1. The bank is reported in the local newspaper ______ in broad daylight yesterday.
A. to be robbed B. robbed C. to have been robbed D. having been robbed
2. ______ before, his first performance for the amateur dramatic group was a success.
A. Though having never acted B. As he had never acted
C. Despite he had never acted D. In spite of his never having acted
3. By the middle of the 21st century, the vast majority of the world’s population ______ in cities rather than in the country.
A. are living B. will be living C. have lived D. will have lived
4. Mr. Milton prefers to resign ______ part in such dishonest business deals.
A. than take B. than to take
C. rather than take D. rather than to take
5. No one would have time to read or listen to an account of everything ______ going on in the world.
A. it is B. as is C. there is D. what is
6. There is a real possibility that these animals could be frightened, _____ a sudden loud noise.
A. being there B. should there be C. there was D. there have been
7. Bit by bit, a child makes the necessary changes to make his language ______.
A. as other people B. as other people’s C. like other people D. like other people’s
8. Clothing made of plastic fibres has certain advantages over ______ made of natural fibres like cotton, wool, or silk.
A. one B. the one C. that D. what
9. The treasury issued an order stating that ______ land purchased from the government had to be paid for in gold and silver.
A. henceforth B. moreover C. whereby D. however
10. The students expected there ______ more reviewing classes before the final exams.
A. is B. being C. have been D. to be
11. It was during summer breaks that we first taste the satisfaction work that ______ into hard currency.
A. translates B. transfers C. transplants D. transmits
12. In some cases, your instructor may tell you the topics ______or may give you a choice of topics to write about.
A. in advance B. ahead of C. above all D. right away
13. It was the driver’s ______ that caused him to step on the gas instead of the brake after his car went over the curb.
A. fraud B. alarm C. terror D. panic
14. Danny left this ______ message on my answering machine: “I must see you. Meet me at twelve o’clock.” Did he mean noon or midnight?
A. ambiguous B. responsible C. implicit D. thoughtful
15. We looked for a table to sit down, but they were all ______.
A. reserved for B. engaged in C. used up D. taken up
16. She will have to find somewhere else to work, for she can’t ______ this loud noise any longer.
A. come up with B. catch up with C. keep up with D. put up with
17. Tom ______ his new job with confidence.
A. set out B. set off C. set up D. set about
18. The truck driver was fined for exceeding the speed ______.
A. range B. limit C. rule D. regulation
19. The crippled Jack proudly walked with a ______ to the platform to join the children.
A. jump B. limp C. hop D. jog
20. He cannot ______ a car, for he does not earn much money.
A. obtain B. afford C. donate D. consume
21. The message is clear: Just as tea and banana cant’t go together, _________ should the son of a low class family expect to marry the daughter of a nobleman.
A. either B. not C. neither D. nor
22. Though ______ rich, she was better off than at any other period in her life.
A. by means of B. within her means C. by all means D. by no means
23. It is a(n) ______ attitude to take towards life.
A. absurd B. silly C. stupid D. authentic
24. Every year, one student in our high school wins a scholarship that ______ one year of college.
A. improves B. subsidizes C. obliges D. inflicts
25. He wrote the book in ______ with his wife.
A. proportion B. installment C. correspondence D. collaboration