Задания для проведения школьного этапа олимпиады по английскому языку, 8 класс
8 класс олимпиада английский язык.docx
8 класс олимпиада
по английскому языку
( школьный тур)
For question 1-6,
choose which of the sentences A-G fit into the gaps in the following magazine
article. There is one extra paragraph which doesn’t fit in any of the gaps.
Mark your answers on a separate answer sheet.
WITH NO PAST
If you met John
Forbes at a party, you would probably think he was a shy but good-natured
21-year-old. If you started talking about one of his favourite subjects –
politics, science fiction or computer games – you would find him likeable and
amusing. ( 1 ) … For a start, he wouldn’t recognize you and he
certainly wouldn’t remember your name or the conversation from the previous
John isn’t rude or
arrogant; he just cannot remember. His problem is that he suffers from a rare
brain disorder that stops him remembering everyday events. ( 2 ).
In John’s world
there is no past or future. He has difficulty remembering a telephone
conversation from a moment earlier. He needs constant reminders about appointments
and meal times. He cannot find his way around town and rarely goes to places he
doesn’t know. If he does, he takes a map, detailed notes of the route and the
reason for the journey.
( 3 ) …He
was successful at school and can remember history dates and even complete
passages from his favourite films. He knows the names of the important members
of the government but then cannot remember that his sister, Kate, left college
a year ago.
John would like to
lead a normal life, which means getting a job and learning to drive for
example. (4 )… Not because he couldn’t learn the road signs,
but because he might see a warning sign, forget it, and fail to take the
As for work, his
parents used to be very keen for him to get a job. They even allowed him to
sign up with employment agencies without mentioning his memory problems. They
would not allow it now. ( 5 ) … “If you don’t
remember being told to keep your hand away from a piece of machinery, you might
get it chopped off,” says his father, Mike.
John spends a lot
of his time at home, playing computer games and watching TV news reports at
regular intervals so he can remember the information. ( 6 ) …
As he says, ”Memory is a major factor in what makes you and gives you beliefs.
I live for a moment – I don’t think about tomorrow.”
On the other hand, his factual memory is good.
This is because on one occasion he got a job on a building site and another in
a glass factory, which could have had serious consequences.
If you bumped into him again the following night, however, you might change
When you ask John how he feels about his life, he has quite a down-to-earth
However, this is another big problem.
thinks memory isn’t the main thing in his case.
“ How can I ask someone how their holiday was if I don’t remember they had
one?” he asks.
Choose out of the
words given before the text the best one to fit each gap. There are 5 extra
words which you do not need to use.
as, at because, by, do, for, from, however, in, like, nearest, next, of,
possible, some, still, their, them, then, used, well, were, what, when
There are many
myths and superstitions connected with the weather. In the past people (
1 ) … to think that storm clouds were the transport of the gods and
the gods showed (2 ) … anger in thunder and lightning.
Elements of nature and the weather such ( 3 ) … the sun or
winds were thought to be gods and ( 4 ) … given names. People
prayed to these gods to give ( 5 ) … the weather they
needed for farming or for safe journeys.
Even today many
people ( 6 ) … pay some attention to the myths concerning the
weather. Fishing-boats ( 7 ) … example, are often still
painted with an eye to watch for the sea gods and to warn ( 8 ) …
likely storms. If they are outside in an electric storm many people try to find
a stinging nettle ( 9 ) … of the ancient belief that a nettle
gives you protection ( 10 )… lightning.
fishermen are always particularly anxious to know what the weather will
be (11)… . They have found many signs in nature which, they
believe, predict ( 12 ) …the weather is going to do
next. It is, thus, said that cows lie down before it rains and that (
13 ) … swallows fly high the weather is going to be good. There does
not, ( 14 )…, seem to be any scientific basis for the idea that
animals and birds can predict the weather ( 15 ) … such ways.
it ( 16 ) to make realistic long-term predictions about
the weather by observing ( 17 ) … aspect of nature though
people in Britain often say that when there are lots of berries on trees and
bushes in autumn, the winter is going to be a hard one or that if it rains on
the 15th of July, ( 18 ) … it will rain each
day for the next forty days.
( 19 ) …looking
at the clouds can help people to make realistic predictions about what the
weather is going to do in the ( 20 )…few hours, modern scientific
techniques are the only reasonably reliable way of predicting the weather over
a period of several days.
III. Country Study
1. The square in
which Nelson’s column was erected is called…
Circus B. Waterloo Square C. Charing- Cross
D. Trafalgar Square
2. The Lightning
of Christmas Tree Ceremony takes place
A. in front of
Buckingham Palace B. in St. James’s Park C. in
Trafalgar Square D. at the Tower of London
3. Which of the
persons was not Robin Hood’s companion?
Tuck B Will Scarlet C. John Silver D.
4. The Globe
Theatre is associated with the name of … .
Milton B. William Shakespeare C. Queen Elizabeth
I D. Geoffrey Chaucer.
5. The Loch Ness Lake
which famous Nessie is believed to inhabit is in … .
B. Scotland C. Wales D. Northern Ireland.
6.The Statue of Liberty
was given to the United States by … .
Britain B. Mexico C. France D. Canada.
7. The Mayflower
is … .
A. a historic
ship B. an Indian rebel C. a traditional Indian
feast D a literary prize.
8. One of the
newest tourist attractions in London is … .
A. The Diana,
Princess of Wales, Memorial Playground B. The London Eye – the
C. The Sherlock Holmes
Museum D. Madam Tussaud’s Museum
9. Which of these
monuments was erected to commemorate the Great Fire of London?
Column B. Marble Arch C. Big Ben Clock
Tower D. The Monument
10. The second
oldest university in the UK is in … .