Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word or phrase that is OPPOSITE in meaning to the underlined part in each of the following questions.
I can’t stand people who treat animals cruelly.
Names of people in the book were changed to preserve anonymity.
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word that differs from the rest in the position of the main stress in each of the following questions.
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct answer to each of the following questions.
Question 8: My father is in charge when Mr. Smith is ______. He took over from him on June 1st.
Question 9: It is a biological fact that children ______ their parents.
Question 10: I can’t ______ who it is. He is too far away.
Question 11: Looking down at the coral reef, we saw ______ of tiny, multi-coloured fish.
Question 12: ______ bacteria in foods are killed, as they are during baking or stewing, decay is slowed down.
Question 13: – “Well, cats are very good at catching mice around the house.” – “______.”
Question 14: A bridge must be strong enough to support its own weight _____ the weight of the people and vehicles that use it.
Question 15: I must take this watch to be repaired as it ______ over 20 minutes a day.
Question 16: The hall was very crowded with over a hundred people ______ into it.
Question 17: The operating principles of the telephone are ______ they were in the nineteenth century.
Question 18: – “Shall we go for a swim?” – “______”
Question 19: – “Can I get you something to drink?” – “______”
Question 20: The move to a different environment brought about a significant ____ in my cousin’s state of mind.
Question 21: – “Can I carry these suitcases into the room for you?” – “______”
Question 22: Although the new library service has been very successful, its future is ______ certain.
Question 23: It was with a ______ heart that she said goodbye to all her classmates.
Question 24: The forecast predicted __ weather with snow, sunshine, wind and thunder and that is just what we have had.
Question 25: Most of _____ archaeologists know about prehistoric cultures is based on studies of material remains.
Question 26: – “Mrs. Brown passed away yesterday.” – “David has told me that. ______.”
Question 27: My mother ______ me against staying late night after night to prepare for exams.
Question 28: That’s a nice coat, and the colour ______ you well.
Question 29: The man who was driving the truck would not admit that he had been at fault, and ______.
A. neither had the other driver
Question 30: We walk in streets where the noise of traffic is almost ______.
Question 31: All members of my family are ______ aware of the need to obey the family rules.
Question 32: The number of homeless people after the flood ______ dramatically.
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word or phrase that is closest in meaning to the underlined part in each of the following questions.
Dissemination of information is frequently carried out via satellite – through local or national TV networks.
Trees have to be pruned seasonally or annually to ensure that they continue to bear fruit.
In rural Midwestern towns of the USA, the decisions that affect most residents are made at general assemblies in schools and churches.
Read the following passage and mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct word for each of the blanks from 36 to 45.
Easter is a holiday in late March or early April, the first Sunday after the first full moon after 21 March. Many people (36)____ it with their family or have a short holiday/ vacation. It is also an important Christian (37)____. Easter Sunday, the day of the Resurrection, is the end of Lent (38)____ the most important date in the Christian year. Many people who do not go to church at other times go on Easter Sunday. It was once (39)____ for people to wear new clothes to church on this day. Women (40)____new hats, called Easter bonnets. Today, people sometimes make elaborately decorated Easter bonnets for fun. A few people send Easter (41)____with religious symbols on them or pictures of small chickens, lambs, rabbits and spring flowers, all traditionally associated (42)____Easter.
The Friday before Easter Sunday is called Good Friday and is (43)____ as the day Christ was crucified (= hanged on a cross to die). On Good Friday many people eat hot cross buns (= fruit buns decorated with a simple cross). The Monday after Easter is called Easter Monday. In Britain, Good Friday and Easter Monday are both (44)____ holidays. In the US, each company decides for itself (45)____ to close or remain open on those days.
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to show the underlined part that needs correction.
The basic elements of public-opinion research are interviewers, questionnaires, tabulating equipment, and to sample population.
The twins have the same identical birthmarks on their backs
Beaten by Holyfield, his position was not highly appreciated in world boxing.
Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood home resembled that of many other mid-western pioneers, with its dirt floor, sleeping loft, and crude fireplace.
Members of a nation’s foreign service represent that country’s interests abroad and report on the conditions, trends, and policies of the country whichthey are stationed.
