Grammar and vocabulary exercises

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This exercise tests your grammar and vocabulary skills. Complete the following paragraphs.

Exercise 1

David Livingstone, a religious man and a medical practitioner, was one of the first few people ...........1............... successfully explored Africa. ............2............. his predecessors were chiefly interested in exploiting the rich natural resources of the continent, Livingstone was mainly concerned ...........3............. studying its vast and mysterious hinterlands, rivers and lakes.

1. a) who b) whom c) which d) whose

2. a) when b) as c) while d) but

3. a) at b) with c) for d) out

Answers

1. Who; 2. While; 3. With

Exercise 2

Livingstone ...........1............. born in Scotland and educated to become a doctor and a priest. His African expedition started in the year 1852. He spent the next four years ..............2............. different parts of the continent. It was such an exhausting journey that Livingstone fell seriously ill. However, those four years spent studying the African jungles had made him famous. When he returned to England for ............3............., the entire London, along with Queen Victoria, turned ............4............. to welcome him. After a few days, he returned to Africa.

1. a) is b) was c) has d) had

2. a) sight-seeing b) exploring c) visiting d) witnessing

3. a) convincing b) convalescing c) conniving d) conspiring

4. a) in b) up c) down d) for

Answers

1. Was; 2. Exploring; 3. Convalescing; 4. Up

Exercise 3

In 1866, Livingstone discovered the origin of the River Nile. He again had to face many discomforts and found it difficult to survive in the .............1............... terrain. He became too sick and could not even walk. Soon he lost contact with rest of the world ...........2............ grew anxious to know his whereabouts. Ultimately, it was Stanley, the American journalist, who discovered him. Livingstone died in a tribal village in 1873. His body ...............3.............. to London and buried in Westminster with full honour.

1. a) holistic b) hostile c) strange d) austere

2. a) who b) that c) where d) whence

3. a) brought b) was brought c) had brought d) is brought

Answers

1. Hostile; 2. That; 3. Was brought

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