Acne: Multiple Choice Grammar Test

Acne was probably the scourge of (1) _______ very Roman teenager, so the Romans tried (2) _______ a cure. Crocodile meat was effective at getting rid of spots, even freckles, when (3) _______ with cyprus oil.

If the pimples persisted, the Romans suggested (4) _______ a bath with oil and sour cheese (5) _______ the pimples. Leek leaves could get rid of pimples when rubbed on the skin. (6) _______ , the juice of myrrh, when mixed with cassia and honey, was said to be effective at relieving (7) _______ the Romans referred to (8) _______ virus.

If all of that failed to rid one’s face of acne, the court physician of Theodosius, a Roman emperor in the fourth century, told his patients to wipe their faces with a cloth while (9) _______ a falling star. For unspecified reasons, this was said to cause the pimples (10) _______ the face.

by Michael Van Duisen

A B C D
1 near nearly nearer nearest
2 to come up with coming up with came up with to coming up for
3 were combined was combined combining combined
4 being taken to taking taking to take
5 being removed to be removed to remove removing
6 Lengthly Later Last Lastly
7 why which that what
8 such as like as though as
9 watching being watched watched to watch
10 to fall off falling off fell off to be fallen off



1.A; 2.A; 3.D; 4.C; 5.C; 6.D; 7.D; 8.D; 9.A; 10.A


Acne was probably the scourge of 1 nearly every Roman teenager, so the Romans tried 2 to come up with a cure. Crocodile meat was effective at getting rid of spots, even freckles, when 3 combined with cyprus oil.


If the pimples persisted, the Romans suggested 4 taking a bath with oil and sour cheese 5 to remove the pimples. Leek leaves could get rid of pimples when rubbed on the skin. 6 Lastly, the juice of myrrh, when mixed with cassia and honey, was said to be effective at relieving 7 what the Romans referred to 8 as virus.


If all of that failed to rid one’s face of acne, the court physician of Theodosius, a Roman emperor in the fourth century, told his patients to wipe their faces with a cloth while 9 watching a falling star. For unspecified reasons, this was said to cause the pimples 10 to fall off the face.


by Michael Van Duisen

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