​The National Passion: Multiple Choice Grammar Test

(1) _________ is the national passion of an otherwise dispassionate race. The English are rather shy about it, and deny (2) _________ it.

(3) _________ the Continent, if people are waiting at a bus-stop they loiter around in a (4) _________ vague fashion. When the bus arrives they make a dash for it; (5) _________ of them leave by the bus and a lucky minority(6) _________ away by an elegant black ambulance car. An Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an (7) _________ queue of one.

(8) _________ weekends an Englishman queues up at the bus-stop, travels out to Richmond, queues up for a boat, then queues up for ice cream, then joins(9) _________ queues just for the sake of the fun of it, then queues up at the bus-stop and has the time of his life.

Many English families spend lovely evenings at home just by (10) _________ up for a few hours, and the parents are very sad when the children leave them and queue up for (11) _________ to bed.

How to be an Alien, George Mikes (abridged)

1 Queue Queueing Queued To queue
2 to adore adoring being adored to be adored
3 By In On At
4 seems seeming seem seemingly
5 much mostly the most most
6 is taken is taking taken was taken
7 orderly ordered ordering order
8 For At Within Upon
9 A little much a little more a few more few many
10 queued queueing being queued queue
11 go gone to go going

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

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