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Fill in the gaps with the correct forms of the verb (past simple and past continuous).

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1. Claudia (learn) ............ ............ to be a chef when she (win) ............ a national recipe contest.

2. Jake (enjoy) ............ ............ the old car show so much, he (do, not, remember) ............ ............ ............ that he had an appointment.

3. The band members (play) ............ ............ a concert when Adriennes clarinet (squeak) ............ . She (feel) ............ embarrassed.

4. The Apollo 13 astronauts (prepare) ............ ............ to land on the Moon when they (discover) ............ a problem with the spaceship.

5. Caroline (try) ............ ............ to find a job in Portland when she (hear) ............ about a great opportunity in Orlando.

6. You (sail) ............ ............ near Barbados when your ship (strike) ............ a sand bar; you (do, not, like) ........... ........... ........... waiting for help to come.

Examination Card #1


You are going to spend three days with your friends in London. Youve just received an email from your English friend asking you about the time of your arrival and the places youd like to visit. Write an email of 5060 words including the following points:

arrival details and the name of the airport;

a chosen programme.


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Examination Card #2

I. Reading

Read the text given below. For questions (14), choose the best answers (A, B, C, D).

JULIETTE GORDON LOW, GIRL SCOUT NATIONAL CENTRE

Do you know where the idea for a Girl Scout or Boy Scout organizations came from? The original idea came from England, but the first Girl Scout group in the United States began in Savannah, Georgia, and all because one woman had a vision. Juliette Daisy Gordon Low organized the first group of Girl Scouts on March 12, 1912, because she wanted to give girls the opportunity to get out of the house and get involved in their community and outdoor activities. She got the idea of starting a girls group after spending time in England with General Robert Baden-Powell and his sister Agnes, who had founded the Boy Scouts and the Girl Guides. Low took these ideas back to the U.S. and established the Girl Guides of America. It started out as a group of 18 girls who met regularly with a naturalist to go on nature walks, cook meals over campfires, and do other scouting activities. Low was so dedicated to this group that she sold a strand of rare matched pearls for $8,000 to pay for operations in the beginning. Today, Lows birthplace in Savannah is open to the public as a museum and contains information about the early Girl Scouts.

What was the main purpose of the Girl Scouts?

 A to give girls the chance to get involved in their community and the outdoors.

 Bto give girls opportunities to do performances in the theatre.

C to give girls a chance to improve their language ability.

D to help girls with business and education.

Where did Robert Baden-Powell live?

 ASavannah BEngland CGeorgia DAmerica

What activities does a Girl Scout participate in?

Anature walks.  C other scouting activities.

B cooking meals over campfires. D all of the above.

Examination Card #2


How did the founder get money for the Girl Scouts in the beginning?

A went to England.  C made her birthplace a museum.

B sold a strand of pearls.  D got married.

       

II. Writing

For questions 16, read the text below and decide which answer (A, B, C or D) best fits each gap.

The most frustrating part of being a tour guide is guiding people who dont understand what they have got themselves into. After so many years at this (1) ....., I have realised that people travel to different places without taking their interests into account. For instance, if you need to go to a museum at home, what makes you think you will (2)..... one in another country and not be (3) .....? I lead wildlife tours and some people turn (4) ..... not to be interested in wildlife and constantly complain about walking in the woods! Well, what can you say? Its amazing how many people (5) ..... or dont read the literature at all and (6) ..... for something completely different.

           

 

Examination Card #2


You have read the letter in the Internet blog in which the person from an Englishspeaking country is looking for a pen friend. Write a short letter (5060 words) to this person including the following information:

Give your name, age and nationality.

Say what you like doing and why you are writing.

Ask the person to write you about the same things.


 

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Examination Card #3

I. Reading

Read the text given below. For questions (14), choose the answer (A, B, C or D) which you think fits best according to the text.

MY BRILLIANT BRAIN

Geniuses amaze us, impress us, and make us all a little jealous. How do they differ from an average person? Scientists are working hard to figure out that answer. Tune in to the National Geographic Channel to find out about the discoveries theyre making in the series My Brilliant Brain.

When Marc Yu was only two years old, he began to play the piano. After a year, he started learning pieces by Beethoven. Now hes a world-renowned concert pianist at the age of eight. He learns newer and more difficult pieces with ease and can identify any note he hears. He seems to be specially designed for music. In Born Genius, National Geographic looks at the science behind child prodigies to explain why some children seem to be born without limits.

Genius didnt come naturally to Tommy McHugh. His extraordinary abilities came only after he nearly died from bleeding in his brain. After recovering, McHughs head was filled with new thoughts and pictures. So, he began to express them in the form of poetry and art. Now, hes a seemingly unstoppable creative machine. Sufferers of autism and brain injury have shown that great mental ability can sometimes come from damage or disease. Accidental Genius explores this puzzling relationship.

Can normal people be trained to be geniuses? Susan Polger has shown no signs of extraordinary intelligence. Yet, during her childhood, she studied thousands of chess patterns and learned to recognize them immediately. As a result, she was able to beat skilled adult players by the age of 10 and can now play up to five games at the same time without even seeing the boards. Make Me a Genius examines what it takes to turn an ordinary brain into that of a genius.

If becoming a genius were easy, wed all be one. Yet, there is much more to super intelligence than simply being born lucky. Learn more about amazing brains this month on National Geographics My Brilliant Brain.

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