English: Cloze Test for upcoming exams – Set 62

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

In the passage given below there are 5 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

When Gulf Arab powers announced on June 5 that they were severing diplomatic ties with Qatar over its ties to terrorists, the message was clear: get in line with regional policies, or pay the price. Nearly a week later, Qatar appears in no hurry to comply. And it is the _(1) ( success) ______of US President Donald Trump’s foreign policy that is ___(2) ( preventing)_________the  rift.

Tainting Qatar as a regional pariah is unlikely to change its calculus, for two reasons. For starters, the country is simply too wealthy to be pushed around easily. Qatar’s____(3) (abundant)_______ supply of natural gas translates into the highest per capita income in the world. Even with trade and travel bans imposed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Egypt, Qatar’s economy will not suffer significantly.

The second reason why Qatar can afford to wait out its neighbors is its strategic importance to the United States. By hosting the al-Udeid Air Base, which serves as America’s forward operating base in its fight against the Islamic State (ISIS), Qatar has __(4) ( wise)________balanced its ties to Islamist extremists with a strong relationship to the US.

Qatar’s links with jihadist groups have drawn American ire, but the US has also benefited from them. For example, Qatar ___(5)(asked)_____the Taliban to release the American soldier Bowe Bergdahl in May 2014; three months later, it helped secure the freedom of Peter Theo Curtis, an American journalist held by al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, the al-Nusra Front. Qatar believes its links with groups like Hamas, the Taliban, and al-Qaeda have softened these group’s positions, making them more amenable to negotiations.

  1. A) imperfect
    B) incoherence
    C) inconsistent
    D) timidity
    E) No correction required.
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    Option B
    Incoherence – inconsistency

  2. A) perpetuating
    B) discontinuing
    C) Halting
    D) Neglecting
    E) No correction required.
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    Option A
    perpetuating – continuing

  3. A) scarce
    B) limited
    C) optimal
    D) unlimited
    E) No correction required.
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    Option E
  4. A) insensibly
    B) magnificently
    C) unknowingly
    D) Shrewdly
    E) No correction required.
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    Option D
    Shrewdly – wisely

  5. A) coerced
    B) persuaded
    C) advised
    D) blackmailed
    E) No correction required.
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    Option B

In the passage given below there are 5 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

In western Maharashtra state, they have been on strike for a week in some seven districts now, ___(1) (throwing)_____milk on the streets, shutting down markets, protesting on the roads and attacking vegetable trucks. In neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, curfew has been__(2) presented_______ after five farmers were killed in clashes with police on Tuesday. Last month, farmers in southern Telangana and Andhra Pradesh staged protests and burnt their red chilli crop.

The farmers are demanding waivers on farm loans and higher prices for their crops. For decades now, farming in India has been­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­___(3)(injured)_________ by drought, small plot sizes, a depleting water table, __(rising ) (4)__________productivity and lack of modernization.

Half of its people work in farms, but farming contributes only 15% to India’s GDP. Put simply, farms employ a lot of people but produce too little. Crop failures trigger farm suicides with_____(5) (inverse)________ frequency.

  1. A) splash
    B) pouring
    C) spilling
    D) flooding
    E) No correction required.
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    Option C
  2. A) threatened
    B) commanded
    C) suggested
    D) imposed
    E) No correction required.
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    Option D
  3. A) blighted
    B) Ruin
    C) trash
    D) nullify
    E) No correction required.
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    Option A
    blighted – ruined

  4. A) increasing
    B) Depleting
    C) Declining
    D) extinction
    E) No correction required.
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    Option C
  5. A) Alarming
    B) serious
    C) marginal
    D) Distressing
    E) No correction required.
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    Option A

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