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Prac. Ex. 20 (32)

Prac. Ex. 20 (32)

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ELS 32 Practice exam 20
1-I wish someone would ………..me as to the causes of thelatest crises.
A) eraseB) irrigateC) enlightenD) extinguishE) obtain
2-"National Geographic" is his favourite magazine, and hehas been………..to it for years in order to ensure that hedoesn't miss any issue.
A) subscribingB) acquiringC) processingD) publishingE) purchasing
3-"Jack the Ripper" was one of the most famousmurderers of all time, and his………..were all youngwomen in East London.
A) conquerorsB) survivorsC) remaindersD) residentsE) victims
4-Though many people had taken part in the planning, theresponsibility…………..lay with the president.
A) ambitiouslyB) ultimatelyC) nearlyD) sufficientlyE) formerly
5-Birds have no reasoning powers, but they are able tofind their way over long distances………. .
A) instinctively B) resistiblyC) honourablyD) formallyE) doubtfully
6- She is such a/an…………person that she never bothersto phone to tell someone she is going to visit.
A) unconsciousB) valuelessC) disobedientD) inconsiderateE) illiterate
7-Although everyone is happy that there will be anelection, no one can tell………it will bring a bettergovernment.
A) forB) whileC) duringD) asE) whethe
8-Her father was furious at her performance at school, anddidn't allow her to go out with her friends…….herschoolwork improved.
A) in caseB) providedC) untilD) becauseE) since
9-Adventures are always fun to talk about afterwards,……….unpleasant they may have been at the time.
A)in spite ofB) whereasC) howeverD) instead ofE) besides
10-Although we arrived……….the city at around 8 a.m.,we didn't arrive……….the hotel until 10, because we gotstuck in the rush hour traffic.
A) to/forB) in/atC) over/toD) by/onE) from/in
11-Everyone on board the ship congratulated thecaptain…………his success………getting the ship out of the storm safe and sound.
A) for/withB) to/fromC) over/onD) on/inE) in/fo
12- Not another rainy day! This weather is really………me……….. .
A) waking/up B) seeing/off C) getting/down D) setting/outE) putting/on
13- The basic principle of weaving has not changed sincethe late Stone Age, ………..humans first wove rushes andgrasses into baskets and mats.
A) whoseB) whenC) howD) whereE) which
14-I can't believe that you ate……….. chicken just on yourown!
A)a wholeB) everyC) plentyD) mostE) eithe
15-It is difficult to decide which language school to attend,because……..have a good reputation, and…….is cheaperthan the other.
A) all/eitherB) most/someC) none/all.D) both/neitherE) neither/one
16-When I gave…………the results of……….test, somestudents looked very disappointed.
A)they/theirs B) myself/themC) him/mine D) me/themselvesE) them/their 
17-My parents were not very keen on going out for dinnerafter we had received some unpleasant news, ……. .
A) but I wasn'tB) and I was tooC) and neither was I D) but I had E) and so had I
18-Of the many treasures excavated in Egypt, thelimestone head of Queen Nofretete is one of ………. .
A) a finerB) fine enoughC) too fineD) the finest E) as line as
19- British author Graham Greenewrote………..extensively……….once he forgot about anovel he wrote in 1944. Rediscovered in 1984, 'The TenthMan' was published a year later.
A) so/that B) as/asC) more/than D) such/that E) too/than
20-Luckily, the small yacht………..the harbour just as thestorm………. .
A) was reaching/would hitB) had reached/is hittingC) reached/hitD) has reached/was hitting hE) would reach/had hit
21-Though they………..much of it yet, the roof…………bythe end of next week.
A) don’t finish/will completeB) haven't finished/should be completedC) aren't finishing/will have completedD) can't have finished/is completedE) won't finish/is going to complete
22-It's too late now; if you………..to go, you…….last week.
A)will want/would be registeringB)wanted/should have registeredC)had wanted/will be registeringD)will have wanted/must have registeredE)have wanted/had registered
23-I wish l………..to the book fair which……….next week.
A)have gone/was being heldB)went/is holdingC)were going/is being heldD)am going/will be heldE)could go/had been held
 
