General English

Cloze Test Passage - VIII

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

I noticed George Ramsay at the restaurant. He was staring into space. He looked as though the burden of the whole world sat on his shoulders. I (1).....at once that his unfortunate brother (2).....trouble again. I suppose every family has a black.(3).....Tom had been a (4).....trial to his family (5).....twenty years. He had begun life decently enough he went (6).....business, married and had two children. The Ramsays were (7).....respectable people and there was every (8).....to suppose that Tom Ramsay would have a useful and (9).....carrier. But one day without warning, he (10).....that he did not like to work and that he was not suited (11).....marriage. He wanted to enjoy (12).....He would listen (13).....no advice. He left his wife and his (14)..... He had (15).....money and he spent two happy years in the various capitals of Europe. Rumours of his (16).....reached his relations from time to time and they were (17).....He certainly (18).....a very good time. They shook their heads and asked what (19).....when his money was spent. They soon found out that he was broke and wanted to (20).....home.

1. (a) believed (b) suspected (c) agreed
2. (a) had been causing (b) was causing (c) will case
3. (a) goat (b) sheep (c) wolf
4. (a) sore (b) bitter (c) sweet
5. (a) since (b) for (c) in
6. (a) into (b) for (c) to
7. (a) utterly (b) perfectly (c) wholly
8. (a) reason (b) cause (c) point
9. (a) profitable (b) bad (c) honourable
10. (a) said (b) announced (c) wrote
11. (a) to (b) for (c) with
12. (a) himself (b) idleness (c) others
13. (a) to (b) in (c) with
14. (a) job (b) house (c) relatives
15. (a) a little (b) little (c) no
16. (a) habits (b) doings (c) whereabouts
17. (a) deeply (b) shocked (c) disappointed
18. (a) has (b) had (c) will have
19. (a) would happen (b) happened (c) will happen
20. (a) come back (b) go (c) settle

Answers :
(1) (b), (2) (b), (3) (b), (4) (b), (5) (b),
(6) (a), (7) (b), (8) (a), (9) (a), (10) (b), (11) (b),
(12) (a), (13)(a), (14) (a), (15) (a),
(16) (b), (17) (b), (18) (b), (19) (a), (20) (a).