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CAE Reading and Use of English Part 1
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).
A fulfil В accomplish C manage D perform
Galapagos: The islands that changed the world
I was lucky enough to 0 fulfil an ambition and visit the Galapagos Islands two years ago. 1 _______ no substitute for a visit, this superbly attractive book provides a fascinating commentary and scientific background to the Galapagos experience. BBC books have 2 _______ their usual high-quality job in producing the volume that will accompany their TV series of the same name.
Nothing can compare to exploring the strange landscapes, 3 _______up close and personal with the unique wildlife and witnessing the rich biological and environmental history that is so very apparent on the islands. However, this book does 4 _______ close. The superb descriptive prose of award-winning cameraman Paul Stewart is another plus 5 _______ as is the fact that this is punctuated by his iconic photography. This book 6 _______ in celebrating the weird and wonderful sights but don’t 7 _______ read this book as an alternative to actually going, use it as the 8 _______of inspiration for your own trip, a useful guide once you’re there and a stunning reminder on your return.
|1||A Despite||B However||C While||D Whereas|
|2||A set||B done||C made||D given|
|3||A getting||В reaching||C arriving||D gaining|
|4||A run||В come||C go||D pass|
|5||A spot||В point||C mark||D tip|
|6||A attains||В succeeds||C achieves||D obtains|
|7||A barely||В hardly||C merely||D scarcely|
|8||A base||B cause||C origin||D source|
CAE Reading and Use of English Part 2
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) AS
A history of table tennis
Like many other sports, table tennis started out 0 as a mild social diversion. It was popular in England in the second half of the nineteenth century under its present name and various trade names like Whiff-Whaff and Ping-Pong, 9 _______ sought to imitate the sound 10 _______ by the ball striking the table. The game soon 11 _______ something of a craze and there are many contemporary references to it and illustrations of it 12 _______ played, usually in domestic surroundings.
13 _______ the early twentieth century, the sport had already acquired some of its present-day complexities, 14 _______ it was still seen by many as an after-dinner amusement 15 _______ than a sport. An account published in 1903 found it necessary to warn players 16 _______ the wearing of evening dress, but went on to give detailed technical advice about the pen-holder grip and tactics.
Over the next 60 years, table tennis developed into a worldwide sport, played by up to 30 million competitive players.
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) HISTORIANS
Dancing is good for you
|Since the dawn of civilisation, dance has been an important part of life, and dance 0 historians struggle to identify the first evidence of dance as it has always been an intrinsic part of human 17 _______ . The earliest recorded dances, discovered in the 9,000-year-old Bhimbetka rock paintings in India, were used to tell stories and celebrate 18 _______ events, whilst also serving as a way of passing on information to future generations. But why has dance, something which can make someone look utterly 19 _______ if done wrong, always seemed to be natural to our DNA? Experts argue that its psychological and physiological benefits are the cause. 20 _______ studies have discovered that dancing is not only an 21 _______ form of non-verbal communication, but is also a mood-boosting cure that can alleviate 22 _______, improve interpersonal 23 _______ and cure illnesses. Physically, dancing makes us happy because, as with any repetitive exercise, it releases endorphins. Also it’s a socialising event, 24 _______ us to be physically close to people and more emotionally connected to them.||0 HISTORY|