24-George and his brother………very close, butthey……….each other now for years.
A)must be/needn't seeB)have been/hadn't seenC)might be/don't seeD)could have been/didn't seeE)used to be/haven't seen
25-The relations between the two countries……….evenmore since the latest economic crisis…….. .
A)are deteriorating/is beginningB)will have deteriorated/has begunC)deteriorate/beginsD)were deteriorating/had begunE)have deteriorated/began
Find the best completion26-Carlos hadn't even heard of baseball until he moved tothe States at 15, …….. .
A)as he lived only a few miles from a professional stadiumB)and there he finally got to see the players he'd read aboutC)although he grew up playing the game with his friendsD)but within a year, he was among the best players of hisschoolE)yet he had seen hundreds of games on his uncle's television
27-Considering that you have never had any formaltraining as a computer programmer, ……….. .
A)you show a remarkable amount of abilityB)so that you can do the job as well as anyone else in theofficeC)which is the way everyone always did it until recentlyD)you will have finished the course by early next year E)you can probably recommend a suitable software for myaim
28-If more people had bought his first novel, ………. .
A)it hadn't been properly publicised, according to some criticsB)he gave up writing as a career and found a steady jobC)the competition from more established novelists was tookeen for himD)he might have been encouraged to continue writingE)he keeps trying anyway in spite of his economic hardship
29-Rotterdam has few old buildings, ………… .
A)including the brand new bridge over the new harbour B)because the city was nearly destroyed in World War IIC)as the city will be rebuilt in the next couple of yearsD)unlike Brasilia, which was almost totally rebuilt in the1970sE)since Amsterdam was established in the Middle Ages
30-………..since he died before he could write the finalchapter.
A) He always preferred the quiet of the shed in his gardenB)It was the best thing he had ever writtenC)We will never know how the story endsD)The book could have sold out as soon as it was publishedE)There was nothing particularly inspiring about the technique
31-Because of the poor sanitation during the Middle Ages,………… .
A)skin diseases have since become much less commonB)boiling all drinking water is one precaution against thediseaseC)some people tried to be clean, but most were very dirtyD)typhoid epidemics are common in developing countriesE)many people died from infectious diseases, such as cholera
32-In view of the fact that he had just recovered fromtuberculosis, ……… .
A)he had been left very weak by the diseaseB)it hasn't been a very severe attack anywayC)and also he was not naturally very strongD)he performed surprisingly well in the raceB)he appears to be extremely cheerful
33-Whatever the final result, ......…… .
A)we can be proud that we have done our bestB)it is a shame that we lost after playing so wellC)there is a good chance that we might winD)both sides play so well that it is difficult to predictE)we'll either win the match or lose it by a small margin
34-…………, he had been unemployed for many months.
A)Before he found a job as an engineer B)As he has finally managed to get a job interviewC)Although the company he worked for went bankruptD)As soon as he'd heard about the result of the interviewE)During the entire time he worked as an accountant
Read the following passages and mark the best
One of the smallest of all mammals is the shrew, a mouse likecreature with a head and body length of only 3.8 centimetres.All shrews are small, with dense, velvety fur, long tails, andtiny eyes and ears. Shrews have been called bloodthirsty,though the label is not entirely accurate because they must eatalmost constantly to stay alive. The animal is believed to havea very high metabolic rate and cannot live more than a fewhours without food. In the absence of normal prey, it will turnto cannibalism to survive. The shrew, or some closely relatedanimal, can be found on every continent except Australia.Since this tiny animal has a reputation for having a very badtemper, the adjective "shrewish" is sometimes used to describea certain type of women.
35-The passage tells us that the shrew……… .
A)has a very short life spanB)is similar to a mouse in appearanceC)lives in dense forestsD)makes an exceptionally good petE)is in the habit of eating every two hours
36-The passage states that shrews……….. .
A)are found in huge numbers in AustraliaB)are the smallest living mammalsC)eat each other when they can't find any foodD)feed on the blood of other mammalsE)eat rarely but in large amounts at a time
37-From what is stated in the passage, we can infer that ashrewish woman is someone who………… .
A)has tiny eyes and earsB)is very fond of velvet and fur C)keeps shrews as petsD)easily gets annoyedE)is noticeably smaller than the averageOver the past 30 years, children's consumption in Britain hasincreased dramatically. In the average family of two parentsand two children, spending on toys and children's clothing hasmore than tripled, and spending on sweets, ice-cream and softdrinks has risen by one-third. Research has recently found thatspending is around £3,000 per child per year. The growth inspending reflects higher living standards, but it has been boosted by the efforts of the advertising industry. Campaigns
 
