A Fish of the World
A herring once decided to swim right round the world. “I’m tired of the North Sea,” he said, “I want to find out what else there is in the world.” So he swam off south into the deep Atlantic. He swam and he swam and all the time he saw many strange and wonderful fish that he 1._ before. And he passed by devilfish and sawfish and swordfish and bluefish and blackfish and mudfish and sunfish, and he 2 by the different shapes and sizes and colours.
He swam on, into the wide Pacific, and then he turned north and headed up to the cold Siberian Sea, where huge white icebergs 3 by him like 4__ships. And still he swam on and on and into the frozen Arctic Ocean. And on he went, past Greenland and Iceland, and finally he swam home into his own North Sea.
All his friends and relations gathered round and 5 a great fuss of him. They had a big feast and 6 him the very best food they could find. But the herring just yawned and said: “I’ve swum round the entire world. I have seen everything there is to see, and I have eaten more exotic and wonderful dishes you could possibly imagine.” And he refused to eat anything.
Then his friends and relations begged him to come home and live with thein, but he refused. “I’ve been everywhere there is, and that old rock is 7 and small for me.” And he went 8 and lived on his own.
Eventually, one of the 9 of the herrings swam up to him, and said: “Listen. If you don’t live with your family, you’ll inake them sad. And if you don’t eat, you’ll die.”
But the herring said: “I don’t mind. I’ve been everywhere there is to go, and now I know everything there is to know.”
The old fish 10 his head. “No one has ever seen everything there is to see,” he said, “nor known everything there is to know. There must be something left.” Well, just then, a fishing-boat came by, and the herring 11 to market that very day. And a man bought the herring and ate it for 12---And he never knew it had swum around the world, and had seen everything there was to see, and knew everything there was to know.
1. a never saw b didn’t see
c had never seen d has never seen
2. a was amazing b was amazed
c amazed d amazing
3. a sale b sole
c sold d sailed
4. a strong b mighty
c forceful d influential
5. a made b produced
c demonstrated d did
6. a proposed b suggested
c offered d fed
7. a greatly dull b dull enough
c unhappily dull d too dull
8. a off b in
c back d forward
9. a older b oldest
c elder d eldest
10. a nodded b turned
c shook d raised
11. a caught and took b was caught and taken
c had caught and taken d had been caught and taken
12. a supper b a supper
c the supper d that supper