Tests: Open Cloze (Levels B2-C1)

Tests: Open Cloze (Levels B2-C1)

OPEN CLOZE

Read the sentences and think of the word which best fits each gap.

Use only ONE word

Levels B2-C1

Test 1

1. The treatment isn’t likely to have much effect — you if you don’t keep — a diet for a month or —.

2. It’s useless to go — the plan if you think it may prove impossible to — it in practice.

3. The warranty — the radial tires is as good, if not better, as that on the four- ply tires.

4. The foreman of the jury rose — his feet, turned to the judge, and addressed them quietly.

5. Cave explorers are called — spelunkers or speleologists depending — what they enter caves for: sport or science.

6. So — the doctor hasn’t prescribed any medicine — your headaches. It will be clear later — what you are suffering — and what sort of disease to cure you of.

7. What — earth are you doing here in the thunderstorm and in the middle of —? He couldn’t get — the shock and I knew he was amazed — my courage.

8. I think it will be very pleasant — you to go for a trip on the river. I hope you will get — my son.

9. Methods of flood control focus — preventing rivers — rising and keeping them away from the banks.

10. Astronauts begin training — their jobs — learning basics such as escape — the spacecraft and survival — land and water.

Test 2

1.According — a magazine article I read recently we live in an age of increasing leisure.

2. She pointed — a plant next to her feet and bent down to pick it —. The juice of this plant is tasteless, but when added — tea or any drink, it becomes deadly.

3. The desire of modem novelists to depict everyday life — a maximum of realism has led — the inclusion of expressions in their written vocabulary which earlier were — any case more or less unknown to a — many readers.

4. The word “quiz” was kept alive in literary circles — the works of Jane Austen, and the sense was “to look — someone — a curious or mocking way”.

5 .— many others this illiterate untrained peasant woman had the power of life and death — the human beings nearest — her.

6. — the circumstances he was a — in the neck as his aggressiveness was put — to the fact that he had had an overbearing father.

7. It goes — saying that money never means much to someone who has always had enough to get —. The only people who like money are those having a lot of —.

8. To “park” is in fact military in origin, and was being used with reference — wagons and guns as long as the Napoleonic wars.

9. Dutch students have begun militant action to protest — the Minister of Education’s threat to send — all students who have not paid the new tuition fee yet.

10. Yet money was important for him, its presence was a deep source of security, and it was somehow a stuff — which he was vitally connected to the world.

Test 3

1. And please bear it — mind, — no means ever lend him money any more — it will get you in trouble.

2. It was — least twenty five years since I had set eyes — him and had known — advance about my troubles.

3. — the age of 30 she had learned to discuss money with embarrassment and not to lower the rent for everyone who made her feel sorry — them.

4. At any rate she had no intention to break the news — to her parents that evening and was filled now with regrets that she — done it .

5. He had evidently been roused — his sleep; he wore slippers on his bare feet, grey trousers and a frock-coat — his pajamas. His hairs as a rule plastered neatly on his head stood — end.

6. I’ve been trying to get hold — him for several days, but — my great disappointment he always seems to be —.

7. — the amount of money spent each year for doctors’ prescriptions and approved medical treatment, huge sums are given — health foods and remedies of various kinds, — vitamin pills to mineral water.

8. Does it stand — reason that a man would be able to injure himself — striking the soft and sensitive parts of his face — a stone?

9. Robert is a bit pleased — himself. Of course he’s got plenty to be pleased about, successful man, successful husband,

I — wish he and Hilda wouldn’t put it — display as much.

10. A farm working couple who were thrown — of their cottage — Tuesday, later staged a successful sit-in in a council building as the first stage of their fight — a permanent home.

Test 4

1. A significant point that has emerged — the survey is that large numbers of people living in Council houses would like the opportunity to become house owners — once.

2.But the rain showed no sign of stopping, and at length with umbrellas and waterproofs they set out.

3 He knew a few people, as it was his business to keep — the background, but he had picked up a chatting acquaintance — several persons who put up at the hotel.

4. Speaking slowly and giving as few as possible of the lured details, he pointed — each fact — favour of innocence. *

5. The campaign aims — involving thousands of women, and men as — as collecting as many contributions as possible.

6. — conclusion I will tell you all the latest scientific discoveries, and what I ought to read to keep myself — to date.

7. You’ll get in trouble if you continue to behave — regards to decency.

8. As a matter of fact, his life in all — times now passed more evenly, and with a more proportionate judgement — it had done before.

9. Then I heard everybody running — the corridor and down the stairs, so I put — my bathrobe and I ran downstairs too.

10. He stands — a comer watching crowds of Africans streaming — the roads of the Native Township, — foot and on bicycle, talking, laughing, singing.

Test 5

1. We succeeded — finding Ann’s house — the second attempt. The house.is really far — being easy to find.

2. — all, the primary responsibility — coping — crime rests with the police and the courts, but, if you care — improving the quality of life for yourself and your community, there are many ways you can help reverse the trend.

3. — five years, shoulder — shoulder, along rivers and trails, in the camps and mines they had knitted the bonds — their friendship.

4. A policeman came up to me and said — measured, forceful French accent “You are — arrest .

5.Does it make any difference to them if we pay — cheque?

6. — first the book seemed thrilling to me, but as I read read it, I grew more and more disappointed — the plot.

7. The bus rolled — the slope and collided — a van.

8.After pausing — my usual bread and cheese in one of the village tavern, I went immediately to Alex.

9. But as a part of a steady diet of bread and circuses, presumably aimed — taking our minds — the economic situation, I’d almost rather be thrown to the lions.

10. In the South, of course, they are openly discriminated while, in the North they — and large have to live in the city slums but — least they have full legal rights.

Test 6

1. Fleet Street was once famous — its coffee houses. Men used to meet there. They were prominent in the literary world. It is now synonymous — journalism and English national newspapers.

