Choose the correct answer.

1   The reader has to work … who did it, who committed the crime.

a) out

b) off

c) in

2   It’s interesting how many times a reader can be sent up … alleys.

a) twisted

b) long

c) blind

3   It’s interesting how many red … the author can throw in the reader’s path.

a) fish

b) herrings

c) sharks

4   The main idea is to keep the readers in a permanent state of … .

a) suspense

b) suspension

c) suspending

5   As the plot …, you will find out something strange about him.

a) unfolds

b) unties

c) undoes

6   It’s normal to feel as if you are walking in a … .

a) mess

b) mist

c) maze

7   Brian uses his little grey … – his brains.

a) atoms

b) cells

c) molecules

8   The detective decided to call all the … together in the end.

a) suspected

b) suspects

c) suspecting

9   One by one he … the innocent.

a) excluding

b) eliminates

c) exerts

10   The former chairman bothered to take … in the final meeting.

a) part

b) parted

c) parting

11   The damage is done and it’s no good crying over spilled … .

a) water

b) beer

c) milk

12   It is a crying … that the project is now being abandoned.

a) shame

b) shock

c) pity

13   She soon got known as a regular … at school.

a) crygirl

b) crybaby

c) cryinfant

14   His garden cried out … something colourful to be planted.

a) for

b) on

c) to

15   Our guest cried … at the last moment.

a) on

b) with

c) off

16   For crying out … how many times do I have to tell you not to do that?

a) loud

b) hard

c) strong

17   She’s simply crying for the … .

a) sun

b) moon

c) earth

18   Nobody believes her because she has cried … so often.

a) wolf

b) dog

c) cat

19   Working conditions today are a … cry from how they were ten years ago.

a) far

b) long

c) distant

20   There was a noisy crowd of about ten people in … cry chasing the man.

a) strong

b) loud

c) full

21   He didn’t have much in the way of property – just … and pieces.

a) bits

b) dots

c) things

22   In fact this was a piece of … for her as it happened.

a) gratitude

b) luck

c) fortune

23   The … of the piece arrived in the shape of a burglar.

a) evil

b) peasant

c) villain

24   Don’t … to pieces. Stay calm.

a) go

b) come

c) find

25   He didn’t want to get involved and have a piece of the … and fled.

a) acting

b) action

c) act

26   I want to hear your opinion. Please hive me a piece of your … .

a) brain

b) thoughts

c) mind

27   She told him he was a … piece of work.

a) disgusting

b) nasty

c) bad

28   The poor man didn’t have a proper job and only did piece … .

a) work

b) works

c) working

29   The architecture in this town is … of a piece.

a) complete

b) all

c) same

30   The police arrived and were pleased to see that her was all right and in … piece.

a) good

b) fine

c) one


1 a   2 c   3 b   4 a   5 a   6 c   7 b   8 b   9 b   10 a

11 c   12 a   13 b   14 a   15 c   16 a   17 b   18 a   19 a   20 c

21 a   22 b   23 c   24 a   25 b   26 c   27 b   28 a   29 b   30 c

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