Cloze test with clues suggestion for HSC

1. Fill in the blanks with suitable words from the box. There are more words than needed. Make any grammatical changes if necessary.
[aware, use, usual, develop, mother, spontaneous, acquisition, ability, fact, acquire, learning, natural, competent, communication]

Communicative competence refers to the (a) ---- to use language appropriately in various circumstances. There are two ways of (b) --- communicative competence in a language. The first is (c) --- which is similar to the way people develop ability in their (d) --- tongue. They are aware only of the (e) --- that they are (f) --- the language for (g) ---. It is a (h) --- subconscious process in which users are not (i) --- of acquiring a language. In non-technical terms, acquisition is ‘picking up a language (j) ---.

Answer is given end of the article

2. [device, fairly, trained, large, about, special, perform, recent, essential, sense, great, refers, abacus, called]

The computer is (a) --- fairly recent invention. It has become an important part (b) --- modern life. It has (c) -- benefited us and brought (d) --- revolutionary change in our life. Any device that helps people perform mathematical (e) --- may be called a computer. (f) --- this sense, Abacus is a simple computer. Today however the term computer (g) ---- to special kind (h) ---- electronics device that can (i) --- mathematical calculations and process large masses of information (j) --- a great speed.

3. [find, prevail, both,available, neat, take, submit, looking, be, collection, caters, look, appeal, room]

A library serves as the best source of knowledge (a)---for the students and the teachers.It is a large (b)--- of books.Among these there are books on courses that are taught in different classes. There (c)--- books on extra –curricular subjects also. In the library newspapers and periodicals are also (d)---. The library (e)--- to the testes of different tastes of different people . Books are arranged in shalves (f)---. There are library assistants who are also helps for the readers. One head librarian (g)--- after the library. So the readers do not have any problems in (h)--- out the right book . There is also reading room where silence (i)---. one can also take books from the library for reading at home by (j)--- library cards to the librarian.

4. [wash, planted, give out, take, provide, breathe, need, add, protect, preserve]
Trees are very useful to humans. They (a) — the rich top soil from being (b) — away by rain water and floods. You can see trees being (c) — along mountain slopes, on roadsides, in parks and gardens. Trees give us shade. They (d) — life to a place with their colorful flowers, beautiful leaves, fruits and thick trunks. They (e) — shelters for birds and animals. They give us timber, medicines, paper, gum and many other useful things. They (f) — in carbon dioxide and (g) — oxygen. As you know by now man (h) — oxygen to (i) — and live. Trees are our best friends. We should (j) — them and plant more trees around us.

5. [Must, call, ensure, in vain, address, for, uplifte, solve, originates, paramount]
(a) ---- illiteracy problem is the (b) --- task of the hour. We must educate all of our people (c) --- our balanced development, otherwise all of our development plans must go (d) ---. If we can educate our people, half of our problems will be automatically (e) ---. That's why education is (f) --- the nerve of development. All strength and power to (g) --- the development of the country (h) --- from education. So, we (i) --- give topmost priority on education sector if we really want the (j) --- of our dear motherland.

6. [develop, important, healthy, ability, need, knowledge, educate, enable, choice education]
Education is one of the basic (a) ---- of a human being. It is (b) ---- for the (c) --- mind. Many illiterate people do not have any (d) --- of health. If they were (e) --- , they could live a (f) --- and planned life. (g) --- teaches us how to live well. It (h) --- us to make the right (i) --- in life. It enhances our (j) --- to face our everyday problems.

7. [Drink, need, eat, heart, available, balanced, nutrition, knowledge, satisfy, preserve, happen, mind, lack, for]

While (a) --- food we should bear in (b) --- that we don’t eat just to (c) --- hunger or to fill the belly. We eat to (d) --- our health. For good health a man e) _good food. Sometimes it so (f) --- that people who live even in the midst of plenty do not eat the food they need for good health because they have no (g) --- of science and health and (h) --- They do not know how to select a (i) -- diet from the many foods that are (j) --- to them.

8. [control, embrace, keep, make, remain, behave, talk, friendly, consider, praiseworthy, trait, regard]
The habit of the British for (a) --- their emotions private is (b) ---. Some obvious things are noticed in the (c) --- of the British. For example, on public transport one passenger does not usually (d) --- to another passenger. On first meeting, people do not (e) --- and often simply shake hands. In theatres, concert halls and cinemas, audiences (f) --- quiet during the performance. None of these (g) --- of their conduct should be (h) --- unfriendliness. If a visitor (i) --- the first move to start a conversation, he will find a British citizen rather (j) ----.

