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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.

Today It Is (___A___) recognized that the 21st century will be driven by knowledge. To (___B___) the challenges of this century, India needs to usher in a knowledge revolution that (___C___) to bring about systemic changes in education. While our economy has made significant strides, the education system has not kept (___D___) with the aspirations of the youth. The vast disparity in country today is a result of skewed (___E___)to knowledge. To address this we need a substantial expansion in educational opportunities, with a special (___F___)on inclusion of the underprivileged. At the bottom of the pyramid, steps must be taken to (___G___) access to quality education. While the government has taken steps to ensure education to all, where it lacks in its efforts is the quality perspective. Being a spirally upward drive, education cannot be (___H___) to improve at the higher level lest it improves at the very grass root level. The top of the pyramid, i.e. higher education is also uneven. Students struggle to compete in the exams which (___I___) a sound knowledge of English. While candidates are expected to travel several kilometers to reach school to obtain any education, the higher education organizations often (___J___) candidates from vernacular media through State sponsored exams and proudly affirm them as unbiased.


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Q10. J







For months the old tanker African Queen lay turned over on her side stuck fast in the sands off the coast of Maryland. She had run aground so badly that her owners had decided to leave her to her fate. It was considered Impossible to refloat her and the ship began to rust and sink deeper and deeper into the sands. Men frequently came out in small boats and removed any parts that could be sold-until two men decided to attempt the impossible to float the African Queen once more. Both men were engineers and had no experience of ships so that few people thought they could succeed. The men began by studying the exact state of the African Queen and came to the conclusion that she would float again if air was pumped into the tanks which were now full of sea-water. A diver was sent down to examine the underside of the ship. In the cold dark water he found an enormous hole in her side which had been torn when the ship ran aground. It was plain that nothing could be done until the hole was repaired. As no single sheet of steel would cover it the men were obliged to order a great number of sheets which had to be joined together. For several weeks divers worked continually to close the hole. At times the sea was so rough that it was difficult to go down and on more than one occasion they had to contend with sharks. At last the hole was covered and the men began to pump the sea water out of the ship s tanks. It’seemed as if they were bound to succeed for when the tanks were full of air the African Queen began to stir in the water. The men could not understand why she still would not float until they discovered that her rudder was embedded in mud. Huge cranes were brought to haul the sunken rudder put and the ship was again afloat. By this time the men were almost exhausted. They had worked ceaselessly for three months to save the African Queen and had succeeded when everyone thought they would fail. Now they stood on the bridge of the ship tired but proud as tugs brought the African Queen into the harbor.


Q11. Men frequently went out to the African Queen because

(a)it was a rare sight to see a sunken ship.

(b)they attempted to float the ship once again.

(c)they wanted to take parts of the ship and sell them.

(d)it was an interesting exercise.


Q12. How did the two men propose to float the ship again ?

(a)By sending divers to examine the damage

(b)By closing the large hole in her side.

(c)By joining a large number of steel sheets together.

(d)By pumping air into the tanks.


Q13. What was the danger which the divers faced ?

(a)The rough sea.

(b)The cold and dark situation underwater.

(c)Having to contend with sharks.

(d)The cutting edges of the steel sheets.


Q14. The two men felt proud because

(a)they could float the ship in three months.

(b)they had succeeded when everyone thought they would fail.

(c)the African Queen was coming into the harbour.

(d)the African Queen began to stir in the water.


Q15. The part of the ship used for steering is called







Speech is a great blessing but it can also be a great curse for while it helps us to make our intentions and desires known to our fellows it can also if we use it carelessly make our attitudes completely misunderstood. A slip of the tongue the use of an unusual word or of an ambiguous word may create an enemy where we have hoped to win a friend. Again different classes of people use different vocabularies and the ordinary speech of an educated man may strike an uneducated listener as showing pride unwillingly we may use a word which bears a different meaning to our listeners from what it does to men of our own class. Thus speech is not a gift to use lightly without thought but one which demands careful handling. Only a fool will express himself alike to all.


Q16. Speech is a great blessing

(a)if we use it indiscriminately.

(b)if we use it carefully.

(c)if we use it to please others.

(d)if we use it to play one against the other.


Q17. Speech can also be a great curse

(a)if we express ourselves alike to all.

(b)if we adopt different vocabularies to different classes of people.

(c)if we always try to please everyone with it.

(d)if we always try to win friends with it.


Q18. A slip of the tongue means

(a)biting the tongue while speaking.

(b)telling lies to defend oneself.

(c)using words carelessly.

(d)incurring loss of profit in hasty bargain.


Q19. The passage reveals that

(a)the use of ambiguous and unusual words brings us friends.

(b)careless use of words creates enemies.

(c)careful use of words may bring us profit but not friends.

(d)speech always reflects one s attitudes.


Q20. A fool will express himself alike to all kinds and conditions of the men because

(a)he wants to play with people.

(b)he wants to deceive every one.

(c)he wants to amuse every one

(d)he lacks the power of discrimination in the use of words.


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

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