English: Cloze Test Set 9

In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each, four words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word in each case.

By insisting that the second-largest party in the Lok Sabha should not become the Leader of Opposition (LoP), the BJP looks less than (1)______. The Supreme Court’s observation, that the Lokpal law requires a LoP to be part of the selection committee, (2)_______ this problem. The court has said the government must respond to its observations by September 9, otherwise it will pronounce judgment on whether the Congress, with 44 members in the Lok Sabha, must have one of its own as the LoP. There have been (3)_______, during the early years of Congress rule and even during the years when Rajiv Gandhi was PM, when there was no designated LoP in the Lok Sabha.
But those were the days of brute majorities and extremely weak oppositions. Today, the Congress, even in defeat, has 19% of the total votes in the Lok Sabha polls, (4)______ the same as the BJP had after the last elections in 2009. Meanwhile, as India’s democratic traditions and institutions have matured and strengthened, the country has decided to include the Opposition’s voice in the selection of important posts like the Lokpal, and the heads of the Central Vigilance Commission, the Central Bureau of Investigation and the National Human Rights Commission.
The decision to have the LoP in the panel to select the Lokpal is written into law, one that was (5)______ during the last days of the UPA-II, with support from every party, including the BJP.

  1. A) refine
    B) dignify
    C) stiff
    D) graceful
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    Option D
  2. A) mark
    B) highlighted
    C) underlines
    D) picks
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    Option C
  3. A) occurrences
    B) instances
    C) quotes
    D) prototype
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    Option B
  4. A) definitely
    B) doubtedly
    C) exactly
    D) partially
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    Option C
  5. A) approval
    B) sanction
    C) repealed
    D) enacted
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    Option D

In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each, four words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word in each case.

(6)_______ in a pinstriped suit, Sun Lizhi talks of the opportunities for his waste-recycling company, Linyi Tianwei, in Britain. From Shandong province in eastern China, Mr Sun was in a large delegation of Chinese businessmen visiting Scotland. He is looking for business partners and hopes that British investors will be attracted by the 20 patents he has developed. Asked why he is in Britain rather than Germany, Italy or anywhere else, he answers with one word: “trust”.
If he had been a government official, his answer may have been a little more cautious, following a summer of back-and-forth between the two governments over proposals to (7)______ a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset. Having suspended the controversial project shortly after succeeding David Cameron as prime minister, Theresa May finally gave it the green light again, albeit with conditions attached. Électricité de France (EDF), a French state-owned firm, is building the reactor, and the Chinese have (8)______ up £6 billion ($7.8 billion)—about one third of the cost. Chinese officials accepted Mrs May’s right to review it, argues Paola Subacchi of Chatham House, a think tank, but they (9)______ “betrayed” by the manner in which it was done. They were not consulted, so the episode has “undermined the trust that the Chinese have in this government,” says Ms Subacchi. Gordon Orr, formerly of McKinsey in China, hopes that the bust-up might yet turn out to be just a (10)______.

  1. A) Resplendent
    B) Withering
    C) Cloudy
    D) Splendor
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    Option A
    Resplendent – attractive and impressive through being richly colourful or sumptuous.
  2. A) launch
    B) build
    C) inaugurate
    D) assemble
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    Option B
  3. A) disburse
    B) discharge
    C) stumped
    D) clumped
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    Option C
    stump up – to pay an amount or type of money for something
  4. A) thought
    B) tested
    C) appear
    D) felt
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    Option D
  5. A) blip
    B) echo
    C) lash
    D) bang
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    Option A

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