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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #117554: Accident or act of revenge 2 (vocabulary)
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    Accident or act of revenge 2 (vocabulary)


    (... continued! see test) This text is adapted from Best Mate, a short story written by Andrea Lascelles.    It's the sequel to the test shown in the link. The vocabulary and events learnt in the first part are necessary to follow and understand that one.  

     

     

     

     

                                                                                     

     

    " Several years after my mum's leaving with another man, MARILYN... arrived in our lives, making my father Frank extremely happy... 

     

                                                           

    Flashy dangling earrings                                                 Sophisticated Marilyn                                                  Tap-tapping stilettos

     

     

    As for me...    "  

    1) Feelings and emotions - mostly negative ones:

     To be fed up with something= To have had enough   
     To resent something/ someone => resentment  
     To be jealous=> jealousy
     To hate/ to loathe=> hate/ hatred
     To despise/ disdain/ scorn 
     To look down on
     To hear a tearing scream (to tear, I tore, torn)
     I can't help + V + ing
     To get rid of something
     To trust someone/ have confidence in someone    

     

     2) Getting ready for a dinner party:

     To plan the menu  

     To clean crystal, china and silverware  
     To choose the tablecloth 
     To go shopping
     To go and fetch something
     To cook the meal  
     To go for wine
     To lay the table (I laid, laid) 
     To clear the table after the meal
     To light the candles
     To uncork the bottle of wine

     

    3) Let's go back to our story: 

    When in the preceding test we left the characters (our teenager, Frank her father and his new girlfriend Marilyn), Frank had decided to give a dinner party for their six-month-anniversary. He insisted on using and "displaying" their best china (his former wife's), which Marilyn resented... As for her, the teenage girl resented the benevolent and "maternalistic" presence of the "new friend" more and more. Marilyn offered to invite Janice, the girl's friend, to the party, which infuriated her. She was rude to Marilyn screaming: "WHO do you think you are, inviting my friends to my house? You don't even belong to our family here..."  and left to her room, raging mad, after her father had slapped her for the very first time.

     

                                           

     Jealousy and resentment                                                        The father's slap                                               The girl was raging mad

     

     

    Though it is quite easy,   this test requires your attention because it's quite long (14 items!) . To make sure that you'll get the score you deserve, I advise you to have a pause (and save your answers, of course!). 

    THE FORCE is with you!   

     



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    When Marilyn knocked at my door to to me, she explained that my father wanted us to be friends, and that she was trying hard...
    Marilyn hadn’t actually moved in with us, but she had quite become part of the furniture. She came home with dad from the Brewery, and cooked healthy meals for us: no more beans on toast, fried eggs and chips... I so much... I was seing dad dote on her and kiss her and mostly I hated hearing her tap-tapping heels around the house. I hated her dangling too and dreamt of ripping them through her earlobes.
    On that Saturday, as my father had , I was asked . First my Mum’s beautiful had to be taken down from the airing cupboard, near the landing at the top of the stairs. I was sent to and position it as safely as I could, which I did. Marilyn went up, but I accidentally forgot to specify that one of the steps was loose. Hard luck... When Marilyn was at the top of the ladder I forgot to hold it as planned because I got distracted by a noise at our letter box and I turned around; then heard a , felt a blazing burn on my cheek, and blood on my blouse as Marilyn plunged past me and down, landing in a heap at the bottom of the stairs.
    « Accidental death », they called it, and after that, my father was never the same again. I moved to a at 16 and have been taking care of myself since then... I will always have the scar left by her stiletto on my cheek, and I will never forgive her for that...
    That aching, raging teenager had dismissed questions from her mind... Yet, the readers can't do it: we wondering whether this was really « Accidental death » or some dark and planned scheme to someone so horribly .
    I don’t know what you’ll conclude, yet, more generally speaking, I think I must advise you not to an angry teenager with your own life under any circumstances!

     

                                                                          







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