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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.

Without doubt there is one thing (___A___) to all of us we have all played a game at some time in our lives, Most of us play to relax or have fun, but for many, playing a game or a sport is a way to (___B___) poverty behind. In fact, in many African countries, playing a sport professionally can (___C___) the lives of a persons entire family. For example, in the small town of Bekoji, in Ethiopia (___D___) than a hundred boys and girls can be seen running at dawn everyday. Each of these youth is (___E___) and serious and their coach is (___F___) that one of them will be a world champion. This seems like an Idle (___G___) but It is virtually a guarantee in this small community (___H___) mainly farmers. Many of the fastest male and female distance runners in the world hail from this small town. A small hand painted sign which greets visitors outside Bekoji (___I___) Welcome to the Village of Athletes. Children here start running at (___J___) great distances to fetch water and firewood of to reach school. At the Olympics, runners from this small town are likely to win more medals than those from developed countries. It will give their families a way out of poverty.


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Q10. J





 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.

A reason why people at school read books is to please their teacher. The teacher has said that this that or the other is a good book and that it is a sign of good taste to enjoy it. So a number of boys and girls anxious to please their teacher get the book and read it. Two or three of them may genuinely like it for their own sake and be grateful to the teacher for putting it in their way. But many will not honestly like it or will persuade themselves that they like it. And that does a great deal of harm. The people who cannot like the book run the risk of two things happening to them either they are put off the idea of the book-let us suppose the book was David Copperfield-either they are put off the idea of classical novels or they take a dislike to Dickens and decide firmly never to waste their time on anything of the sort again or they get a guilty conscience about the whole thing they feel that they do not like what they ought to like and that therefore there is something wrong with them. They are quite mistaken of course. There is nothing wrong with them. The mistake has all been on the teacher s side. What has happened is that they have been shoved up against a book before they were ready for it. It is like giving a young child food only suitable for an adult Result indigestion violent stomach-ache and a rooted dislike of that article of food evermore.


Q11. The passage is about what

(a)we should do to make children read.

(b)we should not do when we ask children to read.

(c)teachers should teach in the classroom.

(d)treatment is to be given for indigestion.


Q12. The writer says that teachers should

(a)prevent children from reading any book.

(b)compel children to read moral stories.

(c)stop compelling children to read books recommended by them.

(d)carefully supervise what children read.


Q13. According to the author many boys and girls read books to

(a)win the favour of their teachers.

(b)spend money in a useful way.

(c)express their gratitude to their teachers.

(d)show others that they are lovers of books.


Q14. The mistake has been on the teacher’s side . Here the mistake refers to

(a)making the children to please the teacher.

(b)asking the children to read books which teachers do not like.

(c)discouraging children from reading more books.

(d)recommending them the books intended for adults.


Q15. Indigestion and violent stomach-ache will be the result if the child

(a)reads books not suitable for his age

(b)does not read any book.

(c)is forced to eat food meant for adults.

(d)is not taken to doctor regularly.



The interview may be conducted by letter and by telephone as well as in person. Letter and telephone interviews are less satisfactory. Direct contact with an individual and a face-to-face relationship often provide a stimulating situation for both interviewer and interviewee. Personal reaction and interaction aid not only in rapport but also in obtaining nuances and additional information by the reactions which are more fully observed In a face-to-face relationship. Adequate preparation for the interview is a “must”. Careful planning saves not only time but also energy of both parties concerned. The interview is used to obtain facts of subjective data such as individual opinions attitudes and preferences. Interviews are used to check on questionnaires which may have been used to obtain data or when a problem being investigated is complex or when the Information needed to solve it cannot be secured easily in any other way. People will often give information orally but will riot put it in writing.


Q16. The intention of the writer of this passage is to

(a)warn the readers against conducting interviews

(b)instruct people on the best means of conducting interviews.

(c)tell people how to make friends with interviewers

(d)advise people on the use of letters and telephone


Q17. According to the author the best way to conduct interviews is

(a)to talk to the interviewees over telephone.

(b)to write letters to the interviewees.

(c)to observe the interviewees from a distance.

(d)to have a direct conversation with the interviewees.


Q18. If I want to interview someone

(a)all I need to do is to just drop in and have a talk with the person.

(b)I ought to plan and prepare for the interview well in advance.

(c)I have to ring up the person and ask him/her all the questions I want to.

(d)establishing good rapport with the person will be enough.


Q19. Face-to-face interaction with the interviewees enables the interviewer to

(a)(l)understand shades of meaning not readily available in written responses.

(b)2) observe the physical stature of the interviewee.

(c)listen to the voice of the interviewee directly.

(d)compel the interviewees to express their opinions in writing.


Q20. The author used individual opinions  attitudes and preferences as examples of

(a)objective data about the interviewees.

(b)abstract philosophical concepts irrelevant to the interview process.

(c)psychological properties particular to a given interviewee.

(d)likes and dislikes common to interviewers and interviewees.


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

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