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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.

 

Q1. A

(a)mere

(b)moderate

(c)retarding

(d)vehement

 

Q2. B

(a)obstinate

(b)constitute

(c)persist

(d)repeat

 

Q3. C

(a)go

(b)scramble

(c)mount

(d)crop

 

Q4. D

(a)sustained

(b)suspicious

(c)horrific

(d)erratic

 

Q5. E

(a)lists

(b)trades

(c)services

(d)inventories

 

Q6. F

(a)prospect

(b)progress

(c)view

(d)extent

 

Q7. G

(a)support

(b)ignore

(c)propel

(d)Insulate

 

Q8. H

(a)position

(b)promote

(c)process

(d)pass

 

Q9. I

(a)hurrying

(b)passing

(c)pairing

(d)(gobbling)

 

Q10. J

(a)keep

(b)make

(c)feed

(d)grow

 

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.

Developed in New Zealand in the 1990s originally as a means of crossing water zorbing involves rolling downhill in a large PVC ball and an activity which requires no more skill than that of a hamster running inside its wheel. The three-metre Zorb has two skins with the area between them inflated to provide effective cushioning and so prevent zorbonauts from hurting themselves as they hurtle along at speeds of up to 50 kilometres per hour. Zorbers are also harnessed inside the ball to stop them moving around. In Hydrozorbing however you have to do away with the straps and slide around in a bucket or two of water. This version can be enjoyed alone or you can share the experience with up to two other people inside the same zorb. But don’t be surprised if you get the odd bump or bruise!

 

Q11. Zorbing is

(a)a form of transport.

(b)a form of sport

(c)a stunt act in a circus.

(d)an indoor game.

 

Q12. The people who actively take up zorbing are called

(a)Zorboes.

(b)Zorbs.

(c)Zorbingers.

(d)Zorbers.

 

Q13. The author implies that zorbing

(a)involves a lot of skills and a fair amount of risks.

(b)requires a hamster to run inside the wheels.

(c)was not at first intended as a land- based sport.

(d)builds up team spirit.

 

Q14. Zorbing is fairly safe because

(a)there is adequate cushioning in the zorbs.

(b)it does not require much skill.

(c)the PVC balls are airtight.

(d)it does not demand any speed.

 

Q15. Hydrozorbing is

(a)a form of zorbing in air.

(b)a very violent form of zorbing.

(c)a form of zorbing in or with water.

(d)zorbing with a two – member team

 

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.

Long ago in Mongolia there lived an emperor who feared growing old. One day he saw an old man in the street. Upset at being reminded that someday he too would age he ordered all the Old people to leave his land. One day a violent storm swept the kingdom. Nothing was safe from its fury. It roared into the palace and blew away the emperor s belongings including his priceless golden pitcher. When the storm ended the emperor ordered that the pitcher be found and brought back to him. People went in search of the pitcher. They saw it in a lake nearby. But no matter who tried no one could get a grip on the pitcher. All they got was a handful of water Yet it could be plainly seen glittering and just below the water surface.

 

Q16. The emperor was upset to see the old man because

(a)it reminded him that he might fall ill.

(b)it reminded him that he would grow old too.

(c)it reminded him that he had to colour his hair.

(d)it reminded him of his grandfather.

 

Q17. The people saw the golden pitcher

(a)in a lake nearby.

(b)in a pit nearby.

(c)inside the palace.

(d)in a river nearby.

 

Q18. The emperor s orders were that all the

(a)old men should leave his land.

(b)old men should live in his land.

(c)young men should stay in his land.

(d)children should leave his land.

 

Q19.  What did the people who went to bring the pitcher get?

(a)A handful of water.

(b)A handful of air.

(c)The pitcher s handle.

(d)Nothing at all.

 

Q20.  The emperor feared

(a)getting young.

(b)getting weak.

(c)getting ill.

(d)getting old.

ANSWERS :

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

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