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Directions: In  the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. against each number, five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. find out the appropriate word in each case.
The (___474___) of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller. As economy has improved and employers have (___475___) confidence, companies have been steadily shedding fewer workers. The trend means greater job security and suggests a critical turning point in the economic recovery. It (___476___) the hope that workers pay will finally accelerate after grinding through a sluggish recovery for the past half decade. When the economy, (___477___) into recession at the end of 2007, employers cut deeply into their staffs. And then during the recovery, they hired only (___478___). Instead, they sought to maximize the productivity of their existing employees. But in recent months, the picture has (___479___). Employers have added 200,000plus jobs for five straight months, and the unemployment rate has reached 6.1 percent, the lowest since 2008. Now, the steadily declining level of layoffs suggests that employers may have to hire even more (___480___) and raise pay if they want to expand their businesses. The shortage of laid off workers searching for jobs means that more companies may need to pay more to (___481___) talent. Other data confirm that across the economy, job cuts have reached unusually low levels. Total layoffs in May dropped below prerecession levels. Still, while layoffs have fallen 7.5 percent this year, actual hiring has increased just 3 percent. That’s a big reason the job market might not seem  as healthy as the series of strong monthly net job gains might suggest. Even so, more people with Jobs means more people with pay checks, which tends to (___482___) consumer spending and growth. After a sharp (___483___) in the economy ill the first three months of the year, most economists expect growth to exceed a 3 percent annual pace in the second half of 2014.

Q1.

474.

(a) risk

(b) dangerous

(c) risky

(d) prosperity

(e) aspect

Q2.

475.

(a) regain

(b) regained

(c)been regained

(d)been lost

(e) lost

Q3.

476.

(a) raised

(b) rose

(c) raises

(d) diminishes

(e)decreased

Q4.

477.

(a) sink

(b)sank

(c) float

(d)swam

(e) floated

Q5.

478.

(a) hesitating

(b) peacefully

(c)confidently

(d)rare

(e)hesitantly

Q6.

479.

(a) brightened

(b) shining

(c)dooming

(d) brightening

(e)doomed

Q7.

480.

(a) aggressively

(b)aggression

(c) faithful

(d)hesitant

(e)confidentially

Q8.

481.

(a) subtract

(b) attract

(c)attracting

(d) detract

(e) demean

Q9.

482.

(a) strong

(b) weak

(c) weakening

(d) boosting

(e) boost

Q10.

483.

(a) contraction

(b) contract

(c) contracting

(d) expand

(e) expanding

ANSWERS :

            1 a       2 b       3 c       4 b       5 e       6 a       7 a       8 b       9 e       10 a


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