The Stonecutter: Multiple Choice Grammar Test
Once upon a time there was a stonecutter. The stonecutter lived in a land where a life of privilege meant (1) _________ powerful. (2) _________ at his life he decided that he was unsatisfied (3) _________ the way things were and so he set out (4) _________ the most powerful thing in the land.
Looking around his land he wondered to himself (5) _________ it was to be powerful. Looking (6) _________ he saw the Sun shining down on all the land. «The Sun must be the most powerful thing (7) _________ there is, for it shines down on all things, and all things grow from (8) _________ touch». So he became the Sun.
Days later, as he (9) _________ his power down on the inhabitants of the land, there came a cloud which passed beneath him (10) _________his brilliance. (11) _________, he realized that the Sun was not the most powerful thing in the land, if a simple cloud could interrupt his greatness. So he became a cloud, in fact, he became the most powerful storm that the world (12) _________.
And so he blew his rain and lightning, and resounded with thunder all over the land, (13) _________ that he was the most powerful. Until one day he came (14) _________ a boulder.
Down and down he poured and his thunder roared, lightning flashed and filled the sky, (15) _________ the ground near the boulder. His winds blew and blew and blew, and yet, despite all his efforts, he could not budge the boulder.
He realized that the storm was not the most powerful thing in the land, (16) _________ it must be the boulder. So he became the boulder.
For days he was sitting, unmovable, and impassive, demonstrating his power, until one day, a stonecutter came and chiseled him to bits.
The moral of the story is: sometimes the most important thing (17) _________ is that you already have everything you need, right inside of you. Power is an illusion.
|10||being obstructed||to obstruct||obstructing||obstructed|
|12||ever saw||had ever seeing||was ever seen||had ever seen|
|13||demonstrate||to be demonstrated||demonstrating||demonstrated|
|15||to strike||struck||striking||to be struck|
|17||is remembered||to remember||remembering||remember|
1.C; 2.A; 3.B; 4.C; 5.B; 6.C; 7.A; 8.D; 9.B; 10.C; 11.A; 12.D; 13.C; 14.A; 15.C; 16.D; 17.