Language test

Task 1

Tense review

Enter the correct verb tense into each box in the following passage. The base form of the verb is supplied in brackets. Then check your answers by clicking on the button Check answers next to each box.

Over the last twenty years, the average size of households 1) had fallen (fall) Check answers dramatically. The number of one-person households 2) has grown  (grow) Check answers due largely to the ageing of the population, as has the number of one-parent families. Couples having smaller families 3) have contributed (contribute) Check answers to the fall in household size.

In 1976, 60% of families4) were (be) Check answers couples with children. By 1996, this 5) have fallen (fall) Check answers to 51%. Part of this change can be attributed to the increase in one-parent families with dependent children, but most of the change is due to the increase in the proportion of couple-only families. People 6) are having (have) Check answers children later in life, and are living longer. Therefore, they 7) Spent (spend) Check answers more time living in couple-only families, both before they have families and after their children 8) have left (leave)Check answers home. However, children are leaving home later. In 1981, 34% of children aged 20-24 9) were living  (live)Check answers with their parents. By 1991, this 10) have increased (increase) Check answers to 40%. This increase has, to some extent, countered the fall in the couples with non-dependent children only.

Task 2

1- In the short story ‘Eleven,’ why is Rachel most likely upset when Mrs. Price insists the sweater is hers and forces her to wear it?


  1. Because the sweater is not hers. 
  2. Because the sweater is ugly. 
  3. Because she feels powerless against Mrs. Price. 
  4. All of the answers are reasonable explanations.

I chose 4.


2- According to the short story ‘Eleven’, why does Rachel wish she were older?

  1. She wants to take revenge on Mrs. Price. 
  2. She thinks she would have been better able to defend herself. 
  3. She thinks she would have more power to get away from this and other bad situations. 
  4. She thinks she would be better able to defend herself AND would have more power to get away from this and other bad situations.

I chose 4.


3- Which of the following is not a theme in the short story ‘Eleven?’

  1. Authority 
  2. Power 
  3. Coming of Age 
  4. Mortality

I chose 4.



Task 3:

Write a paragraph comparing the two main children of the stories “Eleven” and “The Message from the Pigman”. Describe them using as many adjectives as you can.  What do they have in common or not?
To begin with, Eric thinks he is mature because he has six and he had no fear of anything. His mature changes because when his mother orders him to take the bucket to the pigman he is afraid of doing it, but he takes it to the pigman because he doesn’t want to be an inmature and childish in front of Daniel, his mother   boyfriend. Furthermore, Rachel has eleven and she thinks she is mature but no, she is childish and inmature because when Mrs. Price accuses her of being  owner of the red an itchy sweater, she begun to cry and she starts to act in an inmature way. Also when Mrs. Price   orders her to put on the sweater she start to cry and to act like a child. Eric and Rachel have in common that they are afraid of something but they pretend to not be afraid, and also that they think they are mature but no.
Task 4:

Write a dialogue that could have taken place between Eric and the pigman. Include a variety of tenses and underline them. Include at least three of the following terms.

sensible- puzzling- tingle-clatter-seize-drag-nod-gurgle-


Eric: So you’re the pigman, it’s so puzzling, I think you were a kind of pig but with the aspects of a man.

Pigman: Yes, I’m the pigman,  the last day I dragged the bucket   that you had in your hand

Eric: You are a very sensible man, what do you do with the buckets of trash we give you, do you eat the trash?

Pigman: No, I gave the trash to my pigs, it makes them so happy.
Eric: So… where do you live?

Pigman:  I live in the outskirts of this town, with my pigs. You have gained courage to come here, the other houses that I visited, no one of the kids went outside to gave me the bucket.

Eric: Yes, I’m very mature, I have six years but people think I’m 12, they said that because of my courage.

Pigman: It was very good to have a talk with you, you make me happy and we know more of eachother. Thank you for the bucket, you’ll make happy my pigs.

Eric: You are welcome, Thank you.

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