1. I.READING COMPREHENSION

Section A

Choose the word or phrase which best completes each sentence.

  1. 1.I was told that this material would not…………………in the wash but it has.

a. dwindle                    b. shrink

c. decrease                   d. contract

  1. 2.I realised it would be far too…………………………. to walk alone through those ill-lit streets after dark.

a. bold                          b. risky

c. daring                           d. courageous

  1. 3.The jury returned a(n)………………        of "not guilty".

a. sentence                   b. charge

c. verdict                          d. evidence

  1. 4.The student waited with some slight…………….while his teacher stood reading his exercise.

a. dread                        b. terror

c. apprehension            d. horror

  1. 5.The police have asked for the…………………….. of the public in tracing the whereabouts of the escaped convict.

a. partnership                b. co-operation

c. association                d. alliance

  1. 6.The very idea of her winning the beauty competition is quite……………

a. abrupt                       b. absurd

c. abnormal                             d. futile

 

  1. 7.The widely-publicised demonstration did not after all…………….   

a. come off                  b. go off

c. get on                       d. break out

 

  1. 8.………………he fails his final examination, he is still sure of a University place.

a. If                             b. In case

c. Although                 d. Even if

  1. 9.To a large extent slaveryduring the past century.

a. prevented                    b. abolished

c. uprooted                    d. removed

10. ………………of half-starving wolves were roaming the snow-covered countryside.

a. Flocks                      b. Herds

c. Packs                        d. Swarms

11. As the sky darkened it soon became obvious that a violent thunder­storm was………

a. imminent                   b. instantaneous

c. immediate                  d. eminent

 

12. To what extent will future scientific discoveries make possible the……………..of the human life span?

a. increase                     b. expansion

c. prolongation               d. growth

13. Is a person to be more highly………………..for his courage or for his self-sacrifice?

a. estimated                         b. assessed

c. esteemed               d. reckoned

14. His parents gave him many expensive toys as some form of…………..for his lameness and inability to play active games.

a. prize                               b. remedy

c. reward                            d. compensation

15. The firm should make a substantial profit           ……………..satisfactory labour relations are maintained.

a. unless                                   b. with the result of

c. provided that                      d. even if

16. A half-savage mongrel went……………..the tramp as the man ap­proached the farm.

a. at                                       b. against

c. upon                                     d. for

17. No hazard or difficulty could……………..the two mountaineers from their intention of reaching the summit.

a. defect                                   b. deflect

c. deflate                                  d. defeat

18. He set one alarm-clock for five o'clock and the other for five past so as to…………that he did not oversleep.

a. assure                                   b. ensure

c. insure                                   d. reassure

19. The dentist had to……………….. the tooth as it was badly decayed.

a. extract                                    b. pull off

c. extricate                                 d. eradicate

20. I hope you are not…………… that I obtained this money dishonestly.

a. implying                                b. denoting

c. inferring                                 d. deducing

21. The townspeople were always so well-behaved and………….. that the

police had an idle life.

a. systematic                                b. orderly

c. meticulous                               d. scrupulous

22. Under certain conditions of stress, some people…………… qualities they had never known they possessed.

a. uncover                                    b. expose

c. express                                     d. reveal

 

23. The evening's entertainment was ……………by an electrical power cut.

a. curtailed                                   b. condensed

c. abbreviated                             d. abridged

 

24. The cathedral is…………….. in the centre of the city,

a. positioned                               b. placed                                    

c. situated                                   d. localised                

25. The fire was……………..by the time the firemen arrived,

a. finished                                   b. off

c. out                                            d. away

 

Section B

In this section you will find after the passage a number of questions or un­finished statements about it, each with four suggested answers or ways of finishing. You must choose the one which you think fits best. Give one answer only to each question.

 

A LIFE OF CRIME

 

Looking at this little old lady, it is hard to believe that she has spent 20 of her 76 years in jail. Her crime has been pickpocketing. Just a short while ago, she was caught practising her trade in Harrods - a favorite hunting ground for the pickpocket as it is frequented by the well-off. Her fingers aren't as quick as they once were and she was spotted by a sharp-eyed store detective more used to catching shoplifters.

 

Luckily for her, the judge let her off. All the same, crime certainly hasn't paid for Rose Jones. She lives in a damp, uncomfortable basement bedsit with no heating and no company except for her dogs and cats and the TV. Neverthe­less, she believes that it is better there than in prison. During her many spells in prison, she met Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain, and the notorious murderess, Myra Hindley, who would have certainly followed Ellis to the scaffold if hanging had not been abolished. Instead, she was given life imprisonment.

 

Rose blames her life of crime on her childhood and harsh upbringing. She feels that if her mother hadn't died when she was small, her life would have turned out differently. As it was, her father remarried and her stepmother was cruel to her. Hunger drove young Rose to steal food and she quickly graduated to picking pockets. She was only six at the time. When she was 11, she started doing menial jobs in big houses. She perhaps wishes she had taken that op­portunity to go "straight" but she didn't. She remembers taking a lipstick and a live-pound note from some guests' luggage. When her mistress accused her of stealing, she denied everything and, for once, got away with it.

 

Her life "inside" started when she was 17. Following a conviction, she was sent to a prison for young people. It was to be the first of many such visits. Yet, in all her long criminal career, Rose has never made any real money. Either she gave it away or she spent it on trivial things. Her husband stole the little money she had managed to save while she was in prison.