2. I was taken completely — surprise, and — fact could hardly believe Margaret was serious when she told me she was going to leave England early the following year to take — a job there.

3. What was he waiting — with that smile — his lips and in his eyes?

4. They would think it —. They would see — it. Certain things were standing on the way. And so on, an so —.

5. But a thought went — her head backwards and forwards, it was as if she were reading — a tape.

6. After the accident, the bus driver accused the motorist — not looking where he was going, to which the latter retorted that if the other hadn’t been driving — fast he himself would have had a chance of stopping — time.

7. Though I like teaching I sometimes feel that I’m — a rut. I seem to be doing the same thing all the time - the job is not challenging —.

8. Some of them were reclining — the-couches on the dance floor, some of them were boozing — the long bar — the right.

9. He took his girlfriend home — the party and they stayed in the car chattering and laughing — a long time until she went to the house.

10. He explained — her that it was impossible for him to give — his job which after all meant his bread and butter, and it was — stake.

Test 7

1. "When questioned by the master about disappearance of a bicycle — the school sheds two days —, the boy flatly denied having had anything to do — it.

2. He asked me to lend him five pounds, — I agreed to do, somewhat reluctantly, — condition that he paid me — the following week.

3. With his teaspoon in his hand he peeped — the comer and saw — amazement that a carriage and a pair were waiting outside.

4. Day by day through the long summer, Jesse drove — farm to farm up and down the valley of wine creek, and his grandson went — him.

5. Couldn’t you provide us — a more practicable scheme? The one you have just devised is not sensible — all.

6. Michael rang Jean — at the last moment, apologizing profusely for being unable to go to dinner — her that evening. Despite his apology, Jean was very put —, and said he might have let her know earlier.

7. He had no — put down the receiver — a great sigh of relief than the telephone rang again.

8. Tom was trembling — head to foot — excitement and a sense of the hopelessness of the situation.

9. The doctor put the aspirins half by half — her mouth and she washed them — with the warm wine and let her tears splash — the side of the glass.

10. She was — pins and needles all the time, scared the car might play up or break — and make them late for the arrival of the troop train.

Test 8

1. Do you remember lending him the money? I hope — least that he won’t forget to pay you — as he has a habit — forgetting things he doesn’t want to remember.

2, I’m looking — to having a few days by myself as the rest of the family are away.

3. In regard of matrimony, you are now at the most dangerous period of your life. You might marry — haste and repent — leisure, but I think you won’t.

4. He had known her — and on for many years. When she paid visits — Singapore she generally came to dine with his wife and himself, and once or twice she had passed a weekend with them — their bungalow — the sea.

5. He told me this story, but I will tell it now — my words, as I had to piece it — from what he said at one time or another, and what he left — I have to supply — my own imagination.

6. Like many other people, I dislike having someone looking — my shoulder reading my newspaper. I find it difficult to prevent myself — saying something sarcastic.

7. When the editor found — that his newspaper had been taken — by a rival publisher, he resigned — his position.

8. She was detained — the office by unexpected callers. It turned out that they had picked — the wrong suitcase at the airport — mistake.

9. There’s no point — getting upset — things that are out of your control.

10. It is only when we have been deprived — something that we appreciate the true value of it. Common sense is the most widely shared commodity in the world, for every man is convinced that he is — supplied with it.

Test 9

1. What was going — in your house when I called — to see you last night? I rang the bell three times, but you didn’t answer the door. Judging — the noise that was coming from the sitting room, I thought you must be having a party.

2. He leaves the car in a parking meter — two hours and always gets — with it. When I do that, I am fined.

3. The business had been allowed to run — with such an effect that it was sold for only a quarter of its — market value.

4. A person’s worth should be measured — his actions not by — he ought to be: a person is good if he is good for others.

5. When an opportunity to do a thing — which you have set your heart suddenly arises you should take full advantage — it, or you may never get a chance.

6. Sometimes — a close friendship, where important matters are concerned, people agree to differ and — a rule fall silent.

7. We are all anxious — an end of this misunderstanding. We are annoyed by the way they sit for hours — saying a word.

8. The person who is — careful that he never makes a mistake is yet to achieve anything — real value. It is the end that matters, making no previous failures and disappointments.

9. — the cover of darkness, we entered the castle. Everyone was exhausted with the exception — Sally.

10. It is always easy to begin a war, but very difficult to stop it, since the beginning and end are not — control of the same man.

Test 10

1. He was completely — a loss as he had never been obliged to deal — such a situation before.

2. While entering the hotel, we immediately realized-the reason for its being so popular — tourists.

3. To sum — there are many arguments both for and against mothers working. Every family is different and what is good for one family may not necessarily be good for —. Taking everything — account, it should be left for the individual mother to decide — working or not is something that she wants to do.

4. We will have to speed — if we’re going to get — every item of the agenda by lunchtime.

5. Last time I’d ask her something, she said “what?” That can get — your nerves after a while.

6. I tried to keep steady — my chair. The offer took my breath —, an opportunity, the one which I had never dared, even, to contemplate.

7. But, as — as I am concerned, the woman of today is of little use — politics or business.

8. When he turned seventy-one Henry showed up to meet the press wearing two different shoes. Asked about it — reporters, he looked down and obviously making up an answer — the spot, said that he always wore one old shoe on his birthday to remind himself that he had — been poor and might be again.

9. If a lie is not refuted immediately, it will pass — mouth to mouth as it is accepted — truth by everybody.

10. He had been — the habit of borrowing money from the city treasury — a low rate of interest.

Test 11

1. Most miraculous — all, instead of being blinded by love for her as she was for him, he had cut himself emotionally free — her and could see her — complete objectivity.

2. The nuns looked up, and the young nun gestured — the Fitch home to explain with words where I had come —. It looked very strange: five nuns sitting at a table with nothing on it — a record player.

