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BILET NR. 1

I. Read the following text aloud:

The Summer Olympic Games will be held in Beijing, China from August 8 to August
24. Competitors from around the world will compete for the gold, silver or bronze medals.
For some athletes, winning is not a real possibility. However, they will strive to set personal
and /or national bests in their events. Of course, many world records will also be broken
during these games. The intensely competitive nature of the games, the strong national pride
involved and the challenge in facing the best athletes from around the world combine to
demand the top performances from each individual.
In a world where soccer (football), basketball, golf and tennis dominate television
broadcasts, the Summer Olympic Games provide a chance to observe sports not usually
covered. When was the last time you watched water polo, or fencing? Chances are you
watched them during the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Greece. In this age when many
people are fortunate enough to have cable TV connections, spectators can watch a wide
variety of athletic competitions.




II. Answer the following questions:

1. What is the goal of those competitors who probably won't win medals?
2. Which type of sport doesn't generally dominate broadcasts?
3. According to the author, when was the last time you probably watched water polo?
4. What are your favourite sports and why do you like them?









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BILET NR.2

I. Read the following text aloud:


Normal, healthy people can improve their memories very easily. First of all, learn to relax
if you‟re trying to memorise something. You may miss important items if your mind is on
something else, or if you weren‟t paying attention because of anxiety – you retain information
best when you are alert and concentrating. If you‟re having trouble concentrating, increase the
flow of oxygenated blood to the brain. Despite its small size, the brain uses 20% of the body‟s
oxygen requirement. So try to combine study with exercise, particularly the kind of exercise
that gets you breathing faster. Keep your mind fit as well as your body by doing mental
workouts. Crosswords, scrabble and quizzes all help to keep your mind in shape.






II. Answer the following questions:


1. What ways of improving your memory does the author mention?
2. What kind of physical exercise is the most efficient in boosting your memory and why?
3. When do people learn best?
4. What examples of mental workouts does the writer give?


















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BILET NR. 3

I. Read the following text aloud:

Thomas Alva Edison lit up the world with his invention of the electric light. Without
him, the world might still be a dark place. However, the electric light was not his only
invention. He also invented the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and over 1,200 other
things. About every two weeks he created something new.
Thomas A. Edison was born in Milan, Ohio, on February 11, 1847. His family moved
to Port Huron, Michigan, when he was seven years old. Surprisingly, he attended school for
only two months. His mother, a former teacher, taught him a few things, but Thomas was
mostly self-educated. His natural curiosity led him to start experimenting at a young age with
electrical and mechanical things at home.
Thomas Edison was totally deaf in one ear and hard of hearing in the other, but
thought of his deafness as a blessing in many ways. It kept conversations short, so that he
could have more time for work. He called himself a "two-shift man" because he worked 16
out of every 24 hours. Sometimes he worked so intensely that his wife had to remind him to
sleep and eat.


II. Answer the following questions:

1. Of all the inventions of Thomas Edison, which was probably the most important for
civilization?
2. Where did he go to school?
3. What did Edison think of his deafness?
4. What do you consider to be the greatest invention of the 20th century?


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BILET NR .4


I. Read the following text aloud:



It is not surprising that training shoes have become such big business. Sporting activities of
all kinds have become popular, particularly inexpensive sports like running, where
equipment is unnecessary apart from shoes. Runners suffer more injuries than many other
athletes. The runner repeatedly strikes the ground with his feet, which can have disastrous
effects. Research has led to the development of running shoes and a considerable reduction
in problems with the feet and ankles. A combination of padding and air cushions provide
protection from hitting the pavement with a force twice your weight.


II. Answer the following questions:


1. What are the two reasons the writer mentions in connection with the success of training
shoes?
2. What, according to the writer, is the benefit of using running shoes?
3. Why is running considered an inexpensive sport?
4. Which is the force with which we hit the ground?










