English: Cloze Test for Upcoming Exams – Set 172

Directions(1-10): In the passage given below, there are blanks, each followed by a word given in bold. Every blank has four alternative words given in options (A), (B), (C) and (D). Find the word which best suits the place. If the given word suits the blank, mark ‘no correction/change required’ as the answer.

  1. Possessions (1) [liable] your mind and are an interference to deep thoughts. (2) [ponder] of ways on how to gain further, the quest of possessions becomes an end in itself. Similarly, people have tendency to (3) [collaborate] wealth for the sake of hoarding it. It is useless for anyone. This has slowly become a way of life. Although we agree, possessions and wealth are (4) [indisputably] necessary for a comfortable life. However, they should be utilised best to assist in our need, not greed. Be it apparels, shoes or homes, owning more than anything required is nothing but wasteful hoarding. Gathering of wealth and possessions comes from internal (5) [timidity] of an individual. This leads to a loop: to get more money for obtaining more goods and amenities, often leading to an unethical and (6) [sustainable] lifestyle. This uncertainty can be abridged by first trying to comprehend ourselves. The problem is most people are (7) [brave] of looking deep within their soul. But a deeper understanding will give us a perception in life and is, also, the dawn of spirituality. It will help in understanding the inner self. But when a person evolves on the pathway of spirituality, his (8) [path] in life change. The (9) [tenacity] of life shifts more towards sustainability. Spirituality also helps make a person internally secure and (10) [humble]. Also, the longing to increase possessions and amass wealth comes from the greed instinct; it should be abridged or kept in check.
    Find the appropriate word in each case.
    channel
    load
    burden
    accountable
    No correction required
    Option C

     

  2. feeling
    thinking
    stressing
    balancing
    No correction required
    Option B

     

  3. disperse
    amass
    divide
    crank
    No correction required
    Option B
    Amass means to gather together or accumulate (a large amount or number of materials or things) over a period of time.

     

  4. indeedily
    unnecessarily
    perfectly
    better
    No correction required
    Option E

     

  5. losses
    confidence
    core
    shyness
    No correction required
    Option E

     

  6. undemanding
    untenable
    viable
    active
    No correction required
    Option B
    Untenable means unsustainable.

     

  7. petrified
    calcified
    stressful
    difficulty
    No correction required
    Option A
    Calcified means hard. Petrified means terrified or fear-stricken.

     

  8. primacies
    persnickety
    forgoing
    ornery
    No correction required
    Option A
    ‘Primacies’ means priorities.

     

  9. reusability
    persistency
    connotation
    center
    No correction required
    Option D
    Reusability means reutilizing something, which is not the matter being talked about in the statement. Persistency is the act of being consistent. A connotation is the implication of something. Tenacity means being stubborn.

     

  10. obedient
    specific
    perspective
    deniable
    No correction required
    Option E

     

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