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For questions 1-8, read the text below and decide which answer best fits each gap
For questions 9 – 16, read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only one word in each gap.
e.g. (0) since
From black pepper to chilli pepper
In the 15th century, Europeans knew nothing of the chilli pepper, but they held black pepper in high regard and had used it in cooking (0) ……… Greek and Roman times. Ships travelling east brought the black pepper from the Spice Islands in South East Asia but this (9) . a long time. In 1492, Christopher Columbus was asked to find a shorter route to the Spice Islands, going westwards(10) than eastwards, and so he set (11) from Spain across the Atlantic Ocean.
Columbus didn’t succeed (12) finding the Spice Islands but he (13) manage to discover the Americas. There he (14) . across another pepper; the chilli, which had been used in cooking in South America for thousands of years. Soon (15) Columbus’s discovery, large quantities of chillies were being shipped back to Spain from the Caribbean. Later, people realised that chillies would actually grow in southern Europe and it wasn’t long before fresh chillies were (16) sale in European markets.
For questions 17 – 24, read the text below. Use the word given in capitals at the end of some of the lines to form a word that fits in the gap in the same line.
e.g. (0). COMMONLY
For questions 25 – 30, complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given. Do not change the word given. You must use between two and five words, including the word given. Here is an example (0).
0 A very friendly taxi driver drove us into town.
We…………..were driven into town by………….. a very friendly taxi driver.
25 Paula can’t wait to hear the band’s new album.
Paula is really the band’s new album.
26. Buying a daily newspaper seems pointless to me.
I can’t a daily newspaper.
27. Daniel thought the flight would be more expensive than it actually was.
The flight as Daniel thought it would be.
28. It’s a shame I’m not able to come to your party on Saturday.
I to your party on Saturday.
29. There were no trainers left in Denzel’s size anywhere on the website.
The website had trainers in Denzel’s size.
30. Gwenda deleted her sister’s photographs by accident.
Gwenda her sister’s photographs.
You are going to read an article about a woman who trains actors in fighting skills. For questions 31 – 36, choose the answer which you think fits best according to the text.
31. In the first paragraph, the writer is aware of
32 How does the writer feel when Kate mentions the tin can?
33 When Kate and the writer repeat the fight scene from Noises Off, we learn that
34 What does the phrase ‘no small order’ (line 22) tell us about stage combat?
35 What does the writer tell us about the sword fight in the play Richard III?
36 What does ‘it’ refer to in line 30?
You are going to read a newspaper article about the man who designed the recycling symbol. Six sentences have been removed from the article. Choose from the sentences A – G the one which fits each gap (37 – 42). There is one extra sentence which you do not need to use.
You are going to read part of the autobiography of a surfing instructor. For questions 43 – 52, choose from the sections (A – E). The sections may be chosen more than once.
43. feeling satisfaction that her determination resulted in better performance?
44. the problem of having to wait for conditions to be favourable for surfing?
45. a change which helped her to pursue her hobby?
46. continuing to surf even when the conditions were unfavourable?
47. the pleasure she gets from seeing others succeed?
48. being aware that it would take time for her abilities to be recognised?
49 her enthusiasm for the sea being recognised by someone else?
50. an admission that she doesn’t think about what she is doing when surfing?
51. not being concerned that she stood out from others?
52. people appreciating her serious attitude towards her surfing?