Reading Practice Test 3 [B2]
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– 8 questions –
Read the text below and decide which answer (A, B, C or D) best fits each gap. There is an example at the beginning.
A) say B) tell C) speak D) announce
Write the Perfect Crime Novel
Most people are born with the natural ability to (0) …….. stories, but only a rare few have the determination to become professional authors, and even fewer have the joy of seeing their novels top the (1) …….. of bestselling books. Some of the world’s famous crime writers have achieved the (2) …….. success of all. Who can deny the appeal of famous detectives like Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot? Even if you haven’t read the (3) …….. books you will have seen them in films or on the TV.
If you have an ambition to become the next Agatha Christie what should you do? The best starting (4) …….. is to read lots of examples of crime fiction written by good authors. You will need a notebook to carry around with you or, even better, some loose (5) …….. of paper that you can (6) …….. notes on and then file into a folder. After all, the most everyday situation – for example, watching a woman get (7) …….. a train – may be the inspiration for your first bestseller.
Like any good recipe you have to know the main (8) …….. of a successful novel. These are: an original story, strong characters and a memorable setting.
– 8 questions –
Read the text below and think of the word which fits each gap. Use only one word in each gap.
Cats of all kinds are present in the legends, religion, mythology, and history of (9) different cultures. Cave paintings created by early humans display different types of wild cats (10) are now extinct, or no longer around. Many of these great beasts saw humans as food, but were hunted by humans in return. Cats similar (11) the ones kept as pets today started showing up in artwork thousands of years ago. For example, the ancient Egyptians believed cats were the sacred, or special, animal of a goddess named Bast. They believed that Bast often appeared as a cat, so many ancient Egyptians respected and honoured cats and kittens. (12) , other cultures feared cats or thought that they brought illnesses and bad luck. Today, with millions kept as pets in homes around the world, cats have become important members of many families. No one knows for sure when or (13) cats became very popular household pets. It’s possible that people noticed how cats hunted mice and rats, (14) they set food and milk out to keep the cats near their homes. This helped to prevent (15) many of these rodents (16) coming into homes and eating people’s food or spreading sickness.
– 8 questions –
Questions 17 – 24
Read the text below. Use the word given in capitals at the end of some of the lines to form a word that fits in the gap in the same line.
Agriculture in Australia
Traditionally, Australia was (17) (fame) for producing wheat and wool, but times have changed in (18) (recently) years, with many farmers (19) (elect) to be more diverse in their crop and livestock range. It is now quite common to see farms with more exotic fruit and vegetables. Farmers are (20) (like) to sell their produce locally nowadays, but rather to the factories in the cities. As a result, farms are now large-scale (21) (produce) where thousands of tonnes of crops are cultivated.
Another aspect that is different nowadays is (22) (irrigate) . In the past, farmers would just flood the fields but now it is common to see sprinkler (23) (systematic) everywhere. This means that more water is conserved, which has been helpful with the drought that has severely impacted the (24) (major) of the farms in the southern states of the country.
Questions 25 – 30
Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given. Do not change the word given. You must use between two and five words, including the word given. Here is an example (0).
0. A very friendly taxi driver drove us into town.
We …………………………………………………… a very friendly taxi driver.
The gap can be filled by the words ‘were driven into town by’, so you write:
Write the missing words in CAPITAL LETTERS.
25. Joan was in favour of visiting the museum.
Joan thought it would be to the museum.
26. Arthur has the talent to become a concert pianist.
Arthur is so could become a concert pianist.
27. ‘Do you know when the match starts, Sally?’ asked Mary.
Mary asked Sally time the match started.
28. I knocked for ages at Ruth’s door but I got no reply.
I knocking at Ruth’s door but I got no reply.
29. Everyone says that the band is planning to go on a world tour next year.
The band planning to go on a world tour next year.
30. I’d prefer not to cancel the meeting.
I’d rather the meeting.
Questions 31 – 36
You are going to read an extract from a writer’s journal. Choose the correct answer.
Six months ago I made a rash promise. The leader of the youth club in our village rang me in March saying, ”We’re thinking of running a children’s playscheme for a day in October half-term. Would you be prepared to help?” My response was ”Sure, why not?” In truth I was a little flattered to be asked, even though working as a care assistant with old people hardly qualified me for the role. Still, I duly put the date in my diary and of course I forgot all about it. I don’t know if you’ve noticed this but time has a habit of speeding along faster than a police car chasing a robber and, before I knew it, the day was dawning.
I arrived at the youth centre that morning feeling full of trepidation. There was a gang of 12 helpers including me and each pair had been allocated a particular age group. Mine was the 10 to 11 year olds. Even with the planning meeting I had attended the week before, I worried about whether I was up to the task. Why hadn’t I read through the copious lesson plans we were given beforehand? And wasn’t the average 10-year-old more interested in the latest Play Station game than making things with paper and glue?
