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Missing Words Exercise # 1

This type of examination exercise is common to upper level English examinations such as Cambridge Examinations' FCE, as well as for the vocabulary section of the TOEFL examination.

The text extract was taken from the CIA's World Factbook and gives some background information on Great Britain.

Choose the correct word from the multiple choices for each gap. Write down the word which correctly fills the gaps in the text below. When you have finished, click on the arrow to check to see if you have answered correctly.



Great Britain, the

  • principle
  • dominant
  • single
  • minor
industrial and maritime power of the 19th century, played a leading
  • character
  • plays
  • actor
  • role
in developing parliamentary democracy and in advancing literature and science. At its ,
  • top
  • zenith
  • high
  • best
the British Empire stretched over more than one-fourth of the earth's .
  • region
  • countries
  • surface
  • nations
The second half of the 20th century saw the UK's strength seriously
  • lost
  • depleted
  • missing
  • losing
after two World Wars. The second half
  • watched
  • witnessed
  • looked at
  • bought
the dismantling of the Empire and the UK rebuilding
  • herself
  • himself
  • themselves
  • itself
into a modern and prosperous European nation. It is now the fifth largest trading nation in the world. The UK currently is weighing the
  • weight
  • heaviness
  • degree
  • period
of its integration with continental Europe. A member of the EU, it chose to remain
  • inside
  • away
  • far
  • outside
of the EMU for the time .
  • at hand
  • remaining
  • being
  • now
Constitutional reform is also a significant issue in the UK. Regional assemblies with
  • varied
  • various
  • optional
  • varying
degrees of power opened in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland in 1999.