Tulips: Multiple Choice Grammar Test

Once upon a time there was a good old woman who lived in a little house. She had in her garden a bed of beautiful striped tulips. One night she (1) _________ by the sounds of sweet singing and of babies laughing. She looked out at the window. The sounds seemed (2) _________ from the tulip bed, but she could see nothing. The next morning she walked among her flowers, but there were no signs of any one (3) _________ there the night before. (4) _________ the following night she was again wakened by sweet singing and babies laughing. She rose and stole softly (5) _________ her garden. The moon was shining brightly on the tulip bed, and the flowers were swaying to and fro. The old woman looked (6) _________ and she saw, standing by each tulip, a little Fairy mother who was crooning and rocking the flower like a cradle, while in each tulip-cup (7) _________ a little Fairy baby laughing and playing. The good old woman stole quietly back to her house, and from that time on she never picked a tulip, (8) _________ allow her neighbours to touch the flowers. The tulips grew daily brighter in colour and larger in size, and they (9) _________ a delicious perfume like that of roses. They began, too, to bloom all the year round. And every night the little Fairy moth­ers (10) _________ their babies and rocked them to sleep in the flower-cups. The day came when the good old woman died, and the tulip-bed was (11) _________ by folks who did not know about the Fairies, and parsley was planted there instead of the flowers. But the parsley withered, and so did all (12) _________ plants in the garden, and from that time nothing would grow there. But the good old woman’s grave grew (13) _________, for the Fairies sang above it, and kept it green; while on the grave and all around it there sprang up tulips, daffodils, and violets, and other lovely flowers of spring.

1 was wakening woke was wakened wakened
2 to come coming came to be come
3 have been having been been having
4 By At In On
5 below beneath through beyond
6 close closely closed closeness
7 lay lie lain lied
8 either did she nor she did not did she nor did she
9 given out gave out has given out give out
10 caresses caressing was caressed caressed
11 torn up torn in torn at torn off
12 another each other other others
13 beautify beauty beautifully beautiful

1.C; 2.A; 3.B; 4.D; 5.C; 6.B; 7.A; 8.D; 9.B; 10.D; 11.A; 12.C; 13.D

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