Here is the sentence:

Because her hands were still slippery from the dishwater, Marilyn dropped the watermelon, which __________ on the floor in an explosion of pulp and seeds.

The blank requires the past tense of burst, an irregular verb which always has the same form. You chose burst, the correct answer. Nice work, grammar brain!

Verb Simple Present Simple Past Past Participle
burst burst(s) burst burst

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