How do people learn the news? About a century ago people got
_________INFORM_________ from newspapers since they were the only mass media that
existed in those times. Radio and television seemed ________WONDER__________
inventions as they broadcasted audio and visual images. The Internet has changed the
situation dramatically. Now the audience has an opportunity to create the news, share their
_______PERSON_________ knowledge and express their opinions. The Internet
supposes interaction, which makes it very ________ATTRACT__________ to people. And
what about the newspapers? Will they _________APPEAR_________ in the near future? I
wish they wouldn’t as I like starting my day with a cup of coffee and a
Paul was going to be late for his morning class again. He
_________NOT/UNDERSTAND_________ why it happened to him so often. This was
going to be the _________THREE_________ time in one week and that was too much
even for Mrs Pitt. She was the _________KIND_________ teacher in the world but Paul
wasn’t sure that she would forgive him again.
“If I don’t invent a very good excuse, she ________CALL__________ my parents.” Paul
His parents _________NOT/BE________ very strict people but they didn’t approve of
Paul’s habit of playing computer games till late at night. As a result, he couldn’t make
_________HE_________ get up in the morning and was regularly late for school. Paul
quietly opened the door and _________GO_________ into the classroom. His classmates
_________WRITE_________ something in their notepads and didn’t pay any attention to
Mrs Pitt looked at him and said in a flat voice: “You are late again, Paul. What
_________HAPPEN_________?” Paul was not ready with an answer.
In Andorra people live longer than in any other European country. It seems they have
discovered the secret of a long and _________HEALTH_________ life. People in Andorra
stay active and _________ENERGY_________ at old age. They attend gyms and public
_________SWIM_________ pools for free. Exercise is one reason, the others are clean air
and a diet based on vegetables and olive oil. People of all ages in Andorra are cheerful and
________FRIEND__________. They think that life is ________FANTASY__________ and
they do their best to enjoy it. Andorra is the most _________PEACE_________ country in
Europe – they haven’t had a war for 700 years.
Bella was a good student. She _________ENJOY_________ learning but she always
started to feel very nervous when she had to write tests. That Monday
_________NOT/BE_________ a lucky day for her and she realised it as soon as she came
into the classroom.
“Oh, no! I _________LEAVE_________ all my pens at home.” She turned to Jenny: “Have
you got a spare pen?” “Let _________I_________ see,” Jenny opened her bag and pulled out a pen. “I’ve got this
one. But it’s green.”
“Give it to me anyway,” Bella said. “If I don’t find a proper pen, I
_________WRITE_________ in green ink. I hope it won’t affect my grades.”
When the teacher handed out the tests, Bella felt even _________BAD_________ than she
had felt before. The test was really long – the tasks _________PRINT_________ on both
sides of the page! Bella did the first task quickly, but the _________TWO_________ one
was a real problem. Bella got panicky. Time ticked on but she
________NOT/CAN__________ concentrate on the tasks.
2. Famous people
A. The United States is the second largest country in North America after Canada. It is washed by the
Atlantic Ocean in the east, by the Pacific Ocean in the west and by the Gulf of Mexico in the south.
The country is so big that there are four standard time zones. It also possesses many islands in the
Pacific Ocean and Puerto Rica and the Virgin Islands in the Atlantic. The USA has the third largest
population in the world (after China and India).
B. The American Dream, the hope for a better life in a new country, has attracted people from all over the
world. Most of them leave their homeland because they are poor and have few opportunities. Some are
forced to leave because of famines and civil war; others come for religious freedom. There are nearly
250 million people living in the USA. 10% are Spanishspeaking people than people of Asian and
Pacific Island origin.
C. Each September, more than fifty million students between the ages of five and seventeen start the new
school year. Students attend classes for an average of five hours a day, five days a week, and they have
homework assignments to complete after school and on weekend. Many students sign up for after
school programs at their school or nearby. Sports are very popular. There are children’s baseball,
soccer, football, and basketball teams in almost every school. 41% of high school graduates go to
D. This day celebrates Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas in 1492. As Columbus was Italian,
working for Spain, Columbus Day is especially important for many ItalianAmericans and Hispanic
Americans. Since 1971, the holiday has been commemorated in the U.S. on the second Monday in
October. Officially, the people of the USA are invited to celebrate the anniversary of the discovery of
their country with church services and other activities. In some towns and cities, special church
services, parades and large events are held.
E. Most Americans enjoy sports – both playing sports themselves and watching their favourite teams and
competitions. Children are encouraged to participate in sports at an early age. The rivalry between high
schools and colleges in sporting events goes right through the school year from football in September
to track and field in June. Sports are important in college. Students who show talent in a sport like
tennis, track and field, swimming, football, or basketball can apply for sports scholarships.