English Cloze Test with Detailed Explanation – IBPS, SSC Exam (Day-40)

English Cloze Test with Detailed Explanation – IBPS, SSC Exams (Day-40):

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English Cloze Test with Detailed Explanation

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(Directions 1-10): Below is a given passage. Some sentences begin with a number (corresponding to the question number) and some words are highlighted in bold. One of the highlighted words is grammatically incorrect. Choose the word from the option as your answer. If all the highlighted words are correct, mark ‘All correct’ as your answer.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud is on a mission. 1. The heir to the Saudi throne has big plans for his future kingdom: he has pledged to unravel over half a century of ultra-conservatism, offering a bold new vision that the religious police have less power and women have more freedom. He can’t be accused of aiming low. 2. There have been early signs of his burgeoning influence. Restrictions preventing women from driving will be lifted, plans for ambitious new economic developments are underway, while numerous members of the royal family were ousted in a recent purge instigated at the behest. Much of this has been rapturously received by countries keen to deepen economic ties with the Kingdom.    3. However, the real measure of whether Saudi Arabia is changing for the best is not how many newspaper column inches are filled with praise, but what life looks like for ordinary Saudi Arabians. In assessing the Crown Prince’s efforts, it is important to take stock of what he’s taking control of. 4. The Saudi authorities have severely curtailed the right to freedom of expression and regularly harass, arrest and prosecute anyone who dares to offer a dissenting opinion. The powers that be don’t think twice about sentencing teenagers to death for attending anti-government protests while entrenched and systematic discrimination is a daily reality for women and girls. 5. The same is true with the country’s minority Shi’a Muslims, who are essentially treated as second-class citizens. Against this backdrop, it is a positive sign that the Crown Prince wants to be seen as a driving force for change. However, the international community should not fall into a trap of extolling promises that may or may not materialize, while conveniently ignoring the current reality on the ground. 6. In the months since the Crown Prince’s appointment, we have seen little to believe that his overtures are anything more than a slick PR exercise. In fact, the dire rights record in the country has far from improved. Witness the ongoing wave of arrests targeting journalists, critics and religious scholars. 7. Virtually all of the country’s prominent civil society activists and human rights defenders, including many who have been vocal on corruption, are currently behind bars. Just like his predecessors, the Crown Prince seems determined to crush the Kingdom’s human rights movement. Among those swept up in the crackdown are Abdulaziz al-Shubaily and Issa al-Hamid, founding members of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) who were arrested and jailed in September. 8. Their much-valued organization, which reports human rights violations and offers legal help to the family of detainees held without charge, has long been a thorn in the side of the authorities. 9.  Perhaps to distract from the ongoing crackdowns, the authorities chose to issue a royal decree allowing women to drive in the similar month that these arrests were made. The change is undoubtedly a positive step forward for Saudi Arabian women and testament to the many who campaigned at great personal cost for it. 10. But, following the announcement, these same women reported receiving telephone calls warning them against publicly commenting on the developments or risk facing interrogations. There is also little information on how exactly the decree, due to come into force in June next year, will be implemented. All we have to go on so far is that it would follow “established legal regulations”, with no clarification on exactly what that means. Meanwhile, women continue to live under a legal system that mandate a male guardian to make the decisions on nearly every aspect of their lives.


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