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Directions (Q. 1-10): In the following passage, some of the words have been left out, each of which is indicated by a number. Find the suitable word from the options given against each number and fill up the blanks with appropriate words to make the paragraph meaningful.
At just …(1)… midnight on July 1, 1997 in a glittering and poignant ceremony, Hong Kong passed from being a jewel of the British empire to a …(2)… of a new global power. Hong Kong people …(3)… their city’s handover from the UK to China with …(4)… feelings: apprehension over the future, joy at a fresh start, sadness at seeing the British go, pride over returning to their motherland. On the eve of the handover, the stock market index, a key barometer of Hong Kong’s wealth, …(5)… at a record 15,200 points and today it …(6)… near the 21,000 mark. Being a part of a booming China almost guarantees that Hong Kong will remain …(7)… . But mainland China is a …(8)… as well as a partner. China’s new ports, for example, will siphon trade …(9)… from Hong Kong and its lower labour costs will impact the jobs. However, there is little doubt that Hong Kong is fortunate to have become a part of China at a time when mainland China can provide …(10)… opportunity.

Q1. a) recorded               b) near              c) close              d) past              e) quite

Q2. a) component               b) premises              c) captive              d) merger               e) list

Q3. a) encounter              b) decided              c) viewed              d) restrained               e) told

Q4. a) flexible              b) emotional              c) mixed               d) changed               e) negative

Q5. a) plunging              b) rose              c) valued              d) climb               e) stood

Q6. a) follows               b) pauses              c) fell              d) hovers              e) measure

Q7. a) marginalised              b) prosperous              c) orderly               d) friendly              e) poor

Q8. a) competitor               b) representative              c) adversary               d) colleague               e) member

Q9. a) against              b) away               c) illegally              d) moving               e) through

Q10. a) full              b) risky               c) lucky               d) unfair              e) immense



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