Monday, November 17, 2014

TOEFL tests/ Incomplete Sentences/ Advanced level #  16


HIGH SCHOOL VOCABULARY TEST (3)


Q1 The result of the election didn’t give either candidate a clear majority but in the end the leader of the opposition agreed to step down and ……. to the wishes of the electorate.

(a) accept                             (b) accent                     (c) accede                    (d) ascend

Q2 The sound of the waterfall goes on all day and night and in the end the ….. noise gets on your nerves.

(a) interrupting                    (b) inciting                  (c) invading                     (d) incessant

Q3 I apologized for what seemed like a deliberate act of rudeness but I explained that it had been purely accidental and an ….. action on my part.

(a) inverted                           (b) inadvertent              (c) incurred                  (d) inhibited

Q4 Although it’s a complicated subject the professor managed to make it all totally clear and …… by her delivery.

(a) lucid                           (b) luminous                     (c) lightening                              (d) lifting

Q5 When you take a party of tourists round a famous city there are always those who ……. and keep everybody else waiting.

(a) litter                            (b) lessen                             (c) loiter                              (d) languish

Q6 Before she knew what had happened a man suddenly fell on her …… across and stealing her handbag.

(a) lurking                      (b) linking                         (c) limping                          (d) lunging

Q7. There was absolutely no call for him to criticize her so cruelly and in almost a …… manner.

(a) malformed                       (b) malicious                       (c) maladroit                          (d) malcontent

Q8. There was absolutely no question about it he was the ……. idiot such as you’d find in one of those old farces.

(a) provincial                            (b) provided                           (c) proverbial                      (d) protective

Q9. You’ll soon get used to his funny ways as it’s one of the ….. of his personality.

(a) quibbles                        (b) quills                    (c) quaffs                       (d) quirks

Q10. He didn’t really give speeches because he used to scream and shout and you could hear him …… a hundred meters down the road.


(a) reigning                         (b) raining                           (c) ruling                              (d) rattling

Tuesday, November 11, 2014







 The pot that would not stop boiling


There was once a little girl who lived with her mother in a tiny little house. They were very, very poor, and often did not even have enough to eat.
   One day there was nothing at all in the house to eat, so the mother sent the little girl out into the woods to hunt for berries.
As the little girl wandered in the woods she met an old woman.
    “Why are you out in the woods alone, my dear?” asked the old woman. When the little girl told her, the old woman pulled out from under her heavy cloak a little iron pot.
    “This is a magic pot, my dear,” said the little old woman. “Whenever you are hungry, just say to it, ‘ Cook, little pot, cook!’
and you will have sweet porridge. When you  have enough, all you need to say stop.”
         The little girl thanked the old woman and ran all the way home with home with the little magic pot.
   From that time on the little girl and her mother never went hungry, for whenever they needed food, the little girl would say:
    “Cook, little pot, cook!” and the little pot would fill up with sweet porridge.
    Then the little girl would say:
   “Stop, little pot, stop!” and the little pot would stop boiling.
But one day when the little girl was away from home, her  mother got hungry for some good sweet porridge. So she took out the little pot and said: ‘’Cook, little pot, cook!’’Soon the little pot was full of sweet porridge. ‘’No more, little pot, no more!’’ said the mother. But the porridge climbed up to the brim of the little pot and began to spill over the edges. ‘’Halt, little pot, halt!’’ cried the mother . But the porridge kept coming. It ran over the stove and began to drip on to the floor. Try as she might, the mother could not think of the right words to make the little pot stop boiling. So the porridge spread out over the kitchen floor, and grew deeper and deeper. It ran out the door and tricked down the path. Soon the trickle was a stream that went rushing down the little village street, pushing its way into houses. And still the little pot kept on boiling. The stream of porridge flowed along, growing deeper and faster, until it came to the last house in the village, where the little girl was visiting. When she saw the first trickle of porridge creep in under the door, she guessed what had happened, and she ran home through porridge-filled streets. ‘’Stop, little pot, stop!’’ cried the little girl as she waded into the kitchen. Instantly the little pot stopped boiling. But by that  time the village was so full of porridge that it took the people three weeks to eat their way out of it.  
   


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Words that inspire.

"Raise your words not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder."



Talk is “in”. Action is out


Talk is ‘in’
Action is ‘out’
Never has there been so much talk as there is today.
Never has such an avalanche of hollow,
pointless words crashed down on people’s heads.
Everyone wants to talk.
Everyone wants to put in a word.
Everyone wants to interrupt.
But only a few have anything to say.
Because only a few can bear the silence
and effort needed to think.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

HIGH SCHOOL VOCABULARY TEST (3)


Q1 The result of the election didn’t give either candidate a clear majority but in the end the leader of the opposition agreed to step down and ……. to the wishes of the electorate.

