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English: Cloze Test for upcoming exams – Set 68

In the passage given below there are 10 blanks, each followed by a word given in bold. Even blank has four alternative words given in options (A),(B),(C) and (D). You have to tell which word will best suit the respective blank. Mark (E) as your answer if the work given in bold after the blank is your answer i.e “No change required.

Now, the battle is heating up as the European Union is expected to release new rules later this year for how services such as YouTube handle music, potentially __(1) some of the copyright protections that _____(2) the Internet. The E.U. has ______(3)  recognized that there is a “value gap” between song royalties and what user-upload services such as YouTube earn from selling ads while playing music. How such a law would address the gap is still being decided, but the E.U. has indicated it plans to focus on ensuring copyright holders are “properly _____(4) .” Even the value gap’s existence ___(5) disputed. 

A recent economic study commissioned by YouTube found no value gap — in fact, the report said YouTube promotes the music industry, and if YouTube stopped playing music, 85 percent of users would ____(6)  to services that offered lower or no royalties. A different study by an independent consulting group pegged the YouTube value gap at more than $650 million in the United States alone. “YouTube is viewed as a giant obstacle in the path ______(7) success for the streaming marketplace,” said Mitch Glazier, president of the Recording Industry Association of America… YouTube pays an estimated $1 per 1,000 plays on average, while Spotify and Apple music pay a rate closer to $7. The music industry claims YouTube has avoided paying a fair-market rate by hiding behind broad legal protections. In the United States, that’s the “safe _____(8)” provision, which essentially says YouTube is not to blame if someone uploads a copy-protected song — unless the copyright holder complains. YouTube argues that its automatic Content ID system recognizes 98% of all copyright-_____(9) uploads — and that each year they’re already paying the music industry $1 billion in ____(10)

  1. A) Downing
    B) Changing
    C) Upending
    D) Overturning
    E) Erecting
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  2. A) Undergird
    B) Hold
    C) Reinforce
    D) Undermine
    E) Buttress
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  3. A) Primly
    B) Solemly
    C) Ceremonially
    D) Formally
    E) Fittingly
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  4. A) Rewarded
    B) Castigated
    C) Stipulated
    D) Remunerated
    E) Stipend
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  5. A) Remains
    B) Is
    C) Left
    D) Was
    E) Stays
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  6. A) Deluge
    B) Bevy
    C) Flock
    D) Huddle
    E) Gaggle
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  7. A) Of
    B) Towards
    C) To
    D) For
    E) Showing
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  8. A) Haven
    B) Harbor
    C) Place
    D) Heaven
    E) Asylum
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  9. A) Infringing
    B) Abusing
    C) Transgressing
    D) Committing
    E) Infracting
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  10. A) Rules
    B) Royalties
    C) Cash
    D) Cheque
    E) Legalities
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