English : Cloze Test for SBI PO – Set 21

This set contains Cloze Test based on latest pattern as asked in recent bank exams.

In the passage given below there are 10 blanks, each followed by a word given in bold. Even blank has four alternative words given in options (A),(B),(C) and (D). You have to tell which word will best suit the respective blank. Mark (E) as your answer if the work given in bold after the blank is your answer i.e “No change required”.

FLOODS in northern India, mostly in the small state of Uttarakhand, have (1)______ [impact] disaster on an enormous scale. The early, intense onset of the monsoon on June 14th swelled rivers, washing away roads, bridges, hotels and even whole villages. Rock-filled torrents (2)______ [hurted] vehicles and homes, burying victims under rubble and sludge. Despite some warnings of the rains to come, around 100,000 people were trapped by them. At least 1,000 have died. Many more are missing. The final death (3)______ [cost] may never be known, and stretch into many thousands.

At this time of year, (4)______ [list] of pilgrims and tourists join the local population in the Himalayan foothills, giving this (5)_____[task] a national dimension. Worst-hit was a small, high-altitude town, Kedarnath, the site of a Hindu temple near the source of the Ganges, where hundreds of bodies, mostly those of pilgrims, were found. Many who (6)______ [existed] the initial flooding sat exposed and hungry for over a week awaiting rescue by the army, whose efforts were hampered by continuing bad weather. The air force dropped logs to build pyres for mass (7)_______ [cremations] .

On June 25th a rescue helicopter (8)______ [reached] near the town with 20 people on board, all now either dead or missing. India’s press told of heroism and generosity, but also of greed and incompetence. In April the Comptroller and Auditor General had warned parliament that the work of the National Disaster Management Authority was abysmal. It has indeed proved to be the ineffectual retirement home for ex-civil servants its critics suspected. Other humanitarian groups were also slow-footed. On June 26th the Red Cross Society said it had sent tents, buckets and kitchen items worth only 22m rupees ($360,000).

Politicians have fumbled, caught between (9)______ [habbit] of neglecting the horror and exploiting it. Narendra Modi, the ambitious chief minister of the state of Gujarat, rushed to Uttarakhand to oversee the rescue of pilgrims from his state. The press mocked his “Rambo act”. Even Shiv Sena, a Hindu-nationalist group usually sympathetic to him, (10)_______ [shouted] that it was wrong for an aspiring prime minister to have singled out Gujaratis for help.

  1. A) finished
    B) exhausted
    C) wrought
    D) declined
    E) No change required
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      Option C
    Explanation: wrought – used as past tense of wreak  (cause a large amount of damage or harm)
  2. A) flinched
    B) smashed
    C) demolish
    D) broken
    E) No change required
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      Option B
  3. A) tribute
    B) valuation
    C) toll
    D) buzz
    E) No change required
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      Option C 
  4. A) display
    B) body
    C) accumulation
    D) throngs
    E) No change required
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      Option D
    Explanation: throng – a large, densely packed crowd of people
  5. A) calamity
    B) feature
    C) weather
    D) imprint
    E) No change required
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      Option A
  6. A) suffocated
    B) denied
    C) adversed
    D) survived
    E) No change required
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      Option D
  7. A) rescue
    B) savior
    C) endurance
    D) hepline
    E) No change required
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      Option E
    Explanation: pyres – a heap of combustible material, especially one for burning a corpse as part of a funeral ceremony.  So Cremations is correct.
  8. A) crashed
    B) suffocated
    C) flushed
    D) pinged
    E) No change required
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      Option A
    Explanation: As the next statement is that people went missing or were dead. So crash is suitable.
  9. A) appraisal
    B) defame
    C) disfavor
    D) accusations
    E) No change required
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      Option D
  10. A) immitated
    B) growled
    C) focussed
    D) perceived
    E) No change required
    View Answer
      Option B

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