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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.

Hundreds of plants and animals are (___A___) every day due to deforestation and urbanization what might happen if this continues in the future? The last mass extinction of plant and animal species occurred 65 million years ago with the Dinosaurs In all, five mass extinctions have occurred and scientists (___B___) earth is in sixth mass extinction. The world as it is now is threatened, including people, who are responsible for earths (___C___). Pesticides contaminating water overharvesting of animals and plants air pollution illegal fishing and the clearing of land are direct results of urbanization and deforestation. People have (___D___) and damaged almost half a earths land, at a very unsustainable rate, Global warming is having a serious impact as well. A six degree Celsius increase in global temperature killed 95% of all species on Earth 251 million years ago. An increase of six degree Celsius is forecast this century if a change is not made to (___E___) the damage done to earth. Humans will be one of the 95% of species lost. Noticeable, changes of global warming include migration (___F___) and the change in season timings. Migrating birds are migrating earlier, which in turn is causing them to hatch eggs and (___G___) young earlier than they did at the beginning of this century. While this Is just the tip of the iceberg many other (___H___) regarding the extinction of plant and animal species need addressing. It is more important now than ever before to pull our heads out of the sand and make changes for the (___I___) of the earth. Future generations are (___J___). as they are a species as well.


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Q10. J







John had never thought much about the origin of wealth or inequalities in life. It was his firm belief that if this world was not good the next would be good and this faith sustained him. He was not like some others whom he knew who would sell their souls to the devil. He always thought of God before doing anything. He lived the life of an honest man. He had not married but did not desire another man s wife. He believed that women weakened men as was described In the story of Samson and Delilah.


Q11. To sell one s soul to the devil” means

(a)suppressing one s conscience.

(b)giving up goodness in exchange for evil.

(c)giving up one s honesty for the sake of monetary benefits.

(d)to sell oneself to earn livelihood.


Q12. John thought that women weakened men because

(a)he thought that women were evil.

(b)he believed that a woman was a fancy devil.

(c)he thought that a woman would spoil his life.

(d)he was convinced that what the story of Samson and Delilah illustrates is correct.


Q13. It was John s belief that

(a)one can be happy Only by remaining a bachelor.

(b)the world is a happy place.

(c)there is no other world.

(d)one must lead an honest life.


Q14. By not desiring another man s wife John showed that

(a)he wanted to get married.

(b)he was a man of principles.

(c)he felt sorry for other men.

(d)he had no desire for another s wealth.


Q15. From the above passage we understand that John was

(a)not highly educated.

(b)a man of simple faith

(c)a deeply pessimistic man.

(d)a scholar of scriptures.



A farmer accompanied by his young son was driving his ass to the market in the hope of selling the ass for a good price. On the road they met a bevy of girls who laughed and exclaimed “See this pair of fools ? They are trudging along the dusty road when they can be riding ” The man thought that there was sense in what they were saying. So he mounted his son on the ass and he walked at the side. Presently they met some of his old friends who greeted him and said “You will spoil your son by letting him ride while you toil along on foot! Make him walk. It be good for him.” The farmer followed their advice and took his son s place on the back of the ass while the boy trudged along behind. They would not have gone far they were seen by women and children. The farmer heard them say “What a selfish old man He rides in comfort but lets his poor little fellow walk the distance.” So he asked his son to get up behind him. Further along the road they met some travellers. They asked the farmer whether the ass was his property or was it hired for the purpose The farmer told them that he was taking his ass to the market to sell it. The travellers said “Good Heavens I With the load like this the poor beast will look exhausted and no one would like to purchase him. Why don t you carry him.” Immediately the farmer got off the ass tied its legs with the rope and slung him on a pole and carried him in between them This was such an absurd sight that people laughed at it. They called the farmer and his son lunatics They had then reached a bridge over a river. Frightened by the noise around the ass struggled kicked broke the pole fell into the river and died. The farmer returned home vexed and ashamed. In trying to please all he in fact had pleased none and he had lost the ass in the transaction.


Q16. The ass kicked because

(a)it wanted to be let off.

(b)it was frightened by some noise.

(c)it wanted to stretch its legs.

(d)it had the habit of kicking.


Q17. The farmer was taking the ass to the market to

(a)buy food for the family.

(b)can the farmer to the market.

(c)sell the ass at the market.

(d)buy food for the ass.


Q18. The farmer made his son mount the ass because

(a)the son could not walk the distance.

(b)the son was adamant about riding the ass.

(c)a group of girls laughed at the farmer s folly.

(d)the road was dusty.


Q19. The farmer dismounted his son from the ass because

(a)the son found it difficult to ride the ass.

(b)the son complained that the ride was not comfortable.

(c)some old friends advised him to do so.

(d)he was too tired to walk the distance.


Q20. The travellers asked the farmer to can the ass because

(a)the exhausted ass will have takers in the  market.

(b)the ass was very tired.

(c)the donkey wanted to be carried.

(d)they felt sorry for the ass.


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

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