3. What do you have to say — response to the charges made — you?

4. Modem technology has brought — enormous improvements to communications and — many people are still very worried about using the latest computer technology. I am often surprised to meet colleagues who still don’t know what the "e" in e-mail stands —.

5. Let me explain how the situation came —. Mark was called up when the war broke —.

6. My father had never had any confidence — my choice of a husband. When he died — a heart attack after my marriage, I blamed myself and was overcome — guilt.

7. After he had followed a course — elocution, his speech was quite — faults.

8. People should confine themselves — doing the things they know how to do, are supposed to do, and should not make pronouncements about matters they are ignorant —.

9. Judging him — his figure and his movements, he was still young. Unfortunately , never having encouraged friends to drop — spontaneously, he was almost totally alone.

10. The hotel didn’t come — our expectations. At first Tim insisted — putting up there but then began to back away.

Test 12

1. But you must confess that Anthony has a way — people. He certainly makes friends easily. And they always seem — want to do everything for him and to be kind — him.

2. Actually, the police admitted — having made a mistake that was very — to be regretted after accusing an innocent man.

3. Sometimes I have an incredible craving — chocolate. Have some of these sweets. I’m sure you’ll find them — your taste.

4. It must have been about twenty minutes later that I suddenly realized the train was — to leave in five minutes and that the porter had not — brought my luggage. I was just going to look for him when he appeared — of breath with my suit-cases.

5.Not — were there the obvious dangers, but there was also the weather to be considered. It’s like out of the frying pan and — the fire.

6. Little — the thieves realize that the police had already thrown a cordon round the bank, and that — means of escape had been cut —.

7. As a matter of fact I really feel sorry — them. They couldn’t even talk in private: there was always someone — the way.

8. I had been looking to seeing the game, but — my great disappointment the match was called — because of bad weather.

9. If a person always tells the truth he is unlikely to contradict himself; but if he resorts — lies he is liable, when asked a question for a second time, to forget what his answer was — the first occasion.

10. It was evident that the girl did not care much — clothes; the sight of the beautiful dress left her — indifferent.

Test 13

1. I’ve been — sick leave for a fortnight already, but I don’t feel any better so —.

2. — the circumstances I’ll give you enough to live — and I’ll make a will — your favour.

3. The postman couldn’t make out — the letter was addressed to, so he took it back.

4. Some people would argue that addiction — drugs involves both psychological and social factors, among those people who become addicts may do so to find some relief — personal and social inadequacies.

5. David had been buying some paper every day for months though he wasn’t interested — any news about the latest disasters in the world. It was work he wanted. David had been looking — work for ages and when he got the chance of the job in the local youth centre he applied — once.

6. Will you fellows come — and have lunch with me? Last week I had a splendid day at the races, so l am — full feather at present.

7. He assumed responsibility — my success. He came into my room in Chambers and spoke — large as though he had done it himself.

8. Winning 2 million pounds — the football pools made it possible for him to live in comfort — rest of his life.

9. As his latest novel brought him international acclaim, he had been living — hand to mouth — obscurity.

10. "You must give — the habit of sitting up late, " said die doctor. "You feel well now, but it will tell — you later. And also you must call — all your business trips".

Test 14

1. But at that moment, when he seemed almost — the point of breaking down, he suddenly took himself — hand, jumped up and came over to the storage shelves.

2. Ken is not present, therefore, I shall accept the prize and — behalf of my colleagues and myself I thank you — your support.

3. A teenage girl sat — a train chewing gum and staring vacantly — space, when suddenly an old man sitting opposite said, "It’s — good talking to me, my dear, I’m stone deaf'.

4. When things are very difficult what prevents us — giving up — despair is the hope that things will be better.

5. I don’t think you are in earnest way helping me. I am — the verge of a nervous breakdown. I am liable for my son’s debts as he is — age.

6. If it were not — the expense involved, I would go there — air. And that really puts a new face — the situation.

7. — swimming in that particular part of the sea he ran the risk of being carried — by dangerous currents.

8. He must have fainted — the news. Don’t worry, he’ll come — in no time. And, as Mary is a skilled nurse she will certainly help him — the difficulty.

9. The trouble of chewing gum is that it loses — flavour too quickly. — that reason there has been a down fall in the consumption of chewing gums.

10. The managing director outlined the pros and — of the proposed merger. As far as, we are sick and — of hearing about his fantastic plan.

Test 15

1. My wife complained that something was wrong — her. She said she had a pain in her back and that she suffered — bad headaches. As she was getting worse and worse I sent — the doctor. Immediately afterwards she was taken — the hospital. Yesterday she was operated —.

2. You know that smoking always brings — a fit of coughing. You will die of lung cancer if you persist — smoking so many cigarettes.

3. My mother is in hospital at the moment — a broken leg. Moreover, we are — of money to live on.

4. It is the ambition of every writer to complete a book — of schedule. So —, no one has achieved this.

5. As the last bus had gone and we could not take a taxi, there was nothing to do — walk.

6. The salesman talked me — buying a bottle of perfume for my wife. I didn’t take — his recommendation, as he sounded so halfhearted about it.

7. The truth is that men are not asking to be more involved — the children, but women are not trying to get them more involved, so, for many reasons, — men and women, — average, are more or less satisfied with traditional responsibilities.

8. The politeness with which she treated you was exasperating because you could not even feel how — interest she took — you.

9.As you’ve set your heart — this fellow, Helen. You will marry him — haste, repent at leisure; marry at length but have no happiness — good.

10. Mutual accusations will get you nowhere. You’d better try to find a more reasonable solution — your conflict.

Test 16

1. For a moment the driver was blinded — the glaring headlights of the car that came round the bend in the road but he turned the wheel — in time to avert an accident.

2. One acts secretly, or — reasons not known to oneself, or in a way that seems haphazard or contrary — one’s interests or principles.

3. If trains always leave on schedule, why on — do so many of them arrive late at the other end? I still can’t make it —.

