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Cloze Test & Reading Comprehension Quiz

Direction : In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has Capital Alphabets. Against each Alphabet, five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word in each case.

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, which came (___A___) effect in April this year, is meant to transform the education sector and take India closer to the goal of universal schooling But with admissions to the new academic session just (___B___) the comer, it is fast becoming clear that (___C___) well-intentioned ideas into (___D___) will take some doing. For a start, the guidelines for admissions under the RTE prohibit’schools from conducting any sort of student profiling. The stress on a random yet justifiable admission process means that schools will have to resort to something as quirky as a lottery system. However, leaving admission to a good school to pure (___E___) will only incentivise manipulations, defeating the very essence of RTE. The main problem facing the education sector is that of a resource crunch. The provisions for ensuring universal access to education is all very well, (___F___) we have the infrastructure in place first. Brick and mortar schools need to precede open admission and not the (___G___) way around. In that sense, legislators assessment of ground realities is (___H___) target when they endorse the closure of tens of thousands of low cost private schools for not meeting the minimum standards of land plot, building specifications and playground area as laid out in the RTE Act. Instead of bearing down (___I___) on private schools for falling to conform to abstract bureaucratic criteria, efforts to bring sib out universal education should focus on upgrading and expanding the existing government school infrastructure to accommodate all . Only then can we ensure the much needed supply demand (___J___) in the education sector.


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If you are a poet you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud there will be no rain without rain the frees cannot grow and without trees we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. If the cloud is not here the sheet of paper cannot be here either? So we can say that the cloud and the paper are interrelated. If we look into this sheet of paper even more deeply we can see the sunshine in it. If the sunshine is not there the forest cannot grow. In fact nothing can grow. Even we cannot grow without sunshine. And So we know that the sunshine is also in this sheet Of paper. The paper and the sunshine inter-are. And if we continue to look we can see the logger who cut the tree and brought it to the mill to be transformed into paper. And we see the wheat. We know that the logger cannot exist without his daily bread and therefore the wheat that became his bread is also In this sheet of paper. And the logger s father and mother are in it too. When we look in this way we see that without all of these things this sheet of paper cannot exist. Looking even more deeply we can see we are in it too. This is not difficult to see because when we look at ac sheet of paper the sheet of paper Is part of our perception. Your mind Is In here and mine Is also. So we can say that everything is In here with this sheet of paper. You cannot point out one thing that is not here – time space the earth the rain the minerals in the soil the sunshine the cloud the river the heat. Everything co-exists with this sheet of paper. This is why I think the word inter-be should be in the dictionary  To be” is to inter-be. You cannot just be by yourself alone. You have to inter-be with every other thing. This sheet of paper is because everything else.


Q11. A poet sees a cloud in a sheet of paper as

(a)he/she is very creative.

(b)he/she loves nature.

(c)he/she writes poetry on paper.

(d)he/she sees the universe as a single entity.


Q12. A cloud and the paper inter-are means

(a)both are very important.

(b)both exist because of the other they are interrelated.

(c)a cloud exists on its own.

(d)everything in this world is separate.


Q13. Why can t the logger exist without his bread ?

(a)He will die without food.12) He can t grow wheat.

(b)(3)Without cutting trees he can t earn money can t buy1 his meals.

(c)(4)There won t be enough trees to cut



Q14. The theme of the comprehension is

(a)Everything co-exists in nature.

(b)Don t harm anybody.

(c)Inter-are and inter-be.

(d)Very confusing.


Q15. Why does the writer think that the word  inter-be should be in the dictionary ?

(a)Because he didn’t And this word in the dictionary.

(b)Because he is a linguist.

(c)Because he is interested in new words.

(d)Because our very existence is defined by this term.



The victory of the small Greek democracy of Athens over the mighty Persian Empire in 490 B.C. is one of the moat famous events in history. Darius King of the Persian Empire was furious because Athens had interceded for the other Greek city-states in revolt against Persian domination. In anger the King sent an enormous army to defeat Athens. He thought It would take drastic steps to pacify the rebellious part of the Empire. Persia was ruled by one man. In Athens however all citizens helped to rule. Ennobled by this participation Athenians were prepared to die for their city-state. Perhaps this was the secret of the remarkable victory at Marathon which freed them from Persian rule. On their way to Marathon the Persians tried to fool some Greek city-states by claiming to have come in peace. The frightened citizens of Delos refused to believe this. Not wanting to abet the conquest of Greece they fled from their city and did riot return until the Persians had left. They were wise for the Persians next conquered the city of Etrla and captured its people. Tiny Athens stood alone against Persia. The Athenian people went to their sanctuaries. There they prayed for deliverance. They asked their Gods to expedite their victory. The Athenians refurbished their weapons and moved to the plain of Marathon where their little band would meet the Persians. At the last moment soldiers from Plataea reinforced the Athenian troops. The Athenian army attacked and Greek citizens fought bravely. The power of the mighty Persians was offset by the love that the Athenians had for their city Athenians defeated the Persians in archery and hand combat. Greek soldiers seized Persian ships and burned them and the Persians fled In terror. Herodotus a famous historian reports that 6400 Persians died compared with only 192 Athenians.


Q16. Who has given an account of the battle between Greece and Persia ?




(d)None of the above


Q17. What did the Athenians do to expedite victory ?

(a)They equipped their army with better weapons.

(b)They prayed for assistance of neighboring states.

(c)They fooled the Persians by retreating.

(d)They sought divine assistance


Q18. Marathon was the place where.

(a)people went to sanctuaries

(b)Athenians achieved victory

(c)Darius ruled

(d)Greeks seized Persian ships


Q19. In the passage “intercede” means to

(a)argue in favour of

(b)support without any conditions

(c)justify with examples

(d)intervene on behalf of


Q20. This is a passage about

(a)military strategy.

(b)committed patriotism.

(c)social harmony.

(d)historical record.


            1 d       2 a       3 b       4 c       5 c       6 d       7 a       8 a       9 d       10 b     11 d     12 b     13 c     14 a     15 d             16 b     17 d     18 b     19 d     20 b

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