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Sentences from old exam papers

SDU - Odense University

English Department

 

EXERCISE SET 1

    ES1) Claude was a successful producer who lived in a big house that was an exact reproduction of the old Dupuy mansion near Biloxi.

    ES2) Todd wondered if it might not be true that actors try too hard to please their critics.

 

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERSITY, JUNE 1986

    ES3) Where they went then I cannot say, but having entered into Himmelfarber's employ they assured us that that was the last time they would ever trouble us.

    ES4) By barging into the Gulf of Sidra, Reagan gave Kadaffi a bloody nose, but it was obvious that the volatile Libyan leader had not been effectively intimidated.

 

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERSITY, JUNE 1987

    ES5) Deciding not to risk turmoil in the contra's high command, the administration opposed a recent effort to purge senior officers who had served under the old Somoza dictatorship.

    ES6) Hooker was a Puritan divine whose relatively liberal views upon baptismal efficacy and inward preparation for grace caused him to be exiled from Massachusetts into the wilderness of Connecticut.

 

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERSITY, JANUARY 1988

    ES7) Having received the encouraging test result, he had started telling people who asked him how he was feeling that he had felt all right for the last few days.

    ES8) The main drawback of the huge 'gondolas' often used for grapes in California is that many of the grapes at the bottom are broken long before they reach the winery.

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERSITY, JUNE 1988

    ES9) While he shaved he thought about the fact that since the moment when he had brought her the news of Alun's death Gwen had not mentioned him in any way.

    ES10) It is clearly very important, particularly in a democracy, that as many of us as possible should know how our society is organised and what our rights are in that society.

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERSITY, JANUARY 1989

    ES11) In view of the fate that awaited a man imprisoned for debt in those days, it is fortunate that Johnson had one or two solvent friends.

    ES12) The next fifteen years in the history of the Dictionary were taken up by the attempts to tackle a problem of production of which nobody had any previous experience.

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERSITY, JUNE 1989

    ES13) Although I bought the cheap rayon garment to please myself, I bought the expensive silk one because always to wear clothes of that quality is an unwritten term of my contract.

    ES14) To live with my Mother meant living according to her beliefs, which were in almost every way inconsistent with what I had learned elsewhere.

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERSITY, JANUARY 1990

    ES15) Against a backdrop of riots in Britain and the bombing of at least six British bookshops, it is hardly surprising that voices have been raised against a paperback edition.

    ES16) The two consortia which were front-runners to build and run the rail link now believe they cannot make sufficient money from the project unless it is supported by gorvernment funding.

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERSITY, JUNE 1990

    ES17) It seems highly unlikely that the new government's task will be made any easier by the thousands of public servants who have been appointed by the military.

    ES18) I feel I have lit a fire inside our own camp, and there is no knowing how it will spread or who will put it out.

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERSITY, JANUARY 1991

    ES19) The old man scratched his thin white beard and talked to himself of his plans for increasing the productiveness of the fields the community had recently put at his disposal.

    ES20) That a dunce like Rosenblatt should find a host of adherents in Washington raised very serious questions about the sanctity and durability of American government.

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERSITY, JUNE 1991

    ES21) Robyn was well aware that though clothes serve the very practical purpose of covering our bodies, they also convey messages about who we are, what we are doing and how we feel.

    ES22) Jackson also insisted he could have produced the eleventh edition more efficiently and without great indebtedness to banks by periodically issuing single volumes to generate a continuous stream of revenue.

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERSITY, JANUARY 1992

    ES23) He didn't tell Tessa that every call to this phone was being monitored and two men were watching over the house to prevent Moscow from trying to kidnap the children.

    ES24) By the time Sophia arrived at the house, two heavily built men who answered to Bret were rolling up the overalls they had worn to investigate every inch of the attic.

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERSITY, MAY 1992

    ES25) Though I did not remember ever wanting Toby and the girl that he was now living with to join us, the staff apparently had been expecting them.

    ES26) Anna, for her part, withdrew altogether behind her usual defences, and sometimes made a worsening of her symptoms a feeble excuse for not coming to me.

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERISTY, JANUARY 1993

    ES27) After Bush compared himself to a Roman gladiator who escaped certain death by biting a lion, the news that he has sacked four speechwriters is not entirely surprising.

    ES28) A United Nations resolution authorising the use of force to achieve limited humanitarian goals in the former Yugoslavia has been agreed by the United States, Britain, and France.

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERSITY, JUNE 1993

    ES29) Brian is confident that by leaning over the balustrade as far as he can he'll get a shot of a palm tree that can be spliced in later.

