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Keith Haring began as an underground artist, literally. His first famous projects were pieces of stylized graffiti __________ in New York subway stations. Haring travelled from station to station, drawing with chalk and chatting with commuters about his work. These doodles helped him develop his classic style and he grew so ___________, doing up to 40 drawings a day, that it was not long before fame and a measure of fortune followed.

Soon, galleries and collectors from the art establishment wanted to buy full-sized pieces by Haring. The paintings skyrocketed in price but this did not sit well with Haring’s philosophy. He believed that art, or __________ his art, was for everyone. Soon, Haring opened a store which he called the Pop Shop, which he hoped would attract a broad range of people. While somewhat controversial among street artists, some of ___________ accused Haring of ‘selling out’, the Pop Shop changed the way people thought about the relationship between art and business.

(A) drawers                       drawn                         drew                            draws

(B) perceptive                  proactive                  pedantic                     prolific

(C) by contrast                 at least                       actually                       in part

(D) whose                           those                           whom                          them

1.B (drawn): an example of ellipsis (graffiti that was drown)
2. D (prolific): a lot of work (up to 40 drawings a day)
3. B (at least): restricts art to mean his art
4. C (whom): part of a relative clause referring to street artists

Conservationists have long debated whether the koala should go on the Australian national threatened species list. __________ the koala is clearly in trouble in some parts of the country – in Queensland, for example, high numbers are afflicted by disease – in other parts such as Victoria and South Australia the problem is not that koala populations __________, but that they have grown to the point where they are almost too numerous.

For a species to be classed as vulnerable, its population ___________ by more than 30 percent over the last three generations or 10 years. The problem is that when such a stipulation is applied to koalas, the Victorian boom offsets the Queensland bust, and the species stays off the list.

This has repercussions because northern koalas are different to southern ones. They are smaller, for example, and they contain a genetic variation not represented in the South. __________, a split listing has been devised koalas from New South Wales, the ACT and Queensland are now officially ‘Vulnerable’; those from Victoria and South Australia are not considered threatened.

(A) Because                                      However                            Despite                         While

(B) had been falling                      were falling                       are falling                    had fallen

(C) must have decreased            will be decreasing          was decreased          has decreased

(D) According to this                      For this reason                 For instance              In contrast

1. D (While): indicates contrast
2. C (are falling): Present Continuous for current situation (indicated by hove grown)
3. A (must have decreased): a stipulation or condition for the ‘vulnerable’ classification
4. B (For this reason): preceded by a reason and followed by a consequence



  1. Rohit May 7, 2019 at 9:31 pm - Reply


    are falling
    must have decreased
    For this reason

  2. Jigar May 8, 2019 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Al least

  3. Jigar May 8, 2019 at 9:01 am - Reply

    are falling
    must have decreased
    For this reason

  4. laxmi chhetri May 8, 2019 at 9:55 am - Reply

    at leat

    are falling
    Has deceased
    for this reason

  5. Mrs Manpreet Kaur May 8, 2019 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Drawn, Profolic, at least, whom
    While, are falling, must have decreased, for this reason

  6. yenzelani May 8, 2019 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    1. DRAWN


  7. Karla Francisco May 8, 2019 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Drawn,prolific,by contrast,them

    Because,had fallen,musta have decreased
    For this reason

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