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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 U.S. is in the (___A___) of a clean-up of toxic financial waste that will (___B___) taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars at the very least. The primary manufacturers of these hazardous products (___C___) multimillion dollar pay checks for their efforts. So why shouldn’t they (___D___) to pay for their mop-up ? This is, after all, what the U.S. Congress (___E___) in 1980 for (___F___) of actual toxic waste. Under the Superfund law (___G___) that year, polluters(___H___) for the messes they make. Environmental lawyer E. Michael Thomas sees no (___I___) lawmakers couldn’t demand the same of financial polluters and (___J___) them to ante up some of the bank bailout money.

 

Q1. A

(a)range

(b)depth

(c)midst

(d)essence

 

Q2. B

(a)benefit

(b)cost

(c)earn

(d)facilitate

 

Q3. C

(a)donated

(b)demanded

(c)dwindled

(d)pocketed

 

Q4. D

(a)hesitate

(b)come

(c)defy

(d)have

 

Q5. E

(a)decreed

(b)refrained

(c)commented

(d)admonished

 

Q6. F

(a)consumers

(b)advocates

(c)exponents

(d)producers

 

Q7. G

(a)revoked

(b)forced

(c)squashed

(d)enacted

 

Q8. H

(a)regain

(b)claim

(c)pay

(d)demand

 

Q9. I

(a)practice

(b)reason

(c)compensation

(d)issue

 

Q10. J

(a)force

(b)plead

(c)appeal

(d)dupe

 

DIRECTIONS : YOU HAVE ONE BRIEF PASSAGE WITH LIVE QUESTIONS. READ THE PASSAGE CAREFULLY AND CHOOSE THE BEST ANSWER TO EACH QUESTION OUT OF THE FOUR ALTERNATIVES.

In 776 BC the First Olympic Games were held at the foot of Mount Olympus to honour the Greek s chief God Zeus The Greeks emphasized physical fitness and strength in their education of youth. Therefore contests in running jumping discus and javelin throwing boxing and horse and chariot racing were held in individual cities and the winners competed every four years at Mount Olympus. Winners were greatly honoured by having poems sung about their deeds. Originally these were held as games of friendship and any wars in progress were halted to allow the games to take place. The Greeks attached so much importance to these games that they calculated time in four-year cycles called Olympiads dating from 776 BC.

 

Q11. Where were the First Olympic Games held?

(a)Mount Olympus

(b)Mount Olympiad

(c)Mount Orels

(d)Mount of Greeks

 

Q12. Why were the Olympic Games held ?

(a)To stop wars

(b)To crown the best athletes

(c)To honour Zeus

(d)To sing songs about athletes

 

Q13. Approximately how many years ago did these games originate ?

(a)776 years

(b)2279 years

(c)1207 years

(d)2781 years

 

Q14. Which of the following contests was not held ?

(a)Discus throwing

(b)Skating

(c)Boxing

(d)Running

 

Q15. The values connected with Olympic Games were

(a)physical fitness education of youth and friendship.

(b)health contests and singing.

(c)running jumping throwing and boxing.

(d)four-year cycles war-time young age and friendship.

 

DIRECTIONS : YOU HAVE ONE BRIEF PASSAGE WITH LIVE QUESTIONS. READ THE PASSAGE CAREFULLY AND CHOOSE THE BEST ANSWER TO EACH QUESTION OUT OF THE FOUR ALTERNATIVES.

Faith in progress is deep within our culture. We have been taught to believe that our lives are better than the lives of those who came before us. The ideology of modern economics suggests that material progress has yielded enhanced satisfaction and well-being. But much of our confidence about our own well-being comes from the assumption that our lives are easier than those of earlier generations. The lives of the so-called primitive peoples are thought to be harsh-their existence dominated by the incessant quest for food . In fact primitives did very little work. By contemporary standards we d have to judge them very lazy. The key to understanding why these stone-age people failed to act like us – increasing their work effort to get more things-is that they had limited desires. In the race between wanting and having they had kept their wanting low-and in this way ensured their own kind of satisfaction. They were materially poor by contemporary standards but in at least one dimension- time-we have to count them richer.

 

Q16. What is the basis for progress and growth according to the writer ?

(a)Faith in progress is deep-rooted in our culture.

(b)We have been taught that progress in necessary

(c) Material progress has given us strength.

(d)We have assumed to progress.

 

Q17. What does the writer attribute to modern economics ?

(a)That our lives are easier than before.

(b)The progress is a natural process.

(c)That material progress leads to higher satisfaction and well-being.

(d)That it forces us to assume progress.

 

Q18. What is the writer s image of the primitive people ?

(a)Their life was harsh.

(b)They did no work.

(c)They were lazy.

(d)Search for food was their primary focus in life

 

Q19. What is the key to understanding the primitive people s behaviour according to the passage ?

(a)They had no desires

(b)They had everything they needed.

(c)They had limited desires

(d)They kept their wants high.

 

Q20. How does the writer appreciate the primitives ?

(a)They have a low degree of wants.

(b)They are the masters of their time owing to their contentedness.

(c)They are materially poor.

(d)They are highly satisfied.

ANSWERS :

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

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