Simple Past and Past Progressive

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!
1.A: What (you, do) when the accident occurred?
B: I (try) to change a light bulb that had burnt out.
2.After I (find) the wallet full of money, I immediately (go) to the police and (turn) it in.
3.The doctor (say) that Peter (be) too sick to go to work and that he (need) to stay at home for a couple of days.
4.Sean (arrive) at Lucy's house a little before 9:00 pm, but she (be, not) there. She (study) at the library for her final examination in Spanish.
5.A: I (call) you last night after dinner, but you (be, not) there. Where were you?
B: I (work) out at the fitness center.
6.It's strange that you (call) because I (think, just) about you.
7.Sally (live) in New York for more than two years. In fact, she (live) there when the 911 tragedy took place.
8.Sarah is in the living room watching television. At this time yesterday, she (watch, also) television. That's all she ever does!
9.When I (walk) into the busy office, the secretary (talk) on the phone with a customer, several clerks (work, busily) at their desks, and two managers (discuss, quietly) methods to improve customer service.
10.Mary (be) in the room when Jimmy told me what happened, but she didn't hear anything because she (listen, not) .
11.The firemen (rescue) the old woman who (be) trapped on the fifth floor of the building.
12.She (leave) her dirty dishes in the sink again last night! I think she (expect, actually) me to do them for her.
13.Last night, while I was having dinner, Ann (call) . She said she (call) me on her cell phone from an important business meeting. I asked her what (go on).
14.I (sleep) well last night.
15.It (rain) hard when I (get) up this morning.
16.While I (come) to work this morning, I (meet) an old friend.
17.Tony (study) very hard last year.