Test Your English # 14 - Collocations

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Test Your English # 14 - Collocations

PLEASE READ the following. This quiz is about collocations in English. Collocation: association between words that are typically or frequently used together. For instance: "commit" + "a crime", "make" + "a decision", "fully" + "aware", and so on. The test is intended primarily for EFL learners. It has been said that "Using collocations is a good way for a non-native to sound entirely natural; in the mouth of a native they can however verge perilously close to cliche. "When asked to enter your ID, just write WHERE YOU ARE FROM. Thank you!


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  • 1. 
    1.I saw a dozen tigers advancing on me, and ______ regretted the impulse that had induced me to place myself at the man-eater's mercy. [Jim Corbett, "The Champawat Maneater"]
    • A. 

      Sourly

    • B. 

      Piercingly

    • C. 

      Acridly

    • D. 

      Bitingly

    • E. 

      Pungently

    • F. 

      Bitterly

  • 2. 
    2. A weekend of bad weather brought ______ rain, some strong winds and, in some cases, tornadoes as well.
    • A. 

      Strong

    • B. 

      Weighty

    • C. 

      Heavy

    • D. 

      Serious

    • E. 

      Ghastly

    • F. 

      Snappy

  • 3. 
    3. The Ponce de Leon Inlet area on Florida's east coast offers a lot to do for those traveling the Intracoastal Waterway or for cruisers seeking a ______ harbor after running on the outside.Source: Motor Boating magazine, Nov./Dec. 2009
    • A. 

      Secure

    • B. 

      Safe

    • C. 

      Trustworthy

    • D. 

      Protected

    • E. 

      Shielded

    • F. 

      Smooth

  • 4. 
    4. Always read the ______ print before signing.
    • A. 

      Minute

    • B. 

      "little", or "tiny"

    • C. 

      "microscopic"

    • D. 

      "fine", or "small"

    • E. 

      "minuscole"

  • 5. 
    5.Someone on the far side of the cloisters made a joke in Dutch and another gaggle of European youths ______ into laughter.Source: Lesley Grant-Adamson, Wild Justice
    • A. 

      Snorted

    • B. 

      Flared

    • C. 

      Plunged

    • D. 

      Sprang

    • E. 

      Burst

    • F. 

      Got

  • 6. 
    6. Perhaps she ought to go away, and ______ a new start somewhere else.
    • A. 

      Make

    • B. 

      Originate

    • C. 

      Do

    • D. 

      Begin

    • E. 

      Commence

    • F. 

      Invent

  • 7. 
    7. Image from http://www.coloring-pictures.net/drawings/Egypt/Egyptian-pyramids.gifIndeed, the well-preserved mummies of animals, pharaohs and queens on display in many museums ______ witness to the skills of the ancient Egyptian embalmers and to the remarkable preservative powers of plant essences.
    • A. 

      Carry

    • B. 

      Provide

    • C. 

      Bear

    • D. 

      Yield

    • E. 

      Produce

    • F. 

      Prove

  • 8. 
    8. It was as if he was proposing a bargain to God: I'll come to church, if You'll ______ a blind eye later.   Source: Andrew Taylor, Freelance Death.
    • A. 

      Make

    • B. 

      Act

    • C. 

      Do

    • D. 

      Turn

    • E. 

      Give

    • F. 

      Enact

  • 9. 
    9. Image from http://home.arcor.de/accra/bilder/19.gifEngland's external wars were fought principally in France, so most Englishmen had little direct experience of warfare, apart from those in the north, where relations with Scotland were always likely to break out into ______ hostility.Source: John A. F. Thompson, The transformation of medieval England.
    • A. 

      Patent

    • B. 

      Open

    • C. 

      Candid

    • D. 

      Earnest

    • E. 

      Unequivocal

    • F. 

      Unhidden

  • 10. 
    10. Leith fought a dreadful battle with her conscience when her friendship with Rosemary vied with the necessity of telling her mother ______ lie.
    • A. 

      An unreserved

    • B. 

      A frank

    • C. 

      An unhidden

    • D. 

      An outspoken

    • E. 

      An unrestrained

    • F. 

      An outright

  • 11. 
    11. Her hair was  ______ mess.
    • A. 

      An interwoven

    • B. 

      An entwined

    • C. 

      A rumpled

    • D. 

      A tangled

    • E. 

      A webbed

    • F. 

      An entangled

  • 12. 
    12. Image from http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-pregnant-woman-image13520746She's excited she ______ pregnant so fast!
    • A. 

      Turned

    • B. 

      Burst

    • C. 

      Grew

    • D. 

      Got

    • E. 

      Went

    • F. 

      Came