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Level 2: Mid-Course Test A Reading Test Version 2


You will read three passages, with ten questions each. Choose the best answer A, B, C or D according to the passage.

Part 1: Passage
Paragraph 1 Tokyo can be found on the eastern side of Japan s !ain "#$ island, Honsh, and is the country s "%$ capital. &t has the 'orth (acific )cean to the east, and the *ast China +ea to the south. At ,,,-- k!, the city s geographical area isn t enor!ous for a !a.or capital city. /owe0er, with a population of nearly 1# !illion people, Tokyo has !ore inhabitants than any other city. Paragraph 2 Tokyo isn t in fact one city, but a collection of ,1 wards which are all known as cities and are "2$ go0erned independently. Together, they are called Tokyo Metropolis. The !ost i!portant wards are called Chiyoda, Ch and Minato cities. To the west of these, there are !any !ore 3bed towns , where people who work in the centre of Tokyo li0e. Paragraph 3 Although there has been a settle!ent in this area for nearly a thousand years, Tokyo 4etropolis has only e5isted since 6781. The city has been destroyed and rebuilt twice in the last hundred years9 by an enor!ous earthquake in 67,1, and by bo!bing at the end of the +econd :orld :ar. As a result, Tokyo is one of the !ost ";$ !odern cities in the world. &t is a 0ery i!portant centre for banking, insurance, education, and broadcasting, and has the largest !etropolitan econo!y in the world. Paragraph 4 The standard of life in Tokyo is 0ery high, as is the cost of li0ing. Between 677, and ,--%, it was rated as the world s !ost e5pensi0e city. /owe0er, Tokyo is a 0ery popular tourist "7$ destination. <isitors co!e to see its beautiful parks, fa!ous !useu!s, "6-$ ancient palaces and te!ples. Tokyo also offers so!e of the best shopping districts in the world = whether you are looking for high>street fashion or cutting>edge technology.

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6. Choose the correct heading for paragraph 6. A. The location of Tokyo. B. The world s largest cities. C. The si?e of Japan. D. Japan s cities. ,. Choose the correct heading for paragraph ,. A. :here people li0e. B. Tokyo s history. C. The city centre. D. Tokyo s wards. 1. Choose the correct heading for paragraph 1. A. Tokyo s buildings. B. The history of Tokyo. C. Tokyo s !oney. D. Disasters in Tokyo. 8. Choose the correct heading for paragraph 8. A. :hy people 0isit Tokyo. B. @etting to Tokyo. C. The best things about Tokyo. D. (roble!s in the city today. #. 4atch the underlined word or phrase with a definition. A. Aand which is 0ery high abo0e the sea. B. An i!portant piece of land. C. The place where the land !eets the sea. D. A piece of land with sea all around it. %. 4atch the underlined word or phrase with a definition. A. The oldest place. B. The !ost interesting place. C. The city with the !ost people. D. The city where the go0ern!ent resides.

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2. 4atch the underlined word or phrase with a definition. A. @i0en !oney. B. )rgani?ed and controlled. C. Designed. D. Ai0ed in by the population. ;. 4atch the underlined word or phrase with a definition. A. Traditional. B. Bich. C. 'ew. D. Dangerous. 7. 4atch the underlined word or phrase with a definition. A. *ntertaining place. B. :ay that people tra0el. C. (lace that people tra0el to. D. *5pensi0e thing to do. 6-. 4atch the underlined word or phrase with a definition. A. <ery old. B. <ery e5pensi0e. C. <ery large. D. <ery interesting.

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Cor o0er 1-- years, we ha0e got our infor!ation about current e0ents fro! newspapers. These days, howe0er, people are increasingly looking at news websites, or blogs which co!!ent on current affairs. This has !ade a big difference to our reading habits, and !any people are asking if traditional print newspapers still ha0e a future. +ince the in0ention of writing, people ha0e spread news, especially for !ilitary or go0ern!ent purposes. /owe0er, it was i!possible to !ake copies of the news quickly or cheaply until the in0ention of the printing press in the 6#th century. &n fact, the na!e 3the press , which we still use for .ournalis! today, co!es fro! 3the printing press . The first newspapers started in @er!any in the 6%%-s, and soon spread to the rest of *urope. 4any !odern newspapers ha0e their origins in the late 6;th and early 67th centuries. The &nternet started to beco!e a popular news alternati0e around 6# years ago. 4ost newspapers were then large organi?ations, with a long history and a high circulation a!ong readers. As &nternet news affected their readership, !any of the! started to create their own online editions. 'owadays, !any people read the sa!e newspaper, but an online 0ersion which is paid for by ad0ertising, rather than a paper one which co!es to their door in the !ornings. &nternet news is attracti0e because it s nor!ally free to access. 'ews sites can be updated !ore regularly, and also offer 0ideo co0erage of e0ents. They generally offer a !uch narrower 0iew of the news, howe0er. 4any people use the online edition of a paper to check the headlines, but still rely on a print paper for a fuller 0iew of the day s e0ents. Although the &nternet has affected how we access the news, our desire to fully understand current affairs is as strong as e0er.

