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The test to fill in the missing articles. The text is taken from a fairytale by the Brothers Grimm. Difficulty: easy.

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1. certain king had beautiful garden, and in garden stood tree which bore golden apples. These apples were always counted, and about time when they began to grow ripe it was found that every night one of them was gone. king became very angry at this, and ordered gardener to keep watch all night under tree. gardener set his eldest son to watch; but about twelve o'clock he fell asleep, and in morning another of apples was missing. Then second son was ordered to watch; and at midnight he too fell asleep, and in morning another apple was gone. Then third son offered to keep watch; but gardener at first would not let him, for fear some harm should come to him: however, at last he consented, and young man laid himself under tree to watch. As clock struck twelve he heard rustling noise in air, and bird came flying that was of pure gold; and as it was snapping at one of apples with its beak, gardener's son jumped up and shot arrow at it. But arrow did bird no harm; only it dropped golden feather from its tail, and then flew away. golden feather was brought to king in morning, and all council was called together. Everyone agreed that it was worth more than all wealth of kingdom: but king said, 'One feather is of no use to me, I must have whole bird.'

2. Then gardener's eldest son set out and thought to find golden bird very easily; and when he had gone but little way, he came to wood, and by side of wood he saw fox sitting; so he took his bow and made ready to shoot at it. Then fox said, 'Do not shoot me, for I will give you good counsel; I know what your business is, and that you want to find golden bird. You will reach village in evening; and when you get there, you will see two inns opposite to each other, one of which is very pleasant and beautiful to look at: go not in there, but rest for night in other, though it may appear to you to be very poor and mean.' But son thought to himself, 'What can such beast as this know about matter?' So he shot his arrow at fox; but he missed it, and it set up its tail above its back and ran into wood. Then he went his way, and in evening came to village where two inns were; and in one of these were people singing, and dancing, and feasting; but other looked very dirty, and poor. 'I should be very silly,' said he, 'if I went to that shabby house, and left this charming place'; so he went into smart house, and ate and drank at his ease, and forgot bird, and his country too.

3. Time passed on; and as eldest son did not come back, and no tidings were heard of him, second son set out, and same thing happened to him. He met fox, who gave him good advice: but when he came to two inns, his eldest brother was standing at window where merrymaking was, and called to him to come in; and he could not withstand temptation, but went in, and forgot golden bird and his country in same manner.

4. Time passed on again, and youngest son too wished to set out into wide world to seek for golden bird; but his father would not listen to it for long while, for he was very fond of his son, and was afraid that some ill luck might happen to him also, and prevent his coming back. However, at last it was agreed he should go, for he would not rest at home; and as he came to wood, he met fox, and heard same good counsel. But he was thankful to fox, and did not attempt his life as his brothers had done; so fox said, 'Sit upon my tail, and you will travel faster.' So he sat down, and fox began to run, and away they went over stock and stone so quick that their hair whistled in wind.

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