20. It was late at night but the light was on in Ted’s room. When I
_________COME_________ in, he didn’t even turn to me. I looked at his
monitor and realized that he ________SURF__________ the Internet for
“Why do you need a job?” I asked. “You _________EMPLOY_________
by Mr. Green only a week ago as far as I remember.”
“Yes, I was. I got a job of a waiter in his restaurant. But I
_________LOSE_________ that job already. They said I was rude to a
“Were you?” I was surprised since Ted was the
_________PATIENT_________ and tolerant person I’d ever met.
“Yes, it was probably rude of ________I__________ to tell those ladies
that I wouldn’t bring them anything else. Just imagine – they had changed
their order three times! Each time they tried a dish, they
_________NOT/LIKE_________ it. When they said that for the
_________FOUR_________ time, I lost control. One of the
_________WOMAN_________ called for the manager and complained.”
Ted nervously turned back to his computer. “I didn’t like that job anyway.”
21. Ballroom dancing in the UK is making a comeback. For the past five
years the popularity of ballroom dancing has grown thanks to the TV
show 'Strictly Come Dancing'. In the show a professional ballroom
_________DANCE_________ has a celebrity for a partner. They learn
________DIFFER__________ ballroom dances and perform them live on
TV. Four judges and the public decide who stays in the
_________COMPETE_________ and who leaves. The show
demonstrates how glamorous ballroom dancing is. The celebrities wear
_________COLOUR_________ dresses and suits and the show looks
very ________IMPRESS__________. According to the ratings, the
________PERFORM__________ is becoming more and more popular
with TV audiences.
22. The phone rang in Clark Taylor’s house at nearly three in the
morning. He answered it only after the _________FIVE_________
ring. “Hello,” Clark said in a sleepy voice.
“Mr. Taylor. Thank goodness. I need your help.” Clark definitely
_________KNOW_________ the voice. However, he was sleepy and
________NOT/CAN__________ remember who it was. “Mr. Taylor!” the man said. “I am in trouble. The police allowed me only
one phone call. And I am calling you.” Then, the fog cleared. Although
nearly ten years had passed since ________THEY__________ last
meeting, Clark was able to recognise the voice. It belonged to Martin Hall,
one of the _________BRIGHT_________ math students he had ever
“Martin, what’s happened? Where are you? ” Clark asked.
“In the police station. I _________ARREST_________ at the railway
station two hours ago. I was going to a conference. The police mistook
me for another person. The irony is that I really do look like the criminal
that they are looking for. Besides that, I _________LOSE_________ my
ID card and I can’t prove who I am. You are the only person in this town
who knows me. Can you help me?” Martin Hall asked.
“If you give me the address, I ________COME__________ at once,”
––––Clark said, jumping up of the bed. It was not difficult for him to prove
that Martin Hall was his former student. Clark brought a scientific journal
with Martin’s article and a photo of him. The
________POLICEMAN__________ were surprised to find out that their
prisoner was a capable young scientist.
23. Can people live without friends? Most of us would say "no". Friends
make our lives enjoyable and _________INTEREST_________.
Friendship is something you can't buy. It is a
_________WONDER_________ and valuable gift. It is
_________POSSIBLE_________ to live without people who care for you
and who are always ready to help. However, to find a true friend is not
easy. Friendship requires honesty, trust and _________KIND_________.
Being a friend means not only having fun together but helping each other
in a difficult ________SITUATE__________. A true friend not only
praises you but tells you when you are not right too. If you have already
found such a person, you're ________LUCK__________.
24. People are afraid of lots of things. There are many
_________DIFFER_________ kinds of fears called phobias. They affect
at least a quarter of the _________POPULATE_________. The
_________TRADITION_________ treatment for people with strong
phobias is some kind of therapy. In most cases it doesn’t work but doctors
still believe that phobias can be cured. ________RECENT__________ they have discovered a drug which can help people to overcome their
phobias. It doesn’t work for everybody but when it does, it is very
________EFFECT__________. People, who take the pill feel much
better – most of their fears ________APPEAR__________.