 (a) accept                             (b) accent                     (c) accede                    (d) ascend

Q2 The sound of the waterfall goes on all day and night and in the end the ….. noise gets on your nerves.

(a) interrupting                    (b) inciting                  (c) invading                     (d) incessant

Q3 I apologized for what seemed like a deliberate act of rudeness but I explained that it had been purely accidental and an ….. action on my part.

(a) inverted                           (b) inadvertent              (c) incurred                  (d) inhibited

Q4 Although it’s a complicated subject the professor managed to make it all totally clear and …… by her delivery.

(a) lucid                           (b) luminous                     (c) lightening                              (d) lifting

Q5 When you take a party of tourists round a famous city there are always those who ……. and keep everybody else waiting.

(a) litter                            (b) lessen                             (c) loiter                              (d) languish

Q6 Before she knew what had happened a man suddenly fell on her …… across and stealing her handbag.

(a) lurking                      (b) linking                         (c) limping                          (d) lunging

Q7 There was absolutely no call for him to criticize her so cruelly and in almost a …… manner.

(a) malformed                       (b) malicious                       (c) maladroit                          (d) malcontent

Q8 There was absolutely no question about it he was the ……. idiot such as you’d find in one of those old farces.

(a) provincial                            (b) provided                           (c) proverbial                      (d) protective

Q9 You’ll soon get used to his funny ways as it’s one of the ….. of his personality.

(a) quibbles                        (b) quills                    (c) quaffs                       (d) quirks

Q10 He didn’t really give speeches because he used to scream and shout and you could hear him …… a hundred meters down the road.


(a) reigning                         (b) raining                           (c) ruling                              (d) rattling

Monday, October 20, 2014

 The following story comes to you from the collection of bedtime stories. Hope you enjoy reading it.


The Three Little Pigs


 Once upon a time there was a mother pig who had three little pigs. As the little pigs grew up, there were more mouths than the mother pig could feed, so she decided to send the young ones out into the world to make their fortunes.
One fine morning the three little pigs started out into the wide world, each along a different road.
   The first pig walked along in the wide world until he met a man with a load of straw.
  “Please, Mr. Man, “said the first little pig.
“give me some straw to build me a little house”.
  The man gave the first little pig some straw, and he built himself a house.
         The first little pig was no more than settled in his straw house when a wicked wolf came along.
  “Little pig, little pig, let me in, let me in!”
 he called.
“Not by the hair of my chinny, chin, chin!” answered the first little pig.
   “If you don’t,” said the wolf, “I’ll huff and I’ll blow your house in!”
But the first little pig wouldn’t.
So the wolf huffed
   and he puffed
            and he blew the house in,
                       and he ate up the first little pig.
         Now the second little pig walked along in the wide world until he met a man load of sticks.
“Please, Mr.Man,”said the second little pig, “give me some stick to build  a little house”.
  The man gave the second little pig some sticks, and he built himself a house.
  The second little pig was no more than settled in his house of sticks when along came the wicked wolf.
   “Little pig, little pig, let me in, let me in!”
he called.

