English: Cloze Test for Upcoming Exams – Set 143

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”.

Usually politicians pretend that good economic news on their ___1___ is no surprise. But America’s recent growth figures have been so positive that even the administration of President Donald Trump has allowed itself to ___2___. “It’s actually happening faster than we expected,” mused Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget chief, in September, after growth rose to 3.1% in the second quarter. (Mr Trump in fact came to office promising 4% growth, but the goal now seems to be 3%.) Mr Mulvaney warned that ___3___ would soon bring growth back down. Instead, in the third quarter, it rose to 3.3%—a figure celebrated with more ___4___. The administration’s initial caution was wise: quarterly growth figures are volatile, and few economists expect growth above 3% to carry on for long. Yet there is no denying that the economy is in ___5___ health.
In part, that reflects the strength of the global economy. But it is also the ___6___ of a years-long trend. As politics has consumed America’s attention for the past two years, common complaints from earlier in the decade have, one by one, begun to look ___7___. The median household income is no longer stagnant, ___8___ grown by 5.2% in 2015 and 3.2% in 2016, after adjusting for inflation. During those two years, poorer households gained more, on average, than richer ones. Business investment is no longer ___9___: it drove growth in the third quarter of the year. Jobs are plentiful—unemployment is just 4.1%. From Wall Street to Main Street, businesses ooze confidence. What is more, tax cuts are poised to stimulate the economy. Analysts no longer ask when growth will at last pick up. Instead, they wonder if the economy might ___10___.

  1. seen
    watch
    neglect
    participate
    All are Correct
    Option B

     

  2. flop
    expect
    marvel
    deride
    All are Correct
    Option C

     

  3. hurricanes
    tempests
    twisters
    blast
    All are Correct
    Option A

     

  4. hesitancy
    amnesty
    acquittal
    conviction
    All are Correct
    Option D

     

  5. courteous
    classy
    rude
    considerate
    All are Correct
    Option C

     

  6. nadir
    culmination
    aperture
    chasm
    All are Correct
    Option B

     

  7. well
    dated
    sober
    feverish
    All are Correct
    Option B

     

  8. as
    likely
    being
    having
    All are Correct
    Option D

     

  9. snappy
    feverish
    enthusiastic
    tepid
    All are Correct
    Option D

     

  10. chafe
    warm up
    roast
    overheat
    All are Correct
    Option D

     


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