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  1. Вариант

  1. Reading comprehension

Decide which of the following statements according to the text.

Civil War

The Civil War was one of the most difficult times in American history. From 1861 to 1865, America was at war with itself. The war stemmed from differences in beliefs between anti-slavery individuals in the northern states, and pro-slavery individuals in the south. Slavery was very important to the southern economy, and many southerners were afraid that Abraham Lincoln would try to to abolish slavery when he became president. Such individuals did not think the government had the right to tell the states what to do. People in the north thought that slavery was immoral, and were afraid that if slavery was allowed in America's new territories, it would never be defeated.In 1860 and 1861, eleven southern states decided to secede (break away) from the United States and form their own government. It was called the Confederate States of America. Richmond, Virginia was made their capital. Congress declared war on April 14, 1861 for the purposes of preserving the Union. The first shots of the Civil War were fired two days earlier at Fort Sumter, South Carolina. The war that ensued was long and deadly. Over 500,000 soldiers were killed, by far, more than any other war in American history. Both the north and the south won many major victories. Many battles proved inconclusive. The northern side, however, had more people and supplies. The turning point in the war occurred between July 1-3 of 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg. It was the only time the south waged a major battle on northern soil (not including battles fought in border states). The Union army was victorious and drove the Confederates back to Virginia. In 1864, the Confederate Army was further weakened. Union forces had cut the Confederacy in two separate parts by taking over the Mississippi River and the port of New Orleans. Robert E. Lee's army was also under constant attack from Union general Ulysses S. Grant throughout Virginia. Finally, after Union forces invaded the Confederate capital of Richmond, the Confederate States of America were forced to surrender on April 9, 1865 at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia. The war was over and the Union was preserved.

1. About how long did the Civil War last?

  1.   4 years

  2.   4 months

  3.   2 years

  4.   6 months

2. Which of the following best describes why the Civil War happened?

  1.   Because anti-slavery people in the south wanted slavery abolished.

  2.   Because anti-slavery people in the south did not want the government to make decisions about slavery for them.

  3.   Because pro-slavery people in the north wanted slavery abolished.

  4.   Because pro-slavery people in the south did not want the government to make decisions for them about slavery.

3. Why did the southerners want to keep slavery?

  1.   They liked having people do things for them.

  2.   It was important to their economy.

  3.   They wanted to make the people in the north angry.

  4.   They wanted to make the government angry.

4. How many states seceded from the Union? 

5. Why did Congress declare war on the Confederate States of America? 

  1.   Because slavery was immoral.

  2.   Because he wanted to punish the southern states.

  3.   Because he wanted to keep the United States as one nation.

  4.   Because he felt very sorry for the slaves.

6. What happened first?

  1.   Congress declared war on the southern states.

  2.   The first shots of the war were fired at Fort Sumter, South Carolina

  3.   1862

  4.   The first state seceded from the Union.

7. What was the turning point in the Civil War?

  1.   When 500,000 soldiers were killed.

  2.   The Battle of Gettysburg.

  3.   The Confederate Surrender.

  4.   The invasion of Richmond.

8. Which of the following is NOT true about The Civil War?

  1. More soldiers died in The Civil War than any other American war.

  1.   The Confederate Army surrendered nearly 4 years after the war started.

  2.   The Confederate Army was forced to surrender after both the Battle of Gettysburg and the invasion of Richmond.

  3.   The Confederate Army was forced to surrender after the Battle of Gettysburg but before the Invasion of Richmond.

9. What does "inconclusive" mean? 

  1.   Meaningless

  2.   Hopeless

  3.   Victorious

  4.   Hard to tell

10. What happened second? 

  1.   July 1, 1863

  2.   The Confederates are driven back to Virginia from Gettysburg

  3.   1864

  4.   The invasion of Richmond.

  1. Grammar, Vocabulary & Phrases 

Choose the appropriate options to complete the sentences 

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1. ---- is a place where you buy medicine.

a bookstore
a restaurant
a dance club
a drugstore

2. ---- is an insect which makes honey.

a bee
a spider
a crocodile
a fly

3. ---- are something which is used for cutting paper.


