(Print-friendly)CAE Reading and Use of English 2015 Practice Test 3

CAE Reading and Use of English Test 3
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CAE Reading and Use of English Part1

For questions 1-8, read the text below and decide which answer (А, В, C or D) best fits each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).

Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook could be 0 saidto have invented the global tourist industry. He was born in England in 1808 and became a cabinetmaker. Then he 1 __________ on the idea of using the newly-invented railways for pleasure trips and by the summer of 1845, he was organising commercial trips. The first was to Liverpool and featured a 60-page handbook for the journey, the 2 __________ of the modern holiday brochure.

The Paris Exhibition of 1855 3 __________ him to create his first great tour, taking in France, Belgium and Germany. This also included a remarkable 4 __________— Cook’s first cruise, an extraordinary journey along the Rhine. The expertise he had gained from this 5__________ him in good stead when it came to organising a fantastic journey along the Nile in 1869. Few civilians had so much as set foot in Egypt, let 6 __________ travelled along this waterway through history and the remains of a vanished civilisation 7__________ back thousands of years. Then, in 1872, Cook organised the first conducted world tour and the 8 __________ of travel has not been the same since.

Example:

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A regardedB saidC presentedD proposed
1A dawnedB struckC hitD crossed
2A pioneerB forerunnerC priorD foretaste
3A livenedB initiatedC launchedD inspired
4A breakthroughB leapC stepD headway
5A keptB tookC stoodD made
6A apartB asideC aloneD away
7A flowingB goingC runningD passing
8A sceneB areaC landD world

CAE Reading and Use of English Part2

For questions 9-16, read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only one word in each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).
Write your answers IN CAPITAL LETTERS on the separate answer sheet

Example: (0) WOULD

Bits of history (of bits) on the auction block

In the spring of 1946, J. Presper Eckert and John Maunchly sent out a business plan for a company that 0 __________ sell ‘electronic computers’. In their eight-page proposal9 __________ financing of this enterprise, sent to a small group of prospective backers, the two engineers predicted that the market for 10_________ a machine might consist 11__________ scientific laboratories, universities and government agencies. Such 12__________ the beginnings o f the Electronic Control Company of Philadelphia, which produced the Univac, the first computer 13__________ be commercially sold in the United States.

At an auction around 60 years later, the original typescript of the Eckert-Maunchly proposal was sold as part of a collection called ‘The Origins of Cyberspace’, which contained about 1,000 books, papers, brochures and 14__________ artefacts from the history of computing. Two items 15__________ particular generated interest among prospective bidders. 16__________ were the Eckert-Maunchly business plan and a technical journal containing the idea for TCP/IP, the standard system for the transmission of information over the Internet.

CAE Reading and Use of English Part 3

For questions 17-24, 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. There is an example at the beginning (0).

Write your answers IN CAPITAL LETTERS on the separate answer sheet.

Example: (0) STARDOM

ALICIA RHETT – THE STAR WHO ONLY APPEARED IN ONE FILM

Alicia Rhett was an actress who rose to international 0__________ in the 1939 film Gone With the Wind. In the film, which enjoyed 17___________ success and is among the most popular ever made, she played the part of India Wilkes, the serious young woman whose love for the dull and timid 18__________ character, Charles Hamilton, is spurned in favour of Scarlett O’Hara. Despite the film’s 19__________ acclaim, however, it was to be her only screen role.

While Alicia later insisted that she ‘enjoyed the experience immensely’, she was 20__________ to the life of a Hollywood star. An intensely private individual, she lacked the drive and ambition of 21__________ like Joan Crawford or Bette Davis, and went on to reject all subsequent roles from agents and 22___________. Though fans continued to hound her with requests for 23__________ photographs seven decades later, letters went 24__________ and requests for interviews were seldom granted.

0 STAR
17 PHENOMENON
18 CENTRE
19 LAST
20 SUIT
21 CONTEMPORARY
22 PRODUCE
23 SIGN
24 ANSWER
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