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Multiple Choice Cloze

For questions 1- 8, read the text below and decide which answer (A, B, C or
D) best fits each gap.
The Netherlands

Welcome to the Netherlands, a tiny country that only extends, at its broadest, 312 km north to
south, and 264 km east to west - (1) ... the land area increases slightly each year as a (2) ... of
continuous land reclamation and drainage. With a lot of heart and much to offer, 'Holland,' as
it is (3) ... known to most of us abroad - a name stemming (4) ... its once most prominent
provinces - has more going on per kilometre than most countries, and more English-speaking
natives. You'll be impressed by its (5) ... cities and charmed by its countryside and villages, full
of contrasts. From the exciting variety (6) ... offer, you could choose a romantic canal boat tour
in Amsterdam, a Royal Tour by coach in The Hague, or a hydrofoil tour around the biggest
harbour in the world - Rotterdam. In season you could visit the dazzling bulb fields, enjoy a full
day on a boat, or take a bike tour through the pancake-flat countryside spiced with windmills.
The possibilities are countless and the nationwide tourist office, which is on hand to give you
information and (7) ... reservations. You'll have (8) ... language problems here, as the Dutch are
true linguists and English is spoken here almost universally.

1. A) so B) despite C) in spite of D) although

2. A) whole B) consequently C) rule D) result

3. A) regularly B) occasionally C) commonly D) unusually

4. A) in B) from C) on D) of

5. A) historic B) historical C) historically D) historian

6. A) at B) in C) on D) for

7. A) sit B) catch C) do D) make

8. A) few B) a few C) little D) a little

Open Cloze
For questions 1-8, read the text below and think of the word which fits each gap.
Use only one word in each gap.

Cats of all kinds are present in the legends, religion, mythology, and history
of (1) ... different cultures. Cave paintings created by early humans display
different types of wild cats (2) ... are now extinct, or no longer around. Many of
these great beasts saw humans as food, but were hunted by humans in return.
Cats similar (3) ... the ones kept as pets today started showing up in artwork
thousands of years ago. For example, the ancient Egyptians believed cats were
the sacred, or special, animal of a goddess named Bast. They believed that
Bast often appeared as a cat, so many ancient Egyptians respected and
honoured cats and kittens. (4) ..., other cultures feared cats or thought that they
brought illnesses and bad luck. Today, with millions kept as pets in homes
around the world, cats have become important members of many families. No
one knows for sure when or (5) ... cats became very popular household pets.
It's possible that people noticed how cats hunted mice and rats, (6) ... they set
food and milk out to keep the cats near their homes. This helped to
prevent (7) ... many of these rodents (8) ... coming into homes and eating
people's food or spreading sickness.
FCE Word Formation
For questions 1- 8, read the text below. Use the word given in capitals at the
end of some of the lines to form a word that fits in the gap in the same line.

Cruising Through History

To understand how cruising developed into a (1) ... industry, you have to take a
brief look at the past. Today's cruise industry (2) ... has its roots dated to the
early 1840s. Among the earliest cruise passengers was author Charles
Dickens, who booked passage in 1842, along with 86 fellow (3) ... , on a mail
ship called Britannia (operated by Canadian Samuel Cunard, (4) ... of the
Cunard Line). Writing in American Notes about his journey from Liverpool to
Halifax, Nova Scotia and Boston, Dickens describes the cramped quarters,
coffinlike cabins, and passengers, (5) ... himself, getting (6) ... (although he
claims that he just felt woozy). Conditions had somewhat improved by the time
Mark Twain took a transatlantic voyage on the steamship Quaker City in
1867. Twain described his cabin as having "room to turn around in, but not to
swing a cat in, at least with entire (7) ... to the cat. " Well, at least he didn't get
sick. In The Innocents Abroad, Twain wrote, "If there is one thing in the world
that will make a man (8) ... and insufferably self-conceited, it is to have his
stomach behave himself, the first day at sea, when nearly all his comrades are








Key Word Transformations
For questions 1-6, complete the second sentence so that it has a similar
meaning to the first sentence, using the word given. Do not change the word
given. You must use between two and five words, including the word given.

1) It wasn't Mark that you met in the shop.


It………………………………………Mark that you met in the shop.

2) She was just going to have her breakfast when the phone rang.


She was just …………………………..breakfast when the phone rang.

3) Steve didn't manage to complete his work.


Steve …………………………..his work.

4) How long has she been studying English?


