​Double Festivals: Multiple Choice Grammar Test

There seemed to be a lot of worry (1) ______ the Northville Fire and Ice Festival this year.

Shop owners throughout the downtown area worried about competing with the Plymouth International Ice Festival, (2) ______ place on the same weekend. Although most seemed reluctant to place blame, (3) ______ felt that competing with the larger, more established festival was a wise idea, and suggested that it might be easier to find some other kind of attraction (4) ______ up sluggish winter sales and lure those elusive winter dollars into circulation.

Hindsight being (5) _________ it is, the festival was a characteristic success, business owners saying that crowds seemed even (6) _________than last year, when temperatures hit a freakish 50 degrees and ice sculptures (7) _________ into unrecognizable stubs by midday.

In fact, (8) _______the people I ended up (9) _______ with at the festival, while wolfing down chili samples under the guise of journalistic veracity, said that they (10) _______to go to both festivals, (11) _______ kind of a winter festival extravaganza. The out of town patrons seemed to figure that if they were going to go gape at ice in one city, why (12) _______that in another? Northville residents felt that the Plymouth show wasn’t even that similar to their own event, and made it part of their agenda only after they (13) ______their own show.

Business owners are correct in assuming, however, that when scheduling festival on the same weekend, cities are bound (14) ______ for some of the same dollars, but what is wrong with that? Shoppers love variety, especially in the winter, when there is (15) ______to do but (16) ______ in your living room and pray for the writers strike to end so you can view some new episodes of The Office’ already.

Imagine if the Northville founding fathers (17) ______ their heads at city plans and said, "Well, there's already a settlement in Plymouth. Why don’t we just park our wagons there?" Not only (18) ______ have been very business savvy, it wouldn’t have been very American, (19) ______ .

1 surrounding surrounded to be surrounded surrounds
2 taking taken took to take
3 more few little less few
4 to be stirred stirred to stir stiring
5 what that which who
6 more bigger big bigger biggest
7 were melting melting melted were melted
8 most most of mostly majority
9 talked talking to talk being talked
10 were planning planning plan will plan
11 like as simlar as if
12 not do not to do not doing not done
13 have patronized has patronized had patronized patronized
14 competed to be competed competing to be competing
15 little more little else much else Less else
16 hole up holing up holed up to be holed up
17 have scratched scratch scratched had scratched
18 would those not that would not would that not will that not
19 either too also as well as

1.A; 2.A; 3.D; 4.C; 5.A; 6.C; 7.C; 8.B; 9.B; 10.A; 11.B; 12.A; 13.C; 14.D; 15.B; 16.A; 17.D; 18.C; 19.

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