Олимпиада по английскому языку для 10 - 11 класса
( школьный тур)
Choose the correct answer to each of the following 5 questions about the text.
1.The Zappian Olympics were:
(a) a 19th century attempt to revive the Olympic Games
(b) a huge Frank Zappa concert
(c) a competition between ancient Greek city states
(d) a series of marathons
2. The 1904 Olympic marathon was eventually won by:
(a) a man in a car
(b) a drunk man who was carried across the finishing line
(c) Evangelos Zappas
(d) one of the competitors’ trainers
3. In ancient Greece, an Olympic winner might receive
(a) an olive branch
(b) a tax holiday
c) a sum of money
(d) all of the above
4. An “Olympiad” is:
a) a promise not to cheat
(b) a type of ancient vehicle
(c) a four year period
(d) a festival
5. The ancient Olympics attracted competitors from:
(a) all over the world
(c) all over Europe
(d) all over Ancient Greece
Read Jane’s story. For questions 1 -6 and choose the correct answer A, B, C or D./ Прочитайте рассказ Джейн и выберите к вопросам 1-6 правильные варианты ответов.
During the baking hot months of the summer holidays my mother and I used to escape to one of the scattered lakes north of Prince Albert. In its magic surroundings we used to spend the long summer days in the open air, swimming and canoeing or just lying dreaming in the sun. In the evening the lake was always a bright, luminous grey after the unbelievable sunset colors had faded.
The last summer before we returned to England was particularly enchanted. For one thing, I was in love for the first time. No one will ever convince me that one cannot be in love at fifteen. I loved then as never since, with all my heart and without doubts or reservations or pretence.
My boyfriend Don worked in Saskatoon, but the lake was ''his place'' – the strange and beautiful wilderness drew him with an obsessive urgency, so I suspected it was not to see me that he got on his motor-cycle as many Fridays as he possibly could, and drove three hundred-odd miles along the pitted prairie roads to spend the weekends at our place.
Sometimes he couldn't come, and the joy would go out of everything until Monday, when I could start looking forward to Friday again. He could never let us know in advance, as we were too far from civilization to have a phone or even a telegraph service. Three hundred miles in those conditions is quite a journey. Besides, Don was hard up, and sometimes worked overtime at weekends.
One Friday night a storm broke out. I lay in bed and listened to the thunder and the rain beating on the roof. Once I got up and stood looking out over the treetops, shivering. I tried not to expect Don that night hoping he would have enough sense to wait until the storm ended. Yet in my frightened thoughts I couldn't help imagining Don fighting the storm. His motorbike, which had always looked to me so heavy and solid, seemed in my thoughts frail enough to be blown onto its side by the first gust that struck it. I thought of Don pinned under it, his face pressed into the mud.
I crawled back into bed, trying to close my throat against the tears. But when my mother, prompted by the deep sympathy and understanding between us, came in to me, she kissed my cheek and found it wet.
"Don't get upset, Jane,'' she said softly. ''He may still come.''
When she had tucked me in and gone, I lay thinking about Don, about the danger of the roads. You couldn't ride or walk along them safely after heavy rain; your feet would slip from under you. The roads in Northern Canada are not like the friendly well-populated English ones, where there are always farmhouses within walking distance and cars driving along them day and night.
It was hours later, that I suddenly realized the sound of the roaring engine were real. The storm was dying.
1. Every summer Jane used to spend
A.in the camp
B.by the sea side
C.near the lake
D.in the village
2. The last summer was particularly fascinating for Jane because she
A.spent it in the magic surroundings.
B.had a lot of fun in the open air.
C.enjoyed unbelievable sunsets by the lake.
D.fell in love for the first time.
3. Jane believes that love at fifteen is
A.a sincere deep feeling.
B.associated with doubts.
C.full of reservations.
D.connected with pretence.
4. Don traveled three hundred-odd miles every weekend because he was
A. desperate to see the author before she left.
B. fond of riding his motorcycle.
C. attracted by the beauty of the lake.
D. fond of spending weekends with his friends.
5. Sometimes Don didn't come to see Jane and her mother on Friday because he
A. thought they were too far from civilization.
B. had given up hope of seeing the author.
C. worked to make some extra money.
D. hated traveling in exhausting conditions.
6. Mother came into Jane's room during the storm because she
A. felt Jane was afraid of the thunder.
B. felt Jane was worried about Don.
C. heard Jane walking in the room.
D. heard Jane crying in her bed.
III. Use of English
I. Read the passage below and use the appropriate form of each verb in brackets in the numbered blanks.
Mr. Dunning (be)a very clever man. -------(1)
...One evening, later in the same week, Mr.
Edward Dunning (return) from the British _____________ (2)
Museum Library, where he ( work) all day, ___________ (3)
to his comfortable home. He ( live) alone _______________ (4)
there except for the two women who (cook)and ____________(5)
cleaned for him. A train ( take) him most of ____________ (6)
the way home, then he a bus for the last mile
or two. He ( finish) reading his newspaper ______________ (7)
by the time he (get) on the bus so he amused ____________ (8)
himself by reading different notices on the win-
dows opposite him. He already ( know) most ___________ (9)
of them quite well, but there seemed to' be a
new one in the corner that he (not see) be - ______________ (10)
fore. It was yellow with blue letters, and all he
could (read) was the name 'John Harrington'. ___________ (11)
Soon the bus (be) nearly empty and he ( change) _________ (12)______ (13)
his seat so that he could read the rest of it. Mr. Dunning stared at this notice for a long time. He was the only passenger on the bus when it
reached his stop, and as he ( get) off he said to __________ (14)
the driver, T just ( read) that new notice on _____________ (15)
the window. It's strange, isn't it?'
II. Complete each gap with the correct word formed from the word in brackets.
1. He has the habit of interrupting other people when they're talking.
2. So much isn't good for that old woman. (EXCITE)
3. When she came in late, she closed the door in order not to wake her parents.
4. I'm afraid he's It would be a mistake to trust him with money. (HONEST)
5. He was with the results of his exam. (DISAPPOINT)
6. I know the length of the table is 1.20 meters, but what's the ? (WIDE)
7. people suffer when the weather is freezing and they have nowhere to sleep. (HOME)
8. Many young people have difficulty finding after leaving university. (EMPLOY)
9. The actors in that film are completely I've never heard of any of them. (KNOW)
10. Are you sitting or would you prefer to sit on the sofa? (COMFORT)
Not long ago you moved house. You live in a new house now, in a new district of your town. In a letter to your English-speaking pen friend describe your new flat and the place where you live now. Say what you like or dislike.
Describe the following:
• why you moved house;
• compare it with your former flat;
• when you moved house;
• write about the district you live now;
• describe your flat, its conveniences;
• compare it with the district where you lived before;
• write whether you are happy or not and why.
Write 100—140 words. Be polite and remember the rules of letter writing.
I.1. (a); 2. (b); 3. (d); 4. (c); 5. (d)
5. disappointed 6. width 7. homeless 8. employment 9. unknown
IV. max. 10