Cloze test is very important topic in english section of SSC CGL exam. The candidates should have basic knowledge over english vocabulary and need to find out the best option that fits the sentence. We have provided some practice questions for english cloze test. This practice set is from previous exam paper, so try to answer and learn.
In the following passage some of the words have been left out. Read the passage carefully and select the correct answer for the given blank out of the four alternatives.
Sometimes the grand ______(1)______ of the Left and the Right do not seem to have any relationship with the lived experiences of ordinary Indians. For the past two decades, the Left has tried to expand social welfare programmes ____(2)_____ the poor in the country by highlighting the growing _____(3)_______ between the rich and the poor. The Right, on the other hand, points to the growing _____(4)______ of politically driven welfare policies and emphasises the need for economic growth to ___(5)________ poverty and improve the lives of the poor.
Solutions: (1 to 5)
1) Answer (d)
‘narratives’ best fits the context of the blank as narrative means a story or a tale. The author wants to suggest that the story of neither the left nor the right seems to have any relationship with the ordinary citizens. Hence, option D is the correct choice.
2) Answer (a)
Any program is ‘for the people’. Hence, ‘for’ is the best fit for the given blank. The other words do not make a logical or grammatical sense in the given blank.
3) Answer (c)
The author is trying to convey the growing inequalities between the rich and the poor. Hence, ‘disparities’ is the best fit for the given blank. It means ‘inequalities’. Hence, option C is the correct answer.
4) Answer (d)
Growing ‘issue’ or growing ‘matter’ does not make sense in the given context. Among pain and burden, the latter is a better fit as the author is trying to highlight the negative implications of politically driven schemes. Hence, ‘burden’ is the best fit for the given blank.
5) Answer (b)
The author is trying to highlight the need to solve the problems of the poor. Hence, ‘alleviate’ is the best fit for the given blank as to alleviate means to provide relief.