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BILET NR. 5

I. Read the following text aloud:

Eddie was a carpet fitter, and he hated it. For ten years he had spent his days sitting,
kneeling or crawling on floors, in houses, offices, shops, factories and restaurants. Ten years
of his life, cutting and fitting carpets for other people to walk on, without even seeing them.
When his work was done, no one ever appreciated it. No one ever said "Oh, that's a beautiful
job, the carpet fits so neatly." They just walked all over it. Eddie was sick of it. He was
especially sick of it on this hot, humid day in August, as he worked to put the finishing
touches to today's job. He was just cutting and fixing the last edge on a huge red carpet which
he had fitted in the living room of Mrs.Vanbrugh's house. Rich Mrs. Vanbrugh, who changed
her carpets every year, and always bought the best. Rich Mrs.Vanbrugh, who had never even
given him a cup of tea all day. Well, it was four o'clock and he had nearly finished. At least he
would be able to get home early today. He began to day-dream about the weekend, about the
Saturday football game he always played for the local team, where he was known as "Ed the
Head" for his skill in heading goals from corner kicks.

II. Answer the following questions:

1. How long had Eddie been working as a carpet fitter?
2. What did Eddie hate about his job?
3. Why didn‟t Eddie like Mr. Vanbrugh?
4. How important do you think it is to find pleasure in the job that you choose do? Why?


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BILET NR .6

I. Read the following text aloud:


The speed of your handwriting can be estimated by the fluency and continuity of your
script; disconnected writing is usually slower than connected writing, which is made in a
continuous motion. A very fast writing shows intelligence and an ability to get down to
essentials very quickly. Large handwriting is rarely fast, as the writer tends to waste time
and effort. It is a fact that the more articulate you are, the faster you will write, so fast
writing is a clear indication of your ability to speak fluently as well as your mental
capacity. In the same way, the more simplified your writing, the quicker you will write,
and the more elaborate your writing, the more time you take over it. Intelligent writers
often depart from the writing style they were taught at school because they find it too slow.
They adopt an original and economical form of writing. Many executives have small, fast
writing, but large signatures.

II. Answer the following questions:


1. What, according to the writer, is the connection between handwriting and intelligence?
2. What, in the writer‟s view, is the connection between writing and speaking?
3. Why do some intelligent writers abandon the writing style they were taught at school?
4. What is unusual about the handwriting of some executives?









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BILET NR. 7

I. Read the following text aloud:

Three years ago on the last day of January, I had a big problem. I will never forget that
day. The story began when my uncle, my cousin, and I went to the desert. My uncle was the
oldest at 72, but he was still strong. My cousin at that time was 10 years old, and I was 25
years old. All of us liked hunting. We usually went hunting at the weekend, especially in
winter, because winter is the hunting season. On the 25th of January, we decided to go
hunting. All things were ready in the car, a Range Rover with four-wheel drive. We set off on
Thursday afternoon, and it took us three hours by car. We reached the place we were looking
for at 5:15 pm. First, we fixed the tent, then we made coffee and had a few minutes of rest.
After that, we left to go on the hunt. We hunted using a falcon. Often, we hunt birds
and rabbits. We spent two hours without finding anything. We decided to go back to the
camp. On our way back, my cousin saw a rabbit. He cried, "Rabbit!! Rabbit! Quick!" I took
the falcon's head cover and flung it off aggressively. When the rabbit saw the falcon, it ran
fast, but my falcon was a professional hunter. He flew up and came down to trick the rabbit.
After two minutes, the rabbit was caught. We took it and went back to the camp where we
started to cook our dinner. We ate the delicious food, drank Arabic coffee, and sat around the
fire talking until 10:30 in the evening. Then we went to bed.


II. Answer the following questions:

1. When did the author and his friends usually go hunting?
2. What did they use in their hunt?
3. What did they capture?
4. Why do some people like hunting?


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BILET NR .8


I. Read the following text aloud:


When I first went to live in Spain I couldn‟t speak any Spanish. I had to learn to speak
quickly because of my job. Some friends suggested buying a television and this turned out
to be a good idea. At first, I didn‟t really understand anything at all, but little by little I
began to pick up the main ideas. I would read an English newspaper the same day, so I
knew what was happening around the world and could understand the news. But the best
programmes for learning Spanish were the game shows. I must have watched hundreds of
them in the first few months after I came to live here. Because the same patterns are
repeated again and again, you learn the rules of the language almost automatically.
Although they were not the types of programmes I would normally have watched, I began
to quite enjoy them. I speak Spanish well now, but I still watch them sometimes.


