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).
I wish I’d known that before
I’ve always tried to be a supportive friend, 0 keeping my own counsel on my true opinions. I’ve lied to 1 a friend’s face and gone to parties with people I couldn’t stand 2 upset them. But now I’m older I have realised that being permanently sympathetic is not the way to hold on to your integrity and well-being. Armed with this understanding, I planned to 3 on a policy of being totally honest at all times. I came across research that 4 me up, claiming that often people don’t actually want the truth and that being honest reduces the stress that inevitably accompanies 5 so-called white lies. So I decided to 6 ahead. Some people hated me, others were angry, but my real friends valued my hostensy. 7 , I was aware of the damage bluntness can do but I’ve learned that true friendship survives on sincerity and a few 8 truths won’t ruin it. I wish I’d known that before!