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The paragraph below contains blank spaces indicating omissions in the text. For some blanks, it is necessary to choose the completion that is most appropriate to the meaning of the passage; for other blanks, you have to choose the one completion that forms a grammatically correct sentence. Be sure to read the entire paragraph completely before answering the questions related to it.

Je ne m'étais absentée que quelques minutes, mais quand j'ai ouvert la porte, le chaos Blank  (11)   aux yeux. Bernard Blank  (12)   debout sur la table, Monique Blank  (13)   à chaudes larmes, le chien Blank  (14)   une chaussure et le chat essayait en vain de Blank  (15)   le poisson rouge dans son bocal. Quant à Philippe, il avait l'air Blank  (16)   innocent, le nez plongé Blank  (17)   son livre, que je l' Blank  (18)   immédiatement soupçonné d'avoir tout commencé.

No

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Select the most appropriate completion for blank (12).

tombait

Correct Answer: 
No

couchait

Correct Answer: 
No

était

Correct Answer: 
Yes

dormait

Correct Answer: 
No

Following the blank is the word debout, which in combination with the verb être ("to be") has the meaning "to be standing up." (C) était is the correct answer. (A) tombait ("was falling"), (B) couchait ("was lying down"), and (D) dormait ("was sleeping") are not appropriate in this context.

Question Difficulty: 
medium