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Read the passage below. It contains blank spaces numbered1 to1 5. For each blank space, choose the best alternative from the choices given.
Songs have been and continue to be an important part of our tradition. For thousands of years, songs have been used for a variety of __1__. For example, songs have been used by communities to __2__ feelings of joy during occasions such as weddings, birthdays __3__ graduation parties. In funerals, songs communicate the sadness and sorrow of the family and friends of the one __4__ has died.
Another important social use of songs is entertainment. Everybody __5__ to listen to good music; we do not need encouragement to start singing __6__ or swaying our bodies in tune with the beats of a good song. Sometimes people are heard humming __7__ of popular songs __8__. When they are working, walking or relaxing, Music is medicine for the soul. It gladdens and comforts a __9__ heart. In addition, songs are viewed as the most __10__ way of expressing love for a loved one. Romantic songs are so common that small children know and can sing them __11__ ease.
Songs also play a part in our religious and political life. For instance, we sing praises to God as part of our worship __12__ songs express our gratitude to God for the gift of life, good health and for meeting our __13__ needs. In political rallies songs are used to arouse peopleâs emotions and to persuade them to support a certain party or individual. They can __14__ be used to demand change. Which political gathering __15__ be complete without some singing and dancing?
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