II. Answer the following questions:


1. Did the writer learn Spanish in the traditional way of learning foreign languages? Explain.
2. What was the role the English newspapers played in the process of learning Spanish?
3. How did the writer learn the rules of the language?
4. Which TV programmes did the writer start enjoying?







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BILET NR. 9

I. Read the following text aloud:


How do we select our partners from all the thousands of possible people? People are often
attracted to others who have a lot in common with them – even if we don‟t always realise
that they have anything in common. We give out unspoken messages about ourselves every
day from the way we walk, talk and hold ourselves. It‟s not just the way we dress, but our
posture, facial expressions, movements, tone of voice, accent and so on. If you put a group
of people who don‟t know each other in a room together and ask them to pair up, they will
naturally choose partners who are of similar family background, social class and
upbringing. We are all looking for something familiar, though we may not be aware of
exactly what it is.


II. Answer the following questions:


1. What evidence is there in the text that we like what we know?
2. What, according to the writer, helps the others realise what we are like?
3. Is the choice of our partners a conscious process? Give evidence from the text.
4. Give examples of body language that help us select our partners?










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BILET NR. 10

I. Read the following text aloud:

Mountain biking is becoming an increasingly popular sport, as people become more
interested in keeping fit and doing activities which take them out of their homes. It is not only
a pleasurable way of improving your fitness, but also one of the most rewarding ways to
explore the countryside. However, it is important to follow a few simple rules, otherwise you
could destroy the environment and spoil other people‟s enjoyment. Cyclists can use any road
but they must pay attention to the type of path they are on. Some paths are only designed for
people who are on foot, so if you are cycling on these, you could cause inconvenience to
walkers as well as ending up being taken to court by the owner of the land you are on. On any
other path, you should still respect walkers and be careful if you are passing horse riders.
Other things which you are asked to do are to close gates behind you, so that farm
animals cannot escape, and to take your rubbish home with you. Always let someone know
where you are going and have the right equipment and clothing for the conditions otherwise
you could create unnecessary problems for yourself.





II. Answer the following questions:

1. Why do people take up mountain biking?
2. Why should people follow a few rules while doing mountain biking?
3. What things do bikers need in order to practise this sport?
4. What do you do in order to keep fit?


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BILET NR.11

I. Read the following text aloud:


Loneliness is a disease of modern living, a result of people being more mobile and having
more opportunities. With the break-up of family units, there is little stability on which to
build good relationships. Loneliness isn‟t something that can be solved simply by seeing a
counsellor, speaking to someone on the telephone or being in the company of a lot of
people. Advice often given includes: joining clubs, taking up a sociable hobby or even
trying a part-time job.
To ease the feeling of emptiness takes time. Friendships have to be allowed to grow and
deep bonds can‟t be formed with just anyone. Anyone might be a victim of loneliness at
some time or another in their lives. If you change jobs, get married or move, you too might
have problems in a new environment.



II. Answer the following questions:


1. What, according to the writer, cannot efficiently help people who feel lonely?
2. What could turn out to be useful solutions for lonely people?
3. Why does it take time to reduce the feeling of loneliness?
4. Which factors could contribute to our feeling lonely?






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BILET NR. 12

I. Read the following text aloud:



Stress is important. We all need a certain amount of it in order to lead fulfilling lives.
However, if we have too much of it, it can have the opposite effect. Some people can tolerate
greater levels of stress than others, but most of us will suffer at some time in our lives. It is
therefore a good idea to learn a few stress management techniques. Identifying the cause of
the problem we have, so that we can treat it more effectively, is one of the first steps towards
reducing stress. The second is talking to a person you can trust, who will listen and, if
necessary, give you some positive advice. Not only are smoking and drinking harmful to our
health, they actually increase stress rather than reduce it. Take up walking instead, which is
not only healthy but it helps you think more clearly, too. Unnecessary noise should be avoided
as much as possible, however, laughter is one of the best ways to make yourself feel
considerably better.




