In the third day of the Mania Session, today we are presenting English Mania which is based on Cloze Test. Try to solve it.
Directions (Q.1-10): 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/phrases are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word in each case.
Making extensive preparations for rare, extreme situations is neither (_1_) nor economical. Both the Tamil Nadu administration and the residents of Chennai and its neighboring districts were not
ready for the (_2_) spells of rain after the North-East monsoon set in, flooding homes and offices, roads and malls. Ordinarily, the worry for Chennai is a weak monsoon with deficit rainfall that leaves little water for drinking purposes and irrigation. But, (_3_) the last 30 days, the government and the people were (_4_) with the ill-effects of an unusually active monsoon that seemed intent on overcompensating for the deficit years with record rainfall. Even as the city returned to some sort of normalcy after one torrential downpour, it had to contend with another spell (_5_) rain. Displacement, traffic jams, power cuts, rising prices, and scarcity of food, the (_6_) just would not end for the people of Chennai. The situation was especially bad for those in the (_7_) new residential areas in the suburbs where, in recent years, real estate growth was given (_8_)over planned development. Also, more than the amount of rainfall, Chennai was hit badly by the overflow of water from reservoirs and breaches in lakes and tanks, and the flooding of water channels that were already (_9_) with silt and refuse. With an unprecedented discharge of water, Chennai’s rivers have shown no respect for the bridges and the roads, effectively cutting (_10_) people and places on one bank with the people and places on the other bank. With bus and suburban railway services becoming inoperable, Chennai had to rely heavily on the new Metro line and the Mass Rapid Transit System.
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