Breaking the Vase: Multiple Choice Grammar Test

Mr Nigel Williams, (1) __________ chief conservator of ceramics, is about to break a Roman glass vase, worth (2) __________ pounds, into more than 200 pieces and then put it together again. The Portland Vase, made of blue and white glass by the sculptor Dioscourides, (4) __________ into 200 pieces by a drop-out from Trinity College, Dublin, while it was on show in the British Museum in 1845. It was pieced together by the (5) __________ restorer, John Doubleday, but a century later the glue began toweaken and, in 1949, the vase was re-assembled by the conservator James Axtell. Now the 1940s adhesive has become brittle and yellow and Mr Williams (6) __________ how he will (7) __________ the vase apart and achieve a near perfect restoration that will last 200 years – (8) __________ scores of tiny fragments (9) __________ out by Doubleday.

'It is the most difficult restoration I (10) __________ in 28 years,' he said.

Mr Williams will begin by (11) __________ the vase in a paper mould and placing it in an atmosphere of solvent which will release the joins. With the vase still in its mould, he will then remove tapes (1) __________ over each crack inside the vase and fish out the pieces, numbering and recording their positions. He will then replace the pieces after painting each edge with a glue that will not become fast until he (12) __________, each is in exactly the right position, held by sticky tape. The tiny extra fragments will be positioned (13) __________ tweezers which hold each piece with compressed air. When the vase is complete it will be 'shot' with ultraviolet light (14) __________ the glue.

Although Mr Williams supervises a team of 12 conservators, the vase restoration will be his alone. He expects it (15) __________ 40 per cent of his time for the rest of the year.

The Times (BrE)

1 the Britain’s Museum the British Museum the British Museum’s the Britain Museum
2 several million several millions several million’s several’s million
3 has smashed was smashing smashed was smashed
4 museums’s museum museum’s museums’
5 has explained was explained had explained explained
6 take put get took
7 is including includes including included
8 leaves leave left leaving
9 have attempted are attempting has attempted attempted
10 encases encasing to encase encased
11 is placed places placing placed
12 is satisfied satisfied satisfying will be satisfied
13 is using uses using used
14 activating to activate activates activated
15 to be taken takes taking to take

1.C; 2.A; 3.D; 4.C; 5.D; 6.A; 7.C; 8.C; 9.A; 10.B; 11.D; 12.A; 13.C; 14.B; 15.D

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