 

Nowadays, she has just about decided that her life of crime is over. After all, she finds it difficult to move around now without any support which makes her line of work rather difficult. In addition, the popularity of credit cards means that people tend to carry less cash around with them than they were once accus­tomed to. Rose thinks it is. time she turned over a new leaf. But is it possible to break the habit of a lifetime?

 

  1. 1.Rose was caught in
    1. a.by someone well-off.
    2. b.because she was clumsy.
    3. c.while she was shoplifting.
    4. d.by someone alert.
    5. 2.She started
      1. a.because she was told to.
      2. b.for money.
      3. c.for excitement.
      4. d.from necessity.
      5. 3.Myra
        1. a.wasn't as bad as Ruth Ellis.
        2. b.deserved to be hanged.
        3. c.benefited from a change in the law.
        4. d.was hanged for murder.
        5. 4.When Rose was a
          1. a.she could have led an honest life.
          2. b.she resisted temptation.
          3. c.she stole some clothes.
          4. d.she was punished for stealing.

5.   Picking pockets nowadays      

  1. a.is less profitable.
  2. b.is more difficult.
  3. c.has new rewards.
  4. d.is a job for a young person.

 

II. USE OF ENGLISH

A. Fill in each of the numbered blanks with one suitable word.

 

Almost………….(1) a year ago, in a small village in Northern India, Andrea Milliner was…………(2) on the leg by a dog. "It must have fancied your nice white flesh," joked the doctor      …………..(3) he dressed the wound. Andrea and her husband Nigel were          (4) not to let…………..(5) spoil their holiday, and thought no more………………(6) the dog, which had meanwhile disappeared from the…………….(7) .

 

"We didn't realise there was…………………(8) wrong with it," says Nigel. "It was such a small, likeable dog that rabies…………….(9) enter my mind."………….. (10), six weeks later, 23-year-old Andrea was dead. The dog had been rabid. No one had thought it …………. (11) to give her anti-rabies treatment. When, back home in England, she began to …………….(12) the classic symptoms - unable to drink, catching her breath. Her own doctor put it………. (13) to hysteria. Even when she was loaded into an ambulance,

hallucinating, recoiling in terror at ……….. (14) sight of water, she was directed………(15) the nearest mental hospital.

But…………….(16) her symptoms received little attention in life, in death they achieved a publicity close to hysteria. Cases………….(17) Andrea are rare, but rabies is still one of the most feared diseases………..(18) to man.

The disease is transmitted by a bite…………. (19) a lick from an infected animal. It can, in very ……….. (20) circumstances, be inhaled – two scientists died of it after inhaling bat dung in a cave in Texas.

 

B. Finish each of the following sentences in such a way that it means ex­actly the same as the sentence printed before it.

Example: This is his first visit to England.

He is visiting England for the first time.

  1. 1."Don't leave the house until I get back, William," his mother said. William's mother told……………
  2. 2.I'd rather not see him tomorrow.

               I don't.……………………………………………………………………………….

  1. 3.Alice's strange ideas astonished everybody.

Everybody………………………………………………………………………......

4.   It was careless of you to leave the windows open last night.

     You shouldn't …………………………………………………………………........

           5. You will catch a cold if you don't keep your feet dry.

                 Unless……………………………………………………………………………….

           6. It looks like rain to me.

                 I……………………………………………………………………………………..

7.  This is the most delicious cake 1 have ever tasted.

     I have…………………………………………………………………………….….

8.  The people who were there didn't notice anything unusual.

     No-one ……………………………………………………………………………..

9.  She left university two years ago.

     It is………………………………………………………………………………….

10. The gate is closed to stop the children running into the road.

     The gate is closed so that……………………………………………………………        

C. The word in capital at the beginning of each of the following sentences can be used to form a related word that fits suitably in the blank space. Fill each blank in this way.

 

1. SHY

Alison's…………………….made it hard for her to speak in public.

2. ANNOY

He had the………………habit of borrowing books and then forgetting to return them.

3. FORGET

Remind me of my appointment. I am………………….

4. FORGET

For one who has spent his life in town, a trip into the mountains could prove an……………….experience

EXPECT-APPOINT

He had been  delayed at the office and was now in a hurry to keep his……….with the dentist.

 

.POPULAR

Recently health foods have increased in………………………          

 

SAVE

The old lady hid all her…………………under the floor.

HARM

The gas from the chemical factory was extremely………………..

 

           

           

                       

           

                       

D. Use the words to make sentences.

  1. 1.this video film / so interesting / I / see / twice.

………………………………………………………………………………………..

         2. five thousand Mekong cars / make / Vietnam / so far.

………………………………………………………………………………………..

         3. it / difficult / learn English / without / good dictionary.

………………………………………………………………………………………..

         4. Mr Brown / going / buy / new car.

………………………………………………………………………………………..

         5. he / learn / English / two years now.

………………………………………………………………………………………..

         6. secretary / type / already / letters / by / time / boss / return.

………………………………………………………………………………………..

         7. I / finish / homework / two hours ago.

………………………………………………………………………………………..

         8. Sunday nights / we / not go to bed / until / TV Station / stop broadcasting.