4. "We have nothing left — the big family compartment," he went away, "with two berths and a couple of armchairs in it, but it is entirely — your disposal."

5. There’s no sense in trying to talk with Stuart: he’s totally absorbed — magazine.

6. — men were loaded with all field equipment and the bottles contributed — the grateful people of Paris.

7. She was so vexed — curiosity, that Virginia took pity — her and restored her peace in mind.

8. I’m sorry you have been expelled — the garden, Adam, but to some extent it’s your own fault.

9. She said that the new film was — seeing, but there was such an expression on her face that I thought she was only saying it — fun.

10. The Council are to make important changes in the city centre but I’m afraid that — they do, the problems will still remain. No — how many new car parks they build at the edge of the city, traffic jams will not go. The Council has been — the verge of banning cars in the historic centre of the city but all is — vain.

Test 17

1. With reference — your advertisement in today’s Guardian, I should like to apply — the post of Head Clerk in your Sales Department.

2. The chief turned to me with a look of astonishment on his face.

“Yes, sir. I’ll be glad to help you settle the issue once and — all.

3. “On — account are you to accept lifts of strangers”, said the mother — her young daughter.

4. To make a mountain — of a molehill means to exaggerate, make a big fuss of — that is not quite serious.

5. As the station was three miles — the place where Nick lived he asked his friends not to see him —, so, after shaking hands with everybody, he picked — his suitcases and set —.

6. I’d like to buy the radio, but I haven’t got any money — me at the moment. Could you put it — one side for me for a day or so?

7. In the week I promised myself I should naturally read, for to the habitual reader reading is a drug of — he is the slave; deprive him — printed matter and he grows nervous, moody and restless.

8. While phoning reception yet again, she was told that the repairman was — his way. She’d hardly put — the phone when there was a knock — the door.

9.”— the devil and the deep blue sea" means to be surrounded with problems of no escape.

10. The trouble is she won’t listen to any of my suggestions. As a — of fact she has turned — a lot of the best imitators of a country fellow already, and she says she won’t set foot on the stage — her partner is the best that can be found.

Test 18

1. Having no mind — his own, the critic adopted a complete lack of originality of the opinion of others. Thus he was — reputation a mediocrity.

2. The farmer found that his crops were in comparison — those of other farmers undamaged — the heavy rainstorm.

3. Why do you insist — your opinions? Don’t you see you’re wrong? — your place I’d give up.

4. One cold winter day after dressing her brother in warm clothes, Ann went away with him. She walked on holding the boy — hand, arid singing a song about all the things they passed — the way.

5. Students are — enormous pressure to learn huge amounts of vocabulary but they are rarely given guidance — to how to go about it.

6. I tried to prevent your name from — dragged in so scandalously, but the situation was out — my hands.

7. You should make sure that you find out as much as you can about your audience — advance so you can make your speech personally relevant — them.

8. I still haven’t — over the shock of failing to get my degree. However , I’m going to get this qualifications, no matter — long it takes.

9. When you buy something in a shop, you usually pay — it outright but sometimes you may purchase things — credit.

10. In addition — being very attractive in appearance, Miss Bradly turned — to be an excellent companion. She must have travelled a lot and could speak — many interesting subjects.

Test 19

1. Only a person who can’t think for himself will be taken — by arguments that seem right or true which are not really so.

2.What’s the use of waiting for him? If he had — told the time, he would have turned — long ago.

3. I had been looking — to seeing the game, but to my great disappointment the match was cancelled — to bad weather.

4. The golden rule is to do lots of revision — regular intervals. Secondly, students should concentrate — words with the highest frequency.

5. We were all very keen — sailing. Soon I realized I had — in love with him. His sense of humour really appealed — me and I was also captivated — his gift for poetry.

6. While rummaging — some old boxes in the attic, I ran — my grandmother’s wedding dress.

7. Are you quite sure that — the bottom of your heart it’s not conceit that makes you think differently — the rest of us.

8. She’s learnt two foreign languages — rather a short time and very cleverly manages to keep — her knowledge by listening — the radio and reading a lot.

9. As — a very ambitious and motivated person I always have a positive approach — my work. I have no problems with working — stress or to deadlines and I work equally as — as a part of a team, as I do — my own initiative.

10. Though his latest novel brought him, international acclaim, he had been living — hand to mouth in obscurity.

Test 20

1. — the past thirty years or —, the methods used for collecting money from the public to aid the developing world have changed — of all recognition.

2. Contrary — expectations, the House was — from being all of the same mind about the question of building new universities.

3. Mrs. Harrison is not here — the moment, but if you leave your number, I will have her call you — as soon as she gets back.

4. Speaking — an older and more experienced person, I think you would regret it a lot if you gave — your studies now.

5. Seeing that Rosemary did not admire the box, the shopman tried to get her interested — it, but the price frightened her —, and she said at last that she could not — it.

6. Will you tell Mr. Brown to attend — this matter? The cable is addressed to the office he is — charge of.

7, I’m a thousand times cleverer and more charming — that creature with all her wealth. I am as well-bred as the Earl’s daughter and — everyone passes me by.

8. Don’t play a —. You should be ashamed — such childish games — your age.

9. You may go up the social — if you marry this man.

10. She won’t leave her sick parents having a strong — of duty. And in addition it’s clear that her marriage is — the rocks as her husband applied — a divorce.

Test 21

1. What follows may only apply — myself. If it does I am sorry, but it cannot be helped: — the last resort, a man can do no more than translate his own experience — words.

2. I would rather — attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent — to his works.

3 Because — heavy rainstorms last night, the telephone lines have baas order today.

4. My illness is — to overwork, but if I don’t work at — I can’t earn any money to pay my medical bills.

5. In his excitement he was forgetting that at one time or — in the past he had indicated to Robert that the state — his own parents was not wholly unprosperous.

