English Language Cloze Test Practice Questions

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English Language Cloze Test Practice Questions
Direction (1 – 5): In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. Find out the appropriate word in each case.
A strong economy would improve livelihoods and give hope for the future, but the lack of reliable electricity in the country has contributed to holding back prosperity. Over the past five years, GDP growth has averaged 3 per cent, too ___(1)___ to fight poverty and create jobs. Demand for power outstrips what the country can produce and ___(2)___. Planned and unplanned electricity outages of 12 to 16 hours daily nationwide ___(3)___ business, aggravate unemployment and spark angry protests. The country has ___(4)___ energy resources-an estimated 186 billion tonnes of coal, over 100,000 megawatts of hydro potential and wind potential of up to 3,46,000 megawatts. But the technology and investment to ___(5)___ these resources are limited. An overeliance on imported fuel has exposed the country to high oil prices and there isn't enough money to keep the system- a mix of private and state run enterprises- naming or to fix faulty infrastructure that leaks electricity. A resolution of power crisis is thus very critical to survival of the country.
1. (a) much (b) low (c) required (d) tough (e) minimal
2. (a) represent (b) sufficient (c) adequate (d) amount (e) deliver
3. (a) run (b) happens (c) hurt (d) effect (e) plans
4. (a) fix (b) ample (c) worst (d) frequent (e) paucity
5. (a) lack (b) solve (c) waste (d) advantage (e) exploit
Direction (6 – 15): In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. Find out the appropriate word in each case.
Emperor Akbar was fond of (6) tricky questions to Birbal. One day he asked Birbal what he would (7) if he were given a choice between justice and a gold coin. “The gold coin,” said Birbal. Akbar was (8) aback. He had known Birbal for many years and he knew that Birbal was a just person. Then how could he choose the gold coin. “You would prefer a gold coin to justice ?” He asked, incredulously. “Yes,” said Birbal. The other courtiers were amazed by Birbal’s (9) of idiocy. For years they had been trying to discredit Birbal in the emperor’s eyes but without success and now the man had gone and (10) it himself ! They could not believe their good fortune. “I would have been dismayed if even the lowliest of my servants had said this,” continued the emperor. “But coming from you it’s shocking - and sad. I did not (11) you were so debased ! I never expected this from you. How could you be so shallow ?”
One (12) for what one does not have, Your Majesty !” said Birbal, quietly. “You have (13) to it that in our country justice is available to everybody. So as justice is already available to me and as I’m always (14) of money I said I would choose the gold coin.” The emperor laughed. He thought to himself, ‘I should have known that Birbal would come up with a witty reply as always.’ He was so pleased with Birbal’s reply that he gave him (15) one but a thousand gold coins.
6. (a) showing (b) asking (c) naming (d) finding (e) telling
7. (a) look (b) said (c) think (d) choose (e) find
8. (a) pushed (b) fallen (c) pulled (d) sent (e) taken
9. (a) idea (b) display (c) reply (d) place (e) showing
10. (a) speak (b) thought (c) done (d) create (e) told
11. (a) felt (b) said (c) know (d) accept (e) saw
12. (a) asks (b) chooses (c) look (d) find (e) wish
13. (a) sure (b) put (c) shown (d) seen (e) made
14. (a) no (b) rich (c) short (d) poor (e) plenty
15. (a) but (b) not (c) and (d) so (e) only
Answers:
1. B)   2. E)   3. C)   4. B)   5. E)   6. C)   7. D)   8. B)   9. A)   10. C)   11. A)   12. B)   13. D)   14. A)   15. A)