Tinsel: Multiple Choice Grammar Test

Christmas decorations date all the way back to the old Christmas markets in the 16th century Germany. In those days, Christmas food, such as sugar rods, honey cakes, and other Christmas candy, (1) _________ as Christmas decorations.

In 1610, tinsel was invented in Germany and (2) _________ from genuine silver. Machines that shredded silver into thin tinsel-sized strips were invented. However, since silver tinsel tarnishes and loses its shine over time, people eventually created artificial replacements. It (3) _________ that the original inventor of tinsel remains unknown.

In the 18th century, many other kinds of Christmas decorations became popular. Among them were (4) _________ paper, and those (5) _________candies, nuts, cakes, raisins, and fruits.

In many families, Christmas decorating traditions and decorations (6) _________from generation to generation. However, every year new decorations are purchased (7) _________ the old or if new inspiration is needed.

1 used were used using had been used
2 made done was made was done
3 must note must be noted must be noting must have noted
4 having colored coloring colored being colored
5 contain contained containing were containing
6 are passing are past passed on are passed on
7 to replace replaced will replace have replaced

1.B; 2.C; 3.B; 4.C; 5.C; 6.D; 7.A

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