277. The Doctor’s Almost Perfect Children

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Veronica was an only child. Even as a , she decided that she was going to be doctor. All her dolls became her patients. All dollhouses became hospitals for her patients. She spent early childhood treating her patients for all kinds diseases and injuries. She saved all of them billed none of them.
Veronica got straight A’s high school and college, because she knew that grades would help her get into a good school. She graduated from medical school near the of her class. She became a pediatrician. She married and had two kids, one boy and girl. Veronica’s husband David was an architect and great cook. Her children did their homework without told. They got straight A’s in school. They all their vegetables without complaining. They were perfect children, except for one thing: They argued with other constantly.
Veronica got home at 4:30 p.m. . David gave her a big kiss and a . Then her kids gave her a kiss and hug. She went upstairs and changed into shorts a T-shirt. When she returned, the kids were for her in the living room to talk their day in school.
Marvin, 10, said that his biology teacher helped them cut up dead . They smelled bad, but he enjoyed seeing their body parts, like their lungs and heart. “I biology,” Marvin said. “I want to be a , an animal doctor, and an inventor when I up. I’m going to invent a pill so animals all learn to live together without eating other all the time.”
“You’re crazy!” exclaimed Rebecca. “ are the animals going to eat if they ’t eat each other?”
“You don’t know anything. You’re girl and you’re only nine,” taunted Marvin.
“Marvin, polite to your sister,” Veronica admonished.
“Yes, ma’am,” said. “I apologize, dear little sister.”
“That didn’t very sincere, mommy,” Rebecca complained.
“Okay, here’s how ’ll keep the animals from eating each other. I thought of that, of course. The solution is pill that will make all animals like to grass, like the cows and sheep do. That no more animals will eat each other, and won’t have to mow the lawn any more. , that will kill two birds with one stone.”
, that’s very clever,” Veronica told Marvin.
“Now, tell about your day, Rebecca,” Veronica said.
“Well, as know, mommy, I’m going to be a real like you, not a mad scientist like somebody know,” Rebecca started, and then stuck her tongue at her brother.