Mid Test, Starlight, 10.
Read the article and choose the most suitable heading from the list A-I for each paragraph 1-8. There is one extra heading which you do not need to use.
A – Rejecting Reality
B – Nothing to Worry about
C – Entertainment and Adventure
D – A Perfect Pretend Place
E – Not - so - Natural Wonders
F – A Dream Comes True
G – An Island Paradise
H – Do You Prefer Perfection?
I – Fantastic Facilities
Close your eyes and imagine the perfect beach: soft white sand, beautiful blue sea, and the temperature a constant 30 degrees Celsius. But wait, there’s more: no risk of sunburn, no insects or bugs, no sharks or jellyfish, and, at regular intervals, the best surfing waves imaginable. Too good to be true? Not anymore. Thanks to modern technology and the miracles of science, this beach really does exit and it is on the island of Kyushu in southern Japan.
In a resort complex called Seagaia you will find the Ocean Dome. The Ocean Dome contains, among other things, the world’s largest artificial sea beside the biggest indoor beach. It is roughly the size of six football fields and has an 85-metre shoreline. The soft white sand is actually made of crushed marble chips, which won’t stick to your skin, and the water is salt free and chlorinated. The temperature of the water is kept at 28degrees C and the air is kept at 30 degrees C.
The Dome has everything you would expect to find on a big tropical island: caves, waterfalls, small islands, palm trees and that’s just the beginning. There is a man-made volcano that erupts at regular intervals, waterslides, a wave pool and even a virtual raft ride where passengers are tossed, shaken and splashed with water.
There is plenty to do for the whole family in Seagaia and, if you want a break from the beach, you can visit the ‘Lost World’ rainforest. This is a Jurassic Park style jungle full of artificial creatures and holographic pirates. There is also a beach carnival held every afternoon with dancers and musicians dressed in colourful Caribbean costumes and in the evening there is a spectacular show put on by aquatic dancers.
In Seagaia you don’t even have to carry any money with you. Visitors pay an admission fee at the entrance and are given colour coded barcode tags, which they use instead of cash. This type of holiday is wonderful for anyone who enjoys lying on the ‘beach’ or swimming in the ‘sea’ without having to check the weather forecast first. In fact, many Japanese businessmen and office workers come here just relax and unwind after a hard week’s work.
Naturally, no island holiday is complete without luxury hotels, boutiques and a wide variety of restaurants with everything from fine dining to fast food, and Seagaia has them all. There are even several theatres, golf courses and tennis courts. The Ocean Dome feels so real that visitors to the resort still use suntan lotion and wear sunhats even though the ‘sunlight’ is artificial and harmless.
The Dome itself actually has a roof that opens but it is only used when the weather outside is at the same temperature as the weather inside the Dome. It is also quite ironic that the Ocean Dome was built only 300 metres away from the real ocean. Strangely enough, the real beach is usually quite empty even on hot and sunny days because holidaymakers seem to prefer the safety, comfort and predictability of the artificial beach.
Nowadays, theme parks are springing up everywhere and it looks like virtual reality holidays are going to be the way of the future. After all, they are cleaner, safer and far more convenient than real holidays. However, can we really compare the experience of sitting on an artificial beach with man-made sand under a fake sun to a day on a real beach? Where is the challenge in surfing man-made waves when you know exactly how big they are going to get and exactly when they are going to appear? More importantly, where is the fun in coming back from a seaside holiday without tan lines?
Read the following text. For gaps 1-8 choose the correct answer A-D.
The Origin of Crisps.
Crisps have been great favourites with many of us 1----------- years. Who 2-----------enjoy nibbling thin round pieces of fried potatoes in front of the TV or as a snack to go with a drink at a party? One would think that such a popular food was born from an idea that came to one of the top chefs of America at a moment of great inspiration, but the truth is quite different.
One day in 1853 in a restaurant a choosy customer complained to the waitress 3---------- the quality of his chips, saying that they were 4----------- thick and oily. When the cook heard about this, he became very angry. He made some paper-thin slices of potatoes, fried them until they were brown and 5----------- a rather generous amount of salt. Finally, he 6---------- his crisps to the dissatisfied customer in person and literally dumped them in front of him. The customer tried one, liked the taste, and went on to eat 7--------all. Today, according 8---------statistics, an American eats an average of six pounds of crisps each year.
1. A) many B) since C) from D) for
2. A) isn’t B) doesn’t C) hasn’t D) wasn’t
3. A) on B) that C) for D) about
4. A) enough B) more C) too D) so
5. A) mixed B) added C) put D) did
6. A) served B) gave C) sold D) fried
7. A) them B) it C) this D) that
8. A) to B) with C) by D) on
Complete the advertisement. Use the words correctly.
Health & Fitness Club.
We now (1- finish) our work on the new ABBOTS – the difference is amazing! Six weeks ago we (2 -close) the club, and since then we (3- work) hard to improve all the public areas. We (4-add) several new machines to the gym and we’ve increased the (5 -long) of the swimming pool to 25 metres.
Many of you (6 -be) members of (7-we) club for several years– to thank you for staying with us, we (8-reduce) gym, pool and class prices for you.
And we have some new classes! You ever (9 - try) judo? Now (10 - be) your chance!
If you (11- not visit) our new website yet, go to
Use the words in brackets to form one word for each gap 1-8.
The School Lottery.
In some big cities in Britain, identical houses in similar areas are sold for 1__________(difference) prices. Why is this? Each school in Britain has a list of streets it takes its students from. It can only take students from another area if there are not enough local students to take up all the places. Understandably, parents will pay more for a house in a street where their children could attend a better school.
What about those who can’t afford to pay more for their house? At the moment, if they don’t have the 2______________(able) to pay, their children will have to go to a worse school which 3_________( probable) has more problem students and 4_________(low) exam results.
Some people believe that this is 5___________(fair). They say that the children of poor parents who want a good 6____________(educate) should have the same chance as the children of richer parents. They suggest introducing ’lottery’ schemes to decide which school a child will attend. The idea is that the better students will help the others and the teachers will be able to control them more 7________(easy).
Obviously not everyone likes the idea. The parents who are upset are generally richer and more 8___________(power) than others, and they have a good chance of keeping things as they are. The ideal solution, of course, would be to make all schools better.
Form the opposites of the adjectives and write the nouns these adjectives are formed from.
Task I: 1- F; 2-D; 3- E; 4- C; 5- B; 6- I; 7 – A; 8 – H
Task II: 1 – D; 2- B; 3 -A; 4- C; 5 – B; 6 – B; 7 – A; 8 – A
Task III: 1 – have __finished; 2 – closed; 3 – have been working; 4 – have added; 5- the length; 6 – have been; 7 – our; 8 – have reduced; 9 – Have ____ tried; 10 – is; 11 – haven’t visited
Task IV: 1- different; 2 – ability; 3 – probably; 4 – lower; 5 – unfair; 6 – education; 7 – easier; 8 - powerful
Данная работа составлена для учащихся 10 класса , занимающихся по углублённой программе по учебнику "Starlight" авторов: В. Эванс, Д.Дули, К.Барановой, В.Копыловой и Р.Мильруда. Работа состоит из пяти заданий ( 1- прочитать текст и подобрать правильный заголовок к каждому абзацу текста; 2- прочитать рассказ, выбрать из 4-х вариантов правильный и вставить вместо пропуска; 3 - заполнить пропуски в объявлениях правильными грамматическими формами; 4 - задание на словообразование; 5 - образовать антонимы к прилагательным и написать существительные, от которых образованы эти прилагательные) и ключей.
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