All too quickly the children began arriving. The look of relief on parents’ faces as they handed their offspring over to us was quite comical. A handful of the children were already members of the club but the other forty five or so were from the local primary schools. Again I asked myself why I had elected to spend a day with all these ‘little monsters’ especially when I have two all of my own to contend with! I needn’t have worried of course as it turned out to be a marvellous day. We watched entertaining dvd clips, learned ‘action’ songs, made clay pyramids, decorated biscuits, played memory games and spent some time in quiet reflection. I say ‘we’ because I rediscovered my inner child and joined in all the activities.
The particular highlight for me was the final rendition of ”He’s got the whole world in his hands” in the closing part of the day. The children knew the words and actions off by heart and sang so loudly it was almost enough to bring the roof down. It’s difficult to explain those moments; only that the body tingles with the pleasure of having witnessed something so magical.
Of course there were also moments of great poignancy. I found it difficult to stop thinking of one little girl, who mentioned oh-so-casually that her mum was in hospital and would be there for a long time. It’s easy for us adults to idealise childhood and forget that some children have their own burden of anxieties and concerns. When I got home utterly exhausted, still with modelling clay under my fingernails, I reflected on what a privilege it had been.
There was one disappointment for the children and that was that the playscheme was only running for a day, and not the whole week. As I said farewell to my group, one of the children turned and said ”Can we do it again in the next holiday, Miss?” My response was, ”Sure, why not?”
31. When the first day of the job arrived the writer was surprised…………CorrectIncorrect
32. When the writer arrived to start her job she…………..CorrectIncorrect
33. According to the writer, the parents were……………CorrectIncorrect
34. The writer’s best moment…………………..CorrectIncorrect
35. According to the writer, adults……………CorrectIncorrect
36. What is the writer’s attitude by the end of the day?CorrectIncorrect
Questions 37 – 42
You are going to read an article about the making of an unusual television commercial. Six sentences have been removed from the article. Choose from the sentences A – G the one which fits each gap. There is one extra sentence which you do not need to use.
The Making of “Tipping Point”
Many of the most expensive commercials ever made are those in which an A-list celebrity flashes a beautiful smile at the cameras. Not so with the famous Irish drink company Guinness. Their recent television advertisement, the most expensive in British history, cost ten million pounds, and it features, not the rich and famous, but villagers from the mountains of Argentina.
The advertisement features a game of dominoes. It begins in a darkened room where several thousand ordinary dominoes are set up on a specially-designed table. (37) Dominoes knock over books, which in turn knock bigger household objects such as suitcases, tyres, pots of paint, oil drums and even cars. The final piece in the chain reaction is a huge tower of books. These flutter open to reveal a structure in the shape of a pint of Guinness.
The location chosen for the commercial was Iruya, a village high up in the mountains of north-west Argentina. (38) The journey there could take up to ten hours. Asked why this remote destination was chosen for the shoot, the director said that even though it was the most difficult location they could have picked, it was perfect.
For one month, the village, population thousand, increased in size by almost thirty percent. One hundred and forty crew members descended on the village. These included the world record holders in domino toppling, Weijers Domino productions from the Netherlands. (39)
Creating this film was no easy task. Preparations for filming took well over a month. Twenty six truckloads of objects were brought in. (40) They included 10,000 books, 400 tyres, 75 mirrors, 50 fridges, 45 wardrobes and 6 cars. Setting the objects up took skill and patience. They needed to be arranged so they would fall over easily, and this involved balancing them on stones. Some of the sequences had to be reshot 15 times and 24 hours of footage was captured. However, the sequence in which six cars fell over was successfully shot in just one take.
Filming in this location was not without its difficulties. Firstly, being so isolated, it was hard to obtain resources at short notice. The second problem was the high altitude. (41) It was also hard working with the villagers who had no experience of film-making. Finally, setting and resetting the props caused a good deal of frustration.
These days when CGI is all the rage, it was surprising that so little of the work was done using computer effects. The only sequence that used computer graphics was the one in which the tower of books fluttered open to reveal a pint of Guinness. (42) Even so, this was no simple matter. They had to ensure that all the books in the tower had a different appearance.
Director Nicolai Fuglsig said about the project : ‘Despite all the challenges, the cast was fantastic and it was a really amazing experience.’ Whether or not the effort put into the advert pays off is another matter entirely.
Questions 43 – 52
Read about three members of the cat family, then answer the questions. For each question, choose from the cats (A-C). The cats may be chosen more than once.
43. Which cat physically marks its territory?
44. Which cat cannot live in un-managed wild areas?
45. Which cat used to live over a large percentage of the planet?
46. Which cat is very good at silent, unseen hunting?
47. Which cat is an extremely good climber?
48. Which cat is not the stereotypical independent lone creature?
49. Which cat has a healthy population?
50. Which cat is well regarded in most cultures?
51. Which cat can sometimes be seen in city areas?
52. Which cat looks very similar to another big cat?