Babu’s Cloze Test 2

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English Cloze Test

English Cloze Test: Another important variety of questions being asked in all the exams. These are paragraphs with blanks. In the Prelims we typically see a 5 blank cloze and in Mains we find a similar question with 10 blanks. It is like Error-Finding questions, another favorite of the students. An average candidate who is good at understanding the story can benefit from such questions as 70% blanks are easily manageable.

How to Attempt?

  • Scan the whole paragraph to judge the story first as the words that may fit initially would appear wrong when read with the tone of the paragraph
  • While reading try to judge by yourself which word would complete the sentence and look for the same word first in the questions or a synonymous word in some option. This would save you from getting confused between options
  • After choosing a word for a blank, read the preceding and succeeding lines also to make proper sense and sequence of the given context
  • Sometimes, the grammatical fit of the words also helps. For example the articles before the blanks or words following the blanks can be a great hint

If confused; leave those blanks and mark only those you are sure about.

We are sharing with you some easy very basic cloze tests for learning. Exact exam level questions can be found in other posts.

Good Luck! Happy studies… 🙂

SET -1

The government plans path-breaking _____(1) in oil and gas exploration to allow pricing freedom for gas produced from new exploration blocks that companies can _____(2) out themselves and bid for whenever they want instead of waiting for an auction round.

It also plans to _____(3) a unified license to allow companies to explore oil and gas, shale reserves and coal-bed methane in its area. Further, it proposes to ______(4) the current system of profit sharing and introduce revenue sharing, which will _______(5) firms from intrusive audits and government involvement in the day-to-day affairs of oil and gas fields.

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a) Defaultsa) Finda) Offera) Enda) Allow
b) Reformsb) Lookb) Preferb) Startb) Disallow
c) Changesc) Metc) Differc) Violatec) Insulate
d) Restrictionsd) Carved) Considerd) Begind) Permit
e) None of thesee) None of thesee) None of thesee) None of thesee) None of these

Answers: 1. b, 2. d, 3. a, 4. a, 5. c

SET -2

Prayer is like breathing. Without breathing, we cannot live. Prayer is ________(1) with God; we become more like God, more loving, wise, powerful and kind. We are cleansed of the ______(2) impurities. Prayer can achieve ‘miracles’ of healing and transformation that can’t be _______(3) by medical science. Prayer is subject to certain laws. In prayer is subject to certain laws. In prayer, we are not alone… Prayer has to be ______(4) – like swimming. By repeated practice, one acquires the skill of remaining _______(5).

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a) Communiona) Depositeda) Definea) Founda) Afloat
b) Talkingb) Collectiveb) Createdb) Learntb) Grateful
c) Livingc) Collectedc) Explained c) Taughtc) Elevate
d) Co-operatingd) Accumulatedd) Discoveredd) Seend) Happy
e) None of thesee) None of thesee) None of thesee) None of thesee) None of these

Answers: 1. a, 2. d, 3. c, 4. b, 5. a

SET -3

The cycle of death and birth is almost eternal for a soul unless broken by detachment and is _______(1) from karmic bonds. For this, the soul has to constantly remember its true character and destination, going back to its ______(2) form. It has to remember that its presence in the visible world is transient. It has to shed all its karmic ______(3) to return to its blissful state. Any attachment to this visible world increases karmic bonds and, thus, contributes to _______(4) of the soul. So, to move towards its true destination, the soul has to shed all attachment to the _______(5) world.

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a) Releaseda) Old a) Bondagesa) Formationa) Virtual
b) Composed b) Differentb) Bondsb) Deformationb) Materials
c) Freedomc) Purec) Bands c) Makingc) Another
d) Awayd) Formerd) Bandagesd) Pollutiond) Visible
e) None of thesee) None of thesee) None of thesee) None of thesee) None of these

Answers: 1. a, 2. c, 3. b, 4. d, 5. d

SET -4

I think what the prime minister is doing is setting the stage for long- term growth in India. And you do that by taking some ________(1) decisions. He obviously reduced capital spending to ______(2) the debt which I think is the right thing to do. He has made enormous amount of statements vis-a-vis ________(3) markets to outside investors. He has sent a clear message on the _______(4) of the rule of law and strengthening of contracts. He _________(5) that he can’t be just talking to the world.

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a) Fasta) Decreasing a) Closinga) Facebooka) Understands
b) Hasty b) Payingb) Openingb) Concertb) Know
c) Quickc) Powerc) Foreign c) Importancec) Understood
d) Toughd) Lowerd) Locald) Twitterd) Knew
e) None of thesee) None of thesee) None of thesee) None of thesee) None of these

Answers: 1. d, 2. d, 3. b, 4. c, 5. a

SET -5

The journey of making money in music has ______(1) a great deal and is now based on merchandising and just being very smart in the business. Downloading from iTunes has ________(2) the way to purchase music and the price that you pay there for a song cannot _______(3) to the days when people paid money for records. You still make money when you write a good song and the radio is _______(4) it. That still exists – thanks god! I do a lot of touring, but not only for ______(5).

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a) Gonea) Based a) Comparea) Dislikinga) Public
b) Moved b) Becameb) Differb) Playingb) Finance
c) Changedc) Becomec) Match c) Buyingc) Fun
d) Maded) Foundd) Meetd) Appreciatingd) Business
e) None of thesee) None of thesee) None of thesee) None of thesee) None of these

Answers: 1. c, 2. c, 3. a, 4. b, 5. b

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