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TEST 1

PART 1: CLOZE: VOCABULARY

OLYMPIC SCANDAL

Scandal has haunted the Olympic Games in modern times. At the very first Games, an Englishman called Flack
(01)............................ off briskly in front of the (02)............................ in the marathon. He was (03)............................ by
his butler on a bicycle. When they neared Athens, he (04)............................ the butler back to (05)............................ who
was behind him. The butler went back about a mile but found nobody. He rode back to Flack and said, "There's nobody.
You can win this thing on your head." Then soon after, (06)............................ ran one Greek, then another, and another,
and another. They were full of running. Perhaps Flack took a long (07)............................ round?
At the next Marathon, in 1900, in Paris, the winner was a Frenchman who worked as a baker's rounds man. It was
(08)............................ suspected that he was able to take numerous short (09)............................ because of his
experience delivering bread in the area.
Four years later, the Games were held in St Louis, in the USA. This (10)............................ suspicions were proved, and
the scandal great. The American runner who finished first in the marathon was discovered to have accepted a
(11)............................ from a car. He was disqualified.
It is not so much the scandals and disputes of recent years that have (12)............................ the Games. It is their sheer
(13)............................ , their excessive cost, their indulgence of national pride. One very sensible suggestion is that
future Games should be restricted to individual (14)............................ in which one person clearly wins. All team games
would go, and no one would feel any loss at the disappearance of Olympic soccer, a pale (15)............................ of the
more professional game.

01. paced made ambled set

02. group participants crowd field

03. served serviced accompanied allied

04. sent fetched brought requested

05. view scan look see

06. up round by to

07. path road way distance

08. heavily seriously strongly greatly

09. ways cuts routes sets

10. time occasion event meeting

11. lift help ride push

12. threatened attacked discouraged loomed over

13. grossness enormity obesity largesse

14. happenings events circumstances fields

15. weakness shadow image effigy


PART 2: CLOZE: STRUCTURE

Complete each space with the most appropriate word.

A SIGN OF THE TIMES

Wedding photographers are now asking (01).............................. payment (02).............................. advance because so
many marriages are breaking (03).............................. in the first few weeks, often (04).............................. the
honeymoon.

One photographer had to sue the bride for his money after the couple split (05).............................. on their honeymoon.
His photographs were submitted (06).............................. the court who said they were (07).............................. sufficient
standard, and she (08).............................. to pay for this souvenir of her "happiest day".

(09)............................. another case, the bride's mother saw the photographs and (10)............................ enlargements and
albums. The photographer said; "I called (11)............................ to say they were ready, and the bride's mother said,
'Don't bring those bloody photographs round (12)............................ - he's left (13)............................ .'"

PART 3: RE-PHRASING

Complete the second sentence, using between two and five words, including the word given. Do not change that word in
any way.

01. The dog is wagging its tail because it is trying to be friendly. friends

The dog is wagging its tail because it wants ............................ you.

02. It is a good habit to save in case of hard times. aside

It is a good habit to ............................ a rainy day.

03. My mother-in-law has invited us to share her house. moving

We ............................ my mother-in-law.

04. His lack of interest surprised me. surprising

I ............................ that he showed so little interest.

05. I am sorry that I cannot come to the party. miss

I am sorry ............................ the party.

06. It is pointless to carry boots to Samarkand point

There ............................ boots to Samarkand.

07. The path was so narrow they had to walk one behind the other along it. single

The path was so narrow they had to walk ............................ along it.

08. Small children are full of mischief. sorts

Small children get ............................ tricks.


09. "Can you help me?" the old lady asked. could

The old lady asked ............................ help her.

10. When he was much older, he understood until

It ............................ much older that he understood.

ERROR CORRECTION

Some of the following lines are correct; others have a word that should not be there. Tick the correct lines. Underline
the words that should not be there.

UPS AND DOWNS IN THE BUILDING TRADE

01. A student had been summer working on a building site in Canada. He claimed

02. money for an accident which had there happened to him on the building site.

03. He told to the court that his job had been to carry bricks down

04. from the fourth floor to the ground. He said: "I put up a beam and tackle

05. at the top of the house. Then I fixed up to a barrel on the end of a long rope.

06. The other end of the rope I tied it to a tree. I then went to the fourth floor

07. and filled the barrel with bricks. Then I went down to the ground and untied

08. the rope from the tree. Before I knew all what was happening,

09. the barrel pulled me up into the air. As I was going up, the barrel hit me

10. as it was going down. And went up on to the fourth floor. The barrel

11. fell to the ground, and burst. Now I was heavier than the barrel.

12. As I was going down, the barrel hit me on its way up.

13. I let go of the rope when I hit against the ground. The barrel was now heavier.

14. It dropped on me, and knocked me down out. I lost consciousness.

15. The student was given $18 as a compensation.


WORD FORMATION

To fill the spaces, use a word formed with the words in the list below.
SQUASHED DOG STORIES

Newspapers have a (01)................... for what the French call "squashed dog" stories. In England, they are "goldfish
emerging from bathroom tap" stories. Such stories run under the "Man Bites Dog" (02)................... From France comes
the story of an (03)................... savage attack on an old man near Calais carried out by a swarm of bees. The scenario
might have pleased Hitchcock. The victim was (04)................... himself in his garden at the time. The firemen were
called but were driven back into their van by the (05)................... of the insects. After 45 minutes someone arrived with
(06)................... clothing and (07)................... . By then the man sitting in the deck chair was dead, covered in hundreds
of stings, most of them on his eyelids.

The French liked the story from London about grafting a pig's kidneys on to a human patient. They went for the animal
rights angle. They like the idea of putting a (08)................... ring round the hospital to repel people who are intent on
rescuing the pig from (09)................... . From London, too, came the story of the brown paper parcel in London's main
parcel sorting office, a parcel which moved. Packages do not normally move very quickly through the post office at the
best of times, but this one was definitely frisky. A lady customs officer was summoned to X-ray the package. The X-ray
revealed a (10)................... reptile called a gila monster wrapped in a sock. The subsequent police trail led to a salesman
in Hampshire whose back bedroom was filled with rattlesnakes, lethal lizards, snapping turtles and a python, most of
which he had sent himself through the post.

01. fond 06. protect

02. head 07. insect

03. except 08. secure

04. sun 09. member

05. fierce 10.poison


ANSWERS
TEST 1

OLYMPIC SCANDAL ANSWERS

1. set
2. field
3. accompanied
4. sent
5. see
6. up
7. way
8. strongly
9. cuts
10. time
11. lift
12. threatened
13. enormity
14. events
15. shadow

A SIGN OF THE TIMES

1. for
2. in

3. up

4. during

5. up

6. to

7. of

8. had

9. in

10. ordered

11. up / round

12. here

13. her

14. asked / forced / required

15. to

SQUASHED DOG STORIES

1. fondness
2. headline
3. exceptionally

4. sunning

5. fierceness

6. protective

7. insecticide

8. security

9. dismemberment

10. poisonous

11.

PART 4: RE-PHRASING

1. to be/make friends with


2. put money/something aside for/against

3. are moving in with

4. found it surprising

5. (that) I shall (have to) miss, to miss

6. is no point (in/to) carrying

7. in single file

8. up to all sorts of

9. if I could

10. was not until he was

CORRECTION

UPS AND DOWNS IN THE BUILDING TRADE

01. summer

02. there

03. to

04. -

05. to

06. it
07. -

08. all

09. -

10. on

11. -

12. -

13. against

14. down

15. a

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