Choose the correct word to complete the sentence. The sun circus _____(was, is) a magical place where every child and every adult travels into a world of imagination and illusion. At the circus there _____(are, is) a clown called Clarence and it _____(is, are) his job to make the audience laugh. But one day, just as the show _____(was, were) about to begin, Clarence felt sad and didn’t much feel like going out on stage… Passing at that moment outside his dressing room, his friend the acrobat stopped to talk to him: “Hi Clarence! Ready to get out on stage?” he called.
That ______(was, is, were) when the acrobat realized something ______(was, are) wrong with Clarence the clown, for although his face had a big smile painted on it and he ______(was, were, are) wearing a jolly red nose, his eyes _____ (are, were) sad… “What’s up, my friend?” asked the acrobat. Clarence the clown answered: “Well…I ______(are, am) sad because I’ve lost my lucky flower and I can’t go on stage without it…“ “But Clarence, my friend, it’s just a flower. The only hero here ______(is, are) you. Who else will get all those children laughing till the tears run down their cheeks? The flower? Definitely not! The children (is, are, were) waiting for you; they want to see you be silly, and to keep falling over!!”
Without another word, the acrobat left Clarence’s dressing room, leaving him very surprised at the acrobat’s mysterious exit. It ______(was, are) now a few minutes before Clarence’s performance, and the children had already begun shouting for the clowns. At that very moment, Clarence’s dressing room door burst open and the acrobat appeared, holding a flower in his hand: “Clarence”, he said, “this flower will bring you luck. I picked it from the field outside the circus just for you. I know it’s not your flower, but I know it will bring you all the strength you need… It’s magic, you know…” “Thank you so much“, said Clarence to the acrobat, “I_____(was, am) glad that you’re my friend”.