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Cloze Test From The Hindu Part-3

Published on Saturday, May 27, 2017

Direction: In the passage given below words are given in bold, each followed by a number given in the brackets. Every word in bold has five alternatives. Find the word which best suits the place. If the given word suits the blank, mark 'no correction/change required' as the answer
There are two issues that are pertinent about the kudos (1) awarded to Major Leetul Gogoi of the Army’s 53 Rashtriya Rifles. The first relates to the timing — it was conferred on him by Army chief General Bipin Rawat before a Court of Inquiry has concluded its probe into his role in the use of a human shield during the Srinagar Lok Sabha election on April 9. Without schadenfreude
(2) any doubt whatsoever about Major Gogoi’s “sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations”, it is impossible but to conclude that the timing of the award sends a truly unfortunate message, one that risks a loss of public confidence in the Court of Inquiry, ordered by the Army itself. Since the Major was being probed for a possible peccadillo (3) in an area plagued by insurgency, wouldn’t the commendation be regarded as a implied (4) approval of his action? The second issue relates to the circumstances in which Major Gogoi resorted to the use of a human shield, something that he admitted to doing a day after news of the commendation broke. Many of the specifics relating to this are irrelevant insofar as they do not constitute a justification for tying someone to the bonnet of a jeep and driving him through the street as a deterrent to stone-pelting. For instance, the discussion on whether Farooq Ahmad Dar was instigating a group to throw stones (as Major Gogoi states) or whether he was merely a bystander who was out to exercise his franchise (as Mr. Dar says) cannot cloud the larger issue — the impropriety (5) of the Indian Army using someone as a human shield.

1) Find out the appropriate word in each case.
a) notability
b) accolade
c) commendation
d) cachet
e) No correction required

2) Find out the appropriate word in each case.
b) dally
c) abandoning
d) casting
e ) No correction required

3) Find out the appropriate word in each case.
a) prostration
b) transgression
c) Peccadillo
d) felony
e) No correction required

4) Find out the appropriate word in each case.
a) tacit
b) explicit
c) Adumbrate
d) recondite
e) No correction required

5) Find out the appropriate word in each case.
a) Solecism
b) aestheticism
c) Decorum
d) Discerned
e) No correction required


1) (c)

commendation - formal or official praise.
notability -the fact or quality of being notable
cachet -the state of being respected or admired; prestige
accolade - an award or privilege granted as a special honour or as an acknowledgement of merit

2) (d) 

casting - to throw off or away
Bewitch - to put a magic spell on someone or something in order to control him, her, or it
Dally - act or move slowly.
schadenfreude - satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else's misfortune.

3) (b) 

transgression - an act that goes against a law, rule, or code of conduct; an offence
Peccadillo - a relatively minor fault or sin.
Felony- a crime regarded in the US and many other judicial systems as more serious than a misdemeanour.
Prostration- collapse, the action of lying stretched out on the ground.

4) (a) 

tacit - understood or implied without being stated.
Explicit - stated clearly and in detail, leaving no room for confusion or doubt.
Recondite - beyond ordinary knowledge or understanding
Adumbrate - represent in outline , foreshadow ( a future event )

5) (e) 

no change required
Impropriety - failure to observe standards of honesty or modesty; improper behaviour or character.
Solecism - a breach of good manners or etiquette.
aestheticism - the acceptance of artistic beauty and taste as a fundamental standard, ethical and other standards being secondary.
Decorum - dignified propriety of behavior, speech, dress, etc.
Discerned - to perceive by the sight or some other sense or by the intellect; see, recognize, or apprehend:
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