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The oldest poem in the English language is "Beowulf". It was not 1............. in England, but on the continent of Europe: the new settlers brought it over 2............ with their wives,goods,chattels.It is a 3 ............ warlike,violent poem of over three 4.............. lines, and it is perhaps difficult to think of it as being set 5 .......... by monk, a man of peace, in the 6 .......... of a monastery. Beowulf, 7 .............. tells of the hero who gives his name to the poem and of his 8 ............. with a foul monster - half devil,half-man - called Grendel,who has for a long time been raiding the banqueting hall of King Hrohgear of Jutland and 9 .............. off and devouring Hrothgar's warriors.Beowulf's fights with Grendel are the 10 ............ of the poem. It is strong meat, no work for the squeamish,but it is 11 ............ a crude and primitive composition. It 12.......... great skill in its construction. It is not a christian poem - 13 ............ the Christian favour given to it by the monastery 14 ................,but the product of an advanced pagan civilisation. 15 ............ of the strength,as well as violence, of Beowulf 16 ........... from the natrue of Old English itself. Perhaps this is a reflection of the English climate or perhaps it 17 ............... something to do with the mere sound of English in its first phase - heavy-footed,harsh,18........... in the gay quality of languages like French and Italian. Or perhaps it is a quality added, in 19 ........... lines or even words,by the monks in their monasteries, aware that this world is vanity, that life is short, that things pass 20 ............. and god is real.

1 - a)constructed b)comprised c)constituted d)composed
2 - a)along b)among c)amids d)afore
3 - a)stringing b) stirring c )stifing D) stiffening
4 - a)thousand b) thousands c) of thousands of d)of the thousand
5 - a)on b)up c) down d) out
6 - a) remote b) hermit c)mute d)quiet
7 - a)importantly b)significantly c) essentially d)bulkily
8 - a)struggling b) fighting c) competing d)battering
9 - a)wearing b) carrying c) bearing d)standing
10 - a)subject b) objective c) object d)subjective
11 - a)in no way b)any way c)on the way d)along the way
12 - a)avows b)points c) exhibits d)shows
13 - a)though b)despite c) but for d)expect
14 - a)scribe b) scribble c)scrawl d)scroll
15 - a)The most b)More c)The many d)Much
16 - a)gets b)derive c)drives d)deride
17 - a)is b)has c)does d)makes
18 - a) lacking b)needing c)missing d)shortening
19 - a)*** b) strange c) odd d)weird
20 - a)off b)away c)on d)beyond
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Hello Maxmouse

I wonder if it would help if you laid out these questions like this:

"The oldest poem in the English language is "Beowulf". It was not 1.[your answer]..."

Then at the bottom of the passage:

1. all the alternatives

2. etc

It's quite difficult to have to refer to the list below for each blank, then look at your suggestion, for so many blanks. If you put your suggestion in the space, we can immediately see whether it's right or not. If it's not right, we can then look at the alternatives.

Just a suggestion!

MrP
I agree with MrP. Except I might add that you should put all of the multiple choice options, in parentheses, right in the text where they belong, then highlight your choice in bold, like this:

The oldest poem in the English language is "Beowulf. It was not (constructed, comprised, constituted, composed) in England...
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