4. ---- is a place where you borrow books.

a laundromat
a theatre
a library
a gym

5. Which word means nearly the same as "scream"?


6. Which word means nearly the same as "happy"?


7. A soldier is a man who ----.

catches thieves
paints pictures
helps the police
fights in a war

8. Which is countable?


9. Which verb's past and present forms are the same?


10. Your aunt is your ----.

father's brother
father's grandson
father's sister
mother's brother

11. Which is a desert?

Black Sea

12. We don't use "THE" before ----.

classroom objects
names of cities
uncountable nouns

13. What is rubbish?

something which students eat
something which is made of wood
something which pollutes
something which people like to play with

14. Which is not a noun?


15. --- we go on holiday? Yes! That's a great Idea.


  1. Listening

A rock star talks about her daily routine.

Listen to the mp3 file and put the words from the table into her itinerary. There are four extra phrases you don't need to use. Then listen again to check.

a coffee
to bed
my newspaper
a pastry and a coffee
with the music

with my friends
to eat in a restaurant
until about midday
my e-mail
to relax
the internet
do some shopping first

Elisa's Diary

7.00: I get up.

8.00: Check .

9.00: Use .

10.00: Have  in a cafe and read .

11.00: My car arrives to take me to the studio.

12.00: Drink  with other members of the group. Then start work.

1.00 - 2.00: Recording in the studio.

3.00: Eat 

4.00 - 6.00: Help the rest of the group .

7.00:  home.

9.00 - 10.00: Go out .

11.00: Go .


Read the following short letter about a party and decide the best place in the text for the phrases which follow. Write the correct number in the boxes after each of the sentences.

For Example: if you think the first sentence should go after the word Beyonce, write 6 in the box.

When I arrived at the party ___1___, there were many people ___2___ there ___3___. First I saw Bill Clinton___4___ near the bar ___5___. Beyonce ___6___ was with some friends ___7___. Sting and Justin Bieber___8___ were near a big group of young girls ___9___. All the waiters were Mexican ___10___.

1. and were talking to each other in Spanish    

2. and were singing a beautiful Italian song    

3. who was drinking a bottle of vodka    

4. and everybody was enjoying themselves    

5. and was singing her latest song    

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1. a drugstore

2. a bee

3. scissors

4. a library

5. shout

6. content

7. fights in a war

8. fox

9. cut

10. father's sister

11. Sahara

12. names of cities

13. something which pollutes

14. near

15. Shall


my e-mail.

the internet.

a pastry and a coffee.

my newspaper.

a coffee.


with the music.


to eat in a restaurant.

to bed.

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A rock star talks about her daily routine.

I love working in the music business. It's so interesting and every day is different.

The first thing I do every day is I check my e-mail messages. Many fans write e-mails to me and I like reading what they write to me. I write a couple of replies to my fans and then I surf around on some music websites to see what the music journalists say about me.

Then I leave the house and go to a small French cafe for breakfast. London is a very busy city and I enjoy relaxing with my cup of coffee and I watch the world go by while I read my newspaper and a couple of music magazines. I usually only eat a pastry with my coffee. I never feel hungry in the morning.

At about eleven o'clock, my car arrives and takes me to the studio which is about ten miles outside the city. I meet the other members of the band and we drink a cup of coffee together and talk about the ideas we have for the day in the studio.

We never start working in the studio until about midday. Usually, we begin with the problems of the previous day. At about three in the afternoon, we stop for lunch but sometimes we continue recording if we have some good ideas.

Because I am the singer in the group, I must be careful with my voice. I never sing if I feel tired and I drink a lot of water during the day. For the last couple of hours, until about 6 p.m., I don't sing but I help the rest of the group with the music.