25. We arrived at the lake very early. It was cold but in spite of that there
were several _________MAN_________ there. Dad pulled our fishing
rods out of the rucksack and we joined the others. “Hey, look what
I_________CATCH_________!” a man sitting several metres upstream
proudly showed us his bag. There was a large fish in it.
“Good job,” Dad _________SAY_________ and everyone became quiet
“How long do we have to wait? When will they bite?” I whispered.
“I _________NOT/KNOW_________,” Dad whispered back and a
moment later he was holding a little, silver fish. “See?” he turned to me.
“But this one is too small. We’d better let it go and wait for the next one.”
And he let _________HE_________ fish go. The second fish was
________BIG__________ than the first one and soon Dad caught a few
“If it goes on like this, mum ________COOK__________ us a great
dinner,” he said.
We kept fishing till noon but I didn’t catch anything
_________I_________ and got really bored with it. To me, it
_________BE_________ a stupid waste of time but I certainly wasn’t
going to tell Dad that. He wouldn’t have liked it.
26. People spend hours talking on their mobile phones. There is an
opinion that it may be ________HARM__________ to their health, but it
is difficult to know for sure. Some research shows that mobile phones
may cause brain problems. On the other hand, some doctors say mobiles
are not ________DANGER__________ at all. No matter what doctors
say, it’s just _________POSSIBLE_________ to live without a mobile
phone today. It has become a very ________USE__________ device
and people can’t do without it. It makes our life
_________COMFORT_________ and saves time. People can get in
touch with each other quickly. Mobile phones make
_________COMMUNICATE_________ easier. 27. It was an early morning. Ben jumped out of his bed as soon as the
_________ONE_________ rays of sun came into the room. He grabbed
his backpack and started to pack. Ben put in some of his favourite things
to take with ________HE__________ on the trip to Grandpa’s. He put in
his favourite book, his kite and his teddy bear. Soon everything
_________PACK_________ and he started to get dressed. Visiting
Grandpa had always been the ________GOOD__________ part of his
summer vacation. Together, they went fishing and watched football
matches. Ben’s granddad _________TEACH_________ him how to
repair bikes and other things. Ben’s mum entered his room.
“Grandpa’s here,” she said with a smile. Ben told her that he
_________BE_________ ready to go. He grabbed his backpack and ran
into the kitchen where Grandpa _________DRINK_________ his tea.
“Ready, big guy?” asked Grandpa. “Will you have breakfast before we
“No, I ________NOT/BE__________ hungry”, Ben answered, “I’ll have
breakfast at your place. Grandma ________COOK__________
something nice for me, hasn’t she?”
28. Michael could not imagine his life without computers. His parents
________BUY__________ him his first computer at the age of seven. It
took _________HE_________ several days to learn how to use it. His
mum said that the younger people were, the _________FAST_________
they could learn computer skills. That was probably true – most
________CHILD__________ in Michael’s class were very competent
computer users. Michael was really surprised to find out that the first
personal computer _________INVENT_________ in the 70’s of the last
century. “And how did you chat or send your emails without computers?”
he asked his mother. She smiled: “We _________NOT/SEND_________
each other emails. And there were no networks.” She also said that it
_________BE_________ fun to communicate facetoface, to play outof
doors and to visit friends’ homes.
“But if there _________BE_________ no computers, I wouldn’t be able to
communicate with my friends who live far away from me,” Michael replied.
“True. Technological progress is a great thing,” his mother said “And I
think people _________CREATE_________ even more amazing
communication devices in the near future.” 29. British cuisine is simple. Puddings, stews, pies and breads are
_________TRADITION_________ British dishes. Many of them are
cooked and eaten on holidays. The choice of dishes has been influenced
by the climate, history and _________GEOGRAPHY_________ position
of the country. England is _________FAME_________ for its butter and
cheese. The most popular of them is, of course, cheddar. Scotland is
known for its _________TASTE_________ meat dishes and cakes.
