FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 14 - Vera Neumann, Tree Climbing, A Dying Language with answers keys, explanations and vocabulary

FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 14

The old, print-friendly test

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 foundВ arrivedC fetchedD reached

Vera Neumann: fabric designer

Vera Neumann was a designer and businesswoman whose products 0 _____ their way into the homes of people across the USA.

Vera was born in Connecticut in 1907 and showed artistic 1 from an early. After attending art college in New York, she got a job as a textile designer, but didn’t like being 2 what to do. Determined to develop her own styles, Vera started to produce tablecloths, each item printed by hand in her kitchen.

But it was her scarves that 3 Vera’s name. Good fabric was in short 4 during the Second World War, but Vera was lucky enough to 5 across some silk left over from the manufacture of parachutes. Vera used it to design scarves with floral, abstract and geometric designs. These were an 6 success when they appeared in department stores and during the 1950s they were the 7 of fashion, being worn by celebrities such as the film star Marilyn Monroe. By 1960, the company which Vera had 8 was employing 200 staff and producing 130 patterns per season.

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