​Mercury And The Workmen: Multiple Choice Grammar Test

A Workman, (1) _________ wood by the side of a river, let his axe (2) _________ by acci­dent into a deep pool. So feeling unhappy and (3) _________, he sat down on the bank and started crying for his hard fate. Mercury appeared and demanded the cause of his tears. After he (4) _________ him his misfortune, Mercury plunged into the stream, and, (5) _________ up a golden axe, inquired if that was the one he (6) _________. On his saying that it was not his, Mercury disappeared (7) _________ the water a second time, returned with a silver axe in his hand, and again asked the Workman if it was his. When the Workman said it was not, he dived into the pool for the third time and brought up the axe that (8) _________. The Workman claimed it and expressed his joy at its recovery. Mercury, (9) _________ with his honesty, gave him the golden and silver axes in addition to his own. The Workman, on his return to his house, related to his companions all (10) _________ had happened. One of them at once resolved (11) _________ and secure the same good fortune for himself. He ran to the river and threw his axe (12)_________ purpose into the pool at the same place, and sat down on the bank (13) _________. Mercury appeared to him just as he hoped he (14) _________; and (15) _________ the cause of his grief, plunged into the stream and brought up a golden axe, inquiring if it was the (16) _________ he had lost it. The Workman seized it (17) _________, and declared that truly it was the (18) _________ same axe that he had lost. Mercury, displeased at his dishonesty, not only (19) _________ away the golden axe, but refused (20) _________ for him the axe he had thrown into the pool.

# A B C D
1 felling fell felled being felled
2 dropped dropping to drop drop
3 be depressed depressed depressing depress
4 are told had told to be told was told
5 being brought to bring brought bringing
6 loosing have lost had lost has lost
7 beyond beneath over above
8 being lost lost has been lost had been lost
9 pleased was pleased pleasing to please
10 who what that which
11 to try try trying being tried
12 by at on for
13 to weeping to weep wept to be wept
14 will would did does
15 having learned learned to learn being learned
16 one ones one’s once
17 greedier greed greedy greedily
18 precise exact vary very
19 did not take took to take taking
20 recover being recovered to recover to be recovered

1.A; 2.D; 3.B; 4.B; 5.D; 6.C; 7.B; 8.D; 9.A; 10.C; 11.A; 12.C; 13.B; 14.B; 15.A; 16.A; 17.D; 18.D; 19.B; 20.C

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