General English

Cloze Test Passage - XIV

In the following passage there are blanks each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate words in each case

Faced with an (1).....number and variety of products on the market, managers are finding it more difficult to (2).....demand and plan production and orders (3)..... As a result, (4).....forecasts are increasing and along with them, the costs of those errors.

Many managers today, (5).....speed is the (6).....have turned to one or an other popular production scheduling system. But these tools tackle only part of the problem. (7).....really needed is a way to (8).....forecasts and simultaneously redesign planning processes to (9).....the impact of (10).....forecasts.

1. (a) equal (b) exact (c) optimum (d) unanimous (e) unprecedented
2. (a) ignore (b) meet (c) predict (d) accept (e) register
3. (a) immediately (b) quickly (c) accordingly (d) positively (e) spontaneously
4. (a) inadequate (b) buoyant (c) frequent (d) inaccurate (e) exorbitant
5. (a) consider (b) neglecting (c) visualising (d) believing (e) notwithstanding
6. (a) problem (b) answer (c) source (d) outcome (e) lacuna
7. (a) one (b) that’s (c) what’s (d) managers (e) companies
8. (a) ignore (b) obtain (c) vitiate (d) negate (e) improve
9. (a) rationalise (b) substantiate (c) minimise (d) counter (e) tolerate
10. (a) dangerous (b) absolute (c) unpredicted (d) erroneous (e) popular

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