1. READING COMPREHENSION (10 minutes)
Read the text and answer the following questions, сhoosing the correct variant
The Christmas Tree
No one knows for sure who decorated the first Christmas tree. The custom of bringing an evergreen tree indoors and decorating it at Christmas started in Germany. One legend says that Martin Luther started the practice. Luther was an important Christian leader. According to the story, he noticed the starlit sky as he walked home one Christmas Eve about the year 1513. He thought the stars looked as if they were shining on the branches. When he arrived home, Martin Luther placed a small fir tree inside his house. He decorated it with lighted candles.
Decorating Christmas trees became popular in Germany. Prince Albert of Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha, the German husband of Queen Victoria, took the tradition to England. Both German and English people brought it to America. And now nearly every family in Great Britain and the USA has a Christmas tree.
The biggest Christmas tree in Britain is put up in Trafalgar Square in London. The people of Norway still give this tree every year to the British people to thank them for helping Norway against Hitler in the Second World War.
1. … started the practice of decorating the Christmas tree.
a) Nobody knows who
b) Queen Victoria
c) Martin Luther King
d) Prince Albert
2. The first Christmas trees in Britain were introduced and popularized by …
a) Prince Albert and Queen Victoria
b) Martin Luther King
c) The Norwegians
d) The Germans
3. What follows from the text?
a) Martin Luther decorated the Christmas tree with toys.
b) American people do no decorate Christmas trees.
c) Every year the people of Norway give the city of London a present – a big Christmas tree.
d) Queen Elisabeth I took the tradition to decorate Christmas tree to England.
2. USE OF ENGLISH (20 minutes)
Task 1. Active or passive? Choose the correct verb form.
The book (wrote/was written) by Hardy.
Four people (have killed/have been killed) in а train crash.
А famous architect (was built/built) the bridge.
Task 2. Choose the correct modal verb.
Mike _________ play the piano very well. And what about you?
a) can b) should c) must
_________ you help me with this task?
a) Could b) Must c) May
It’s raining. You _________ take an umbrella.
a) can’t b) don’t have to c) should
Task 3. Choose the right preposition (of, to, by,off, in).
It contains the largest display… toy dolls.
The most successful men and women of that period showed … their wealth wearing silk, woolen and linen clothes.
If I was invited …my friends dinner party, I would think twice what to wear.
It was … fashion to wear their hair long with lots of colour threads in it.
We'd recommend you to travel... bus.
Task 4 . Match the sentences from column A with the replies from column B.
I can’t stand brightly dyed hair.
Would you like a cup of coffee?
Do you like animals?
Are you keen on football?
I’d like to see this film.
My brother likes sport.
Yes, I am.
Neither can I.
Let’s go on Sunday.
So do I.
No, I don’t.
Task 5 . Choose the necessary word.
My friend, who/ which is very talented, is arriving today.
She’s bought the book who/ that she was looking for.
Tom’s father has been building his house for/since two years.
Alice wanted a bicycle for/since her last birthday.
3. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUIZ. (5 minutes)
Match the name of the city on the left with the sights on the right.
1. London a) Royal Shakespeare Theatre
2. Liverpool b) St. Paul's Cathedral
3. Stratford-upon-Avon c) Prestigious University
4. Cambridge d) The Beatles Story Museum
READING COMPREHENSION 1 с 2 a 3 c
USE OF ENGLISH
Task 1 1 was written 2 have been killed 3 built
Task 2 4a 5a 6 c
Task 3 7of 8off 9to 10 in 11 by
Task 4 12c 13a 14f 15b 16d 17e
Task 5 18 who 19that 20 for 21for
GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUIZ.
1 b 2 d 3 a 4 c
Критерии каждый вопрос 1 балл
Max 28-26 “5”
25-22 – “4”
21-15 – “3”