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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.

 After ten years of (___A___) inflation, prices have spiked 7.5% in the third week of July. This looks scary after all, Indians had got used to prices crawling up by 2% in the last two years, and a 10year average inflation rate of about 5%but you shouldn’t worry. This burst of inflation is the result of three factors that have come together unexpectedly, are unlikely to (___B___) for long and are unlikely to (___C___) up together again A (___D___) rise in global oil prices, a monsoon that arrived late and a spike in global metal prices. North Sea crude has crossed $42 per barrel, driven up by low petroleum (___E___) and soaring demand In the US as war production heats up. Oil markets are also spooked by the (___F___) of Russian oil supplies falling on the back of the Yukos-Sibneft probe. There’s little that the government can do to (___G___) users from soaring oil prices indeed, it’shouldn’t, if it wants to (___H___) efficiency. Higher transport costs have pushed up rates of vegetables and fruits farm produce could also get affected by rains that arrived too late for kharif sowing. China is (___I___) up steel and other metals from all over the world to (___J___) a construction boom ahead of the 2008 Olympics, making metal prices soar all over the world, and sparking inflation in India.


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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.

What one wonders is the lowest common denominator of Indian culture today. The attractive Hema Malinil The songs of Vividh Bharati Or the mouth-watering Masala Dosa Delectable as these may be each yields pride of place to that false symbol of a new era-the synthetic fiber. In less than twenty years the nylon sari and the ethylene shirt have swept the countryside penetrated to the farthest corners of the land and persuaded every common man women and child that the key to success in the present day world lies in artificial fibers  glass nylon crepe nylon tery mixes polyesters and what have you More than the bicycles the wristwatch or the transistor radio synthetic clothes have come to represent the first step away from the village square. The village lass treasures the flashy nylon sari in her trousseau most dearly the village youth gets a great kick out of his cheap terry cot shirt and trousers the nearest he can approximate to the expensive synthetic sported by his wealthy city bred contemporaries. And the Neo-rich craze for phoren is nowhere more apparent than in the price that people will pay for smuggled stolen begged borrowed secondhand or thrown away synthetics. Alas even the unique richness of the traditional tribal costume is being fast eroded by the deadening uniformity of nylon.


Q11. The lowest common denominator of the Indian culture today is

(a)Hema Malini

(b)songs of Vividh Bharati

(c)Masala Dosa

(d)synthetic fibre


Q12. The synthetic fiber has.

(a)always been popular in India.

(b)become popular during the last twenty years.

(c)never been popular in India.

(d)been as popular as other kinds of fiber.


Q13. The latest symbol of modernity for the rural people is

(a)the bicycle.

(b)the wristwatch.

(c)the transistor.

(d)the synthetic cloth.


Q14. The term Neo-rich means

(a)the aristocracy.

(b)the industrialists.

(c)the newly rich people.

(d)the common people.


Q15. The tone of the passage is




(d)satiric .

 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.

Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it. Our civilization is decadent and our language so the argument runs must inevitably share in the general collapse. It follows that any struggle against the abuse of language is a sentimental archaism like preferring cartels to electric light or handsome cabs to aero planes. Underneath this lies the half-conscious belief that language is a natural growth and not an instrument which we shape for our own purposes. Now it is clear that the decline of a language must ultimately have political and economic causes  It is not simply due to the bad influence of this or that individual writer. But an effect can become a cause reinforcing the original cause and producing the same effect in an intensified form and so on indefinitely. A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure and then fails all the more completely because he drinks. It is rather the same thing that is happening to the English language It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts. The point is that the process is reversible. Modern English especially written English is full of bad habits which spread by imitation and which can be avoided if one is willing to take the necessary trouble. If one gets rid of these habits one can think more clearly and to think clearly is a necessary first step towards political regeneration  so that the fight against bad English Is not frivolous and is not the exclusive concern of professional writers.


Q16. Many people believe that nothing can be done about the English language because

(a)bad habits spread by imitation.

(b)we live in a decadent civilization.

(c) there are too many bad writers.

(d)people are too lazy to change their bad habits.


Q17. The author believes that

(a)it’s now too late to do anything about the problem.

(b)language is a natural growth and cannot be shaped for our own purposes.

(c)the decline in the language can be stopped.

(d)the process of an increasingly bad language cannot be stopped.


Q18. The author believes that the first stage towards the political regeneration of the language would be

(a)taking the necessary trouble to avoid bad habits.

(b)avoiding being frivolous about it.

(c)clear thinking.

(d)for professional writers to help.


Q19. The author believes that

(a)English is becoming ugly.

(b)bad language habits are inevitable.

(c)our thoughts are becoming uglier because we are making the language uglier

(d)our civilization is decadent so nothing can be done to stop the decline of the language.


Q20. What causes bad language in the end ?

(a)The bad influence of individual writers.

(b)The imitation of bad language habits.

(c)Political and economic causes.

(d)An assumption that nothing can be done about it.


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

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