General English

Cloze Test Passage - VI

Fill up the blanks in the passage given below with the most appropriate word from the options given for each blank

Tea prices in the domestic (1).....continue to rule high in the (2).....year despite the expectation of a (3).....production as compared to the previous year. According to a preliminary assessment (4).....on the weather (5).....in recent months. Tea output in1990 may reach 740 million kg as (6) .....700 million kg. last year. During the past three months, tea prices have generally shown an (7)..... . Unlike last year, when tea prices rose dramatically, this year, prices seem to have (8).....at a rather high level. In the subsequent four months, the (9).....average price showed a downtrend, but in September the prices have (10).....hardened to a considerable extent.

1. (a) sector (b) production (c) area (d) market (e) flour
2. (a) last (b) first (c) second (d) current (e) general
3. (a) higher (b) maximum (c) optimum (d) large (e) lower
4. (a) conducted (b) based (c) shared (d) strategy (e) carried
5. (a) outbursts (b) outbreak (c) conditions (d) forecast (e) pattern
6. (a) above (b) per (c) to (d) compared (e) against
7. (a) downtrend (b) increment (c) reduction (d) uptrend (e) upgrade
8. (a) increased (b) surfaced (c) synchronised (d) moderated (e) stabilised
9. (a) monthly (b) weekly (c) daily (d) annual (e) quarterly
10. (a) then (b) never (c) again (d) since (e) now

Answers :
(1) (d), (2) (d), (3) (a), (4) (b), (5) (c),
(6) (e), (7) (d), (8) (e), (9) (a), (10) (c).