II. Answer the following questions:

1. Why do people need a certain amount of stress?
2. What are the benefits of walking?
3. Can you name a few stress management techniques?
4. What do you do in order to relax?


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BILET NR. 13

I. Read the following text aloud:




Last summer we decided to stay at a camping site on an island in the south because all
accommodation became more and more expensive. We would have sunbathing every day, then we would
make some sightseeing and at weekends we would have a travel around the island. One day, when we
made an excursion to a ruined castle, the whether changed all of s sudden and black clouds appeared
from nowhere. After a few moments, a heavy rain started, and it was so dark that we could hardly see a
thing. We looked for a shelter in the ruins. Once our eyes got used to the darkness, we started exploring
the place. It was quite scary but our curiosity was greater than our fear. Presently we reached a large hall
whose ceiling had saved its original beauty. Huge spider webs hung from the walls and it was a big crack
through one could see outside. All at once an usually strong lightning revealed a painting hid in a small
niche. We couldn‟t believe what we saw: it bore the signature of a famous 16
th
century master.




II. Answer the following questions:


1. What is the text about?
2. What did the characters do when a storm started?
3. What did they find in the ruins?
4. What kind of holidays would you prefer, full of activities or less active?
















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BILET NR. 14



I. Read the following text aloud:



Susie is a miniature poodle. She has her hair combed every day and she goes to the
dog‟s hairdresser once a month. She wears ribbons and a woollen jacket on cold days. She
gets best quality fillet steak and a bowl of cream twice a day. If she shows any signs of a cold
or fever, she is immediately taken to a vet. She takes part in all family celebrations; she sits in
her mistress‟ lap and is fed with a spoon. She is loved, pampered and adored. An average of
700 dollars is spent on her every month.
Some animal lovers go as far as burying their pets in animal cemeteries. They buy
them jewellery and treat them as their own children, if not better. At the same time there are
hundreds of animals that have nothing to eat and nowhere to go. Very often these animals
have once had their own homes and masters, but they were thrown away, abandoned and
forgotten.



II. Answer the following questions:

1. How does Susie‟s mistress look after her?
2. What is Susie‟s diet?
3. What do some rich people do with their pets when they die?
4. In your opinion, why do some people abandon their pets?


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BILET NR. 15



I. Read the following text aloud:

Graffiti, the art of writing on the walls, is believed to be as old as the human race. It is
a way of commenting on current social and political events, and of mocking advertising
slogans. It can also be a way of expressing oneself for people who have no chance or no
courage to express their views in public. Graffiti writers use all sorts of walls available but
probably the most popular are public lavatory walls, maybe because of the privacy they
guarantee. Most graffiti are witty and humorous and provide excellent free entertainment.
However, it can be a form of vandalism. This is why in most countries it is regarded as
a criminal offence. In Britain, if you are caught painting walls, you can be punished with a
fine, or even sent to prison for up to ten years. The authorities can also order you to remove
every trace of your activity and sometimes they organize graffiti removing squads.



II. Answer the following questions:

1. What are the purposes of graffiti writing?
2. Are all kinds of graffiti equally entertaining?
3. What does the law say about graffiti?
4. What is your personal attitude towards graffiti?


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BILET NR. 16

I. Read the following text aloud:




I sat in on an English lesson at the Gamal Secondary school in Yemen. The Scottish instructor –
one of the three Britons employed in the Yemeni school system – was drilling the class in the difference
between the “present simple” and the “present continuous”. There were 20 very thin, very eager boys
aged between 14 and 22. They had been trained to compete continually against each other. The moment
the instructor was half way through a question his voice was drowned by shouts of “Teacher! Teacher!”
If a student began to stumble over an answer, the others fought to grab the question for themselves
bellowing for the teacher‟s attention. I once taught in an English school for a term: had the children in my
class ever shown a small fraction of the enthusiasm displayed by 6these Yemeni students I might have
stayed in the job a great deal longer.


II. Answer the following questions:


1. What is this text about?
2. Were the Yemeni students advanced in the study of English?
3. Can you compare Yemeni and British students?
4. Are there aspects of the Romanian school system you don‟t like?

















