​The Father and His Sons: Multiple Choice Grammar Test

A father had a family of sons who always (1) _________ with (2) _________. One day, he told them to bring him a bundle of sticks. When they did so, he placed the bundle into the hands of (3) _________of them in succession, and ordered his sons to break the bundle (4) _________ pieces. They tried with all their strength, but (5) _________ not able to do it.

He next opened the bundle, took the sticks (6) _________, one by one, and again put them into his (7) _________hands, upon (8) _________ they broke the sticks easily.

Then he said, «My sons, if you (9) _________of one mind, and unite (10) _________to assist each other, you will be as this bundle, (11) _________by all the attempts of your enemies. But if you (12) _________among yourselves, you will be broken as easily as these sticks».

1 were quarrelled are quarrelling were quarrelling quarrelling
2 each other one other each other’s every other
3 all either every each
4 in for upon between
5 have been are were were being
6 as separately separately separate separation
7 son’s sons sons’ sons’s
8 what which that when
9 are will be would be were be
10 as as well as so that in order
11 having uninjured are uninjured uninjuring uninjured
12 are dividing will be divided divided are divided

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

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