freedom fighters among us, whose number 149 keeps increasing despite the country having won freedom half a century back. Politicians are 150 to be down to earth people, with their finger on the 151 of the masses. They have an uncanny knack of 152 the nebulous desires and aspirations of the people. In other words, they have to be 153 in tune with the times, But what sort of 154 repeated appeals to patriotism, nationalism and sacrifices made during the freedom struggle strike in the heart of the post-independence generation? It grew up when the country had already won independence and the freedom struggle had 155 into history. Since it has grown up in a sovereign, democratic republic, nationalism and patriotism are nice words that do not quite inspire it.

      when the country had already won independence and the freedom struggle had 155 into history.



        4.   In the following three passages, some of the words have been left out. First read the passage over and try to understand what it is about. Then fill in the blanks with the help of the alternatives given.

        The wings of some birds are so small that they are (56) for flying. Earlier such birds  _(57)_ fly. But after living for thousands of (58) in places where they had no _(59)__ there was no need for them to fly, and they (60) on the ground. After a while their (61) ones could no longer rise into the air. The ostrich, rhea, emu and cassowary (62) fly, but they can run fast on their long, strong legs. Ostriches (63) in Africa and are found on the grassy places (64) they live along with big groups of zebras. The rhea looks like the ostrich, (65) it is smaller and has three toes on each feet, while the ostrich has only two.


          5.  

          In the following passage, some of the words have been left out. Read the passage carefully and choose the correct answer for the given blank out of the four alternatives.

          It was very hot in the small court-room and everybody was feeling sleepy. After a tiring morning. The clerks were anxious to get 156 to lunch and even the judge must have felt 157 when the last case came up before the court. A short-middle-aged man with grey hair and small blue eyes was now standing 158 him. The man had a foolish expression on his face and he kept looking 159 stupidly as if he was trying hard to 160 what was going 161. The man was accused of 162 into a house and stealing a cheap watch. The witness, who was called, did not give a clear 163 of what had happened. He claimed to have seen a man outside the house one night, but on being 164 further, he confessed that he was not sure whether this was the man. The judge considered the matter for a short time and then declared that as there was no real proof, the man could not be 165 guilty.

          what was going 161.



            6.  

            In the following passage, some of the words have been left out. Read the passage carefully and select the correct answer for the given blank out of the four alternatives.

            And then, a few glorious minutes ______________, it was time to reluctantly head ashore. ____________ time, the strokes were more fluid, the movements more relaxed. I turned back one last time ____________ hello to a clown fish, the reason why I came to the Andamans. As I watched, it played hide-and-seek _________ a sea anemone, before frisking away. Suddenly, I realised a kinship with the blue waters ___________ the Bay of Bengal.

            ____________ time, the strokes were more fluid



              7.  

              In the following passage some of the words have been left out. Read the passage carefully and choose the correct answer for the given blank out of the four alternatives.

              We are (146) in a time of great and (147) changes. The most obvious (148) of the modern world is the (149) development of science and technology. This has given man a deeper (150) of nature.



                8.  

                In the following passage some of the words have been left out. Read the passage carefully and choose the correct answer for the given blank out of the four alternatives.

                War and Peace, an epic historical novel by Leo Tolstoy, was (151) published as Voyna i mir in 1865-69. This (152) study of early 19th century Russian society, noted for its (153) of realistic detail and variety of psychological (154) is generally regarded as one of the world's greatest novels. War and Peace is (155) concerned with the histories of five aristocratic families, the members of which are (156) against the (157) background of Russian social life during the war against Napoleon. The (158) of war, however, is (159) to the story of family existence which involves Tolstoy's optimistic belief in the life-asserting (160) of human existence.






                  9.  

                  In the following passage, some of the words have been left out. Read the passage carefully and select the correct answer for the given blank out of the four alternatives.

                  Raising effective primary and district-level coverage of mental health services for the general population, without requiring people to travel long distances to see a specialist and get medicines, should be priority ......... the base of psychiatrists is low in relation to the need, the use of trained general practitioners as the first line of contact assumes importance. Some studies show many of them are not confident ........ with their training to detect, diagnose and manage mental illnesses ................ a concerted effort, primary care physicians can be trained to help people with mild and severe problems,........... from anxiety disorders to depression, psychoses and conditions arising from alcohol and substance.............. 

                  psychoses and conditions arising from alcohol and substance.............. 



                    10.  

                    In the following passage, some of the words have been left out. Read the passage carefully and choose the correct answer for the given blank out of the four alternatives.

                    It was very hot in the small court-room and everybody was feeling sleepy. After a tiring morning, The clerks were anxious to get 156 to lunch and even the judge must have felt 157 when the last case came up before the court. A short-middle-aged man with grey hair and small blue eyes was now standing 158 him. The man had a foolish expression on his face and he kept looking 159 stupidly as if he was trying hard to 160 what was going 161. The man was accused of 162 into a house and stealing a cheap watch. The witness, who was called, did not give a clear 163 of what had happened. He claimed to have seen a man outside the house one night, but on being 164 further, he confessed that he was not sure whether this was the man. The judge considered the matter for a short time and then declared that as there was no real proof, the man could not be 165 guilty.

                    After a tiring morning, The clerks were anxious to get 156 to lunch



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