English: Cloze Test for upcoming exams – Set 83

Directions: In the passage given below there are 6 blanks, each followed by a word given in bold. Every blank has four alternative words given in options (A),(B),(C) and (D). You have to tell which word will best suit the respective blank. Mark (E) as your answer if the work given in bold after the blank is your answer i.e “No change required”.

The cold-blooded murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru on Tuesday evening marks yet another assault, among countless others in recent times, on individual freedoms. The rise in cultural intolerance and the _(1)__ (boning)of dissent by (2)___(villian) groups has become an alarming feature of the Modi government’s tenure. While one cannot jump to conclusions on what motivated Lankesh’s assassins, the manner of killing bears a resemblance to the murders of Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and MM Kalburgi. The common factor is that they were vocal critics of the Hindu far right. If Kalburgi’s interpretation of Basavanna’s teachings earned the _(3)__ (absolution) of the self-appointed vigilantes, Dabholkar and Pansare lost their lives in 2013 and 2015, respectively, for espousing rationalism, and challenging casteism and dogma. Gauri Lankesh, the editor of Gauri Lankesh Patrike, _(4)__ (drag) for media and cultural freedoms, locking horns with the cow vigilantes, love jihad campaigners and others of their ilk. She expressed (5)___ (feud) with novelist Yogesh Master (he was assaulted for the portrayal of Ganesha in his novel Dhundi), KS Bhagwan (a writer who has already received death threats for his views on the Bhagavad Gita) and Mahesh Chandra Guru (a professor in Mysuru for his views on Mahishasura), among many others. For praising Kanhaiya Kumar over the ‘sedition’ (6)___ (concord) in JNU in 2016, she was trolled as being anti-national. The point here is not whether Lankesh was right or wrong in her convictions, but to defend her right of self-expression in an increasingly edgy atmosphere where nationalism and the practice of religion are being rigidly defined. Thus far, both the Centre and the governments of Karnataka and Maharashtra have failed to stand up to the moral police. Investigations into the killings of Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi have made no progress.

  1. A) gobbing
    B) caging
    C) muzzling
    D) censoring
    E) No Correction Required
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    Option C 

  2. A) conservator
    B) gaurdian
    C) sitter
    D) vigilante
    E) No Correction Required
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    Option D 

  3. A) rage
    B) anger
    C) ire
    D) wrath
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    Option D 

  4. A) spoke
    B) said
    C) told
    D) utterred
    E) No Correction Required
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    Option A 

  5. A) unity
    B) totality
    C) unanimity
    D) solidarity
    E) No Correction Required
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    Option D 

  6. A) fray
    B) row
    C) fracas
    D) rumpus
    E) No Correction Required
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    Option C 

Directions: In the passage given below there are 6 blanks, each followed by a word given in bold. Every blank has four alternative words given in options (A),(B),(C) and (D). You have to tell which word will best suit the respective blank. Mark (E) as your answer if the work given in bold after the blank is your answer i.e “No change required”.

As an example of all that is wrong with Donald Trump’s view of trade, the probe he has ordered into the steel industry is particularly hard to beat. If it results, (1)___ (as seems to ) be the plan, in blanket _(2)__ (harsh) tariffs slapped on steel imports, the consequences would be (3)___(trivial): the American economy would be hurt by a rise in the price of an essential material; it would invite (4)___ (forward)that would cost American jobs, not save them; and the underlying problem—massive global steel overcapacity—would persist.

For Trumpists, steel is an (5)___ (epitome) of their country’s descent from greatness. Ever since the 1960s, when production peaked at 168m tonnes a year, the industry has been in decline. Today it makes half as much as 50 years ago and employs just a third of the workers. Steelmakers have long blamed foreign rivals for their woes and (6)___ (exited) hard for protection. So Mr Trump is not the first president to try to shield the industry from foreign competition. In the 1980s Ronald Reagan signed a series of agreements to limit imports. In 2002 George W. Bush imposed tariffs of up to 30%. Back then the bogeymen were steelmakers in Europe and Japan; now it is China, where a glut of steel has squashed prices.

  1. A) as seeing to
    B) can seems to
    C) pretends to
    D) seems to
    E) No Correction Required
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    Option E 

  2. A) penal
    B) punitive
    C) absolving
    D) exculpating
    E) No Correction Required
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    Option B 

  3. A) ghastly
    B) nasty
    C) fruitful
    D) dire
    E) No Correction Required
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    Option D 

  4. A) punishment
    B) retort
    C) retaliation
    D) rebuttal
    E) No Correction Required
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    Option C 

  5. A) figure
    B) emblem
    C) device
    D) brand
    E) No Correction Required
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    Option B 

  6. A) appealed
    B) passaged
    C) agitated
    D) lobbied
    E) No Correction Required
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    Option D 

 

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9 Thoughts to “English: Cloze Test for upcoming exams – Set 83”

  1. Sachin shukla( Banker 2018)

    10/12 ty

  2. Marry..

    niacl assistant pre 2017 cut off..?

    1. the walking dead

      not yet out

      1. Navyaaaa

        wht abt nicl ao pre 2017 cut off?

  3. the walking dead

    5-12:)

  4. Diya

    please give the meaning of every word in answer.

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