Daily Current Comprehensive Test Paper – US Blizzard 2016

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12 Apr, 2016

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Worksheets on Current Topics for Banking English Test Papers – XXXVII

Nirdeshak is developing tailor made comprehension section from the recent news articles published in leading newpapers across the world. It is important to recognizing letters and words in the passage, as it is the first step in learning to read. For students it is vital that students comprehend, or understand, what they are reading. They must be able to get the meaning of the text: What is the author telling the reader?


Passage: US blizzard 2016

New York, the most populated city in the US, saw its second-highest snowfall since records began in 1869, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. As five states saw snowfall of 3ft (91cm) or more, AP news agency reported the deaths of at least 28 people.

People died in car accidents, from carbon monoxide poisoning and from heart attacks while shovelling snow. The storm, dubbed “Snowmageddon” and “Snowzilla”, is now weakening and heading for the Atlantic Ocean.

It has affected some 85 million people, cutting power at one point to 300,000 people. The heaviest fall was recorded in Glengary, West Virginia, which had 42in. In Washington DC, the metro remains closed and air travel in the region faces further disruption. Some 7,000 flights were cancelled across the eastern US this weekend and disruption is to continue into the working week, with at least 615 cancelled for Monday. Giant snowball fights broke out on Times Square, New York, overnight and in Dupont Circle, Washington DC, on Sunday morning.

By the time the snow had stopped falling after two days, late on Saturday, New York’s Central Park had received 26.8in, the second-biggest fall recorded since 1869. The total was just 0.1in (0.25cm) shy of the all-time high, 26.9in, recorded in February 2006. However, the 26.6in that fell in the park on Saturday alone was a one-day record for the city. New York bridges and tunnels reopened on Sunday morning. Broadway shows, cancelled on Saturday, will take place again.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said the Long Island Rail Road would remain out of action until at least Monday as the line had suffered “significant damage”. “This one is a cautionary tale for all of us,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday. “A storm that a day before, on Friday, was still being projected at eight to 12 inches, ends up being close to 27 inches.”

States of emergency were declared in 11 states and in the District of Columbia, which has been slower to resume services than New York and Philadelphia. DC director of homeland security Chris Geller warned on Sunday that roads would turn icy overnight, and urged people not to drive. The capital’s Mayor, Muriel Bowser, asked residents to help clear snow from the business district.

Q1. Shovelling

a) Falling

b) Removing

c) Gathering up in large quantity

d) Gathering up in small quantity


Q2. Disruption

a) Inconvenience

b) Interrupt normal progress

c) Continuous fall of snowfall

d) Melting


Q3. Giant

a) Something unusually large

b) Something unusually small

c) Something that is great

d) Terrific


Q4. Tunnels

a) A well

b) A covered passageway

c) A steep slope

d) An inclined pathway



  1. c)
  2. b)
  3. a)
  4. b)

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