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Past Perfect and Simple Past

TeacherDiane555 March 14, 2019


"iSLCollective Interactive Video Quizzes are highly engaging and motivating multimodal texts for English language students to learn vocabulary and improve their listening skills. They are the perfect complement to the creative and innovative lesson plans on Film English."

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Task description & scene summary

Task description:
The past perfect refers to a time earlier than before now. It is used to make it clear that one event happened before another in the past.
Scene summary:
The Minions made a plan to escape the prison. While the escape is happening something else is going on.
Video length: 2 minutes 58 seconds
Video genre: Cartoon / tale for kids (e.g. Tom & Jerry, Simon's cat, Peppa Pig, Mr. Bean)
Lesson type: Grammar practice
Student types:
Copyright license: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License
First published: 2019-03-14, 07:26:26 (GMT+1)

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Video quiz questions (printable)

1) Before he ... (to escape), his brother ... (to make) a plan.

  • had escaped / made
  • escaped / had made

2) After the two first toilets ... (to go out), the toilet with a prisoner on it ... (to follow)

  • had gone out / followed
  • went out / had followed

3) The appliances ... (to resume) their run after the CCTV ... (to turn away)

  • had resumed / turned
  • has resumed / turns
  • resumes / has turned
  • resumed / had turned


Put the words in order: machine, After ran his the clothes washing the prisoner it had put away. in

5) (after / family) or (because / team)

Fill the gap: They can do it ________________________ they are working as a ________________________

6) After everybody ... (to be seated), there ... (to be) an announcement.

  • was seated / had been
  • had been seated / was
  • will be seated / will be
  • have been seated / has been

7) (with) or (late) or (in front) or (behind)

Fill the gap: The Minion with the beacons had to stay ________________________ as the others escaped.

8) After his brother ... (to sit) on the bed, Gru ... (to see) that they were not alone.

  • have sat / seen
  • sat / had seen
  • had sat / saw
  • has sat / had seen


Put the words in order: his Before had Gru game, him. on stepped pushed the brother

10) What did he almost forget?

Answer the question using your own words


Correct the wrong word: There were too much Minions in the flying machine.

12) Everybody ... happily singing.

  • were
  • was
  • are

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2019-03-14 12:52:46
Fun! Except questions 5 and 7 could have multiple correct answers.
2019-03-15 19:31:45
Thanks a lot for your job!
2019-03-22 09:08:31
Thank you for your comments, I added choices on questions 5 and 7 :-)