Read the following passage and mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct answer to each of the questions from 51 to 60.
At 7 p.m on a dark, cold November evening, thousands of people are making their way across a vast car park. They’re not here to see a film, or the ballet, or even the circus. They are all here for what is, bizarrely, a global phenomenon: they are here to see Holiday on Ice. Given that most people don’t seem to be acquainted with anyone who’s ever been, the show’s statistics are extraordinary: nearly 300 million people have seen Holiday on Ice since it began in 1943; it is the most popular live entertainment in the world.
But what does the production involve? And why are so many people prepared to spend their lives travelling round Europe in caravans in order to appear in it? It can’t be glamorous, and it’s undoubtedly hard work. The backstage atmosphere is an odd mix of gym class and workplace. A curtained-off section at the back of the arena is laughably referred to as the girls’ dressing room, but is more accurately described as a corridor, with beige, cracked walls and cheap temporary tables set up along the length of it. Each girl has a small area littered with pots of orange make-up, tubes of mascara and long false eyelashes.
As a place to work, it must rank pretty low down the scale: the area round the ice-rink is grey and mucky with rows of dirty blue and brown plastic seating and red carpet tiles. It’s an unimpressive picture, but the show itself is an unquestionably vast, polished global enterprise: the lights come from a firm in Texas, the people who make the audio system are in California, but Montreal supplies the smoke effects; former British Olympic skater Robin Cousins is now creative director for the company and conducts a vast master class to make sure they’re ready for the show’s next performance.
The next day, as the music blares out from the sound system, the cast start to go through their routines under Cousins’ direction. Cousins says, The aim is to make sure they’re all still getting to exactly the right place on the ice at the right time – largely because the banks of lights in the ceiling are set to those places, and if the skaters are all half a metre out they’ll be illuminating empty ice. Our challenge,’ he continues, ‘is to produce something they can sell in a number of countries at the same time. My theory is that you take those things that people want to see and you give it to them, but not in the way they expect to see it. You try to twist it. And you have to find music that is challenging to the skaters, because they have to do it every night.’
It may be a job which he took to pay the rent, but you can’t doubt his enthusiasm. ‘The only place you’ll see certain skating moves is an ice show,’ he says, ‘because you’re not allowed to do them in competition. It’s not in the rules. So the ice show world has things to offer which the competitive world just doesn’t. ‘Cousins knows what he’s talking about because he skated for the show himself when he stopped competing – he was financially unable to retire. He learnt the hard way that you can’t put on an Olympic performance every night. ‘I’d be thinking, these people have paid their money, now do your stuff, and I suddenly thought, “I really can’t cope. I’m not enjoying it”.’ The solution, he realised, was to give 75 per cent every night, rather than striving for the sort of twice-a-year excellence which won him medals.
To be honest, for those of us whose only experience of ice-skating is watching top-class Olympic skaters, some of the movements can look a bit amateurish, but then, who are we to judge? Equally, it’s impossible not to be swept up in the whole thing; well, you’d have to try pretty hard not to enjoy it.
Question 51: According to paragraph 1 the writer is surprised to see that although Holiday on Ice is popular ______.
A. people often prefer other types of show
Question 52: From the phrase “it must rank pretty low down the scale” in paragraph 3 we can infer that ______.
Question 53: Which of the following adjectives can be used to describe the backstage area?
Question 54: It is mentioned in paragraph 3 that ______.
A. many companies are involved in the production
Question 55: For Robin Cousins, the aim of the rehearsal is ______.
Question 56: Cousins’s theory on how to produce shows for different audiences is that ______.
A. he adapts movements to suit everyone
Question 57: It is suggested in paragraph 5 that skating in shows ______.
The pronoun “them” in paragraph 5 refers to ______.
The phrase “the hard way” in paragraph 5 most likely means ______.
Which of the following is the writer’s conclusion of Holiday on Ice?
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the sentence that is DIFFERENT in meaning to each of the following questions.
Question 61: I am sure it was by mistake that he took your calculator.
Question 62: It would be a good idea if you went and asked her yourself.
A. I advise you to go and ask her yourself.
Question 63: For fear of waking up the family, Trung tiptoed upstairs.
Question 64: He is an authority on primitive religion.