English: Cloze Test for Upcoming Exams(New) – Set 146

Directions (Q.1-10) In the passage given below there are 5 blanks, each followed by a word given in bold. Even blank has four alternative words given in options (1),(2),(3) and (4). You have to tell which word will not suit the respective blank. Mark (5) as your answer if all words are suitable.

It was perhaps not an accident that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ___1___Atal Bihari Vajpayee in his last Independence Day address from the ___2___ of the Red Fort when he referred to the troubled province of Jammu and Kashmir. Insaniyat–Jamhuriyat–Kashmiriyat (humanism, democracy and Kashmiri ethos) were once prescribed by Vajpayee as the ___3___ within which the hope for resolving the bloody conflict in Kashmir rested. As he lay breathing his last at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Vajpayee was still a reference point, the pivot around whom the spirit of consensus and reconciliation rested.
Consensus, dialogue and democracy were really the essence of the man whose foremost achievement in public life has been to successfully end single-party predominance and create bipolar polity in India. For the first non-Congress Prime Minister who ran a difficult coalition with ___4___ partners for a full term, Atal Bihari Vajpayee has left his mark in India’s political history as the leader who provided a ___5___ national alternative to the Grand Old Party. After the failed experiments of the Janata government in the 1970s to the collapse of two United Front governments between 1996-98, Vajpayee was the ___6___ around whom provincial players gathered between 1999-2004.
Vajpayee was a critical milestone in the BJP’s journey from the ___7___ to the mainstream. His redoubtable partner, LK Advani, may be credited with rebuilding the BJP on the contentious campaign created around Ramjanmabhoomi. But it is to the ___8___ Vajpayee, with his natural charm and lightness, to whom the credit for political mainstreaming of the BJP must belong. To a political outcast after the demolition of the Babri mosque, Vajpayee provided the cloak of respectability and acceptance. For the hardened apparatchiks in the RSS, KN Govindacharya’s cynical characterisation of Vajpayee as a mere mukhauta (mask, a façade) in their core ideological pursuits was perhaps appropriate. But despite the ease with which he adapted the ___9___ of being a self-confessed swayamsevak (RSS activist) and pluralist in the Nehruvian mould, Vajpayee deserves admiration because his belief in a culturally diverse India was not just skin ___10___. In the days of the Ram mandir movement when the Sangh Parivar closed ranks behind Advani, Vajpayee was the lone national leader who stood out by refusing to participate in the demolition of the Babri mosque.

  1. adjured
    invoked
    waived
    conjured
    all are correct
    Option B

     

  2. fortifications
    ditches
    ramparts
    barricades
    all are correct
    Option B

     

  3. configurations
    outlines
    centers
    contours
    all are correct
    Option C

     

  4. myriad
    countless
    legion
    multiple
    all are correct
    Option C

     

  5. futile
    viable
    feasible
    doable
    all are correct
    Option B

     

  6. swivel
    prop
    fulcrum
    cause
    all are correct
    Option E

     

  7. fringes
    boundaries
    limits
    extremities
    all are correct
    Option E

     

  8. benevolent
    agnate
    avuncular
    pernicious
    all are correct
    Option D

     

  9. dilemma
    problem
    contradiction
    paradox
    all are correct
    Option B

     

  10. strong
    intense
    deep
    low
    all are correct
    Option D

     


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