9. [happen, execution, furious, knowing, die, wit, spoil, pleasant, live, declare, wretch, expire, unpleasant, cause]

Once upon a time, there was a King who was very fond of (a) --- his future from the astrologers. A famous astrologer (b) --- to stop at his capital on his way to Banaras. The king called on him to know about his future and the astrologer told his something (c) ---. At this the king got (d) --- and condemned him to (e) --- saying. “ Men like you you should not live to (f) --- the peace of the world.” But another thought had crossed his mind before the astrologer was removed for (g) ---. “How long will you live?” asked the King. With ready (h) --- the astrologer said, “The stars (i) --- that I shall die only a week before your majesty. So, good bye.” Hearing this, the king turned pale like a dead man and shouted, “Drive this (j) --- away, let him not come here again.”

10. [with, easily, improve, than, not , keep, mean, depend, maintain, raise, upon, avoid, stop]
Overeating (a) --- taking too much food (b) --- one needs. We eat (c) --- to overload out stomach but to (d) --- a sound health. A sound health (e) --- on eating habit to some extent. Overeating tells (f) --- our health. By (g) --- awareness of the people the habit of overeating can be (h) ---. With a view to (j) --- our body fit, we should (j) --- taking too much food.

11. [waste, educate, community, develop, sphere, children, family, welfare, returns, mother, women, sector]

Education for girls is essential for the development in all (a) --- of the society. So, investments in the education of (b) --- will bring in greater (c) --- in the field of economic and social (d) ---. Education women can contribute more to the family (e) --- than those who have no schooling. Educated (f) --- are more likely to send their (g) --- to school and look after their health and nutrition. Thus (h) --- women can contribute to the (i) --- development. On the other hand, failure to educate women is a tremendous (j) --- of human resource.

12. [even, distance, run, show, watch, information, enjoy, vary, be, source, see, numerous]

Television has (a) --- the most common and widespread (b) --- of entertainment of the present world. A wide range of programmers of (c) --- interest is telecast on (d) --- channels. Almost every middle class and (e) --- working class families have a television set today. Television programms are not only (f) --- but also highly educative. For example, television is used for (g) --- learning. Courses (h) --- by the open university are (i) --- on BTV. Several channels like the discovery and the National Geographic channels telecast highly (j) --- programmers.

13. [spend, world, commit, depend, when, suicide, unbearable, married, nature, very, earn, cost, gender, because]

It is very (a) --- that man loves his life most of all things and he wants to live or survive a bit longer at any (b) ---. However, every year thousands of people (c) --- suicide in Bangladesh. It is seen that most of the people commuting suicide are those (d) --- women who (e) --- on their husbands for their living. But why do they commit suicide when people love their lives most? Most probably, they decide to kill themselves (f) --- they feel entirely helpless and meaningless to live. The bitterness and sufferings of life become totally (g) ---. However, the incident of suicide among the self- reliant women is (h) --- rare. So, can’t we say that the unfortunate women would not have committed (i) --- if they had been self-reliant and had an independent way of (j) --- their livelihood without being dependent on their husbands?

14. [joyous, eager, food, want, become, flood, remain, invite, gift, festive, favourite, elders]

Children are very fond of festivals. They become very (a) --- on a day of festival. If it is their birthday, their joys become over (b) ---. They become very (c) --- to have wishes from their beloved persons. The whole day they (d) --- to spend times in joy. Usually a child on its birthday, gets up early and tries to (e) --- close to their parents. It (f) --- a nice day, if it is presented anything very (g) --- to it. Children also want to have their friends (h) --- to their house on a festival. They expect to have a party. Their joys give pleasure to their (i) ---. We should try to keep the children always in a (j) --- mind.

15. [warmer, gradual, flood, rise, change, evidence, climate, destroy, catastrophic, unnecessary, severely, prediction, alarm, increase]

The world is getting (a) --- because of pollution. Every year millions of people all over the world die (b) --- as a result of pollution. In recent years, there have been many (c) --- reports that the world’s (d) --- is undergoing a significant (e) ---. All these reports provide strong (f) --- that world temperatures are (g) --- dy by day. Climatologists (h) --- that midway through the next century temperature may have (i) --- as much as 4 dgree centigrade. This could raise sea levels and thereby (j) --- coastal areas and farmlands.

16. [resources, among, Potential, likely, create, fail, for, have, returns, success, achievement, from]

Investment in education (a) --- girls increases the economic and social (b) --- of development investment in all other sectors. Educating girls contributes (c) --- wealth through its impact on economic development. Educated women have a higher income (d) --- than those who have (e) --- no schooling. Educated mothers are more (f) --- to  send both their boys and girls to school. It is important to realise that (g) --- in girls' education generally results (h) --- an integrated approach to community development. Thus (i) --- to educate girls results in a tremendous waste of potential human (j) ---.

