We All Fall Down

MerryChristmasMrLawrenceRing-a-ring-a-roses,

A pocket full of posies;

Ashes! Ashes!

We all fall down.

Shoot! They’re dropping dead so quickly, one after another, those icons of my youth, it’s scary and ever so depressing. In loving memory of Japanese filmmaker Nagisa Oshima, here goes a Cloze for NA2 students.

Nagisa_Oshima

Nagisa_Oshima_Answer_Key

10.07.07. Advanced, Cloze Tests, Films, Force-Feeding, Vocabulary. Leave a comment.

Domestic Violence

wsickert_camdentownThis cloze test is meant for Intermediate students. I found the original text on my first visit to the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. What you have here is an adaptation of it. The painting that illustrates this post is The Camden Town Murder, by Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942). If you are interested in seeing more of Sickert’s artwork, I strongly recommend visiting the link at the end of this post.

domestic_violence_takes_many_forms

domestic_violence_takes_many_forms_answer_key

http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/artists/walter-richard-sickert

10.07.07. Art Forlorn, Cloze Tests, Force-Feeding, Intermediate. Leave a comment.

Loulou and Yves

How lucky of her, not having much else to do in life other than get by! I can think of worse things than being dubbed Yves Saint-Laurent’s muse. A cloze test for Advanced students.

loulou_falaise

loulou_falaise_key

10.07.07. Advanced, Cloze Tests, Force-Feeding. Leave a comment.

On Children and the Internet

Conkers is a game British children play with the seed of the horse chestnut tree. After baking the nut, a.k.a. conker, in an oven, or soaking it in vinegar to make it harder, a player will tie a string to it and swing it vigorously, in an attempt to break his opponent’s chestnut.  The game was originally played with the shell of a snail, or conch, from where the name of the game most probably derives. A Cloze for NB2 students.

danger_internet

danger_internet_key

10.07.07. Basic, Cloze Tests, Force-Feeding. Leave a comment.

Tirgu Mures, Romania

János Bolyai was actually a Hungarian geometrician. Though Tirgu Mures is now part of the Republic of Romania, it once belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Read more about Bolyai in the attached exercise for NI2 students.

arithmomania

arithmomania_answer_key

10.07.07. Cloze Tests, Force-Feeding, Intermediate. Leave a comment.

The Midland Grand Hotel

Wow! Now that’s what I call a lobby. The first time I went to London on my own I stayed in the St Pancras area, but not here, no sir, not here—though I wish I had. A Cloze for NA2 students.

back_on_track

back_on_track_answer_key

10.07.07. Advanced, Cloze Tests, Force-Feeding. Leave a comment.

The Mayor of Omaha

The citizens of Omaha, the largest city in the state of Nebraska, in the Midwest, and the sixtieth largest metropolitan area in the States, are recalling their mayor for breaking his promise to lower property taxes. A cloze test for NA2 students.

new_battle_cry_recall

new_battle_cry_recall_answer_key

10.07.07. Advanced, Cloze Tests, Force-Feeding. Leave a comment.

Love on the Internet

Now, isn’t this a great pic by French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson? I love the worried look on the dog! NB2 students may want to complete this gapped text in about twenty minutes.

finding_love_on_the_internet

finding_love_on_the_internet_answer_key

10.07.07. Basic, Cloze Tests, Force-Feeding. Leave a comment.

Sir John Soane’s Museum

Visitors’ last choice and one of the best places in town. A cloze test for NA2 students.

georgian_mind

georgian_mind_answer_key

10.07.07. Advanced, Cloze Tests, Force-Feeding. Leave a comment.

Ceud Mìle Fàilte gu Dùn Èideann!

The Scottish National Monument on Calton Hill, Edinburgh. B.A. Pabón, MMXI.

Ever thought of travelling to bonnie Scotland’s capital? Here’s a thousand welcomes to you: a cloze test for NB2 students.

welcome_to_edinburgh

welcome_to_edinburgh_answer_key

10.07.07. Basic, Cloze Tests, Force-Feeding. Leave a comment.

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