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Hello,

I would like to hear your opinion on cloze exercises. What do you think they practise? I suppose they are mainly used for grammar tests or tests that test general language skills nowadays, but do you think one could practise reading skills by doing them? I have heard they were used as reading comprehension tests in the past.

Thank you again!
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Hi Successor

You might find this link interesting. (A short discussion of cloze tests starts on page 124.)
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An example here.

Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch artist who was born in Delft in 1632. He created paintings that are 1. …………… the most beloved and revered images in the history of art. 2. …………… only about 36 of his paintings survive, these rare works 3. ……………. to the greatest treasures in the world’s finest museums. Vermeer began his career in the early 1650s 4. ………… painting large-scale biblical and mythological scenes, but most of his later paintings—the 5. …………. for which he is most famous—depict scenes of daily life in interior settings. 6. ………….. works are remarkable for their purity of light and form, qualities that convey a serene, timeless 7. ……….. of dignity. Vermeer also painted cityscapes and allegorical scenes.
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