​Underground Music: Multiple Choice Grammar Test

​Underground Music: Multiple Choice Grammar Test

Waiting for the Metro in Paris is a lot more pleasant nowadays, thanks to a project orchestrated by transit officials.

As Jim Bittermann reports, it brings a whole new concept to the term «underground music».

It may be rush hour in the Paris underground, but these days down here there are good reasons to slow down a little when commuting is more than just getting from A to B, when the transit can be too rapid.

Increasingly, the underground tunnels Parisians know as the Metro echo with music worth (1) ____________ late for. That wasn’t, and even today, isn’t always the case. There’s never a shortage of those risking starvation by attempting to sing for their supper, and there’s always someone (2)___________ an artist struggling.

In the past, without(3)__________ success, authorities periodically have tried to eject the would-be musicians who inflict themselves on the traveling public. But with their numbers continually growing, the situation seemed (4)___________ out to of hand.

Transit officials came to the conclusion that if they could not beat the musicians at their game, perhaps they should perhaps (5)____________ them, or at least organize it a little better. So just over a year ago, they set up auditions to select the 300-or-so performers who (6)___________ the official underground musicians of Paris.

And it is now an ongoing process. Every six months, all the officially sanctioned musicians, minus those who (7)__________ real work and plus those looking for an underground gig, must appear at a Metro audition.

Antione Nazo, a one-time guitar plucker himself, video tapes them all for approval by a music committee.

«We do not have the pretension that we are selecting music virtuosos», Nazo says. «We just put ourselves in the shoes of the riders. We want good quality music, not too aggressive, and as (8)___________ possible».

Diversification (9) ____________ a problem in Paris. A city which, as a current exhibition on street musicians plainly illustrates, has more than two centuries of encouraging the artists who work its boulevard.

For those selected to be the Metro’s officially sanctioned performers, there’s a badge which ensures they can work (10)__________ by transit authority police, and which often guarantees as well a good well travelled spot in a busy metro station, which some musicians, when the mood of the travelling public is right, can mean (11)_________ 600 euros a day in income.

Of course, that does not happen every day to everyone. But many down here are not looking for a fortune.

Paul Suzan said , that «the people who play here play because they first of all, love the music. But it keeps you in shape and gives you some pocket money».

After a year in operation, Metro authorities believe their official musicians have (12)__________ the quality of underground performances and the mood of the travelling public, and prove that there’s more than one way an underground can move people.

A B C D
1 to be being been having been
2 to appreciate appreciating to be appreciated being appreciated
3 many more much a large number of
4 being got getting to be got to be getting
5 join to join joining be joined
6 are becoming would become have become will become
7 had found are found have found has found
8 diversified like diversified as diversifying as diversifying like
9 have never been is never had never been has never been
10 uninterrupted uninterrupting be uninterrupted is uninterrupted
11 as more than as many as as much as as much like
12 raising rose raised risen

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