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BILET NR. 17

I. Read the following text aloud:


Read the following text and then answer the questions:

When at the age of 3 David Bolton began using a calculator, his parents foresaw that he would do
well at school. They could not have anticipated however that at the age of 16 he would divide his time
between his school exams and selling his own programmes to property firms, doctors and other
professionals.” The business opportunities may never come if I don‟t seize them now and I also
understand why my parents and my headmaster would prefer me to stay in school. However I cannot
concentrate on my lessons if I need to meet clients.”





II. Answer the following questions:


1. What is the text about?
2. What has David had to choose between?
3. If you were in his shoes what choice would you make?
4. What are your plans for the future?















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BILET NR. 18



I. Read the following text aloud:



On June 23, 1894, at 10.00 a.m., a baby boy was born in the White Lodge, Richmond
Park. He was healthy and weighed 8 lb. His parents were George, Queen Victoria‟s grandson,
and his wife, Mary. The boy was christened Edward Albert Christian Andrew Patrick David.
When Edward was 12 years old, he was sent to the naval training centre at Osborn, on
the Isle of Wight. His father thought that the Navy would teach him everything he needed in
life. At Osborne, Edward was immediately nicknamed “The Sardine” because he was
undersized and extremely skinny. He had a tough time there. His schoolmates tormented him.
Once they poured red ink over his head, saying that Edward looked much better with red hair.
Another time they pushed his head under a raised window and slammed it down on his neck.
They said later they wanted to remind him of the execution of Charles I.
In 1910 Edward VII died and George V succeeded to the throne. Soon after, in July
1911, Edward went to Caernarvon Castle to be installed as Prince of Wales.




II. Answer the following questions:

a. Who was born on 23 June 1894?
b. How would you describe Edward‟s life at the naval training centre?
c. Why did Edward go to the Caernarvon Castle?
d. Being famous may be a horrible experience – give your opinion.


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BILET NR. 19



II. Read the following text aloud:




„Witnesses may pick out from an identification parade the person who most resembles their idea of
what the criminal would look like”, a group of psychologists from the British Psychological Society was
told on Saturday. Mr. Bull, a senior lecturer, said research had shown that the public tended to link
abnormal appearance with abnormalities of behavior. One apparently wildly held belief is the ”what is
beautiful is good” stereotype. An individual facial attractiveness has an effect on how threatening other
people judge that person to be. I have found that the addition of one or two small scars to a face leads to
that face being judged more dishonest.





II. Answer the following questions:



1. What is the text about?
2. Do you agree with the idea of the text?
3. What do you understand by „to judge a book by its cover”?
4. Have you ever misjudged anyone on account of their looks?
















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BILET NR. 20



III. Read the following text aloud:


Read the text and answer the questions:

“What a magnificent creature she is”, he thought, as he frequently did. She was a big girl, tanned
like a gypsy, and with a high colour. Her heavy, bright brown hair had not yet been done up for the day;
it hung down, over one shoulder in a thick braid. She was twenty-seven and still had, as on the day he
married her, the look of a carefully bred and beautifully groomed animal kept permanently at the peak of
its condition for some high use which has not yet arrived and possibly never will arrive. Holman had seen
it often on boys and girls of Emmy‟s class, thought seldom to such a degree or accompanied by so much
beauty.




II. Answer the following questions:


1. What is the text about?
2. What is the relationship between the man and the woman?
3. Briefly paraphrase the way he sees her.
4. Give a brief description of a person you know well.
















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BILET NR. 21

I. Read the following text aloud:

In the spring of 1941, I was ten years old, and the Second World War had started two years
before. I lived in Plymouth, an important naval base in the south-west of England, with my
five brothers and sisters, and my mother and father. The bombing of Plymouth had been fairly
heavy at that point, but there were warnings that the situation was going to get much worse.
For this reason, my parents decided to send me and another sister to the countryside where
they thought we would be safer. However, we weren‟t evacuated together as we were going to
different schools.
I don‟t remember much about the train journey, except that we were all carrying little cases
and gas masks. When we arrived in Newquay I remember going to the house of a Mrs Pascoe
who lived with her fourteen-year-old daughter, Hilda. It seemes like I was there for years, but
in fact it could only have been two or three weeks. Soon after we returned to Plymouth, we
were bombed out of our house.

