Question 21: The government made serious attempts to raise the ________ of living.
Standard /ˈstændəd/ (n): level, standard
Eg: In the shanty towns there are very poor living standards.
→ the standard of living ~ living standard: standard of living
– cost /kɒst/ (n): price; cost
Eg: A new computer system has been installed at a cost of £80 000.
– level /ˈlevl/ (n): level; level; grant
Eg: Profits were at the same level as the year before.
– mode /məʊd/ (n) : way, manner, method
Eg: a mode of communication
=> Answer A (The government has made serious efforts to raise living standards.)