6. On study leave you will be released — all teaching and administrative commitments. And I think you will have to be reminded — your responsibilities.

7. The horse seemed so interested in what was going — that while being led through some paces she turned, pricked — her ears, and looked ahead.

8. The prisoner who was serving a five-year sentence — armed robbery escaped — Park Prison in Chester. The prisoner appeared — the early hours of this morning.

9. He was — hungry that as soon as we got to the party he made — the food table, — even saying "hello" to the host.

10. No wonder he was shocked when he heard that Dan was rubbing shoulders — all kind of worthless people and having the time — his life.

Test 22

1. The father said to his modem son, “You smoke — a chimney, Bob, if you, don’t break — the habit you’ll break — before you know where you are.

2. It is now generally recognized, that stress is a major cause of heart disease, and contributes — many other illnesses. Stress is increased by factors — as worry, overwork and lack of exercise or relaxation.

3. During my illness all my fellow-students made so — progress in English that now I find it a strain to keep — with them.

4. If dogs could talk, we we’d find it just as hard to get — with them as we do with people.

5. He was going to drop — at a small cafe. He was accustomed — visiting that small eating place for breakfast, because food was good there and the customers seemed to be — a hurry to get through all their meals without taking — of one another.

6. The driver had — insurance and no current license. — addition to this, he had crossed two sets — red traffic lights immediately after being stopped.

7. Have you ever been — a situation where you know a person is right but you can’t agree — him? I remember several occasions in the past in which I experienced a similar feeling.

8. Why are you surprised — his rude behaviour? It’s what you can expect — such an arrogant man.

9. The fact that they would be accused — cowardice if they showed any of it in — of a dangerous emergency is enough to make most people act bravely, no — how scared they feel.

10. Fred did not depend — anybody in company, in fact he didn’t care for company. Always absorbed — his thoughts he had no wish to speak or be spoken —. Therefore he preferred to have a late meal when the rush of breakfast time was —.

Test 23

1. I was able to borrow some money — to the strength of my father’s reputation in the bank.

2. Please wait a moment here, and the doctor will see you by all —.

3. When Mary opened a meeting for the first time in her life, her voice shook — nervousness.

4. The young scientist shook hands with his friends, who had come to the airport to see him —.

5. Fred was — to cross the street when he discovered a girl in her early teens, with a school bag — her hand, standing by his side. "Come on, let’s cross the street. Keep talking with me. I’m — danger. My name’s Mary, she said — one breath.

6. The Rembrandt is — loan in 'the National Gallery at present.

7. When faced — some new and possibly bewildering technological change, most people react in one — two ways. They will recoil from anything new, claiming that it is unnecessary, or — complicated or that it somehow makes life less than human.

8. When an opportunity to do a thing on which you have — your heart suddenly arises you should take full advantage — it, for you may never get a chance.

9. We just can’t agree — her. Her opinions of the subject are totally — mine.

10.Sheila is — of money to pay bills, but she’s sure — find ways and means of earning enough money.

Test 24

1. After putting the assistant — a great trouble, the customer left the shop without buying anything,

2. When the car stopped, everybody got out, and the mother spread a table cloth — the shade of a big tree along the side of the road, while the children started running so — to stretch their stiff legs.

3.1 can’t concentrate at all when the television is —.

4. In China, where girls are more — to get encouragement in mathematics, the number of gifted boys exceeds that of gifted girls by four to one, — than the 13 to one seen in the United States.

5. By and —, all of us who live there know the immense benefit that has been derived — it.

6. The employee was assured of his being taken — again when work was available.

7. The President is unlikely to run — a second term in office. His administration has been — constant fire for the last eighteen months.

8. When he drove up, Jean was already there. She had a bright frock — and was carrying a sunshade. The girl was terribly afraid of getting tanned and ruining her pink and white complexion. So she always took good care to keep — from the sun.

9. The teenagers convicted yesterday — a charge of car theft should be let out with a suspended sentence — view of their age, their lawyer argued.

10. It’s rather chilly in here. Put on the electric fires and just wait for me. I’ll get — touch with the airport and try to find out why the plane has been held —. I’ll join you in — time.

Test 25

1. There should be — least five fire extinguishers — the premises.

2. They were willing to take advantage of an accomplished fact but wanted to shift — someone else the responsibility for bringing it —.

3. He bought a copy of the evening newspaper and examined the double columns devoted — successful acquittal he had secured that afternoon and to the magistrate’s favorable comments — his address.

4. Dick was introduced — her. He was dazzled when the girl held up her hand to him with a sweet smile. She was tall and slim with chestnut hair and a face — rare charm.

5. "Don’t lean — the table. How many times have I told you to keep your elbows — the table", the mother said — an angry voice.

6. Fred’s ideas did not seem convincing — for his friends and after an hour’s discussion all his suggestions were finally — down.

7. In your place I’d ask the boy to apologize — you, Ann said to her friend. It’s because of me why you allow him to behave — that.

8. He felt sort of dizzy — once. "Take Elly out to the garden and show her the flowers," Mr. White said — a level voice. Dick blushed painfully. He was a shy boy, unused — entertaining young girls.

9. Jill wanted to come with us, but her babysitter let her — at the last minute, so she had to stay —.

10. Before the boat had been on the way for ten minutes, I realized that Miss Bradley was a remarkable bore. Shyly and hesitantly she kept — talking about nothing, and made no remark — taking notice of.

Test 26

1. Ask anyone of forty to make a comparison — the past and the present and nine out of ten people will tell you that things have been getting steadily worse and worse as — as they can remember.

2. — compliance with your wishes we have withdrawn our suggestion.

3. — a rule, Andy’s heroes underwent all kind of terrible adventures: they would freeze — death, or starve and, finally, suffered from hunger; wild beasts would eat them down or tear them — pieces.

