English Olympiad for 10-11 form
Task 1. What does ‘funny’ mean in this English joke?
-Why didn’t the shark swallow the clown fish?
-Because it tasted funny.
Task 2 Do you know cities of the UK?
1) one of the two oldest and respected universities in the UK
2) an international port in the southwest of England
3) a port in the southeast of England which ships go across the English channel to France
4) the capital of Wales
5) a large city in the northwest of England. Many rock and pop bands come from there
6) a city in the West Midlands of England, the second largest city in the United Kingdom
7) a city in the south of England which is famous for its old university
8) the capital of Scotland
9) the capital of Northern Ireland
10) an important port and ship-building centre, the largest city in Scotland
11) a city in the northwest of England where the Beatles started playing music
12) the capital of England and the UK
Task 3 Do this knowledge quiz
Which is the second most spoken language in the world?
English b. Arabic c. Spanish
Which is the second most spoken word in English?
It b. you c. I
What is the most common street name in the USA?
2nd Street b. 3rd Street c. 4th Street
Which is the world’s second most common phobia?
Flying b. the dark c. snakes
Which is the most populous city in the world?
Mumbai b. New York c. Tokyo
Which is the longest river in the world?
Amazon b. Nile c. Mississippi
Which is the second most visited country in the world?
Spain b. the USA c. the UK
Task 4 Answer the questions in your own way
A truant is a pupil who stays away from school without permission. How were truants punished at your school?
Can you give examples of bad behaviour in school that may lead to a student being suspended or expelled?
In Britain you can take GCSE exams when you are sixteen. Do you know what GCSE stands for?
Task 5 Continue the story (10 sentences)
My friends once dared me to jump off a really high rock into the sea……..
Task 6 Put the words in the right box
offence, a stop to sth, place, your arm round sb, (no) notice, part, sb in charge of sth, sb/sth for granted, my advice, a plan into practice, a risk, your work first, responsibility for sth, pressure on sb, ages
Task 8 Read the text below and decide which answer best fits each gap
National Takeover Day
Last week the fifth national Takeover Day was(1)……. in the UK. National Mwakamowo,15, and Caprice Duberry, 14, schoolgirls from London, were given the (2)…….. to visit some of the most important government buildings in the capital. They also spoke to the Deputy Prime Minister about how the government (3)…….. with young people.
Takeover Day is organised by the Children’s Commissioner, an official with special responsibility for involving young people in government, and it lets thousands of young people get a (4)……..of working life. As well as seeing behind the (5)……., they get a chance to give their opinions on how things are (6)……..
Many young people say they aren’t very (7)……. in politics but it’s important to remember that politicians (8)…….decisions for us all.
1 A spent B kept C held D brought
2 A possibility B luck C opportunities D occasion
3 A contacts B treats C behaves D communicates
4 A taste B feeling C try D sensation
5 A doors B walls C desks D scenes
6 A laid B stood C run D set
7 A interested B keen C excited D enthusiastic
8 A do B make C give D get
Task 9 Idioms related to money. Match sentences 1-8 with A-H
They’ve got a ten-bedroomed house
Jack’s broke again
That restaurant has good food at a reasonable price
Their income doesn’t cover their basic expenses
I have an overdraft at the bank
Do you think Mark will lend me the money?
Dan has bought two sports cars
They have a luxurious lifestyle which they can’t really afford
A He’s got more money than sense
B No way. He’s really tight-fisted
C I’m in the red
D It must have cost a fortune
E It’s good value for money
F I’m not surprised. He spends money like water
G They’re living beyond their means
H They can’t make ends meet
Task 10 Using the picture create a story consisting of 150-180 words