(Q. 1 - 10) Fill in the blanks in the paragraph with the most appropriate word from the given options.

Almost everyone has heard of Las Vegas, Nevada. ...(1) as famous as the town is, few people know ...(2) at all about the town’s early history. The Las Vegas Valley was ...(3) in December 1829 by Rafael Rivera, a Mexican scout who was looking for a new trade route ...(4) Santa Fe and Los Angeles. The ...(5) importance was immediately appreciated, and ...(6) became one of the critical links in the “Old Spanish Trail,” which was used ...(7) by pioneers and traders until 1849. In 1905, a railroad company founded the town of Las Vegas, ...(8) was used first as a kind of supply base for railroad workers and then, from 1931–1935, as a place to ...(9) builders who were ...(10) on the nearby Hoover Dam. Meanwhile, in 1930, the Nevada state legislature passed a bill that made gambling legal in Nevada. In subsequent years, people began pouring into the state to try their luck.

1. 
a. Despite  
b. But 
c. Just 
d. Now 
e. None of these

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2. 
a. that 
b. it 
c. if 
d. anything 
e. None of these

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3. 
a. invented 
b. conceived 
c. discovered 
d. built 
e. None of these

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4. 
a. between 
b. over 
c. for 
d. from 
e. None of these

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5. 
a. scout’s 
b. town’s 
c. trade’s 
d. valley’s 
e. None of these

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6. 
a. he 
b. they 
c. it 
d. had 
e. None of these

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7. 
a. extremely 
b. expansively 
c. extensively 
d. excessively
e. None of these

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8. 
a. but 
b. which 
c. where 
d. it 
e. None of these

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9. 
a. store 
b. house 
c. occupy 
d. reside 
e. None of these

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10. 
a. working 
b. building 
c. employing 
d. living
e. None of these

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