II. Answer the following questions:

1. When did the Second World War begin?
2. Why did the writer‟s parents decide to send him and his sister to the countryside?
3. Why weren‟t the writer and his sister evacuated together?
4. How long did he stay in Newquay?






















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BILET NR. 22







I. Read the following text aloud:

A month ago I had no idea that on a Saturday afternoon in November I‟d be hanging 30
metres above the ground and enjoying it. Now I looked down at the river far below me, and
realised why people love rock-climbing.
My friend Matt and I had arrived at the Activity Centre on Friday evening. The accomodation
wasn‟t woderful, but we had everything we needed (beds, blankets, food), and we were
pleased to be out of the city and in the fresh air.
On Saturday morning we met the other ten members of our group. Cameron had come along
with two friends, Kevin and Simon, while sisters Carole and Lynn had come with Amanda.
We had come from various places and none of us knew the area.
We knew we were going to spend the weekend outdoors, but none of us was sure exactly
how. Half of us spent the morning caving while the others went rock-climbing and then we
changed at lunchtime. Matt and I went to the caves first. Climbing out was harder than going
in, but after a good deal of pushing, we were out at last – covered in mud but pleased and
excited by what we‟d done.


II. Answer the following questions:

1. What does the writer say about how she spent her weekend?
2. How does she feel about the time spent outdoors?
3. Why do you think she enjoyed caving?
4. Would you consider spending such a weekend? Why/Why not?










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BILET NR. 23


I. Read the following text aloud:




Winter is dangerous because it‟s difficult to know what is going to happen and accidents take
place so easily. Fog can be waiting to meet you over the top of a hill. Ice might be hiding
beneath the melting snow, waiting to send you off the road. The car coming towards you may
suddenly slide across the road.
Rule Number One for driving on icy roads is to drive smoothly. Uneven movements can make
a car suddenly very difficult to control. So every time you either turn the wheel, touch the
brakes or increase your speed, you must be as gentle and slow as possible. Imagine you are
driving with a full cup of hot coffee on the seat next to you. Drive so that you wouldn‟t spill
it.
Rule Number Two is to pay attention to what might happen. The more ice there is, the further
down the road you have to look. Test how long it takes to stop by gently braking. Remember
that you may be driving more quickly than you think. In general, allow double your normal
stopping distance when the road is wet, three times this distance on snow, and even more on
ice. Try to stay in control of your car at all times and you will avoid trouble.

II. Answer the following questions:

1. What are the two rules a driver must respect in winter?
2. Who is this text for?
3. Why does the writer talk about a cup of coffee?
4. What other rule would you add? Why?













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BILET NR. 24







I. Read the following text aloud:

When I opened my first „Body Shop‟ in 1976 my only object was to earn enough to feed my
children. Today „The Body Shop‟ is an international company rapidly growing all around the
world. In the years since we began I have learned a lot. Much of what I have learned will be
found in this book, for I believe that we, as a company, have something worth saying about
how to run a successful business without giving up what we really believe in.
It‟s not a normal business book, nor is it just about my life. The message is that to succeed in
business you have to be different. Business can be fun, a business can be run with love and it
can do good. In business, as in life, I need to enjoy myself, to have a feeling of family and to
feel excited by the unexpected. I have always wanted the people who work for „The Body
Shop‟ to feel the same way.
Now this book sends these ideas of mine into the world, makes them public. I‟d like to think
there are no limits to our „family‟, no limits to what can be done. I find that an exciting
thought. I hope you do, too.


II. Answer the following questions:

1. Why did the writer start his business, „The Body Shop‟?
2. What is the book about?
3. How does the writer feel about the business she runs?
4. How important are friendly working relationships in a successful company?










