Passage based Questions on English Language SMENQ004

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Directions: In the following passage, some of the words have been left out, each of which is indicated by a letter. Find the suitable word from the options given against each letter and fill up the blanks with appropriate words to make the paragraph meaningful.

The Central government’s decision to suspend trade across the Line of Control ___ A ___ Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is bad in conception, and comes at a particularly fraught time. Recently, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced the ___ B ___ from midnight of trade at the two designated points at Salamabad and Chakan-da-Bagh, citing concerns about “illegal weapons, narcotics and fake currency” being ___ C ___ into India. It is also being argued that the zero-tariff barter arrangement is being violated through under-invoicing and the exchange of third party items such as U.S.-origin California almonds. The first is presumably a way to transfer funds; and the second would be to exploit the zero-tariff trade, something brought up by traders who ___ D ___ via the Wagah border. The government’s concerns may be wellfounded, but the solution to violations of a trade agreement is to enforce the rules ___ E ___ , not stop exchange of goods and put at risk the livelihood of countless people on both sides of the LoC. At a protest in Srinagar ___ F ___ the trade suspension, for instance, a leader of the cross-LoC traders association argued that they had, in fact, themselves been seeking a “foolproof mechanism” to enforce the terms of the ___ G ___.


1. A.
A. beyond B. by C. between D. among E. with

2. B,
A. suspension B. retention C. enforcement D. order E. business

3. C.
A. imported B. rescued C. come D. deployed E. transported

4. D.
A. purchase B. trade C. sell D. commerce E. work

5. E.
A. uncompromising B. hastily C. stringently D. tacky E. rapidly

6. F.
A. supporting B. demeaning C. against D. boycott E. snatching

7. G.
A. agreement B. employment C. election D. unemployment E. business


Correct Answers:

1. C
2. A
3. E
4. B
5. C
6. C
7. A