Saturday, August 20, 2011

Reading Test - Cloze Text: Global Warming

Subject: Reading
Type of Test: Cloze Text
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
No. of Test Items: 15 items
Interactive Test Download Link:

Start of Reading Test

Interactive Test Direction: In order to be able to do the interactive test, please download the test (only 45.1kb in size) from the above link. Fill in all the gaps using one of the words (verbs) in the table, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. You can also click on the "[?]" button to get a clue. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints or clues! Remember, you have only 1 minute to do each number in this exercise.


Greenhouse Effect and Global WarmingDid you ever wonder why the weather has been ...(1)... strangely in the past few years? One of the causes you may ...(2)... is global warming. Global warming is the increase in the temperature of the Earth's surface. It is ...(3)... by the emission of greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, halogenated fluorocarbons, ozone, and hydrocarbons ...(4)... incoming solar radiation to pass through the Earth's atmosphere but ...(5)... infrared radiation from leaving the atmosphere, thus causing the atmosphere to warm. Life on Earth ...(6)... the natural greenhouse effect, but excess greenhouse gases will retain excess heat and ...(7)... the normal atmospheric temperature of the Earth, causing global warming.
















According to "Scientific Sleuths Track Climate Trends: Unraveling the mystery of global warming's cause and effect," by Alan Boyle, mean global temperatures have ...(8)... 1 degree Fahrenheit in the past century. Boyle also ...(9)... that last year was declared to be one of the warmest in 120 years.

In order to ...(10)... what global warming really is one must look at the effects it will have in the future. Effects in the weather and climate would be one. Global warming could ...(11)... warmer and wetter climates for the North America, Europe and Asia. This may not be such a bad thing for these areas as it could ...(12)... the amount of frost that affects crops. Water problems, on the other hand, could be detrimental to life on earth. The melting of glaciers, ocean ice and ice shelves in the Arctic and Antarctic could be one of the clearest indicators of global warming. According to Janine Bloomfield, a staff scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, there are urban areas that ...(13)... on snow packs for their water supply. The increased melting of these packs along with summer droughts could cause water shortages for these areas. Another problem is rising sea levels due to melting glaciers and ice. This could cause shoreline erosion, and the oceans will slowly ...(14)... to consume coasts all over the world.

These may not be issues that will ...(15)... us tomorrow, but as humans we need to take the initiative to take care of the Earth. We need to take measures to prevent these problems from affecting generations to come, so they to can have bright and promising futures.

End of Reading Test

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