English: Cloze Test for Upcoming Exams – Set 130

Directions: In the passage given below there are 10 blanks. Every blank has four alternative words given in options (A),(B),(C), and (D). You have to tell which word is APPROPRIATE according to the context. If all are appropriate then mark your answer as “E”.

It has taken a voice of humanity to call out the ____1____ nature of the political blame game around the communal clashes over Ram Navami processions in West Bengal and Bihar. In Asansol, the imam of a mosque who lost his teenage son to the ____2____ this week announced that should anyone carry out a retaliatory attack, he would leave town. At least four persons have died in the Raniganj-Asansol belt in West Bengal’s Paschim Bardhaman district after a ____3____ turned violent. The area remains tense, Internet services are limited and prohibitory orders are in place. It is a shame that a sitting Union Minister, Babul Supriyo, who represents Asansol in the Lok Sabha, not just tried to ____4____ the local administration, but also uttered inflammatory comments. Accounts about what ____5____ the clashes vary, and it would be best to await the findings of the official inquiry. But it is a reason for disquiet that ‘religious’ processions are becoming a pretext to force communal polarisation in many States. In Rajasthan’s Jodhpur district, a ____6____ was taken out on Ram Navami glorifying Shambhu Lal Raigar, currently in jail for hacking a man to death and videographing the violence along with an anti-Muslim ____7____. In Bhagalpur in Bihar this month, a religious procession organised by Sangh Parivar groups provoked communal clashes — there is an FIR against Arijit Shashwat, son of Union Minister Ashwini Choubey, for ____8____ violence. After Ram Navami, communal tension has spread to more areas of the State, including Aurangabad, Samastipur and Nawada.
In all such situations, the responsibility of isolating areas and causes of violence and tension is best ____9____ to the local administration, instead of State-level and national politicians weighing in. However, the violence suggests a pattern that is worrying. While the Raniganj-Asansol industrial ____10____ is surprising territory for such clashes, the number of incidents of communal violence in West Bengal has increased sharply over the past three years. The violence in Bihar comes soon after the setback to the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in the recent by-elections, with some party leaders giving the result a sectarian spin. Across swathes of north India, daily interactions between the majority and minority communities have been rendered fraught with the probability of violence. The majoritarian persuasion is carried out at the grassroots level, but the Sangh Parivar cannot plead plausible deniability. In this context, the increasingly assertive Ram Navami and other religious processions are drawing new fault lines. As the air gets politically charged in the lead-up to the 2019 general elections, the burden on the law and order machinery becomes that much more heavy — to pursue every incident of violence and incitement in order to limit its potential to be used for further polarisation.

  1. consumed
    manufactured
    inherent
    intrinsic
    All are Correct
    Option B

     

  2. consents
    associations
    clashes
    agreements
    All are Correct
    Option C

     

  3. retraction
    retrogression
    regress
    procession
    All are Correct
    Option D

     

  4. defy
    surrender
    comply
    acquiesce
    All are Correct
    Option A

     

  5. quenched
    ignited
    soothed
    stilted
    All are Correct
    Option B

     

  6. pageant
    illustration
    tableau
    scenery
    All are Correct
    Option E

     

  7. role
    calm
    quiet
    rant
    All are Correct
    Option D

     

  8. inciting
    conquering
    subduing
    dampening
    All are Correct
    Option A

     

  9. refused
    assigned
    relieved
    divested
    All are Correct
    Option B

     

  10. adorn
    explode
    belt
    drape
    All are Correct
    Option C

     


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