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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.

Depending upon how humanity chooses to use it, technology can enhance or (___A ___) any aspect of life. The realm of interpersonal communication generally feels this impact first. Many times throughout history, humanity has changed its modes of communication as society itself has (___B___). As people began to spread out geographically, verbal communication turned to writing to make It more (___C___). Then, people invented ways of carrying both conversation and written communication between their communities to keep in (___D___) with one another as travel became simpler. With the advent of the telephone, people began to wonder if picking up the receiver to call one another would eventually (___E___) out other forms of communication. So far. as families and friends have moved away from one another, the telephone, even its cellular form, has allowed humanity to (___F___) the necessary links among its members. Naturally, now that computers, instant and text messaging, and other forms of communication have found their way into the world, people not familiar with these technologies wonder what they will do to the human race. Etiquette experts and those raised on writing formal letters often (___G___) that email and text message lingo will replace the language of pen and paper. This will not (___H___), and both methods of communication can survive to enhance humans enjoyment of one another’s company if the next generation learns how to (___I___) both. Each form of communication can survive with its own rules as people learn which situations in life (___J___) for which level of formality and which of the people they spend time with can connect better with which type of language.


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Long ago men spent most of their time looking for food. They ate anything they could find. Some lived mostly on plants. They ate the fruit stems and leaves of some plants and the roots of others When food was scarce they ate the bark of trees. If they were lucky they would find a bird s nest with eggs. People who lived near the water ate fish or anything that washed ashore even rotten whales. Some people also ate insects and small animals like lizards that were easy to kill. Later men learned to make weapons. With weapons they could kill larger animals for meat. These early people had big appetites. If they killed an animal they would drink the blood eat the meat and chew the bones. When they finished the meal there was nothing left. At first men wandered from place to place to find their food. But when they began to grow plants they stayed in one place and ate what they could grow. They tamed animals trained them to work and killed them for meat. Life was a little better then but there was still not much variety in their meals. Day after day people ate the same food. 5 Gradually men began to travel greater distances. The explorers who sailed unknown seas found new lands. And In these lands they found new food and spices and took them back home The Portuguese who sailed around the stormy Cape of God Hope to reach China took back “Chinese apples ” the fruit we call oranges today. Later Portuguese colonists carried orange seeds to Brazil. From Brazil oranges were brought to California the first place to grow oranges in the United States. Peaches and melons also came from China. So did a new drink tea.


Q11. The phrase live on in the passage means

(a)to eat a certain kind of food in order to survive

(b)to eat greedily

(c)to eat everything that you are given to eat

(d)to depend on plants and foods for a livelihood


Q12. At first men wandered from place to place to find their food. Then some of them began to stay in one place. Why?

(a)Because they began to grow plants and ate what they could grow.

(b)Because they tamed animals and birds and killed them for meat.

(c)Because they trained wild animals and killed them for meat.

(d)Because they began to grow plants and fruits and ate what they could grow.


Q13. Which word in the passage means the main axis of a plant that bears buds and shoots ?






Q14. What does the word stormy in the expression the stormy Cape of Good Hope mean ?






Q15. Which of the following titles best expresses the main idea of the passage ?

(a)Eat Healthy Food

(b)The Search for Food

(c)The Foods We Eat

(d)Great Food Regions of the World



The most logical and intelligent people seem to go berserk when talking about snakes. Recently a reputed scientist said with a wise look in his eyes that sand boas have two heads. The other day someone walked into my office and stated that in his village at least cobras mate with rat snakes. About other places he was not sure he added modestly but that was how it was in his village. These stories about snakes are myths. Sand boas have only one head vine snakes do not peck your eyes out no snake will drink milk. But it is interesting to try and trace the origin of these untruths. The one about the sand boas two heads obviously exists because the short stumpy tail of this snake looks remarkably like the head an effective device to fool predators. Or take the one about vine snakes pecking at eyes. It was probably started by a vine snake that had a bad aim as snakes when provoked will bite the most prominent projection of the offender which is usually the nose. But the most Interesting one is about snakes coming to the scene of killing to take revenge. It’so happens that when injured or under stress a snake exudes a large quantity of musk. Musk is a powerful sex attractant the snakes equivalent of after-shave lotion. So after a snake is killed the ground around still has this smell and naturally a snake of the same species passing by will lick its lips and come to investigate. The killer of the snake who is probably worried if the pooja he performed was adequate to liquidate the killing of a snake sees the second snake and is convinced that it was not. The Irula tribal’s have a good answer to the query about whether cobras have jewels in their heads “If they did we wouldn’t t be snake catchers we would be rajas!”

Which of the following statement is true ?


Q16. (a)The sand boas have two heads.

(b)The sand boas have one head but no tail.

(c)The sand boas have a head and a stumpy tail.

(d)The sand boas have only a stumpy tail but no head.


Q17. According to the passage the vine snakes

(a)do not bite.

(b)peck one s eyes.

(c)peck at the nose.

(d)bite the most prominent projection of the offender.


Q18. According to the passage musk

(a)is a sex attractant.

(b)is an after-shave lotion.

(c)is a poison aimed at the offender.

(d)attracts other snakes to take revenge


Q19. Who of the following have a better understanding of snakes ?

(a)The scientists.

(b)The Irula tribal’s.

(c)The Villagers.

(d)The killer of snakes.


Q20. According to the passage the author

(a)believes in myths.

(b)is afraid of snakes.

(c)worships snakes.

(d)believes in facts.


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

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