Prime facie, there is much cause…(1)…. cheer. Provisional data gleaned from the latest census…(2)….that India’s literacy level has soared: India’s effective literacy rate jumped by 9.2 % to…(3)….74.4%.

Significantly, literacy rate improved sharply among females compared…(4)….males. Thus while effective literacy rate for males rose from 75.26% to 82.14% – a rise of 6.9% – literacy rates for females climbed from 53.67% to 65.48% ,an 11.8% increase.

That is…(5)….news indeed. But this data masks a few worrying concerns. First, the data relates to effective literacy, and…(6)….literacy. Measuring effective literacy in India means…(7)….anyone who can read and write his or her own name. …(8)…., if Ram knows how to read and write the first three letters of his name, Sita knows how to…(9)….and write the first four letters of her name, they get included in the…(10)….of effective literates.

Questions:

1.

  • A) of
  • B) at
  • C) upon
  • D) for
  • E) off

2.

  • A) show
  • B) speak
  • C) site
  • D) seek
  • E) strive

3.

  • A) cross
  • B) decline
  • C) reach
  • D) increase
  • E) double

4.

  • A) to
  • B) against
  • C) for
  • D) of
  • E) at

5.

  • A) worrying
  • B) expected
  • C) new
  • D) old
  • E) heartening

6.

  • A) also
  • B) nor
  • C) not
  • D) ineffective
  • E) masked

7.

  • A) excluding
  • B) rejecting
  • C) encouraging
  • D) including
  • E) subjecting

8.

  • A) since
  • B) thus
  • C) there
  • D) provided
  • E) even

9.

  • A) speak
  • B) say
  • C) tell
  • D) read
  • E) point

10.

  • A) process
  • B) dynamic
  • C) style
  • D) development
  • E) category

Answers:

1- for, 2- show, 3- reach, 4- to, 5- heartening, 6- not, 7- including, 8- thus, 9- read, 10- category.

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