Wales has a strong fishing culture. As a result, Welsh cookery includes a
lot of seafood, such as shrimps and crabs. However, nowadays most
British restaurants offer food from _________DIFFER_________ parts of
the world. The choice depends only on your pocketbook and your
30. When you look at this lovely house in the Welsh countryside, you may
think it's a picture from J.R.R. Tolkien's book "The Hobbit". In fact it's a
real house designed by a real person. When ________THEY__________
first son was born, Simon Dale’s wife, Jasmine, said:
“I wish we _________LIVE_________ in the country. It would be so good
for the baby”.
However, they ________NOT/HAVE__________ enough money to buy
or rent a house in the country so they decided to take matters into their
own hands. The house _________BUILD_________ by Simon himself,
with a bit of help from his friends. The result was impressive. The home is
made of natural materials, such as wood, stone and mud. It uses solar
panels for energy and its water _________COME_________ from a
nearby spring. It took Simon four months to complete his fairytale home.
He managed to create a modern wooden ecohome – one of the
_________WONDERFUL_________ houses you can imagine.
Simon Dale said, “I ________START__________ working on a new
house of the same ecostyle. My _________TWO_________ house will
be smarter than the first one. My son _________BE_________ five now
and I hope to celebrate his tenth birthday in a new house.”
31. Every year the world goes dark for one hour, the Earth Hour. The
event is organised by the ________NATION__________ World Wildlife
Fund. At tourist destinations, in offices and private homes, lights are
switched off for one hour at _________EXACT_________ 8:00 pm. The idea is to show that our planet is in danger and it needs care and
_________PROTECT_________. It's ________POSSIBLE__________
to remain indifferent to changes in the climate which go on and on. The
Earth Hour is not about saving an hour’s electricity. It’s about realising
that we live on a _________WONDER_________ planet and need to
look after it – not just for an hour a year but every day. The Earth Hour is
a part of an _________ECOLOGY_________ education whose aim is to
make people understand their responsibility to the planet.
32. After school, I decided to go to university. I
________CHOOSE__________ St Andrews University in Scotland. At
that time I ________NOT/KNOW__________ much about the University
but when I arrived there, I liked it at once. Now I'm in my last year and I
wish I _________CAN_________ stay here forever! St Andrews
University is a truly special place. It _________BUILD_________ 600
years ago and it is one of the oldest universities in the Englishspeaking
world. It has many traditions – for example, the ‘May Dip’. It is held on the
________ONE__________ of May every year. All the students run into
the North Sea at sunrise to celebrate the coming of spring and for good
luck! One of my classmates said that the tradition
________HELP__________ him to pass his exams last summer. For me
the ‘May Dip’ was the _________COLD_________ experience of my life!
Because the weather is famously cold, St Andrews students designed
_________THEY_________ own uniform which consists of a warm
jacket, jeans and boat shoes. The uniform _________MAKE_________
us all look the same, but it is the only way to keep warm!
33. Reading is one of the most popular pastimes and books are one of
the main sources of knowledge. Everyone knows this but,
_________FORTUNATELY_________, there are many young people
who don’t like to read. They say it is not cool but I firmly
_________AGREE_________ with them. Books have the ability to take
you to another world, to wake up your _________IMAGINE_________
and transport you to places you’ve never been to. Books can be
________DIFFER__________ in size and content. Their stories can be
________EXCITE__________, scary, romantic or funny but above all,
books are just interesting. I'm absolutely sure that books by a good
_________WRITE_________ will always be popular. 34. Most adults miss their childhood. “Your school years are the
_________GOOD_________ years of your life,” – have you ever heard
that phrase? Just recently, while I was on my way to work, I started
thinking back to my own school years. They probably were not trouble
free but there _________BE_________ many reasons for us to feel
happy at school. One of them was spending every single day with friends.
We ________NOT/GET__________ tired of being together. The
________TWO__________ one was uniform. Yes, in my opinion, the
school uniform had more advantages than disadvantages.
