Data snatchers: Multiple Choice Grammar Test

Joselow was getting ready to bang out a newspaper story when the invisible intruder (1)_________ Joselow, a financial reporter, had carefully slipped a disk holding (2) _________ worth of notes and interviews into one of the newsroom computers when the machine's familiar whir (3) _________ by a sharp, high-pitched beep. Each time she tried to call a file to the screen, the warning disk error flashed instead. It was as if the contents of her floppy disk (4) _________ .

The detective work began immediately. Engineer Peter Scheidler examined the disk's contents (5) _________ , he began peering into (6) _________ of the disk's 360 concentric rings of data.

Suddenly he spotted something (7) _________ gave him a chill.There, (8) _________ out amid a stream of random letters and numbers, was the name and phone number of a Pakistani computer store and a message that read, in part: welcome to the dungeon ... contact us for vaccination.

Joselow (9) _________ by a pernicious virus. Not the kind that causes measles, mumps or the Shanghai flu, but a special strain of software virus, a small but (10) _________ program that lurks in the darkest recesses of a computer waiting for an opportunity(11) _________ to life. The computer virus that struck Joselow had been hiding in the memory of the newspaper's machine and had copied itself onto her data disk, (12) _________ its contents and turning the reporter's words and sentences into electronic confetti.

Time (AmE)

# A B C D
1 struck stroke strike had stricken
2 six months six months' six’s months' six month’s
3 piercing was piercing was pierced pierced
4 vanished was vanished has vanished had vanished
5 line by a line the line by the line a line by a line line by line
6 every another each one
7 as that which who
8 be stood standing was standing stood
9 had been stricken stricken were stricken striking
10 deadly dead death dying
11 to be spurng to spring sprung springing
12 scrambled was scrambling scrambling to scramble


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

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