CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 14

CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 14

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).

The ubiquitous shopping mall

It started, 0 like many modern trends have, in the United States, but it has now spread to many parts of the world. Many towns and cities no 9 have a genuine centre, instead, a shopping mall somewhere on the outskirts serves some of the functions of an urban centre. Here, shops and banks are all crowded together, 10 especially for those who use a car, is very convenient. After 11 parked in the basement car park, people can do all their shopping inside the mall, and then load up the car and drive home. 12 is no need even to go outside, so it doesn’t matter what the weather’s 13 .

So why should anyone possibly object 14 the growing number of shopping malls springing up in and around our cities? 15 of the main reasons is that when most shops are concentrated in malls, it leaves city and town centres deserted and lifeless. Another is that malls all tend to look very similar, 16 the result that many towns and cities are losing their individual characters.

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