directed straight at children account for much advertisingexpenditure. Most children in Britain over eight now have atelevision in the bedroom; on average, they watch 900 hoursof TV a year, which is more than the 750 hours the averagechild is actually being taught in school. Thus a child could seeat least 10,000 commercials a year.
38-The average family 30 years ago………. .
A)bought more children's clothes and books and less ice-cream and candyB)watched more TV commercials than todayC)had a higher living standard than todayD)didn't have a television setE)spent far less on children's products
39-One reason that children's consumption in Britain hasrisen is that……….. .
A)parents tend to have fewer kids nowB)more kids are involved in advertising campaignsC)researchers advise parents to spend £3000 per year D)the living standard has risen in the country over the yearsE)children have much more money themselves nowadays
40-The author concludes the fact that most children over 8now have their own television set means…….. .
A)children prefer watching television to going to schoolB)children are not as healthy as they wereC)more, children are missing school in order to watchtelevisionD)an increasing amount of commercials are being watched bychildrenE)children spend a lot of time away from their parentsA movement called Jubilee 2000 is campaigning for ThirdWorld debt cancellation as a fitting way to mark themillennium. Launched two years ago, the group is nowworking in 42 countries, and is now supported by a largenumber of celebrities. Leaders of the group are harsh critics of the big creditors' role in the developing world. In Tanzania, for example, one child in six dies before the age of five due to thelack of proper health care, but the government spends four times more on paying the interest on its debts than on primaryhealth care. Money needed for health and education programsgoes instead to rich international creditors, whose billionshave often supported corrupt elites.
41-According to the passage, the purpose of Jubilee 2000is……… .
A)to hold a charity concert involving a lot of celebritiesB)to allow poor nations to escape paying back large loansC)to criticise big creditors in the developing worldD)to have a big party on New Year's Eve at the millenniumE)to raise as much money as possible to help poor nations
42-The leaders of Jubilee 2000 argue that………… .
A)42 countries need to have their debts cancelledB)creditors should lend poor nations more money for primaryhealth careC)celebrities of the developing countries are not responsibleenoughD)celebrities are important in making the world a better placeto liveE)paying interest on huge debts is one reason many childrendie in developing countries
43-The passage implies that ordinary people in thedeveloping world……… .
A)cannot afford to celebrate the millenniumB)should be helped by the big creditors in their countriesC)would benefit from large debts being cancelledD)are often the ones who haven't received any educationE)are ignorant of basic principles of health carePalmistry is the practice of 'reading hands', of gainingknowledge about personality, past individual history, andlikely future events by examining the shape and size of thefingers and, most important, the lines and bumps on the palmsthemselves. There is some evidence that palmistry may have begun in the Stone Age. Hand outlines can be seen in black and red pigments on the walls of the ancient caves of Almirain Spain and in other European caves. Palmistry as it existstoday probably had its origins in ancient India long beforerecorded history and found its way into western Europethrough nomadic bands of Gypsies, who made contact withEurope in the 15th century.
44-Of the following, the one not mentioned in the passageas part of palmistry is………. .
A)foretelling the futureB)changing the events of the futureC) exploring people's pastsD)learning about things that may happenE)learning about character 
45-It is stated in the passage that the most essential thingfor a palm reader to do is……….. .
A)to examine people's past historiesB)to inspect the fingers carefullyC)to practise by 'reading' many palmsD) to look closely at the surface of the palmE)to learn about different personality types
46-The passage explains that it is most likely thatpalmistry as we know it began……….. .
A)in various parts of EuropeB)in India in ancient timesC)in caves in SpainD)in the 15th centuryE)in the Stone AgeAphids are tiny green insects that are a chronic pest for farmers. Spiders and ground beetles living along field marginscan keep their numbers under control. But as fields have become larger, the spiders and beetles take longer to get to themiddle of them, so farmers began using pesticides for a problem that was once controlled naturally. An insectecologist came up with a new solution called "beetle banks".These are one metre-wide strips of grass planted at 100-metreintervals across the fields. After two years, there will beenough beetles and spiders in one beetle bank to eat 52 millionaphids a week, and the farmer will get rid of aphids withoutusing a single drop of pesticide.
47-We can infer from the passage that………. .
A)all insects are pests for farmersB)spiders and beetles are beneficial for farmersC)farmers want to keep the number of spiders and beetlesunder controlD)farmers are legally not allowed to use pesticide'E)aphids are only dangerous if they amount to large numbers
48-The passage states that……….. .
A)beetle banks are a natural method of pest controlB)beetles can eat 52 million aphids every two yearsC)farmers have to keep checking the numbers of aphids intheir fieldsD)one of the jobs of insect ecologists is to develop pesticides

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