4. The children listened to him — bated breath, anxious to know what would become with the miserable people who were born in this wicked world where might always goes — right.

5. The critic said he liked the painting; he went on to quote some members of the Academy of Fine Arts who had applied the word "exquisite" — one of the artist’s landscapes.

6. Pamela and David are always — loggerheads. I really can’t imagine why they got married — the spur of the moment. They got absolutely nothing — common.

7. As it seemed just the house we wanted, we decided to look in it very carefully while making — our minds to buy it.

8. Alan had been looking forward to that day — quite a while. Yet he was not free — a feeling of vague apprehension. Not that he feared Jean would not get — with his mother.

9. The father was so much relieved, so greatly moved that tears welled — in his eyes and he covered his face with his hands to wipe them —.

10. The moment he set eyes — the envelope he tried to push it out of sight — fear of arousing his wife’s jealousy.

Test 27

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1. I’m willing to put you — for the time being, but you’ll have to move in soon. You mark my words; still you will be taken — as a lodger somewhere else.

2. Being rich doesn’t count too much — a desert island.

3. He was very flattered by — considered the best man to take over the chairmanship of the society as he was very popular — all members.

4 On the tenth day in the child’s illness came the crisis. The doctor was sent for. He examined the kid and said there was unmistakably a change — the better. The danger period was — and there was no need to worry about the outcome of the disease.

5. You can’t stay awake till small hours and jump out of your bed — dawn. But if you are in a habit of rising early, use the morning hours — work.

6. Standing — the foot of a high hill, the travelers could see a house like no other buildings around, situated half way —.

7. Thank you for attending the interview, Mr.Blake. You’ll be hearing from us — due course - probably — the end of the next week.

8. It’s difficult to know who’s — fault for the matter. Perhaps we are all — blame.

9. Dan was — his first year in college when it came to him that instead of reading law he had better — up art. This prospect appealed — him much more than working at his father’s firm.

10. Martin knew he would have to work for a living but, strange — it may seem, he didn’t mind it. He would be independent — his family at last, and he rather liked the idea.

Test 28

1. The station was — easy walking distance from the hotel. However, with the exception of Sally, everybody — exhausted and called a taxi.

2. Along the way many young people become addicted — drugs due to ignorance.

3. It must be difficult being famous. Just imagine being — the limelight all the time; never being able — go anywhere out being recognized.

4. All his life he had lived with the people who looked — him, who instructed him and protected him. He was — and tired of it.

5. The studio was poorly furnished — a low sofa and a couple of chairs. But it was full of canvases, some standing — the comer, others hanging on the walls.

6. The conversation had to be kept — the subject of Mr.Smith’s bankruptcy. It was a source of embarrassment — the whole family.

7. The men were drinking together when an argument — out. The men soon came — blows, and the publican called the police. The situation was just beginning to get — of hand, when the police arrived and took two men to the police station. One man made a break out of it, and succeeded — getting away with it.

8. I’d love to come to the concert with you but I can’t, I’m afraid. I’m — to my ears in work this week.

9. In front of the easel with an unfinished still life — oil stood a small group of people; one of them was a well-known critic.

10. Success will depend — a great extent — his power of endurance. I know this — my own experience.

Test 29

1. During the flight he was very much — edge, and didn’t start to relax until the plane had landed.

2. It — without saying that one of the disadvantages of being a doctor is that you are frequently — call at weekends.

3. The Chancellor is constantly receiving suggestions while simplifying the tax system. These have — occasion been quite sensible. As far as he has trashed — this problem we will be able to go on.

4. At last they agreed — never referring to that painful subject. They were greatly concerned — what consequences such a return might pose.

5. How sweet — you to have put down curtains. Now we can go to the tea-shop and have a bite. Pin — a note on Ed’s desk to let him know we’ll be back — no time.

6. A large lady with an even larger shopping basket bumped — me the other day, and practically knocked me —. But they say nothing — of the ordinary happened.

7. If you’re — a loose end this weekend, Joan, why not come — for a meal? It’ll give us a chance to catch — on some gossip.

8. Scientists are unable to account — the sudden increase of sunspot activity, — some people believe that aerosols are to blame.

9. When the headmaster found out that the children slept — the lights on he inquired — the matter and the twilight sessions with Bedside Tales were put an end to.

10. He was greatly worried about the unmistakable threat in the letter. He was about to tear it — when his wife looked in and asked what he was doing in there.

Test 30

1. The company president promised to step — from his position for it to be occupied by a younger person. He backed — when he saw how difficult it was in the company.

2. The day when the man was released — prison, he set fire — a bus.

3. While he was talking with the suspect, the policeman — sight of a bloodstain — her sleeve.

4. Harold’s younger boys had been at home for months; so far as he knew the kids were getting — and making good progress.

5. Even if they are — sale, these refrigerators are equal in price, — are not more expensive, the ones at the other store.

6. In the end we hit — a solution to the problem — chance.

7. We walked — tiptoe — fear of being discovered though when we bumped into the guard solely — coincidence Diane showed a complete disregard — her own safety.

8. Mr. Jones is a terrible snob and has always looked down — anyone with a lower income than him. He should be stopped as his desire of power runs — him.

9. After a long hard winter I was — forward to getting back spring as it seemed just the thing to help me get — my winter depression.

10. You cannot eat an almond without — cracking the shell. To certain extent you cannot expect to get anything without working — it.

Answers:

OPEN CLOZE

Read the sentences and think of the word which best fits each gap.

Use only ONE word

Answers

Test 1

1. The treatment isn’t likely to have much effect on you if you don’t keep to a diet for a month or so.

2. It’s useless to go down the plan if you think it may prove impossible to put it in practice.

3. The warranty on the radial tires is as good, if not better, as that on the four- ply tires.

4. The foreman of the jury rose to his feet, turned to the judge, and addressed them quietly.

5. Cave explorers are called either spelunkers or speleologists depending on what they enter caves for: sport or science.

