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Fill in all the gaps with the best alternative among the given four options. After filling up all the gaps press on "Check" to check your answers.

The options are :
Q1.a.mocker   b.carper   c.satirist   d.believer

Q2.a.frown   b.grin   c.scowl   d. smirk

Q3.a.wily   b.slickly   c.frankly d. deceptively

Q4.a.spoofs   b.caricatures   c.parodys   d.wisecracks

Q5.a.mended   b.excised   c.amputated   d.loped

Q6.a.praising   b.satirical   c.trenchant   d.derogatory

Q7.a.zaftig   b.podgy   c.pudgy   d.hefty

Q8.a.drapery   b.toggery   c.panoply   d.regalia

Q9.a.suppress   b.foster   c.cherish   d.harbor

Q10.a.sanctuary   b.den   c.hideaway   d.asylum





"HI, I'M Art Buchwald and I just died," the Pulitzer Prize-winning American political Q1. , columnist and author of more than 30 books announces with a Q2. on a video posted on The New York Times website.
Buchwald, who has died of kidney failure at his home in Washington DC, aged 81, recorded the video interview last year, to be shown after his death. The humourist, who made a career out of skewering Washington's elite - he also built Q3. simple Q4. of modern life on foundations of indignation - chose to let himself die rather than fight for every ounce of life. The video was him having the last laugh.
Buchwald's right leg was Q5. last February as the result of diabetes, and he decided to accept the inevitability of his declining health over the prospect of dialysis for the rest of his life.
Visitors to his hospital bed included members of the Kennedy family, former CBS newsman Walter Cronkite, singer Carly Simon, former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld and television host Phil Donahue, prompting The New York Times to write that Buchwald's deathbed had become the "hottest salon" in the US capital. Associated Press summed it up best: "Art Buchwald is dying and enjoying every minute of it." Through it all, he finished his final book, Too Soon to Say Goodbye.
One of the US's best known writers of humor, Buchwald's Q6. style was compared to that of H. L. Mencken. Like Mark Twain, he was a comic American observer of the European scene who was equally fascinated by the American system and its shortcomings. At the height of his career, his column appeared in more than 500 newspapers worldwide.
Yet, unlike almost all of his colleagues, during his more than three decades as a Washington-based correspondent Buchwald rarely, if ever, so much as placed a telephone call to gather material. "I never talk to anybody. Facts just get in my way," he once said.
Instead, the Q7. , cigar-chomping writer with . owlish horn-rim glasses preferred to scan television news programs, newspapers and magazines such as Time and Newsweek. Occasionally, he clipped articles and filed them in folders or stuffed them into his shirt pocket for safekeeping.
Buchwald's childhood was anything but funny. He was born in Mount Vernon, New York, the youngest of four children and the only son of an Austrian-American Q8. installer.. He never met his mother, who suffered from severe depression and spent most of her life in a state hospital. His father was forced to place him and his older sisters in Q9. homes, and for a brief time, Buchwald was in a Jewish Q10. , after being rejected by various foster families.