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Cloze Test Solved Practice Set 15


There is –1– that is surprising about India’s recent refusal to allow Google to launch its Street View Service, which gives users a 360-degree view of public spaces. As this newspaper has –2–, the proposal was rejected –3– objections raised by the Defence Ministry. The decision is said to have –4– in the –5– of the terror attack on the Pathankot airbase in January, with investigators suspecting that terrorists used Google Maps to study the topography of the targeted area. Barely days after the airbase attack, the Delhi High Court asked the government to examine the issue of sensitive locations such as defence installations and nuclear power plants showing on Google Maps.

It isn’t clear if these concerns have been –6–. Street View goes a step further than the maps. It displays –7– views of public spaces, thanks to images –8– by Google’s moving vehicles, adding a layer of depth and reality to the maps. India has –9– that its refusal is not final and that such issues could be resolved once the Geospatial Bill, which seeks to regulate map-creation and sharing, comes into force. But it is unclear whether this will help, given that the –10– legislation is somewhat overenthusiastic about regulation.

1.          A) little      B) few      C) nor     D) neither
2.         A) report        B) say      C) told         D) reported
3.         A) following       B) follow        C) within       D) because
4.         A)  had           B) form        C) become      D) come
5.         A) memory       B) backdrop       C) humour      D) set
6.         A) recalled       B) addressed      C) known       D) showed
7.         A) panoramic         B) largest       C) extremely      D) new
8.         A) got      B) captured      C) made       D) served
9.         A) make       B) might        C) hint        D) hinted
10.       A) proposing      B) propose       C) given        D) proposed

Answer Key

1. A 2. D 3. A 4. D 5. B 6. B 7. A 8. B 9. D 10. D

Solution with explanation

1. Option ‘A’ (little). LITTLE is used in negative sense. ‘There is little that is surprising’ means it’s not surprising at all.

2. Option ‘D’ (reported). REPORTED = described by people although there is no proof  yet; e.g.

There has been a reported hijack in Mumbai this morning.

3. Option ‘A’ (following). FOLLOWING = after; e.g.

The footballer is likely to receive a three-match suspension following an incident in yesterday’s game.

5. Option ‘B’ (backdrop). IN THE BACKDROP OF= the general situation in which  particular events happen

6. Option ‘B’ (addressed). ADDRESS = to give attention to or deal with a matter or  problem; e.g.

a) The issueof fundinghas yet to be addressed.
b) Her speech was full of excuses and never properly addressed the issue.

7. Option ‘A’ (panoramic). PANORAMIC VIEW = An unbroken view of an entire surrounding area.

8. Option ‘B’ (captured). CAPTURE = to record or take a picture of something using a camera; e.g.

A passer-by captured the whole incident on film.

9. Option ‘D’ (hinted). HINT = to say or do something that shows what you think or  want, usually in a way that is not direct; e.g. He has hinted at the possibility of moving to Canada. Otherwise also, after HAS we use V3, no answer options other than HINTED is a V3.

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