Read the passage below. It contains blank spaces numbered 1- 15. For each blank space, choose the best alternative from the choices given.
When some people shower us with praise, we feel very flattered, _1_ we? In our delights we forget that_ 2_ people may have bad intentions _3_ us. Take the story of the crow _4_ the fox, for example. The hardworking crow had managed to snatch a piece of roast meat from the butcher’s. Up she _5_ with it into the branches of a tall tree. Intending to enjoy her _6_.
The fox had been watching all this with a watering mouth for he really wanted the _7_ piece for himself. He therefore planned his approach very _8_“Oh crow,” He said, “your eyes shine _9_ than all the stars. And your neck is _10_ beautifully long. Your wings, my friend, _11_ be more graceful!” The fox continued. “But alas! How unfortunate _12_ you were born dumb. I am sure yours would have been a melodious _13_. The crow was pleased with the flattery. However she was annoyed that the fox thought she could not sing. She therefore wanted to _14_ the fox. She opened her mouth to sing and the meat dropped right _15_ the waiting mouth of the fox.
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