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66. :hat is the writer s !ain ai!D A. To gi0e a history of traditional newspapers. B. To argue that people are less interested in news than in the past. C. To describe how we get our news. D. To argue that the &nternet is bad for newspapers. 6,. :hat is the author s opinion of traditional newspapersD A. They are old, and not 0ery popular. B. They are too e5pensi0e. C. They are only good for finding the !ain news stories. D. They report the news well. 61. :hat does 3this refer to in the following sentenceD This has made a big difference to our reading habits. A. Blogs. B. 'ewspapers. C. Buying a newspaper. D. Aooking for news on the &nternet. 68. :hat does 3their refer to in the following phraseD As Internet news affected their readership A. the &nternet s B. newspapers C. newspaper readers D. online editions 6#. :hat does 3they refer to in the following sentenceD They generally offer a much narrower !iew of the news" howe!er. A. <ideos of the news. B. &nternet news sites. C. Beaders. D. 'ews updates.

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6%. 'ews was originally spread to infor! EEEEEEEEEE . A. soldiers and the go0ern!ent B. e0eryone C. .ournalists D. printers 62. 3The press is a na!e forEEEEEEEEEE . A. the first printing !achines in the 6#th century B. &nternet news sites C. early go0ern!ent and !ilitary news D. people and papers that report the news 6;. )nline newspapers EEEEEEEEEE . A. are !ade by s!all organi?ations B. usually cost !oney to look at C. use ad0erts to !ake !oney D. ha0e a long history 67. &n recent years, people ha0e EEEEEEEEEE . A. spent !ore ti!e reading newspapers B. e5pected to see 0ideo with their news C. spent !ore !oney on ad0ertising D. not lost their interest in the news ,-. :hich is the best title for the te5tD A. The history of &nternet news B. The future for news. C. )ur changing news reading habits. D. 'ewspapers are dying.

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Although *lon 4usk is only in his forties, he is one of the world s !ost successful in0entors working today. Fnlike !any scientific pioneers, he hasn t focused on a single pro.ect. 4usk said that he decided at the beginning of his career that he wanted to succeed in three areas9 3)ne was the &nternet, one was clean energy, one was space . 4usk showed pro!ise fro! an early age. :hen he was .ust 6,, he wrote and sold his first co!puter ga!e, #lastar. /e was born in +outh Africa, but left at the age of 62 to e!igrate to Canada, where he had distant relati0es. Cro! there, he went to study in the F+A, which he saw as a country of opportunity. /e didn t finish his studies, howe0er, lea0ing a progra!!e at +tanford Fni0ersity after .ust two days to start his first business. 4usk !ade his fortune in web technology. Cirst, he created a co!pany to publish news online, then later, he founded $aypal, an enor!ously successful online pay!ent syste!. Both co!panies were sold, !aking 4usk a !ulti>!illionaire. /e in0ested !uch of this profit in %pace&, a co!pany which !akes rockets to tra0el into space. But 4usk is !ost well>known for his work on pro.ects to find !ore en0iron!entally friendly ways of tra0elling and powering ho!es and businesses. /e is chair!an of Tesla Motors "na!ed after his hero, in0entor 'ikola Tesla$ which produces electric cars, and %olarcity, a co!pany that works on ways of getting power fro! the sun. 4usk has won !any awards for his scientific work, but is also fa!ous for his donations to charities working in education and health.

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,6. 4usk had se0eral .obs before deciding what scientific areas to work in. A. True B. Calse C. Does not say ,,. 4ost scientific in0entors work in one area only. A. True B. Calse C. Does not say ,1. /e went to li0e with fa!ily in Canada. A. True B. Calse C. Does not say ,8. 4usk s parents knew their son was special when he wrote a co!puter ga!e. A. True B. Calse C. Does not say ,#. /e beca!e rich with two &nternet businesses. A. True B. Calse C. Does not say ,%. 4usk was studying at +tanford while he !anaged an &nternet business. A. True B. Calse C. Does not say ,2. 4usk s work on clean energy has !ade hi! !ost fa!ous. A. True B. Calse C. Does not say

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,;. 4usk worked on his space pro.ects before .oining Tesla Motors. A. True B. Calse C. Does not say ,7. 4usk has gi0en away a lot of his !oney to other people. A. True B. Calse C. Does not say 1-. The in0entor 'ikola Tesla works at 4usk s !otor co!pany. A. True B. Calse C. Does not say

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