PA009 - The Stradivari

Gap-fill exercise

Fill in all the gaps, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. You can also click on the "[?]" button to get a clue. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints or clues!

Use one of the verbs in the box to fill in each gap. Use the correct form of the passive!

admire - build - buy - demonstrate - keep - know - look - make - play - sell -



A Stradivarius violin  yesterday at Christie´s for 902,000 pounds, the highest price ever paid for a Strad. The violin, owned by the Mendelssohn family,  in 1720 and , because of its colour, it    as the "Red Strad". It    by a "professional musician".



In its years in the Mendelssohn family, it  very little, except by amateurs, but its beautiful tones  by a Japanese violinist before the auction yesterday. "It is in a very good condition because it  in a special case", said Yoshito Ito. "It  after very well."


The violin reached the high price because of its date of 1720 (the height of Stradivari´s Golden Age) when his finest instruments    . Strads    all over the world for their purity and deep and clear sound.