Multiple Choice

Phrasal Verbs Starting with C & D

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The Big River Mix-Up

Betty was knocked unconscious in the plane crash 37 years ago. She came to after a few minutes. She tried to wake her mother and father up, but she couldn't.

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Careful speech:  She is going to get her shoes out of the closet and put them on.

Relaxed speech:  She's gonna get 'er shoes out o' the closet an' put 'em on.

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Listen to the audio.  Then choose the best answer for each question. Click CHECK. If your answer is wrong, try again. For examples of phrasal verbs, check out Dennis Oliver's Phrasal Verb Page at Dave's ESL Cafe.

1. Listen

Michael ___ school before he was 17, so he ___ a great education.  This is his one big regret in life.

dropped out of...doesn't have

dropped out of...has

called in on...has

caught up with...doesn't have

2. Listen

The manager ___ the meeting because the bad weather made it ___ for everyone to come.

called on...possible

called out...possible

called off...impossible

called on...impossible

3. Listen

Even though he's fast, John can't ___ the other runners because he started the race five minutes ___ them.

call up with...before

catch up with...after

call up with...after

catch up with...before

4. Listen

When she was little, Patty was shy. She always ___ around other people. Now, however, as a politician, she ___ to talk with everyone.

checked off...hates

checked off...loves

clammed up...loves

clammed up...hates

5. Listen

An efficient secretary, Betty enjoys ___ each item on her list as she ___ it.

checking out each ...finishes

checking each off...starts

checking out...starts

checking off...finishes

6. Listen

After the plane crash, Betty was ___ for a few minutes. Then she ___.

unconscious...came to

conscious...came through

unconscious...came up

conscious...came back

7. Listen

You can ___ of a library and ___ them for a limited time.  If you're late returning them, you'll have to pay a fine, though.

calm books down...keep

drag books on...sell

drag books in...sell

check books out...keep

8. Listen

The meeting was very ___. It ___ for hours. I thought I was going to die!

interesting...dragged up

boring...crossed over

interesting...crossed over

boring...dragged on

9. Listen

Shante said ___ dive off the high platform into the pool, but then she ___ and climbed back down the ladder.

she'd...chickened on

she'd...chickened out

she wouldn't...chickened out

she wouldn't...chickened up

10. Listen

He ___ a strange ___ and died a few days later.  Note:  This is the last question.  Please click here to tell English Zoom what you thought about this activity.

came to with...job

checked out with...interest

came down with...friend

came down with...illness

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Do you clam up around other people?

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