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Practice Questions (Intermediate Grammar)

1. The word boycott derives from the name of Charles C. Boycott, an English land agent in Ireland that was ostracized for refusing to reduce rent.

A. that was ostracized for refusing
B. who was ostracized for refusing
C. which was ostracized for refusing
D. that had been ostracized for refusing
E. who had been ostracized for refusing

2. As a result of his method for early music education, Shinichi Suzuki has been known as one of the world's great violin teachers.

A. has been known as one
B. had been known as one
C. is seen as one
D. is being seen as one
E. has been one

3. Last night the weather forecaster announced that this is the most rainy season the area has had in the past decade.

A. this is the most rainy season the
B. this has been the most rainy season the
C. this was the most rainy season the
D. this is noted as the most rainy season the
E. this is the rainiest season the

4. Although Mandy is younger than her sister, Mandy is the tallest of the two.

A. is the tallest of the
B. is the taller of the
C. has been the taller of the
D. is the most tall of the
E. is the more taller of the

5. When Katherine Hepburn's play came to town, all the tickets had sold out far in advance.

A. had sold out far
B. have sold out far
C. were sold out far
D. had been sold out far
E. had been sold out for

6. The origins of most sports is unknown.

A. sports is unknown
B. sports have been unknown
C. are unknown
D. has been unknown
E. are now unknown

7. Neither of the Smith brothers expect to be drafted by a major league team this year.

A. expect to be drafted
B. expects to be drafted
C. has expected to be drafted
D. is expecting to be drafted
E. was expecting to be drafted

8. Has any of the witnesses been sworn in yet?

A. Has any of the
B. Is any of the
C. Will any of the
D. Are any of the
E. Have any of the

9. The Lusitania sunk on May 7, 1915.

A. sunk
B. did sink
C. was sunk
D. did sank
E. sank

10. Whos in the office now?

A. Whos in
B. Whose in
C. Who is in
D. Who's in
E. Whose' in

11. There are now many kinds of dictionaries, such as a dictionary of synonyms and antonyms, a biographical dictionary, and a geographical dictionary with pronunciations given.

A. with pronunciations given
B. that has pronunciations given
C. with pronunciations' given
D. that have pronunciations given
E. that do have pronunciations given

12. Towering seven hundred feet above the valley floor, Mount Rushmore National Memorial was an impressive site.

A. was an impressive site
B. is a impressive sight
C. is an impressive sight
D. was an impressive sight
E. is an impressive site

13. San Francisco lays southwest of Sacramento.

A. lays southwest
B. has laid southwest
C. is lying southwest
D. lain southwest
E. laid southwest

14. Did they know that Labor Day always came on the first Monday in September?

A. came on
B. comes on
C. has come on
D. had come on
E. has came on

15. Eating, drinking, and to stay up late at night were among her pleasures.

A. to stay up late
B. to remain up late
C. staying up late
D. she liked staying up late
E. trying to stay up late

16. Each night when night came and the temperature fell, my parents lit the fire in the bedroom.

A. and the temperature fell,
B. and that the temperature did fall
C. and that the temperature fell
D. and because the temperature fell
E. and when the temperature fell

17. Francis promised to bring the Papago basket that she bought in Arizona.

A. bought in
B. had bought in
C. has bought in
D. did buy in
E. purchased in

18. He has lain his racquetball glove on the beach.

A. has lain
B. has laid
C. have lain
D. have laid
E. is lying

19. I would have lent you my notes if you would have asked me.

A. would have asked me
B. could of asked
C. could ask
D. had asked
E. had of asked

20. Many scientist are still hoping to have found life on another planet.

A. to have found
B. to find
C. two find
D. to have been found
E. too have found

21. Because she had an astounding memory, Sue has never forgotten an important equation.

A. had an
B. could have had
C. has
D. did have
E. has had

Answer Key
1. B
2. C
3. E
4. B
5. D
6. C
7. B
8. E
9. E
10. D
11. A
12. C
13. E
14. B
15. C
16. E
17. B
18. B
19. D
20. B
21. C

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