_________I_________ was dark green. It was unfashionable but
comfortable. It _________MAKE_________ of natural materials. Besides,
the uniform saved a lot of time in the mornings. Now it
_________TAKE_________ me hours to decide what to wear. Another
thing is that I don’t really like sport. But at school we
_________PLAY_________ football, netball, hockey and so on. Sport
was compulsory. Now I realise that this was a good thing! And of course
there were… holidays! Christmas, Easter, halfterm, and the jackpot – the
summer holidays. I wish I ________HAVE__________ as much free time
35. Millions of people want to learn English. There are lots of
_________DIFFER_________ methods and the main problem is how to
choose the best one. Some people believe that the most
_________EFFECT_________ way is to study English in Britain or in any
other Englishspeaking country. The advantage of going to Britain seems
obvious. Everyone around you speaks English. It’s practically
_________POSSIBLE_________ to avoid communication, so you’ll learn
English _________QUICK_________. On the other hand, one can learn
English at home. There are lots of possibilities there too: a good
_________TEACH_________, a language school or an online course.
There are many ways to get a good language
36. Dad usually comes up with original ideas. Last Sunday Dad
_________DECIDE_________ that we should all go on a camping trip.
The idea came to him while he _________READ_________ an article
about camping. The article said that camping brings families together. “Not true”, I smiled. “What about television? It usually
_________HELP_________ families to feel a lot more united.”
“If the weather is fine, we _________GO_________ on a trip next
weekend,” Dad said and put his magazine on the coffee table.
I quickly looked over at my _________YOUNG_________ brother, Paul.
He gave me a knowing smile, “Do you remember
_________WE_________ last trip?” I certainly did. Last summer Dad told
us that fishing would be a great family activity. We bought four expensive
fishing rods and drove for three long hours to a big lake in Virginia. When
we got there, we discovered that we ________FORGET__________ to
take the fishing rods. Ten minutes later we made another unpleasant
discovery: we _________NOT/HAVE_________ the tent which meant we
couldn’t stay overnight and we had to drive all the way back home again.
We _________BE_________ tired and disappointed with the trip.
37. If someone asks what your nationality is, how do you answer? For
British people _________NATION_________ identity is a complex issue.
Take me for example. I carry a passport issued by the British
_________GOVERN_________. I was born in England, but my Mum is
Scottish and my Granny is from Northern Ireland. So what am I?
_________ACTUAL_________, I am really all of them: English, Irish,
Scottish and British. Each of the “nations” has a lot in common but they
also have their own unique culture and
_________TRADITION_________ lifestyle. They
_________LIKE_________ it when people call them English. And
perhaps the most important _________DIFFER_________ of all – each
nation has its own football team!
38. Stonehenge is an ancient monument in southwest England. For me,
it’s the _________INTERESTING_________ place I’ve ever visited. I
clearly remember my _________ONE_________ visit to Stonehenge with
my aunt and uncle. They lived nearby and I often
_________GO_________ to stay with them in my summer holidays. On
the day of _________WE_________ trip the weather was fine. There
_________BE_________ a cool wind blowing, the sun was bright in the
sky and Stonehenge looked calm and magical. In those days it was
possible to walk among the stones and even touch them. It's very
different now. Stonehenge _________BECOME_________ more crowded than it was. As a result, now people
_________ALLOW_________ to walk around the monument but they
can’t come up very close to it. Today I wish I _________HAVE_________
an opportunity to get inside the circle again but unfortunately it is not
possible any more. The Stonehenge mystery is still unexplained but I
believe scientists _________SOLVE_________ it in the near future.
39. The Turners were not used to snow. The most they ever got in
Birmingham was an inch or so each winter. Even that happened quite
_________RARE_________. The _________FUN_________ thing was
that a tiny bit of snow was enough to cancel school and even to close
some businesses. One night, in March of 1993, something very
_________EXCITE_________ happened. Very cold air from Canada
created the "Storm of the Century". When the Turner kids woke up on
Saturday morning, there were 17 inches of
________WONDER_________ snow as far as the eye could see. The
Turners were in shock. They had no idea what to do. Though Mr. Turner
was an experienced _________DRIVE_________ he chose to leave his
car in the garage. He wanted the whole family to stay at home but it was
natural for the kids to _________AGREE_________ with him. They put
on the warmest clothes they had and ran outside to enjoy the snow.