17. [disease, severely, fertilizers, suffer, although, chemical, increase, believe, environment, alarm, grater, afflict]
Many diseases are rising at an (a) --- rate, which experts believe is due to (b) --- pollution of the (c) ---. Pollution appears to be (d) --- in urban areas (e) --- rural societies too are (f) -- by increased use of (g) --- fertilizers and insecticides. Nevertheless, today city people appear to suffer from many more (h) --- and (i) --- more (j) --- than country people.

18. [learn, enrich, quickly, aloud, over, times, commit, possess, explain, thought, fill, memory, of, upon]
Young people often consider (a) --- poetry by heart a tiresome drudgery. But the learning of poetry has great advantage (b) --- merely reading it. Poems that have been learnt become a permanent personal (c) ---. The mind is (d) --- with a store of beautiful or lofty (e) --- and ideas which may be a source of pleasure, comfort and inspiration at (f) --- when the books are not at hand. Poems selected for learning, however, should be worthy (g) --- the time to be spent on them and should be those which make a strong appeal to the learner. The best way to (h) --- a poem to memory is not to learn it line by line, but to read the whole poem (i) --- over and over again until it is thoroughly (j) ---.

19. [warm, recklessly, cut, severe, rise, imperative, anticipation, particularly, habitats, catastrophe, increase, provide, extinct, alarming]

The destruction of forests and other (a) --- is causing the (b) --- of various plants and animals everyday. In the last 25 years alone the world has lost one-third of its natural wealth. Forests are being (c) --- down. Moreover, they are being burnt (d) --- resulting in an (e) --- in carbon dioxide and ultimately the water level is (f) --- as a consequence of global (g) ---. It is (h) --- that the new century will face an overwhelming environments (i) ---. It is therefore (j) --- to check the reckless pollution of the environment.

20. [mankind, protection, endanger, destroy, be, species, save, perish, concern, spoil, mean, change]
All Species are important for maintaining ecological balance. If one is lost, the whole natural environment gets (a) ---. We should (b) --- our wildlife to protect the environment from being (c) ---. Many countries are not taking action to protect theirf (d) --- wildlife. Mankind must developy a (e) --- for wild creatures and must ensure that they will not (f) ---. (g) --- wild creatures means destroying ourselves. It is high time we (h) --- them. Love for animals (i) --- love for (j)  ---

21. [read, although, use, touch, tips, develop, see, bear, dots, way, print, call]
(a) --- blind people cannot (b) ---, their sense of (c) --- becomes far more (d) --- than that of most sighted people. This ability was put to use by a brilliant man (e) --- Louis Braille. In the early 19th century, he invented a (f) --- of writing which (g) --- his name. The Braille system reproduces the letters of the alphabet by a series of (h) --- in certain positions, which are raised on the paper. The blind person runs the (i) --- of his fingers across the pages of the braille book and can work out the letters and numbers (j) --- there.

22. [survive,surroundings, look, escape, method, leaf, protect, from, different, move, colour, fly]
Animals must be able to (a) --- themselves from enemies in order to (b) ---. Different animals have (c) --- ways. Some animals have protective colouring that is their (d) --- changes to match their (e) ---. The common tree toad changes (f) --- gray to green when it (g) --- from the trunk of a tree to a green (h) ---. Similarly the dead-leaf butterfly (i) --- being seen by its enemies because it (j) --- like a dry leaf.

23. [earn, merely, chain, from, world, dominate, raise surplus, rightful, descend, free, arise, and, fall]
Liberty does not (a) --- upon a people; a people must (b) --- themselves to it. It is a fruit that must be (c) --- before it can be enjoyed. That freedom means freedom only from foreign (d) --- is an outworn idea. It is not (e) --- the government that should be free, but people themselves should be free. And no (f) --- has any real value for common men or women unless it also means freedom from want, freedom from disease and freedom (g) --- ignorance. This is the main task which confronts us if we are to take our (h) --- place in the modern (i) ---. So, we must go forward at a double pace bending all our resources (j) --- energies to this great purpose.

24. [result, dump, creature, odour, avert, dispose, microphone, toxic, avoid, fume, waterborne, determine]
Every year millions of people all over the world die unnecessarily as a result of pollution. These unfortunate and (a) --- deaths are brought about by four specific factors. Firstly, air pollution from factories, burning trash, and vehicle (b) --- cause pneumonia, bronchitis and other respiratory diseases. Then, water pollution from industrial discharge, the indiscriminate (c) --- of toxic chemicals, and the (d) --- of human waste into rivers and canals causes poisoning and (e) --- diseases such as cholera and diarrhoea. The next factor is the noise pollution from vehicle horns and (f) --- that might cause aggression and damage hearing. And finally, (g) --- pollution from dumped or untreated human waste causes serious discomfort to our sense of smell, and attracts disease-bearing (h) --- such as rats and flies. We should take (i) --- action to control these problems and clean up the environment to (j) --- these unnecessary diseases.

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