6. So far the doctor hasn’t prescribed any medicine for your headaches. It will be clear later on what you are suffering from and what sort of disease to cure you of.

7. What on earth are you doing here in the thunderstorm and in the middle of nowhere? He couldn’t get over the shock and I knew he was amazed at my courage.

8. I think it will be very pleasant for you to go for a trip on the river. I hope you will get along my son.

9. Methods of flood control focus on preventing rivers from rising and keeping them away from the banks.

10. Astronauts begin training for their jobs by learning basics such as escape from the spacecraft and survival on land and water.

Test 2

1.According to a magazine article I read recently we live in an age of increasing leisure.

2. She pointed to a plant next to her feet and bent down to pick it up. The juice of this plant is tasteless, but when added to tea or any drink, it becomes deadly.

3. The desire of modem novelists to depict everyday life with a maximum of realism has led to the inclusion of expressions in their written vocabulary which earlier were at any case more or less unknown to a great many readers.

4. The word “quiz” was kept alive in literary circles by the works of Jane Austen, and the sense was “to look at someone in a curious or mocking way”.

5 .Unlike many others this illiterate untrained peasant woman had the power of life and death among the human beings nearest to her.

6. Under the circumstances he was a pain in the neck as his aggressiveness was put down to the fact that he had had an overbearing father.

7. It goes without saying that money never means much to someone who has always had enough to get by. The only people who like money are those having a lot of it.

8. To “park” is in fact military in origin, and was being used with reference to wagons and guns as long as the Napoleonic wars.

9. Dutch students have begun militant action to protest against the Minister of Education’s threat to send away all students who have not paid the new tuition fee yet. March 3.

10. Yet money was important for him, its presence was a deep source of security, and it was somehow a stuff through which he was vitally connected to the world.

Test 3

1. And please bear it in mind, by no means ever lend him money any more or it will get you in trouble.

2. It was at least twenty five years since I had set eyes on him and had known in advance about my troubles.

3. At the age of 30 she had learned to discuss money with embarrassment and not to lower the rent for everyone who made her feel sorry for them.

4. At any rate she had no intention to break the news out to her parents that evening and was filled now with regrets that she had done it .

5. He had evidently been roused in his sleep; he wore slippers on his bare feet, grey trousers and a frock-coat over his pajamas. His hairs as a rule plastered neatly on his head stood on end.

6. I’ve been trying to get hold of him for several days, but to my great disappointment he always seems to be out.

7. Despite the amount of money spent each year for doctors’ prescriptions and approved medical treatment, huge sums are given to health foods and remedies of various kinds, from vitamin pills to mineral water.

8. Does it stand to reason that a man would be able to injure himself by striking the soft and sensitive parts of his face with a stone?

9. Robert is a bit pleased with himself. Of course he’s got plenty to be pleased about, successful man, successful husband,

I do wish he and Hilda wouldn’t put it on display as much.

10. A farm working couple who were thrown out of their cottage on Tuesday, later staged a successful sit-in in a council building as the first stage of their fight for a permanent home.

Test 4

1. A significant point that has emerged from the survey is that large numbers of people living in Council houses would like the opportunity to become house owners at once.

2.But the rain showed no sign of stopping, and at length with umbrellas and waterproofs they set out.

3 He knew a few people, as it was his business to keep in the background, but he had picked up a chatting acquaintance with several persons who put up at the hotel.

4. Speaking slowly and giving as few as possible of the lured details, he pointed out each fact in favour of innocence. *

5. The campaign aims at involving thousands of women, and men as well as collecting as many contributions as possible.

6. In conclusion I will tell you all the latest scientific discoveries, and what I ought to read to keep myself up to date.

7. You’ll get in trouble if you continue to behave with regards to decency.

8. As a matter of fact, his life in all these times now passed more evenly, and with a more proportionate judgement than it had done before.

9. Then I heard everybody running through the corridor and down the stairs, so I put on my bathrobe and I ran downstairs too

10. He stands in a comer watching crowds of Africans streaming along the roads of the Native Township, on foot and on bicycle, talking, laughing, singing.

Test 5

1. We succeeded in finding Ann’s house on the second attempt. The house.is really far from being easy to find.

2. Above all, the primary responsibility for coping with crime rests with the police and the courts, but, if you care about improving the quality of life for yourself and your community, there are many ways you can help reverse the trend.

3. For five years, shoulder to shoulder, along rivers and trails, in the camps and mines they had knitted the bonds of their friendship.

4. A policeman came up to me and said with measured, forceful French accent “You are under arrest .

5.Does it make any difference to them if we pay by cheque?

6. At first the book seemed thrilling to me, but as I read read it, I grew more and more disappointed with the plot.

7. The bus rolled from the slope and collided with a van.

8.After pausing for my usual bread and cheese in one of the village tavern, I went immediately to Alex.

9. But as a part of a steady diet of bread and circuses, presumably aimed at taking our minds off the economic situation, I’d almost rather be thrown to the lions.

10. In the South, of course, they are openly discriminated while, in the North they by and large have to live in the city slums but at least they have full legal rights.

Test 6

1. Fleet Street was once famous for its coffee houses. Men used to meet there. They were prominent in the literary world. It is now synonymous to journalism and English national newspapers.

2. I was taken completely by surprise, and in fact could hardly believe Margaret was serious when she told me she was going to leave England early the following year to take up a job there.

3. What was he waiting for with that smile on his lips and in his eyes?

4. They would think it over. They would see through it. Certain things were standing on the way. And so on, an so forth.

5. But a thought went through her head backwards and forwards, it was as if she were reading from a tape.

6. After the accident, the bus driver accused the motorist of not looking where he was going, to which the latter retorted that if the other hadn’t been driving so fast he himself would have had a chance of stopping at time.

7. Though I like teaching I sometimes feel that I’m in a rut. I seem to be doing the same thing all the time - the job is not challenging whatsoever.