I go back to London by car and arrive home at about half past six or seven. Sometimes, I have an interview on the TV which is always really interesting for me. I meet my boyfriend, Peter, and we go to eat a tasty meal in a restaurant. He loves foreign food so we often go and eat in an Indian or Greek restaurant or something similar. I never go to bed too late as I don't want to be too tired for the studio.







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  1. Reading Comprehension

Read the text and choose the best answer for each question.

Conversation Class

Today, millions of people want to learn or improve their English but it is difficult to find the best method. Is it better to study in Britain or America or to study in your own country?

The advantages of going to Britain seem obvious. Firstly, you will be able to listen to the language all the time you are in the country. You will be surrounded completely by the language wherever you go. Another advantage is that you have to speak the language if you are with other people. In Italy, it is always possible, in the class, to speak Italian if you want to and the learning is slower.

On the other hand, there are also advantages to staying at home to study. You don't have to make big changes to your life. As well as this, it is also a lot cheaper than going to Britain but it is never possible to achieve the results of living in the UK. If you have a good teacher in Italy, I think you can learn in a more concentrated way than being in Britain without going to a school.

So, in conclusion, I think that if you have enough time and enough money, the best choice is to spend some time in the UK. This is simply not possible for most people, so being here in Italy is the only viable option. The most important thing to do in this situation is to maximise your opportunities: to speak only English in class and to try to use English whenever possible outside the class.

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1. What is the article about?
 How many people learn English.
 The best way to learn English.
 English schools in England and America.

2. What is one of the advantages of going to the UK to learn English?
 There are no Italians in Britain.
 You will have to speak English and not your language.
 The language schools are better.

3. What is one of the advantages of staying in your country to learn English?
 The teachers aren't very good in Britain.
 You have to work too hard in Britain.
 Your life can continue more or less as it was before.

4. People who don't have a lot of time and money should...
 Learn English in Britain.
 Try and speak English in class more often.
 Go to Italy to learn English.

  1. Grammar, Vocabulary & Phrases 

Choose the appropriate options to complete the sentences 

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1. He's learning ---- a truck.

to drive
the driving

2. I can't stand ---- in hot weather.

to walk
to walking

3. He smokes more than ten cigarettes ----.

by day
the day
in day
a day

4. Let's go somewhere else. There's ---- noise in this room.

too many
too much

5. It's a very long day for Jack. He doesn't get home from school ---- six o'clock.


6. They usually ---- at home but today they ---- lunch in a restaurant.

are eating, have
eat, have
are eating, are having
eat, are having

7. We didn't stay late ---- we were very tired.


8. I think most people ---- English for their jobs in the future.

are needing
will need
will have needed

9. Teenagers today like wearing casual clothes so leather shoes aren't ---- trainers.

as fashionable than
as fashionable as
more fashionable as

10. A friend of ---- phoned this morning, but ---- didn't leave a message.

you, she
you, her
yours, she
yourself, hers

11. We ---- lunch when the phone ----.

had, rang
were having, rang
were having, was ringing
had, has rung

12. You ---- open the door before the train gets into the station. It's very dangerous.

don't have to

13. If you don't want to burn yourself you ---- lie in the sun all day.


14. If I have enough money next year I ---- to the USA.

will go
would go

15. It's usually quite warm in September ---- it often rains, ---- bring a waterproof.

but, so
so, because
unless, but
for, as


A girl talks about her new Spanish class.


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1. Susan's teacher is a 35-year old from the city of .

2. There are about  students in the class.

3. The lessons are in the local .

4. The best student in the class is a  girl called Miko.

5. The student James wants to go to  next year.

6. Most of the students come from .

7. One of Susan's classmates is a friend of .

8. In today's lesson, they learned how to ask someone's name and some 


Read this letter from Milena to her pen-pal, Elena. There are six paragraphs. Match each paragraph to a subject by writing the correct letter (A-F) for what it talks about.

