B2 Use of English Multiple Choice Exam 23

Conkers

The conker is a chestnut, the hard brown fruit of the chestnut tree. There are two types of chestnut: the sweet chestnut which you can eat. In winter, they are sold, roasted, from barrows in the street. And then (1) is the horse chestnut, which cannot be eaten. It is the horse chestnut, or conker, which grows (2) in England.
The conker does, however, (3) one useful purpose. It is collected in autumn by (4) small boy in England. He dries it, (5) a hole in it, and puts it on the end of a piece of string. He is then ready to challenge (6) small boy to play conkers.
One of the boys holds his conker, at the end of his string, while the other boy strikes it by bringing his conker down upon it as (7) as he can. Then the positions are (8) .The victor is the boy who smashes the other's conker to pieces.

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