    ES30) It is notoriously difficult to certify the newness of any joke but subjects like abstract modern art and modern phychiatry suggest new material and new uses of literalism and reversal.

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERSITY, JANUARY 1994

    ES31) President Reagan is now taking the position that he's proud of every effort he's made for the Contras, whom he calls "the moral equivalent of our founding fathers".

    ES32) A customs official confiscated an anthology I had edited some years ago, which I brought along to give away to Russians I met who might be interested in American poetry.

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERSITY, JUNE 1994

    ES33) The only reason I minded his being there was my ludicrous physique and the fact I would have to take off my eye patch before I went in.

    ES34) Finally a politically correct word processor has been invented which will automatically warn writers against words likely to offend those worried about their sex, race, age or what have you

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERSITY, AUGUST 1994

    ES35) Having completed this story of my life, I find it prudent to hurry back now to before the beginning and to make an apology to arriving guests.

    ES36) A solicitor goes into an apartment, sits down at a table for lunch, then walks to the first-floor window where he catches a ball thrown by a child on the street.

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERSITY, JANUARY 1995

    ES37) An unexpected candidate had upset the machine which the Judge with such patient care had assembled over the years to keep random happenings in the electoral process at a minimum.

    ES38) When he told Cordelia at no great length of taking Anna to see some person who might advance her cause, Cordelia listened silently with an almost truly blank expression.

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERSITY, AUGUST 1995

    ES39) They implied ungraciously that if the cradle-snatching Londoner and his girl wanted to use the church as their private concert hall, they could do their cleaning for themselves.

    ES40) If I could have woven together the threads I had gathered on this case, it would have made such a horrible web that nobody would have wanted to come into my parlor.

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERSITY, JANUARY 1996

    ES41) Dad liked to eat fish and chips whenever he visited England, and I grew fond of it too, although the fearsomely acid pickled onion was something I still denied myself.

    ES42) When Fiona was wrenched away at very short notice, there were both the guilt of the betrayer and all the natural anxieties she had about the risks she was running.

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERSITY, JUNE 1996

    ES43) When war came again, Helmut joined a local fire brigade at the age of 12 and tried to douse the flames that the relentless Allied fire bombings ignited in his hometown.

    ES44) One reason the government has found it hard to stamp out the piracy of foreign compact discs is that some of the counterfeiters have connections to high-ranking military officials.

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERSITY, JANUARY 1997

    ES45) With the realization that athletic achievement is bumping against a ceiling, scientists are mapping the body's limits, trying to understand where improvement is still possible and what holds it back.

    ES46) What scientists have done is pinpoint the systems that hold back atheletic achievement and focus all of their training tricks on those from which they might still coax significant gains.

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERSITY, JUNE 1997

    ES47) The real significance of the study published last week is the possiblity that doctors might identify Alzheimer's before it does any damage and improve their ability to treat it.

    ES48) The whole performance of the interview indicates that you are quite a swell fellow just by being you, whereas we know that what merit we have resides elsewhere.

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERSITY, JANUARY 1998

    ES49) Being a tailor he believed his job was to place himself in the clothes of whoever he was cutting for and become that person until the rightful owner claimed them.

    ES50) It was entirely appropriate, in Pendel's opinon, that Osnard's arrival at the company should have been accompanied by a clap of thunder and what Benny would have called the trimmings.

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERSITY, JUNE 1998

    ES51) Although the worst part of the encounter was over, without yet having had on him the numbing effect it soon would have, he still felt nervous.

    ES52) Had his failure in school been caused by the fact that most of the subjects were of no interest to him, he would have worked hard in those that did interest him.

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERISTY, JANUARY 1999

    ES53) Drosoula maintained that everyone should know you could only eat snails that had been feeding on thyme, and Pelagia, whilst not believing this at all, became yet more anxious nonetheless.

    ES54) Jeremy told Matthew he knew Sophie, but omitted to mention that she had been called a traitor by several of the delegates and that she had come to see him.

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERISTY, JUNE 1999

    ES55) I take it that you would confirm that you have beed making payments to Mr Warren which allowed him to pay blackmail demands, at least for a while.

    ES56) He was struck by the illuminating idea that perhaps the problem was not that it was impossible for him to write a history, but that History itself was impossible.

OLD EXAM, ODENSE UNIVERISTY, JANUARY 2000

    ES57) I did not stay long in Paris, but that week proved sufficient to engender between him and me that fake chumminess which he had such a talent for

    ES58) If you judged from the number of people on their way to friendly gatherings, you might think that no one was at home to give them welcome when they arrived

 


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