PTE Part 2 (Reading) – Item 1: Fill in the blanks (dropdown) – exercise 1

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Free PTE reading practice 1 – Fill in the blanks

Free PTE reading practice 4Free PTE reading practice 4 – to complete this question type, you need to choose the correct answer from the 4 possible options in a dropdown menu. You will need to use a range of skills to find the correct answer – logic, inference, grammar and more.

Here’s another example of this question type. Select the correct answers from each of the dropdown boxes. Answers are given below the text.

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Given the increasing pace of digitization of information in the 21st century and the of the ‘virtual museum’, it is therefore a small surprise to consider that traditional ‘bricks-and-mortar’ institutions are continuing and, indeed, thriving. In fact, patronage of museums is at a healthy all-time high, and along with the established museums, new and innovative institutes continue to open, and flourish. The ‘virtual museum’, along with its ‘virtual exhibits’, accessible from anywhere via the Internet, is seen as an adjunct to the institutional model, and in fact is upon the traditional set-up. The World Museum Community, a body that brings together the various goals of museums everywhere, estimates that there are more than 55,000 recognised museums world-wide, ranging from small-scale, often private, community and rural-themed exhibitions to multi-building national institutions that can take several hours, or even multiple visits to get around.

 

The internet provides important exposure for traditional museums. There are a number of websites offering their take on ‘the best’ or ‘Top Ten’ museums to visit. A quick perusal of, say, seven lists, ranging from National Geographic’s Top 10 Museums and Galleries and Britain’s the Independent newspaper’s Top Ten Museums Revealed to on-line sites such as TripAdvisor’s Top Ten Traveller’s Choice Museums, shows there is agreement on three or four ‘must-see’ institutes. Of course, museums serve a range of , from having educational and research aims, to preservation and exhibitions. As well, museums run the gamut from massive institutions which display an array of exhibits across the scholarly, historical and general fields of interest, such as the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany, to special interest set-ups like Britain’s Natural History Museum, the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam or MOMA, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

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Free PTE reading practice 4 – answers (further detail about the answers is given at the bottom of the page)

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Given the increasing pace of digitization of information in the 21st century and the 1. emergence of the ‘virtual museum’, it is therefore a small surprise to consider that traditional ‘bricks-and-mortar’ institutions are continuing and, indeed, thriving. In fact, patronage of museums is at a healthy all-time high, and along with the established museums, new and innovative institutes continue to open, and flourish. The ‘virtual museum’, along with its ‘virtual exhibits’, accessible from anywhere via the Internet, is seen as an adjunct to the institutional model, and in fact is 2. dependent upon the traditional set-up. The World Museum Community, a body that brings together the various goals of museums everywhere, estimates that there are more than 55,000 recognised museums world-wide, ranging from small-scale, often private, community and rural-themed exhibitions to 3. massive multi-building national institutions that can take several hours, or even multiple visits to get around.


The internet provides important exposure for traditional museums. There are a number of websites offering their take on ‘the best’ or ‘Top Ten’ museums to visit. A quick perusal of, say, seven lists, ranging from National Geographic’s Top 10 Museums and Galleries and Britain’s the Independent newspaper’s Top Ten Museums Revealed to on-line sites such as TripAdvisor’s Top Ten Traveller’s Choice Museums, shows there is agreement on three or four ‘must-see’ institutes. Of course, museums serve a range of 4. purposes, from having educational and research aims, to preservation and exhibitions. As well, museums run the gamut from massive institutions which display an 5. astonishing array of exhibits across the scholarly, historical and general fields of interest, such as the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany, to special interest set-ups like Britain’s Natural History Museum, the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam or MOMA, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

 

Free PTE reading practice: More details about the answers

1. emergence, emergency, demerger, submerge
Emergence is the correct answer in the context and meaning of the sentence. It means ‘starting to exist’. Emergency, demerger and submerge have no relevance in this context.

2. dependent, independent, subject, separate
Dependent is the correct answer in the context and meaning of the sentence. Independent would require the preposition ‘of’ not ‘upon’ and would contradict the context of the sentence. Subject would require the preposition ‘to’ not ‘upon’. Separate would require the preposition ‘to’ or ‘from’ not ‘upon’ and would contradict the context of the sentence.

3. massive, bulky, tiny, insubstantial
Massive is the correct answer in the context and meaning of the sentence. We are looking for a word that means large as the sentence goes on to say ‘that can take several hours, or even multiple visits to get around’. Bulky can also mean large but is not used to describe a building (used for a person, clothing etc). Tiny, insubstantial have the opposite meanings so do not fit the context of the sentence.


4. purposes, purchases, pureness, purifiers
Purposes is the correct answer in the context and meaning of the sentence. It means the reason for something being in place. It is common in the PTE test to have a list of options that begin with the same letters. Purchases, pureness and purifiers have no relevance in this context.

5. astonishing, adventurous, amusing, awful
Astonishing is the correct answer in the context and meaning of the sentence. It means amazing. We would expect to be looking for a positive and suitable adjective to describe the contents of these major museums. It is common in the PTE test to have a list of options that begin with the same letters. Adventurous and amusing are not suited to this context. Awful is a negative adjective which also does not suit the context.

 

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