20 English exercises for advanced learners

 20 English exercises for advanced learners

How centuries of priceless treasures were saved at Notre



Jean-Marc Fournier didn't have much time. As flames ripped through Notre Dame cathedral's medieval roof on Monday evening, the Paris fire brigade chaplain had a single mission --to rescue two of its most sacred relics.

The problem was that the Crown of Thorns, revered as having been worn by Jesus Christ during his crucifixion, and the tabernacle, containing the Eucharist or holy sacrament, were locked inside a safe in the church's treasury that no one knew how to open.

"We couldn't get the codes... we couldn't get hold of the people who had them," Fournier said Wednesday.

Finally, as the flames high above crept closer to Notre Dame's famous spire, a church officer appeared with the crypt key, and the chaplain and firefighters rushed in. Inside, red-hot embers and debris drifted down from the vast rib-vaulted ceiling. Fournier watched as a team of firefighters broke open the safe and extracted the crown. Made of rushes bound by gold threads, it has been encased in a crystal tube since eighteen ninety-six.

The chaplain joined a human chain of firefighters, emergency workers and antiquities experts to pass the crown and other irreplaceable treasures out of the burning church and into safety. Their efforts in those first few hours would save hundreds of years of art, history and heritage that Fournier said "belongs to humanity and the world at large."


1. What is the main idea of the text?

a) About the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

b) The text talks about the hero Jean-Marc Fournier.

c) It is about the origin of the fire.

d) The text is about the firefighters´ efforts to save the art, history and heritage of the cathedral in the first few hours of the fire.

e) The text is about the rescue of the people in the cathedral during the fire.

2. What was NOT a problem they faced when trying to rescue the crown?

a) Trying to open the codes.

b) Trying to find the people that knew the codes.

c) The flames burned got bigger and didn´t allow the people to enter the crypt.

d) It was not easy to get hold of the people who could open the crypt.

e) They didn´t have the key.

3. Who saved the crown?

a) Jesus Christ.

b) Jean-Marc Fournier.

c) Emergency workers.

d) The chaplain.

e) A team of firefighters.

4. How long has the crown been encased in a crystal tube?

a) More than a century.

b) For thirty years.

c) For less than a century.

d) Since 1886.

e) Since 1996.

5. The word “sacred” underlined on the text could be appropriately substituted for:

a) Eternal.

b) Divine.

c) Rushed.

d) Irreplaceable.

e) Connected.

6. The expression “broke open” underlined on the text could be appropriately substituted for:

a) Attached.

b) Surpassed.

c) Connected.

d) Cracked.

e) Ran.

7. Fill in the blanks with “for” or “since”:

I. Sara has been on a diet ______ years.

II. He has not drunk milk ______ January.

III. The child has not eaten chocolate ______ Easter.

a) since / for / since

b) since / since / for

c) for / since / since

d) for / for / since

e) for / since / for

8. Complete the sentences with the correct conjunctions:

I. Tell me _______ we can meet.

II. Margie went home _______ she was tired.

a) how / where

b) where / because

c) when / where

d) because / when

e) because / where

9. Change the following sentence from direct speech to indirect speech:

The teenagers were ordered: “Don´t come home late”

a) The teenagers ordered don´t come home late.

b) The teenagers were ordered to not come home late.

c) The teenagers were ordered don´t come home late.

d) The teenagers ordered to come home late.

e) The teenagers were ordered not to come home late.

10. Complete the blanks of the following sentences with the adjective “good(s)” or the adverb “well”:

I. She writes very _____, that is why she has so many _____books on the bookstores.

a) well / good

b) good / well

c) well / goods

d) well / well

e) good / good

11. Complete the sentences with the correct form of the verbs to fit the conditional clauses:

I. If Lina _____ hungry, she would have come with us to the restaurant.

II. If he had lived in Italy, he _______ how to speak Italian.

a) was / learned.

b) wants / learned.

c) was / would know.

d) is / would know.

e) was / knew.

12. Complete the following sentences with the appropriate adjective or adverb to make the correct comparisons or superlatives.

I. Sam runs ________ (slow) than Leo.

II. This was the _______ (bad) ice-cream I have ever tasted.

III. Cycling is ________ (exciting) than running.

a) slow / worsest / more exciting

b) slower / worst / more exciting

c) slower / worse / exciting

d) slowest / worse / the more exciting

e) the slowest than / worse / more exciting

13. “Cut it out!”.

What does this sentence mean?

a) Stop it now!

b) Cut this thing out!

c) Come here!

d) Go out!

e) Go away!

14. Complete the sentences with the appropriate option:

I. He is ______. He needs to rest.

II. I need to change because I´m all _______.

a) ill / wet

b) sick / hungry

c) thirsty / wet

d) ill / hungry

e) tired / thirsty

15. Complete the sentences with the appropriate verbs:

I. Stop ______ to me!

II. Theo ______ many headaches the last few days.

a) took / is having

b) talking / has had

c) to talk / has had

d) looking / presents

e) talk / had.

16. “The picnic was called off because of the rain”.

What does this sentence mean?

a) The picnic was canceled.

b) The picnic called the rain.

c) The rain caused the picnic.

d) The picnic happened during the rain.

e) The picnic happened after the rain.

17. Complete the sentences with the appropriate pronoun:

I. These are ____ glasses.

II. ____ school is French.

a) my / Them

b) mine / Them

c) my / Their

d) mine / Their

e) my / They

18. All options are correct to complete the sentences with the following sentence, EXCEPT:

“This is the child ___________”

a) who is sick.

b) that was adopted.

c) I care about.

d) who I am.

e) I love.

20 English exercises for advanced learners

19. What option best complete the following sentence?

“If I had left earlier, _______________”

a) I will be less tired.

b) I would not have caught so much traffic.

c) I will meet you.

d) I would have arrive earlier.

e) I have to go home.

20. Complete the following sentences with many / much / few / a little.

I. We don´t have _____ juice left.

II. How _____ sisters do you have?

III. We took _____ pictures because we didn´t have enough battery.

a) much / many / few.

b) many / many / few.

c) many / much / a little.

d) many / much / few.

e) much / many / a little.


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