“Not by the hair of my chinny, chin, chin!” answered the second little pig.
 “If you don’t” said the wolf I’ll blow your house in”
  But the second little pig wouldn’t.
 So the wolf huffed
        and he puffed
                   and he blew the house in,
                           and he ate up the second little pig.
Now the third little pig walked along in the wide world until he met a man with a load of bricks.
  “Please, Mr.Man,” said the third little pig, “give me some bricks to build  a little house.”
  The man gave the third little pig some bricks, and he built himself a house.
  The third little pig was no more than settled in his house of bricks when along came the wolf.
“Little pig, little pig, let me in, let me in!”
he called.
“Not by the hair of chinny, chin, chin!” answered the third little pig.
  “If you don’t, said the wolf, I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house in!”
  But the third little pig wouldn’t.
     So the wolf huffed
                 and he puffed
                          and he huffed
                                      but he couldn’t blow the
                                                     house in.
Then the wicked wolf slunk off, muttering to himself, “Little pig, little pig, I’ll catch you yet!” Soon he was back at the little pig’s door.
“Little pig,” he called in his friendliest voice, “if you will meet me in Farmer Brown’s garden at six o’clock tomorrow morning I will show you where the finest turnips grow.”
  The next morning the little pig got up at five o’clock and hurried to Farmer Brown’s garden. By the time the wolf came at six, the little pig was safe and sung at home again, with his turnips on the stove.
  So the wicked wolf slunk off, muttering to himself, “Little pig, little pig, I’ll catch you yet”. Soon he was back at the little pig’s door.
“Little pig,” he called in his friendliest voice,”if you will meet me in Farmer Brown’s  orchard at five o’clock tomorrow morning I will show you where the finest apples are.”
   The next morning the little pig got up at four o’clock and hurried to Farmer Brown’s orchard. But he was still up in an apple tree when he saw the wolf coming, down below.
“Ah, so you have found the apples, little pig,” grinned the wolf, thinking he had trapped the little pig at last.
   “Yes, won’t you try one?”said the little pig, and he threw down a big red apple to the wolf.
   But he threw it so hard that it rolled down a big hill and the wolf had to go running after it. While the wolf was running, the little pig scrambled down and ran home with his basket full.
          When the wolf found he had been fooled the slunk off, muttering to  himself, “Little pig, little pig, I’ll catch you yet. “Soon he was back at the little pig’s door.
“Little pig,” he called, still in his friendliest voice, “tomorrow there is a fair in the village. If you will meet me there is a fair in the village. If you will me there at three o’clock I will show you the best bargains.”
The next day the little pig got to the fair at two o’clock and bought himself a  new butter churn. He was just starting home with it when he saw the wolf coming up the road.
The little pig had nowhere else to hide so he jumped into the churn, and away he went, rolling down the hill toward the wolf.
    The wolf was so frightened that he ran as fast as he could go.
 The little pig in his churn rolled straight on home.
    When the wolf found he had been fooled again he slunk off, muttering worse than ever, “Little pig, little pig, I’ll catch you this time.” So he climbed up on the little pig’s roof and called down the chimney, “Now little pig, I am coming down to eat you up.”
 “Oh, are you?” the little pig called back, and he took the lid off a huge pot of water bubbling on the fire, just as the wolf jumped down the chimney.

    Down tumbled the wolf right into the boiling water. Then the little pig popped the cover back onto the pot, and that was the end of wolf.

Friday, October 17, 2014


Your words can heal, and unfortunately, cause much harm. It's up to you to choose what words to use. If you need a piece of advice try the first action.


Words are weapons


Take care when you speak in judgement.
Words are powerful weapons,
which can cause a lot of tragedies.
Never make a person look a fool with your tongue.
Never make a person look small with your big mouth.

A hard word , a sharp word,
can burn a long time,
deep in the heart, leaving a scar.
Accept that others are different,
think differently, act differently,
feel differently , speak differently.

Be mild and healing  with your words.
Words should be ‘lights’.
Words should calm, bring people together,
bring peace.

Where  words are weapons,
people face each other like enemies.

Life is much too short,
and our world is much too tiny                                          
to turn it into a battlefield.


"Lord help me
to keep my big mouth shut,
until
I know what I want
to say

Amen."

Monday, October 13, 2014

HIGH SCHOOL VOCABULARY TEST (2)



Q1 This story is …… on an incident that actually happened.

(a) founded            (b) grounded          (c) based              (d) established


Q2 I’m afraid I shan’t be ……. to come on Tuesday because of a prior engagement.

(a) capable                            (b) able                      (c) can                        (d) possible


Q3 You can easily tell that this document …… from the 12th century because of a distinctive script.

(a) holds                         (b) trails                          (c) lasts                           (d) dates

Q4 I’m sorry to tell you but she is simply …… that this will be the result but she has no actual proof.

(a) daydreaming  (b) hallucinating     (c) hypothesizing   (d) dithering


Q5 I do apologize for talking to you a minute ago only I ….. you for one of my colleagues, who looks 
exactly like you.

(a) mistook                       (b) accepted                      (c) believed                      (d) thought



Q6 It’s a waste of time asking them for their opinion as they’re bound to object because they’ve been ….. against the idea from the start.

(a) subjective                       (b) derogative                      (c) conscious                             (d) prejudiced


Q7 I asked you to bring back a different one but you’ve brought a similar one back that’s exactly the 
……. as the first one.

(a) equivalent                     (b) apparent                     (c) same                       (d) identical


Q8 The main quality that is required of someone holding that kind of job is to have the …… to get on with people.

(a) task                          (b) ability                            (c) requirement                       (d) need


Q9 They couldn’t hold their meeting in the open air …… of the heavy rain.

(a) because                        (b) but                       (c) since                         (d) for

Q10 I always let her handle that kind of situation because she’s very good at…… with difficult clients.


(a) taking                     (b) bringing                (c) tackling                         (d) dealing