Thank you so much for your recent letter. I really enjoyed reading about your holiday in Spain. It sounds like you (33) _________________ a wonderful vacation. Let me tell you about our summer holiday in Greece!
The flight to Greece (34) _________________ smoothly. However, we had some problems with the ferry in Athens! We (35) _________________ a ferry crossing two weeks before we (36) _________________ and arrived at the port with our tickets in hand. Unfortunately, the ferry (37) _________________ nowhere in sight! We rushed about the port (38) _________________ to find the ferry, but no one (39) _________________ of the ferry lines! Finally, after we (40) _________________ for about four hours, a man (41) _________________ us that the ferry line had changed owners and had a new name and kindly (42) _________________ us to the correct ferry. Well, we were pretty lucky as the ferry was preparing to depart that very moment! We hopped on board and drank a beer to calm our nerves.
43. You had a good meal in a local restaurant with your family. Write a letter to the newspaper to tell them about it, describe the meal you had, and why you think the restaurant is worth visiting. You should write at least 100 words. Do not write any dates and addresses. Start your letter with
Read the given text. Match the sentences (A-H) to the passages (1-5). There are three sentence; you should not use. Write your answers on the separate answer sheet.
( ) (1) Money often causes problems in a marriage, sometimes leading couples directly to divorce court. To control money problems in a marriage, set goals to clarify what you really want. Another technique is to find out where you are really spending your money. Add up those ’little’ expenses such as a morning cup of latte at $3.00 a cup or an apple-blueberry muffin for $1.00. At the end of the year, you’ve spent $1,460. In addition, set a ’talk to me’ limit, deciding which purchases require a household discussion. For example, many couples might decide that any purchase over $200 requires a joint discussion before purchase.
( ) (2) When aging parents need help, it puts a tremendous weight on their adult children. The situtation is particularly difficult if the parent does not live nearby. To handle such difficult situations, some health experts advise adult children to investigate community resources such as Meals on Wheels Another suggestion is to rotate care among other family members. Sometimes the problem can be alleviated by having the parent move closer. Is is also essential to assess the parent’s actual needs.
( ) (3) The cold and flu season typically occurs during the fall and winter. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, one billion colds occur in the United States each year with children suffering the majority of these. To ward off colds, wash your hands frequently Another technique is to avoid touching one’s eyes and nose. Cleaning household surfaces with disinfectants can also help reduce the spread of infection. Howver, avoiding people with colds іsequally important.
( ) (4) Because of the danger of hypothermia, one should dress in layers if exercising during cold winter weather. Another precaution to take for exercising in the winter months is to drink plenty of liquids and to watch for frostbite. Stretching before and after exercising is also vital in winter because one’s muscles will be cold.
( ) (5) When you reach a stop sign and no one is coming from the other direction, do you roll on through instead of stopping? A large majority of bad drivers say that they believe it is okay to go through stop signs as long as no one gets hurt. Do you talk on the cell phone while driving instead of pulling over to stop and talk? Seventy-seven percent of bad drivers frequently don’t pull over. Do you hate driving behind large vehicles that obstruct your view? More than 60% of bad drivers report that they are frustrated when driving behind SUVs. Do you find yourself in confrontations on the road because of your own driving habits or the driving habits of others? At least half of all bad drivers do. (adapted from Insure.com 2004).
A There are several ways to tell if you have the habits of bad drivers.
ВSome serious medical conditions often go unnoticed.
C There are several ways to manage marital money problems.
D Winter weather is no excuse for lack of exercise.
E Adult children can use several strategies to assist their aging parents.
F Millions of people suffer from colds in the U.S. each year.
G There are several effective prevention techniques individuals can use to avoid the flu or a cold.
H There are a few rules to follow for exercising in cold weather.
Read the text below. For questions (6-10) choose the correct answer (А, В, C or D). Write your answers on the separate answer sheet.
The elephant is the largest animal to walk on Earth. An elephant can carry a load of 1200 pounds. They eat 300 pounds of food a day. An elephant baby can weigh 200 pounds at birth. Elephants can live up to 70 years. Elephants can be trained to carry logs with their trunks, and have been used in the forestry industry in Asia for many years. Elephants also use their trunks for drinking water, bathing, and eating and communicating. Recently it was discovered that elephants can communicate over a distance of several miles using infrasonic sounds inaudible to humans. Elephants use their ears as a cooling system. Blood flows through veins in the ears and as the elephant flap his ears, the blood cools and flows through his body to cool off other parts. Elephant feet are large and round. They distribute the large animal’s weight effectively. In the past, elephants were killed and their feet were made into umbrella stands and small tables for tourists. Now elephants are protected by special laws. There are two kinds of elephants: the African elephant and the Indian elephant. African elephants can be identified by the larger ears. The African elephant grows up to 10 feet tall and weighs as much as 12,000 pounds. The Indian elephant grows up to 9 feet tall, and weighs up to 8000 pounds. It’s easier to identify because of its smaller ears. Most circus elephants are Indian elephants. Another name for the Indian elephant is the Asian elephant. Unfortunately, there is a growing conflict between elephants and humans as more of the elephants’ habitat is developed. Elephants can destroy the crops of an entire village in a single night, and this also causes conflict. At the moment, there are about 600,000 elephants remaining in Africa. The greatest threat to elephants is the ivory trade. Most commercial ivory comes from elephant’s tusks. From 1979 to 1989 was a bad time for African elephants. About 70,000 wild elephants were killed for ivory each year. In 1989 an international treaty limited the trade in ivory, decreasing the number of elephants killed, but elephants are still being killed for ivory. Please don’t ever buy anything made from ivory! Don’t even buy anything that looks like ivory!
