Heroic Failures: Multiple Choice Grammar Test
The least successful attempt to clear molehills
(1) _________ of the 10 large molehills that flourished on his lawn, Mr Oscar Ejiamike decided (2) _________ them. After a vigorous campaign of bombing, gassing and waiting round in the dark with a (3) _________ shovel, he found that the 10 molehills survived intact. There were also 22 new ones.
At this point our man decided to 'surprise the moles' with a midnight (4) _________ raid. (5) _________ May 1984 he drove his Jaguar 2.4 automatic to the edge of the lawn and trained the headlamps upon the enemy zone. While (6) _________ across for the poison, Mr Ejiamike knocked the car into reverse and accelerated (7) _________ the wall of his cottage, knocking over the electric heater, bursting his petrol tanks, setting fire to his (8) _________ sitting room, and (9) _________ his car.
While this certainly surprised the moles, it had (10) _________ the 32 molehills. Next morning Mr Ejiamike bought 22 bags of ready- mixed cement and announced that he (11) _________ to concrete the lawn over.
The Sunday Times
|1||Tired||Tiring||To tire||To be tired|
|2||being removed||to remove||to be removed||removing|
|6||being reached||was reaching||reaching||reached|
|8||newly was decorated||new decorated||newly decorating||newly decorated|
|9||wrecking||wrecked||was wrecking||was wrecked|
|10||no effect on||not effect on||no effect at||not any effect in|
|11||was gone||was going||going||went|
1.A; 2.B; 3.B; 4.A; 5.C; 6.C; 7.D; 8.D; 9.A; 10.A; 11.B