Proficiency Test

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  1. If you don't take exercise you ___ the risk of getting ill.
    a. stand
    b. face
    c. run
    d. suffer

  2. He was ___ with embezzlement and sentenced to three years in prison.
    a. accused
    b. convicted
    c. charged
    d. arrested

  3. If you are ___ with this test, perhaps you should attempt an easier one.
    a. stumbling
    b. stressed
    c. struggling
    d. straining

  4. Insulation was fitted to ___ further heat loss from the building.
    a. guard
    b. protect
    c. save
    d. prevent

  5. We are all ___ the opinion that hydrocarbons in the atmosphere contribute to global warming.
    a. in
    b. on
    c. of
    d. with
    e. at

  6. ___ had we sold out our stock when the markets crashed.
    a. If only
    b. Just
    c. Seldom
    d. Hardly
    e. No sooner

  7. I can't ___ thinking that we made a mistake in our calculations -- the total is too high.
    a. help
    b. bear
    c. stand
    d. be

  8. I dread ___ what would have happened if there'd been an accident.
    a. thinking
    b. to think
    c. to thinking
    d. the thought

  9. Can you wait thirty seconds while I ___ in to the Post Office for some stamps?
    a. saunter
    b. breeze
    c. break
    d. pop
    e. go

  10. The chess players tried very hard to ___ each other with every move in the tournament.
    a. outnumber
    b. outclass
    c. outweigh
    d. outcome
    e. outwit

Copyright (C) 2001 by Michael Sierpowski (michalsierpowski @ poczta.onet.pl)
This quiz is part of the HTML-Only Self-Study Quizzes which is part of Activities for ESL Students, a project by The Internet TESL Journal.