1 . In each of the following sentences, an idiomatic expression or a proverb is highlighted. Select the alternative which best describes its use in the sentence.
The stunt that I recently attempted was a piece of cake
A.  The stunt that I recently attempted was enjoyable to watch
B.  The stunt that I recently attempted was very challenging
C.  The stunt that I recently attempted was celebrated by all
D.  The stunt that I recently attempted turned out to be a failure
E.  The stunt that I recently attempted was a simple task
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2 . In each of the following sentences, an idiomatic expression or a proverb is highlighted. Select the alternative which best describes its use in the sentence.
The boy broke the window and took to his heels.
A.  The boy broke the window and fell on his heels
B.  The boy broke the window and ran away
C.  The boy broke the window with his heels
D.  The boy ran into the window
E.  The boy broke the window and robbed a pair of heels
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3 . In each of the following sentences, an idiomatic expression or a proverb is highlighted. Select the alternative which best describes its use in the sentence.
I pledged myself to serve the king faithfully.
A.  I made a mistake by promising to serve the king faithfully
B.  I made a fool of myself in order to serve the king
C.  I boasted about serving the king faithfully
D.  I was forcibly made to serve the king
E.  I made a solemn and formal promise to serve the king faithfully
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4 . In each of the following sentences, an idiomatic expression or a proverb is highlighted. Select the alternative which best describes its use in the sentence.
There is a crying need for improvements to our public transport system.
A.  There is an obvious need for improvements to our public transport system
B.  There is a well documented need for improvements to our public transport system
C.  There is a minor need for improvements to our public transport system.
D.  There is a serious need for improvements to our public transport system
E.  There is no urgency for improvements to our public transport system
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5 . In each of the following sentences, an idiomatic expression or a proverb is highlighted. Select the alternative which best describes its use in the sentence.
In an old bookshop I happened to light upon a volume that belonged to my grandfather.
A.  In an old bookshop I happened to discard a volume that belonged to my grandfather
B.  In an old bookshop I happened to purchase a volume that belonged to my grandfather
C.  In an old bookshop I happened to look for a volume that belonged to my grandfather
D.  In an old bookshop I happened to discover by chance a volume that belonged to my grandfather
E.  In an old bookshop I happened to reveal a volume that belonged to my grandfather
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6 . Pick out the most effective word/ phrases from the given alternatives marked (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e) given below each sentence to fill in the blank to make the sentence meaningful and grammatically correct.
By the middle of the 19th Century, the urban population of England _________ the rural population.
A.  have exceed
B.  exceeded
C.  was to exceeds
D.  exceeds
E.  will exceed
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7 . Pick out the most effective word/ phrases from the given alternatives marked (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e) given below each sentence to fill in the blank to make the sentence meaningful and grammatically correct.
The house that the actress lives in is beautiful, but the surroundings are ________ unpleasant.
A.  quite
B.  more and more
C.  a little quite
D.  very little
E.  quite few
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8 . Pick out the most effective word/ phrases from the given alternatives marked (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e) given below each sentence to fill in the blank to make the sentence meaningful and grammatically correct.
My friend and I decided to watch a play, however ______enjoyed it.
A.  hardly of us
B.  some few of us
C.  we scarcely only
D.  neither of us
E.  no one of us
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9 . Pick out the most effective word/ phrases from the given alternatives marked (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e) given below each sentence to fill in the blank to make the sentence meaningful and grammatically correct.
It is difficult to speak a language fluently unless ______ regularly.
A.  it is in practice
B.  it is by practising
C.  it will be practised
D.  it is practised
E.  it had been practised
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10 . Pick out the most effective word/ phrases from the given alternatives marked (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e) given below each sentence to fill in the blank to make the sentence meaningful and grammatically correct.
By the time he was eighteen years old, Peter _______ to make a living and support his family.
A.  begins
B.  began
C.  started beinning
D.  would begin
E.  has just begun
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