English: Cloze Test for Upcoming Exams – Set 176

Directions(1-10): In the following passages there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word in each case.

The Government seems to be in right earnest to ensure more (1) in governance. The Prime Minister’s announcement that his Government is (2) drafting legilsation to (3) the citizen’s right to information is indeed welcome. Though the talk on the right to information is not new, we may (4) the bill to be brought early this time. The previous Government had set up a high-level committee to (5) a draft bill. But nothing has been heard about the matter since, (6) the committee did quite some work. The issue,
however, has come to such a pass that a solution cannot be (7) further. Sunlight is the best disinfectant, a foreign judge once said, while (8) the unwarranted secrecy in an administrative system. When those in authority know that people have the right to ask questions and the government is under the (9) to provide them with answers, (10) of authority, or of public finances, for personal or party ends is less likely to happen.

  1. strictness
    rudeness
    leniency
    economy
    transparency
    Option E
    Leniency = not severe, especially in punishing
    people

     

  2. personally
    busy
    not
    reluctantly
    absolutely
    Option B

     

  3. presumption
    absolve
    curb
    question
    establish
    Option E
    Absolve = to declare that somebody is free of guilt, blame etc.
    Curb = to prevent something from getting out of control
    Presumption = the action of supposing something to be true

     

  4. expect
    try
    wait
    frustrate
    appeal
    Option A

     

  5. level
    regard
    prepare
    enact
    unearth
    Option C

     

  6. even
    as
    because
    until
    though
    Option E

     

  7. found
    expected
    delayed
    looked
    longed
    Option C
    Long = to wait something very much; to have a strong desire for something or to do something

     

  8. nurturing
    criticising
    upholding
    demanding
    appreciating
    Option B
    Uphold = to support or confirm a decision, belief etc which has been questioned

     

  9. pretentious
    affect
    substance
    obligation
    property
    Option D
    Pretentious = claiming importance, value or style, especially without good cause.

     

  10. misuse
    governance
    dishonour
    curbing
    breach
    Option A

     

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