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Paragraph Completion Practice - 1

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Paragraph Completion Passage 1

A star is a large ball of hot gas, thousands to millions of kilometres in diameter, emitting large amounts of radiant energy from nuclear reactions in its interior. -------- , whereas planets shine by reflected sunlight. Except for the Sun, which is the nearest star, stars appear only as points of light, even in the largest telescopes, because of their distance.

1. Which of the following is most appropriate for the gap in the passage?

a) Stars differ fundamentally from planets in that they are self-luminous
b) The brightest stars in Earth's sky have long been given names
c) Stars exist alone or in systems of two or more stars
d) Stars are seen in the same relative positions year after year
e) With the construction of larger telescopes it was found that stars are not precisely "fixed"

Paragraph Completion Passage 2

For more than 100 years, steam was the chief source of rail power all over the world. ----- . They typically provide power for main- line passenger excursions, as well as tourist and scenic rail trips. In many countries steam locomotives are being restored and preserved in museums. In Europe, South Africa, and Russia, several historically important steam locomotives are kept operational for special occasions.

2. Which of the following is most appropriate for the gap in the passage?

a) Diesel locomotives are more costly than steam locomotives, but diesels have many advantages
b) Electric locomotives are most often used to pull high-speed passenger trains
c) Steam locomotives are now used mainly for recreational railroading in many parts of the world
d) Millions of people ride railroads each year, either for recreation or as their primary mode of      transportation
e) American freight railroads are the largest, busiest, and most profitable in the world

Paragraph Completion Passage 3

The traditional date claimed by the Romans for their city's origin was 753 BC. According to legend, Rome was founded by a descendant of the Trojan prince Aeneas, who escaped to Italy after the city of Troy was destroyed by the Greeks during the Trojan War. The legendary founder was Romulus. ----- . Grown to manhood, they decided to build a city near the spot where the wolf had saved them. Disagreeing over the location, each built at a separate site. Later they quarrelled and Remus was killed. Romulus became the first king of the city named after him.

3. Which of the following is most appropriate for the gap in the passage?

a) Along with the ancient Greeks, the Romans contributed greatly to the development of Western      civilization
b) From a small settlement, ancient Rome grew into a great city
c) Slavery was always a part of Roman life and increased as a result of Rome's conquests
d) Wealthy Romans who helped less fortunate citizens were called patrons
e) He and his twin brother, Remus, had been abandoned as infants and rescued by a female wolf,      who nursed them

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