Dear Elena,

Thank you for the letter you sent me last week. I'm very happy to hear that you and Francesco are well and that your exam results were so good. Well done! I know you studied hard and you deserve your success.

Mine are next week so at the moment I'm studying a lot. I'm really nervous about them because, if you remember, I was ill for a couple of months at the end of the year and so I missed a lot of lessons. When they finish I would like to come and visit you for a few days, if that's OK with your mom and dad.

Do you remember I told you about my friend Amanda from Scotland? She's going to come here next month and is going to stay for two weeks. I'd like you to come too so you can meet her and we can all go out together. What do you think? We can practice our English!

I remember last year we had such a good time. The beaches near your house are wonderful and I really enjoyed meeting your friends (especially Roberto! Is he still single?) I can't remember the name of the disco next to the train station but I'd like to go there again - it was fun.

Oh, guess what! Jason broke his arm last weekend! He went to the skateboard park with his friends from school and fell down some steps (he doesn't know how to skateboard!) He's got a plaster cast and he's going to have it for at least six weeks. He's such an idiot!

My mom's calling me for lunch so I'll finish this letter now. Say hello to your family and don't forget to congratulate Francesco for me.

lots of love
Milena   x x

PS. Say Hi to Roberto too!

  1. Memories

  2. Well done!

  3. Plans

  4. Me

  5. News

  6. Bye!

  1. Paragraph 1.     

  2. Paragraph 2.     

  3. Paragraph 3.     

  4. Paragraph 4.     

  5. Paragraph 5.     

  6. Paragraph 6.     

Answer keys


The best way to learn English.

You will have to speak English and not your language.

Your life can continue more or less as it was before.

Try and speak English in class more often.

Grammar Конец формы

1. to drive

2. walking

3. a day

4. too much

5. until

6. eat, are having

7. because

8. will need

9. as fashionable as

10. yours, she

11. were having, rang

12. mustn't

13. shouldn't

14. will go

15. but, so







the United States.

Steve's mother.


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Steve: Hi Susan, did your new Spanish class start today?

Susan: Hi Steve. Yeah, it was great fun. Hola!

Steve: Hey, you learned something already! So, tell me about the other students.

Susan: Well, first I want to tell you about the teacher. She's crazy! Her name in Maria and she's from Malaga in the south of Spain. She's about 35 years old and is a really friendly person. She's very funny. It's difficult to understand her accent sometimes but I'm sure it will get easier.

Steve: How many students are there in the class?

Susan: Oh, about 12 I think. Everyone is about the same age, so that's great.

Steve: Where are you going, where are you doing the lessons? Are you at the college near the tennis club?

Susan: No. We're at the town library. We are using a small room at the library so it's really quiet and all the books are right there!

Steve: Are the other students all American?

Susan: Most of them are, yes. There is a Japanese girl called Miko. She is probably the best in the class. Her accent is wonderful. I think she studied Spanish at school.

Steve: Ah ha...

Susan: And then there's an English boy called James. He lives here and works at the university. He wants to learn Spanish because he hopes to go to Argentina next year. He is very young, about 22 years old.

Steve: And the rest of you are American?

Susan: Yes, apart from James and Miko, the rest of us are American. I met your mother's friend Rosemary.

Steve: Rosemary? Who's she?

Susan: That friend your mother plays tennis with sometimes.

Steve: Oh, Rose Marie! Why is she learning Spanish? She speaks Italian and French already!

Susan: Well, maybe she wants to be multi-lingual. She speaks really well. I feel so stupid in that class and that's after just one lesson! Oh dear....

Steve: Don't worry Susan, maybe I'll come by next lesson and then I will be the worst for sure. What did you do in today's class?

Susan: Because it was the first lesson only, we did some basic things like the numbers to ten and how to ask a person's name.

Steve: OK, ask me my name in Spanish!

Susan: Oh! Erm, I can't remember. Como ti, come te yama, como ti yamo, oooh! I can't remember anything!

Steve: (laughs) I will come to the next lesson and help you!








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