Reading: Fill in the Blanks – There is a passage with some missing words. You have a list of words in the blue box that you can use to fill the gaps in the text. There are more words than gaps so you will not use all the words provided. This item type assesses reading skills.
Answer are given at the end.
READING PRACTICE SAMPLE 2: FILL IN THE BLANKS
1. Read the given text and choose words from the box below to fill the gaps.
skills, educated, possessions, protect, escaped, fascinating, companion, stuff, crowned
Mary, Queen of Scots was one of the most ________ and controversial monarchs of 16th century Europe. ________ the Queen of Scotland when she was only six days old, Mary was the last Roman Catholic ruler in Scotland. King Henry VIII of England wanted Mary to marry his son Edward.
Mary was sent to France at the age of 6 to _______ her from Henry VIII. She was _______ at the French court and married Francis the Dauphin of France at the age of 16. When Francis became King a year later, Mary was named Queen of France. Unfortunately, Francis died soon after. When Mary‟s mother died, she returned to Scotland to rule as Queen.
However, she did not have the political ________ to successfully rule Scotland. In 1568, she _______ to England, hoping that her cousin Queen Elizabeth would help. Instead of helping her, Queen Elizabeth imprisoned Mary. Mary was imprisoned for nineteen years.
In 1587, at the age of forty-four, Mary was executed. The English government had all of her ________ burned.
2. Read the given text and choose words from the box below to fill the gaps.
vestige, embed, descendants, save, communicate, discovered, confidant, located, important, produced, mutineers
The Pitcairn Islands are ___________ in the South Pacific Ocean, about halfway between Peru and New Zealand. The larger island of Pitcairn was ___________ in 1767 by the British and settled in 1790 by the mutineers from the English ship ‘Bounty’ and their Tahitian companions.
Pitcairn was the first Pacific island to become a British colony (in 1838) and today remains the last __________ of the British empire in the South Pacific. The population of about 50 are the __________ of the Bounty __________ and their Tahitian wives.
English is the official language, but many islanders ______________ in Pitcairnese (a pidgin language comprising of elements of 18th century English and a Tahitian dialect).
3. Read the given text and choose words from the box below to fill the gaps.
kept, coming, collected, grown, high, moved, relatively, during
Three thousand head of bawling Hereford cattle were being _____ from little grassy patches and wooded breaks up in Togwotee Pass country.
The cool mountain air was ______ free from the swarms of biting flies and gnats that would have _____ them miserable at the lower elevations and the high meadows had made the red and white cattle sleek and fat ______ the spring and summer.
Fall was ______ to the northern Wyoming mountains at the southern edge of the Absaroka range. It was time to push the animals back into the low country for the shelter of the valleys and the grass that had ______ there during the long summer days.