In the following passage, some words have been deleted. Read the passage carefully and select the most appropriate option to fill in each blank.

Naval architects never claim that a ship is unsinkable, but sinking of the passenger-and-car ferry Estonia in the Baltic surely should never (1)______. It was well designed and carefully (2)______. It carried the proper number of lifeboats. It had been (3)______ inspected the day of its fatal voyage. Yet hours (4)______, the Estonia rolled over and sank in a cold, stormy night. It went down (5)______ quickly that most of those on board, caught in their dark, flooding cabins, had no chance to save themselves.

Question 96

Select the most appropriate option to fill in blank number 1.

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