When ……………………………… studying English?

5) George wrote his last novel five years ago.


It ………………………………………..George wrote his last novel.

6) Nobody took any notice of his bad behaviour.


Nobody ………………………………….his bad behaviour.

FCE Listening Test 1 Part 1

Part 1
You will hear people talking in eight different situations. For questions 1-8, choose the best
answer (A, B or C).

1 You overhear a woman recommending a campsite.

Why does she recommend it?
A It's close to tourist attractions.
B It's in an area of natural beauty.
C It has a wide range of facilities.

2 You overhear two friends talking about global warming.

How does the girl feel about it?
A pessimistic about the future
B surprised at the effects it's having
C unconvinced that there's a problem

3 You overhear a young couple talking about moving to the country.

Why does the man object to the idea?
A He wouldn't be able to work there.
B He'd miss the facilities of the city.
C He wouldn't be near to his friends.

4 You hear a part of a radio programme about food.

Why should listeners call the programme?
A to take part in a recipe competition
B to find out about a cookery course
C to ask questions about cooking

5 You hear the beginning of a programme about college canteens.

What point is being made about them?
A The choice of food has improved.
B Students like the food on offer there.
C Teachers complain about the quality of the food.

6 You hear a young woman talking about her career.

Why did she accept a job in a bookshop?
A She needed a steady income.
B She thought it would be enjoyable.
C She hoped to improve certain skills.

7 You hear part of a programme about a clothes designer.

What does the woman like about the clothes he designs?
A They are practical.
B They are colourful.
C They are original.

8 You overhear a discussion about the sport of snow-kiting.

What does the man say about it?
A It's easier to learn than other winter sports.
B It's more dangerous than other winter sports.
C It requires less equipment than other winter sports.

FCE Listening Test 1 Part 2

Part 2
You will hear a radio programme about a boy called Michael who crossed the Atlantic
in a sailing boat. For questions 9-18, complete the sentences.

Sailing solo across the Atlantic

To achieve his record, Michael had to sail a total of (9)____________ kilometres without any
Michael helped to design his boat which was called (10)___________ .
Michael and his father were concerned in case any (11) __________ came too close to them.
All the food that Michael took on his voyage was in (12) _______ bought at the supermarket.
The type of food which Michael missed most on the trip was (13) ________ .
Michael enjoyed using his (14) __________ to keep track of what his father was doing.
Michael's favourite pastimes on the boat were using his sister's (15) ________ and reading.
Michael got a fright when a (16) _______ landed on him.
The name of the charity that Michael is raising funds for is (17) ________ .
When Michael sails round the world, he plans to take (18) ________ with him in case he feels

FCE Listening Test 1 Part 3

Part 3
You will hear five different people talking about cookery courses.
For questions 19-23, choose from the list (A-F) what each speaker says about the course they
Use the letters only once. There is one extra letter which you do not need to use.

A It helped me to renew my enthusiasm for

B It taught me how to use the latest kitchen
equipment. 19 Speaker 1 ______
C It took into account the fact that I wasn't a 20 Speaker 2 ______
21 Speaker 3 ______
D It required me to do things rather than just
watch. 22 Speaker 4 ______

E It gave me skills I wish I'd acquired earlier in 23 Speaker 5 ______

F It included an unexpected search for
FCE Listening Test 1 Part 4

Part 4
You will hear an interview with Pamela Green, a young fashion designer.
For questions 24-30, choose the best answer (A, B or C).

24 What helped Pamela to decide to become a fashion designer?

A working as an assistant in a fashion shop
B doing research into the fashion industry
C attending a course on fashion design

25 What does Pamela say about having a degree in fashion?

A It's essential for promotion.
B It's evidence of your ability.
C It guarantees you a better income.

26 Pamela says that when starting your own fashion label, it's most important to
A enjoy the creative process.
B contact shops that might sell it.
C have a business plan.

27 Where does Pamela usually find inspiration for her fashion designs?
A in the work of other designers
B in the styles of other countries
C in the clothes her friends wear

28 What aspect of her work does Pamela find most difficult to deal with?
A the pressure to meet deadlines
B the failure of some of her designs
C the need to attend fashion shows

29 According to Pamela, successful designers need to be able to

A predict future fashions.
B recognise all past styles.
C get their designs published.
30 What advice does Pamela have for people who want a career in fashion?
A Be aware of the options available.
B Don't be afraid of sudden fame.
C Learn from your own errors.

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