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PTE Academic Listening – Fill In The Blanks
9. Listen the following audio and type missing words in each blank.
Mount Vesuvius, a volcano near the Bay of Naples in Italy, is hundreds of thousands of years old and has _____ more than 50 times. Its most famous eruption took place in the year 79 A.D., when the volcano buried the ancient Roman city of Pompeii under a thick carpet of ______ ash. The dust “poured across the land” like a flood, one witness wrote, and shrouded the city in “a darkness…like the black of closed and unlighted rooms.” Two thousand people died, and the city was ______ for almost as many years. When a group of explorers rediscovered the site in 1748, they were surprised to find that–underneath a thick layer of dust and debris–Pompeii was mostly intact. The buildings, _____ and skeletons left behind in the buried city have taught us a great deal about everyday life in the ancient world.
10. Listen the following audio and type missing words in each blank.
Whether India and the US are signing a new extradition treaty or _______ the existing one is somewhat unclear, but there is no doubt that India’s extradition requests have usually been turned down by western _______. For instance, when India requested the extradition of the JKLF leader, Amanullah Khan, who was visiting the US four years ago, a US law court turned down the Indian request. So did a judge in Belgium when Khan went to Belgium: The reason is that our extradition treaties with all western nations _______ the extradition of a person on two grounds: (I) if he is caused or _______ of an offence of a political nature, and (II) if he won’t get a fair trial in the country requesting his extradition. Unfortunately for India, its human right record is so dismal that Khan had no difficulty convincing a US and Belgian judge against his _______ on the ground that Indian law courts would be severely ________ against him. Past experience shows that US and European judges have been _______ to fugitives whose extradition India has sought.
11. Listen the following audio and type missing words in each blank.
“At a time when more soldiers are committing suicide than are dying in battle, it is well to _______ that, no matter how thoroughly indoctrinated the belief in the _______ of an abstraction, there remains within each of us a powerful life-force that can never be fully repressed. What Gandhi called Satyagraha – a “Truth-force” or “Soul-force” – remains deep within us as, perhaps, the greatest power at work upon each of us. The state – and the civilization it is helping to bring down – will continue to fight this life-force in every ________ manner, not simply in the war system, but in efforts to _______ even the most minuscule details of life’s expressions.