English: Cloze Test for upcoming exams – Set 61

English New Pattern Cloze Test for NICL AO, Dena Bank, IBPS PO and other upcoming bank and insurance exams. 

Direction: In the passage given below there are 5 blanks, each followed by a word given in bold. Even 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 most effective way to deal with unpleasant facts is to (1)___(take) them as exaggerations. You hear shouting next door followed by the sound of someone (2)___(scolding) every night, and you come to the conclusion: no one can possibly be a wife-beater there as the couple are regularly vocal about their feminism on social media. They must have their TV on loud, and some serial or other must move the woman to emotional tears every evening.

Your friend shows some classic signs of (3) __(moderatism) — including the one by which he is sure that he doesn’t have any problem with drink at all. You think of asking him to seek 4__(professional) help. But he’s probably just bad at holding his drink, and that must be all there is to it.

You hear about NDTV being raided by the CBI. You also know that the TV company has been (5)__(ordered) of some financial hanky-panky for almost a decade now — much before the Narendra Modi government, against which the channel is supposedly routinely critical, came to power. In any case, India isn’t Erdogan’s Turkey or Putin’s Russia. For crying out loud, isn’t every speech at an official dinner in the US hosted in honour of an Indian guest prefixed by ‘celebrating the friendship between the biggest democracy and the oldest democracy in the world’?

So it has to be some media group and its ancien régime supporters crying ‘Emergency!’ and ‘Censorship!’, when all it is, is an investigation into(6) __(fudged) ledgers being made out to be fascism, that classic overused poster-word of (7) ___( ironies).

  1. A) hold
    B) hide
    C) render
    D) fight
    E) No Change Required
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    Option C
  2. A) celebrating
    B)sobbing
    C) laughing
    D)festive
    E) No Change Required
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    Option B
  3. A) temperance
    B) sobriety
    C) frugality
    D) alcoholism
    E) No Change Required
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    Option D
  4. A) Casual
    B) clumsy
    C)novice
    D)untried
    E) No Change Required
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    Option E
  5. A) accused
    B) acquitted
    C)discharged
    D)cleared
    E) No Change Required
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    Option A
  6. A) earliest
    B) authentic
    C)study
    D)audit
    E) No Change Required
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    Option E
  7. A) sarcasms
    B) exaggerations
    C) understatements
    D) reductions
    E) No Change Required
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    Option B

Direction: In the passage given below there are 5 blanks, each followed by a word given in bold. Even 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

Nazir had been sitting in the park since morning. He was (1) __(smiling) at the flowers, they were in full bloom, a welcome sign of the spell cast by spring. These brightly coloured flowers with their heady fragrance were (2) ___(disgusting) all the tiny creatures who had made their homes  in the shrubs, trees, flowers, and grass. Among these creatures, there were butterflies, all with brightly coloured wings,(3)__(flitting) among the flowers, each trying to outdo the other with their aerial acrobatics.

He had always been fascinated by the sights and smells of the park, here he (4) ___(forgot) about the past where it had seemed that there was peace, love, and prosperity all around.  He was particularly attracted to the colourful wings of the butterflies, and from time to time, he actually tried to catch one, but he never succeeded, they were simply too fast and too (5) __(brittle) .

The area he was growing up in was (6)___(developed), basically a slum, and the constant, (7) ___( merciful) poverty not only stunted his body, it suffocated his soul.

  1. A) laughing
    B) frowning
    C) staring
    D)smirking
    E) No Change Required
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    Option C
  2. A) enticing
    B) repulsive
    C) boring
    D) repugnant
    E) No Change Required
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    Option A
  3. A) concealing
    B) screening
    C) perpetual
    D)piquant
    E) No Change Required
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    Option E
  4. A) repressed
    B) disregarded
    C) reminisced
    D) thwart
    E) No Change Required
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    Option C
  5. A) cumbersome
    B) agile
    C) ponderous
    D) idle
    E) No Change Required
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    Option B
  6. A) enlarged
    B) bountiful
    C) hefty
    D) impoverished
    E) No Change Required
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    Option D
  7. A) unrelenting
    B) harsh
    C) broken
    D) ending
    E) No Change Required
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    Option A

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