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BILET NR. 25




I. Read aloud the following text:

„The best age to start learning the violin is between three and six,‟ says Margaret Porter, a
violinist and music teacher. „It‟s the time when you are learning about the world.‟ Margaret,
who lives in London, prefers to take pupils at three and four, although she has made lots of
exceptions for keen five-year-olds. When she started teaching the violin in 1972, her first
class consisted of her children‟s five-year-old school friends.
Margaret‟s pupils have group lessons. Each group has about a dozen pupils and each lesson
lasts an hour, once a fortnight. In addition, each pupil has one individual lesson a week with
her. Parents also have to attend the classes. It is important that the parents take an active
interest in the lessons.
From the earliest lessons pupils learn to play by ear. They do not even try to read music until
they have been playing for seceral years, and for a long time there is a big difference between
their playing and reading of music. Margaret says that her method is not supposed to produce
great violinists, and always suggests that pupils who perform particularly well should leave
and study the violin using more traditional methods.



II. Answer the following questions:


1. Why is between three and six the best age to start learning the violin?
2. What types of lessons do Margaret‟s students have?
3. How do Margaret‟s students begin to learn the violin?
4. In your opinion, what is important when learning a musical instrument?













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BILET NR. 26



I. Read aloud the following text:



Last week I went to visit Atlantic College, an excellent private college in Wales. Unusually, it
gives young people much needed experience of life outside the classroom, as well as the
opportunity to study for their exams. The students, who are aged between 16 and 18 and come
from all over the world, spend the morning studying. In the afternoon they go out and do a
really useful activity, such as helping on the farm, looking after people with learning
difficulties, or checking for pollution in rivers.
One of the great things about Atlantic College students is that they come from many different
social backgrounds and countries. As few can afford the fees of £20,000 over two years, grants
are available. A quarter of the students are British, and many of those can only attend because
they receive government help.
„I really admire the college for trying to encourage international understanding among young
people‟, as Barbara Molenkamp, a student from the Netherlands, said. „You learn to live with
people and respect them, even the ones you don‟t like. During the summer holidays my mother
couldn‟t believe how much less I argued with my sister.‟
To sum up, Atlantic College gives its students an excellent education, using methods which
really seem to work.
II. Answer the following questions:
1. What does Atlantic College offer its students?
2. What is wonderful about Atlantic College? Why?
3. What are the advantages of studying in an international environment?
4. What kind of college would you like to study in? Why?










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BILET NR. 27



I. Read the following text aloud:

A recent report on the eating habits of children in Britain suggests that children from age
three to sixteen show a strong dislike for vegetables and only eat sufficient amounts of fruit
and vegetables at Christmas. One researcher says not eating properly may have serious
consequences on a child‟s speech and physical development, resulting in poorer performance
at school.

One solution is to give children extra iron and vitamins but in the long run it is more
effective if children get the right ingredients in their daily diet. Unfortunately, parents
choose food for their children that is quick and convenient to prepare, rather than food which
is fresh and healthy; consequently, it is difficult later to get children to change their habits.
II. Answer the following questions:
1. What are the consequences of not eating properly?
2. What is the right solution in this case?
3. Which are the most frequent mistakes that parents usually do?
4. Do you eat healthy?



















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BILET NR. 28



I. Read the following text aloud:

When I injured my back I had to take a break from my running career. I decided to introduce
more women to the sport, to show them how much fun it can be and to give them the
confidence to get out and run.
I decided to start a running club for women in my area because I was annoyed by the attitude
of many race organisers. They complain about the lack of women in the sport but also use this
as an excuse for not providing separate changing facilities.
I put up posters and 40 women, young and old, fit and unfit, joined. All of them were attracted
by the idea of losing weight but I don‟t think they had really thought about running before.
When or if they did, they had a picture of painful training. They didn‟t think of chatting and
smiling while running in beautiful places, like by a river.
At first they ran for only a minute – now they can run for thirty minutes. They‟ve also learned
from other runners about diet and keeping fit in general.
I wanted to do something for women‟s running and I‟ve had so much pleasure watching their
progress – almost as much as they‟ve had themselves.


II. Answer the following questions:
1. Why did the writer start a running club for women?
2. Why were the women in the area interested in the running club?
3. What did women think of running before joining the club?
4. What physical exercises do you do to keep fit?