You will hear an interview with a writer called Barry Pagham, who writes crime novels. For questions 15-20, choose the answer (А, В, C or D) which fits best according to what you hear.
15 What does Barry say about his first two published novels?
A They were more successful than he anticipated
В They were useful in proving that he could write
C It’s a shame that they’re no longer available to buy
D It was a mistake to write an unfashionable type of novel
16 Barry admits that when he wrote the novel Transgression,
A he only did it to please his publishers
В he didn’t expect it to be so well received
C he didn’t intend to produce any more like it
D he never meant it to be sold as a horror story
17 Looking back, how does Barry view his decision to write his first crime novel?
A He accepts that he took a big risk
В He wishes that he hadn’t upset his publishers
C He recognises that he behaved unprofessionally
D He regrets putting himself under so much stress
18 Barry tells the story of the arrest of an armed robber to illustrate
A how true to life his novels are
В how dangerous his research can be
C how seriously the police take his work
D how unpredictably criminals can sometimes behave
19 What does Barry say about the city where his novels are based?
A He makes it sound more exciting than it actually is
В He regards it as an important element in the stories
C He doesn’t attempt to create a realistic picture of it
D He’s surprised that foreign readers want to visit it
20 How would Barry feel about becoming a policeman?
A He suspects that he wouldn’t be brave enough
В He doubts whether he would have the patience
C He’s sure someone of his age wouldn’t be accepted
D He suggests that he wouldn’t reject the idea completely
You will hear five short extracts in which people are talking about their experiences of travelling.
For questions 26-30, choose from the list A-H what mistakes each speaker has made about travelling.
A plan what you need to take carefully
Speaker 1 21 [ ]
Speaker 2 22 [ ]
Speaker 3 23 [ ]
Speaker 4 24 [ ]
Speaker 5 25 [ ]
|A failing to check documents|
B booking a hotel in an unattractive area
C failing to research a destination
D forgetting some pieces of luggage
E making a poorly-considered purchase
F not allowing enough preparation time
G turning down a travel opportunity
H buying overpriced goods
Speaker 1 26[ ]
Speaker 2 27[ ]
Speaker 3 28[ ]
Speaker 4 29[ ]
Speaker 5 30[ ]
1. A 2. A 3. B 4. C 5. С 6. A
7. national park 8. (the/a) period 9. tight 10. arm(s)
11. gloves 12. plastic 13. (their) knees 14. hair(-)dryer
15. В 16. C 17. A 18. В 19. B 20. D
21. D 22. F 23. B 24. H 25. C
26. F 27. E 28. G 29. A 30. C