​Vultures’ Job: Multiple Choice Grammar Test

​Vultures’ Job: Multiple Choice Grammar Test

In India, some farmers give ibuprofen - a drug (1) __________ pain relief and reducing swelling - to their cattle and other animals for pain relief.

Giving ibuprofen to cattle may (2) __________poison vultures - giant, flying scavengers that eat the carcasses of dead animals, including cattle. Vultures act like (3) __________janitors, eating fast: (4) __________of birds could take care of a dead animal in 20 minutes.

The (5) __________mean that farmers (6) __________figure out how to dispose of the bodies of dead animals. When a vulture eats a dead animal, however, it may also end up (7) __________medications that were given to the animal. In the case of ibuprofen, this is a big problem, as even small amounts of the drug can kill a vulture.

In the experiment it was found that vultures died after (8) __________ibuprofen (9) __________, or after eating the body of an animal that recently (10) __________the pain medication. It didn’t take much: vultures died after consuming less than (11) __________of their body weight in ibuprofen. That amount shows that even veterinarians should be very careful about giving ibuprofen (12) __________a medicine to birds. Even though vultures may be rather repulsive with their heads in a carcass, they do important work for the planet — and they are connected to other species.

1 providing provided to provide being provided
2 well ultimately well ultimate ultimately good good ultimately
3 natural’s nature’s nature naturalistic
4 dozen’s dozens dozen dozenth
5 bird feast birds’ feasts bird feasts bird’s feasts
6 do not need need not to don’t have to must not
7 being eaten eaten eating to eat
8 being given given giving having been giving
9 indirect indirectly direct directly
10 has been given were given had been given was given
11 the one-millionth one-millionth one-million one-millions
12 though as if like as

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

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