English: Cloze Test for upcoming exams – Set 88

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”.

Banks the world over are wrestling with low interest rates. Nowhere_1_(gripped)for longer than in Japan. Although the Bank of Japan (BoJ) _2_(put forward) negative rates only in January, almost 20 months after the European Central Bank, its rates have been ultra-low for years: they first hit zero in 1999. In its long battle against deflation, it _3_(started) “quantitative easing”—buying vast amounts of government bonds—which depresses longer-term rates and thus banks’ lending margins. Since September the BoJ _4_ (picked)to keep the ten-year bond yield at around nought, while holding its deposit rate at -0.1%. Banks _5_ (having)some relief lately: since Donald Trump’s election in November, the yield curve has steepened slightly—and share prices have leapt—as American interest rates have risen and the yen has tumbled. But on December 20th the BoJ kept policy on hold. For Japan’s biggest lenders, negative rates are “an irritant, not a catastrophe”, says Brian Waterhouse of CLSA, a broker. Every tenth of a percentage point _6_(under) zero, he estimates, shaves 5% from the earnings of the three “megabanks”: Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), Mizuho Financial Group and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group. For smaller fry, sub-zero rates are more painful.

  1. A) they had grappled
    B) had they grappled
    C) have they grappled
    D) they have grappled
    E) None of these
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       Option C 
  2. A) intimated
    B) introduced
    C) inserted
    D) concluded
    E) None of these
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       Option B 
  3. A) anticipated
    B) activated
    C) pioneered
    D) broached
    E) None of these
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       Option C
  4. A) has also aimed
    B) had  also destined
    C) has had also aimed
    D) have also aimed
    E) None of these
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       Option A
  5. A) has
    B) have
    C) has had
    D) have had
    E)  None of these
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       Option D
  6. A) underneath
    B) below
    C) supra
    D) lofty
    E) None of these
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       Option B

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 any parent will tell you, once you have had children nothing is ever quite the same. Including, it seems, their mothers’ brains. In a paper just published in Nature Neuroscience, a _1_(team) led by Elseline Hoekzema of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, in Spain, _2_ (detailing)for the first time how pregnancy alters women’s brains, rewiring them in ways that persist long after a child _3_(been).

Dr Hoekzema and her colleagues performed detailed brain scans on 65 female volunteers, none of whom had been pregnant before, but hoped to be in the near future, and a further 20 who had no _4_(kind) desire. About 15 months later, by which time 25 of their volunteers had carried babies to term, they repeated the process. Comparing the scans showed significant reductions in the volume of grey matter in the brains of the new mothers. (Grey matter contains the main bodies of nerve cells; white matter, the brain’s other component, consists mostly of the nerve fibres that link those cells together.) The effect was _5_ (dependent)enough that it could be used by itself to predict, with perfect accuracy, which of the women had been pregnant and which had not. And it was persistent, too. When the researchers retested the mothers two years later, most of the _6_ (diversity)were still present.

  1. A) assembly
    B) unit
    C) solitary
    D) performance
    E) None of these
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       Option E 
  2. A) detailed
    B) informed
    C) described
    D) describe
    E) None of these
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       Option D
  3. A) have been born
    B) has been born
    C) had been born
    D) be born
    E) None of these
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       Option B 
  4. A) diverse
    B) such
    C) currently
    D) unbalanced
    E) None of these
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       Option B
  5. A) erratic
    B) capricious
    C) liminal
    D) reliable
    E)  None of these
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       Option D
  6. A) alterations
    B) mutations
    C) agreements
    D) violations
    E) None of these
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       Option A
 

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20 Thoughts to “English: Cloze Test for upcoming exams – Set 88”

  1. Komal Dahiya

    thanku az 🙂

    1. deepali

      telegram ca quiz 😛 ?

        1. deepali

          sry i thought u somone else 🙂

          1. Komal Dahiya

            ohh..its okay! 🙂

  2. aspirant

    9/12..thanks..subho vijaya dashami mam:)

      1. yogi:))

        happy vijy dashmi mam ji

      2. yogi:))

        Padosi mam ji???

  3. gomathy priya

    ty team:)

  4. Purvi !!

    thanku mam 🙂

  5. princess(@@@@)

    Thanks AZ

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