8. Some of them were reclining on the-couches on the dance floor, some of them were boozing at the long bar on the right.

9. He took his girlfriend home after the party and they stayed in the car chattering and laughing for a long time until she went to the house.

10. He explained to her that it was impossible for him to give up his job which after all meant his bread and butter, and it was at stake.

Test 7

1. "When questioned by the master about disappearance of a bicycle from the school sheds two days before, the boy flatly denied having had anything to do with it.

2. He asked me to lend him five pounds, which I agreed to do, somewhat reluctantly, on condition that he paid me back the following week.

3. With his teaspoon in his hand he peeped in the comer and saw with amazement that a carriage and a pair were waiting outside.

4. Day by day through the long summer, Jesse drove from farm to farm up and down the valley of wine creek, and his grandson went with him.

5. Couldn’t you provide us with a more practicable scheme? The one you have just devised is not sensible at all.

6. Michael rang Jean up at the last moment, apologizing profusely for being unable to go to dinner with her that evening. Despite his apology, Jean was very put off, and said he might have let her know earlier.

7. He had no sooner put down the receiver with a great sigh of relief than the telephone rang again.

8. Tom was trembling from head to foot with excitement and a sense of the hopelessness of the situation.

9. The doctor put the aspirins half by half into her mouth and she washed them down with the warm wine and let her tears splash onto the side of the glass.

10. She was on pins and needles all the time, scared the car might play up or break down and make them late for the arrival of the troop train.

Test 8

1. Do you remember lending him the money? I hope at least that he won’t forget to pay you back as he has a habit of forgetting things he doesn’t want to remember.

2, I’m looking forward to having a few days by myself as the rest of the family are away.

3. In regard of matrimony, you are now at the most dangerous period of your life. You might marry in haste and repent at leisure, but I think you won’t.

4. He had known her off and on for many years. When she paid visits to Singapore she generally came to dine with his wife and himself, and once or twice she had passed a weekend with them at their bungalow by the sea.

5. He told me this story, but I will tell it now in my words, as I had to piece it together from what he said at one time or another, and what he left out I have to supply with my own imagination.

6. Like many other people, I dislike having someone looking over my shoulder reading my newspaper. I find it difficult to prevent myself from saying something sarcastic.

7. When the editor found out that his newspaper had been taken over by a rival publisher, he resigned from his position.

8. She was detained in the office by unexpected callers. It turned out that they had picked up the wrong suitcase at the airport by mistake.

9. There’s no point in getting upset over things that are out of your control.

10. It is only when we have been deprived of something that we appreciate the true value of it. Common sense is the most widely ‘shared commodity in the world, for every man is convinced that he is well supplied with it.

Test 9

1. What was going on in your house when I called in to see you last night? I rang the bell three times, but you didn’t answer the door. Judging from the noise that was coming from the sitting room, I thought you must be having a party.

2. He leaves the car in a parking meter for two hours and always gets away with it. When I do that, I am fined.

3. The business had been allowed to run down with such an effect that it was sold for only a quarter of its real market value.

4. A person’s worth should be measured by his actions not by what he ought to be: a person is good if he is good for others.

5. When an opportunity to do a thing on which you have set your heart suddenly arises you should take full advantage of it, or you may never get a chance.

6. Sometimes in a close friendship, where important matters are concerned, people agree to differ and as a rule fall silent.

7. We are all anxious about an end of this misunderstanding. We are annoyed by the way they sit for hours without saying a word.

8. The person who is so careful that he never makes a mistake is yet to achieve anything but real value. It is the end that matters, making no previous failures and disappointments.

9. Under the cover of darkness, we entered the castle. Everyone was exhausted with the exception for Sally.

10. It is always easy to begin a war, but very difficult to stop it, since the beginning and end are not under control of the same man.

Test 10

1. He was completely at a loss as he had never been obliged to deal with such a situation before.

2. While entering the hotel, we immediately realized-the reason for its being so popular with/ among tourists.

3. To sum up there are many arguments both for and against mothers working. Every family is different and what is good for one family may not necessarily be good for another. Taking everything into account, it should be left for the individual mother to decide whether working or not is something that she wants to do.

4. We will have to speed up if we’re going to get across every item of the agenda by lunchtime.

5. Last time I’d ask her something, she said “what?” That can get on your nerves after a while.

6. I tried to keep steady on my chair. The offer took my breath away, an opportunity the one which I had never dared, even, to contemplate.

7. But, as far as I am concerned, the woman of today is of little use in politics or business.

8. When he turned seventy-one Henry showed up to meet the press wearing two different shoes. Asked about it by reporters, he looked down and obviously making up an answer on the spot, said that he always wore one old shoe on his birthday to remind himself that he had once been poor and might again.

9. If a lie is not refuted immediately, it will pass from mouth to mouth as it is accepted as truth by everybody.

10. He had been in the habit of borrowing money from the city treasury at a low rate of interest.

Test 11

1. Most miraculous of all, instead of being blinded by love for her as she was for him, he had cut himself emotionally free of her and could see her with complete objectivity.

2. The nuns looked up, and the young nun gestured toward the Fitch home to explain with words where I had come from. It looked very strange: five nuns sitting at a table with nothing on it but a record player.

3. What do you have to say in response to the charges made against you?

4. Modem technology has brought about enormous improvements to communications and so many people are still very worried about using the latest computer technology. I am often surprised to meet colleagues who still don’t know what the "e" in e-mail stands for.

5. Let me explain how the situation came about. Mark was called up when the war broke out.

6. My father had never had any confidence in my choice of a husband. When he died from a heart attack after my marriage, I blamed myself and was overcome with guilt.

7. After he had followed a course of elocution, his speech was quite without faults.

8. People should confine themselves to doing the things they know how to do, are supposed to do, and should not make pronouncements about matters they are ignorant o

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