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In the following passages the numbered gabs indicate missing words. Against each number in the list below each passage, four choices are offered in columns lettered A to D. For each question, choose the word that is most suitable to fill the numbered gab.
Africa is possibly the most divided continent in the world. With a -1- less than half of India, Africa boasts of over fifty countries. -2- is mainly to blame for this, although much of the fragmentation already existed before the coming of the white men. Much of the -3- occurred in the wake of the scramble for Africa and the partition that followed it in the 19th century.
Whatever the cause, that large number of the nations in Africa has not done the continent any good. As evidence of -4- diversity, at least four major western languages are spoken officially, namely, English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. The English-speaking countries are called -5- countries, while the French-speaking ones are known as -6- countries.
Though endowed with enormous -7- resources, Africa remains the poorest continent. Her economy is largely -8-. Most of the countries have attained -9-. In all these self-governing -10-, one common feature is -11- resulting in sprawling cities with large -12- that easily breed disease. The youth continuously hunt for -13- jobs in the cities while the aged remain in the village to produce both food and raw materials. Low prices of raw materials on the world market and an unfavourable world -14- and huge balance of -15- deficits have worsened Africa’s plight. However, in the wake of the political and economic changes taking place there is a glimpse of hope that Africa may yet make it into the next century on a competitive -16-.