Sunday, February 24, 2008

A boy and An Apple Tree

Subject: Reading - Narrative Text

Type of Test: Cloze Text

Level: Intermediate - Advanced

No. of Test Items: 10 items


A Boy and an Apple Tree

A Boy and an Apple Tree

Practice with Verbs

Fill in all the gaps to complete the following passage. When you click the blank space, a drop-down menu containing answer choices will appear. Choose the option that best completes the sentence. When you finish filling in all the gaps, press "Check" to check your answers. Please note that you will lose points if you give a wrong answer. Good luck.
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Once upon a time, there lived a big apple tree and a boy who loved to play around it. Everyday, he would the tree, pick its fruits and eat them as many as he wanted. Then, he would lie down and sleep under the tree. The boy loved the tree so much, and it made the apple tree happy.

Years passed. The little boy grew up and a teenager. He soon felt that being around his friends was more exciting than playing around the tree. Therefore, he didn’t as much time near the tree as before. The apple tree started to feel lonely.

One day, the boy showed up. The tree was happy, thinking that he would play with him again, but he was wrong. He the boy said as he stared happily at the ripe apple fruits, “I used to play here when I was a kid. Now, I don’t like playing anymore. I need money to buy new clothes. That's why, I will pick the apples and them.”
The boy picked all of the fruits and hurriedly left for the market.

Time went by. One day, a young man came with an axe. Knowing that it was 'him', the apple tree was happy and thought that this time he would play around him. “Now I have a family. I have to a house as a shelter. Therefore, I will cut the tree's crown and the wood to make a house,” the man said to himself. Soon, with his axe,the young man cut the tree trunk and all its branches. When he had enough, he left the tree with almost nothing but the bottom trunk and the roots.

Many years later, a man came with an axe in his hand, at the crownless apple tree. “Now, I’m an adult. My favorite pastime is fishing and I need a boat. I will cut the remaining trunk and make one from it,” he thought. Soon, he cut the tree down and left happily.

One day, an old man came and near the stump of the apple tree. The old man touched the dying tree and said, ”you have given me your life and anything you have. You have taught me how to give and expect nothing in return. Thank you for everything.”

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