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FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 17

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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 fulfilВ finishC completeD succeed

Coming second: pleasure or pain?

Every ambitious athlete hopes to 0 _____ their dream of winning a gold medal at the Olympics. However, not everyone can win, and often talented athletes must accept second place. A team of psychologists recently 1 some research on the emotional responses of those finishing second. For certain individuals, a silver medal may 2 their expectations and so naturally they will be delighted. They may also enjoy surprising experts and journalists who believed they had absolutely no 3 of achieving anything.

In 4 , the athlete who everyone assumed would win with ease, but then suffers a 5 defeat, may not celebrate their silver medal. This reaction differs sharply from the athlete who comes second but finished a long way behind the winner. There is a 6 in the research that shows such a person will feel significantly happier.

To a certain 7 , these findings are not surprising. Silver medallists who were close to victory will almost certainly 8 on what might have happened if they had trained harder, or done things differently.

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