6 How much does a baby elephant weigh at birth?
A 70 pounds
В 200 pounds
C 300 pounds
D 200 pounds
7 Hunters made umbrella holders out of:
A Elephants’ trunks.
В Elephants’ tails.
C Elephants’ feet.
D Elephants’ teeth.
8 An Indian Elephant has ... than the African Elephant.
A a longer tail
В a stronger trunk
C smaller ears
D bigger teeth
9 What part of an elephant’s body is used to cool the elephant?
A The tail.
В The trunk.
C The feet.
D The ears.
10 What animal is the most dangerous to an elephant?
A Human beings.
Read the text. Match each passage (11-16) with the statements (A-H). There are two statements you should not use. Write your answers on the separate answer sheet.
11 A US man held on to the back of his sports car and rang police on his mobile phone as a thief drove off at speeds of up to 130mph.
Tony Young said he was determined to hang on to his car because it had been stolen before, but admitted he thought he was a ‘goner’.
Mr Young, 35, of Swartz Creek, told reporters: ’I didn’t want to lose it again. That car’s my pride and joy’.
The car was stolen from his home, but Mr Young asked a friend to give him a lift so he could look for it, and they saw the car at a stop sign.
He challenged the driver but the car drove off. Mr Young jumped on the back of the car and held on to the spoiler.
As the car went faster and faster, Young hung on and gave police a running commentary on his phone. He says he thought he was going to die when the car turned on to a motorway.
The chase finally ended when the thief stopped the car and ran away on foot. He was caught by police about 10 minutes later.
12 Britain’s newspapers have played their annual April Fool’s jokes on their readers with a series of hoax stories.
’The Sun’ reckons gipsies have established a camp on the Queen’s grass at Windsor Castle using a 650-year-old law. The paper reckons the gipsies claim to be descended from the original builders of the castle who got permission to put their tents there from King Edward III.
’The Mirror’ reckons sheep with St George’s Cross markings on their coats are being used to cut the grass at the new Wembley football stadium. It says the natural fertiliser of their droppings has reduced the need for chemicals, meaning less allergic reaction on players. The paper claims a Wembley spokesman said: ’It’s based on methods going back centuries’.
Meanwhile ’The Daily Mail’ has what it claims to be a ‘Royal picture exclusive’ of Prince Charles and Prince Harry shopping for sexy underwear. The pictures show Royal look-alikes examining bras and knickers at what is described as an exclusive lingerie shop near Windsor Castle.
13 A German scientist is being studied by colleagues after claiming that he has eaten nothing for four years. Cancer researcher Dr Michael Werner says he gets all his energy from sunlight. He says he drinks only water mixed with a small amount of fruit juice.
Dr Werner has written a book about his experiences, saying that when he started the experiment he even put on weight. In his book he says: ’I can’t really explain what is happening on a scientific level in my case, but perhaps just a little bit of faith is all that is needed’.
German colleagues who are investigating the source of Dr Werner’s energy say only plants can synthesise energy from the sun, and they cannot explain how he is able to stay healthy.
Dr Helmut Oberritter, head of the German society for nutrition, said: ’It is not possible to live on what one gets from fruit juice. There are lots of vital proteins and fats that are missing. Obviously this case needs a lot more investigating before we will be able to explain it’.
14 An Italian woman who was previously confined to a wheelchair has gone trekking in Nepal after diagnosing her illness on the Internet.
Stefania Yanoni’s illness had puzzled her doctors in Baceno in northern Italy for more than two decades.
Endless tests failed to find out why she was unable to walk, reported Italian media. But after identifying the symptoms that had left her crippled as the condition known as ataxia, she is now walking again and has to take one small tablet a day.
After reading how an inability to coordinate muscular movements was a symptom of certain nervous disorders, she asked doctors to perform a DNA test which confirmed that she had ataxia.
After six months of physiotherapy and treatments, she was able to walk again for the first time in 23 years, and lead ’a normal life’.
Vanoni now wants to make up for lost time, and following her trekking holiday in Nepal she is planning another trekking trip to Peru.
15 A 9-year-old Bulgarian orphan who was adopted by a wealthy Western family has given Ј6,000 worth of presents to his former playmates.
The youngster, named Axel, saved his Christmas and birthday money for five years to save up the cash to buy toys and clothes.
Axel was adopted five years ago by the family of a rich banker in Luxembourg from an orphanage in the small town of Dobrich.
Dr Eugenia Georgieva, director of the orphanage, said that Axel regularly wrote her emails and told her about saving his Christmas and birthday money to help his old friends.
She said, ’I imagined he was talking about pocket money amounts’.
She added that Axel’s dream was to return to Bulgaria as a grown-up and set up his own bank there.
16 A pet dog caused Ј30,000 of damage when it turned on its owner’s cooker and burnt down the kitchen.
Skylar, a three-year-old ’goldendoodle’, apparently started a kitchen fire when she tried to jump on the stove to get left-over pizza.
It happened after her owner, Fred Haines, left his home in Naperville, Illinois, to go to work, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.
The fire spread to a nearby plastic cutting board, and then to the cabinets above the stove, Naperville fire officials said.
Firefighters broke down a door after neighbours phoned them and rescued the unconscious Skylar.