FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 9

Answer Keys

Part 1

    1. D- conscious. To be conscious of something is to be aware of it, to realise and understand what you do.
    2. B – typically. Normally, usually or habitually.
    3. A- consists. The only verb here that forms a strong collocation with the ‘of’ preposition.
    4. D- entire. Whole, all day.
    5. C- associated. Associated with here means ‘connected with, related to’; ‘accompanied with’ shouldn’t be used because the meaning would change to ‘joined by’.
    6. A- update. This is the only noun that takes the preposition ‘on’.
    7. B – distract. To distract is so take somebody’s attention from something.
    8. C – obtain. You can obtain information, buy you can’t capture, import or seize it.

      Part 2

    9. on. ‘on Earth’ – on the surface of our planet.
    10. as. ‘As a result’ is used in the meaning ‘because, due to’.
    11. them/these/those. Any of the determiners can be used with virtually no change to the meaning of the sentence.
    12. to. ‘lead to something/to doing something’ – to cause something, to make something happen.
    13. spite. ‘In spite’ is spelled in two words and followed by ‘of’ preposition. Not to be confused with ‘despite’ which is one word and takes no prepositions: ‘In spite of his success he was never truly happy’; ‘Despite the poor weather we still enjoyed the weekend’
    14. in. ‘In particular’ here has the meaning ‘especially, specifically’.
    15. all. ‘From all over the world’ – from everywhere, from all parts of the planet.
    16. account. ‘On account of something’ – due to, because of something.

      Part 3

    17. products. Plural form of the noun is required here as suggested by the context.
    18. increasingly. To do something in a certain manner – an adverb is required here, formed by adding ‘-ly’ ending to the word.
    19. consumers. ‘Children’ is plural here and so should be ‘consumers’ – people who consume a product.
    20. loyalty. ‘Loyalty to something’ (in this case, certain commercial product) means choosing that particular brand in favour of all others because you’ve used it and liked it in the past.
    21. manufacturers. Another plural form of the word suggested by the determiner ‘many’.
    22. profitable. A common adverb+adjective combination, the adjective formed by adding the ‘-able’ suffix.
    23. disagreement. The context of the last paragraph suggests using the word in the negative, so we form a noun by adding a negative prefix ‘dis-‘ and an ending ‘-ment’.
    24. unhealthy. Another negative word, this time an adjective, formed by adding a negative prefix ‘un-‘.

      Part 4

    25. any trees were left/still standing. Inversion is used here, making the sentence a bit more difficult to get right. ‘Hardly any’ is the paraphrase of ‘very few’.
    26. how high that building. Even though we’re using reported speech, ‘that’ isn’t changed as there is nothing to change it to.
    27. much difference between. A comparison between two things is made, using the construction ‘there is (not) much difference between’.
    28. say (that) he was sorry. ‘That’ is optional here and can be left out.
    29. find (so) attractive about. ‘Attractive’ should be used with ‘about’ and not ‘in’, a common mistake.
    30. to succeed in winning. ‘To succeed in doing something’.

      Part 5

    31. C. The first few sentences of the text give us the idea of how uncomfortable she was with her current choice of clothing. Answer A is not mentioned in the text. Answer B is wrong, as the opposite is meant – she didn’t sleep much at home and neither on the plane. The opposite of Answer D is said – she expected to have a ‘lie-in’ the following day – to stay in her bed longer than usual.
    32. D. ‘To sum things up; the important thing is’
    33. C. Paragraph Three, bottom half: ‘But Gerome insisted she go in Bernie’s place’. Gerome, her boss, wanted Alex to go instead of Bernie, who had had a stroke.
    34. A. She was ‘jobless and penniless’, so she decided to go to London. Answers B and C are not mentioned. The opposite of answer D is stated -journalist ‘wasn’t her first choice’.
    35. D. Paragraph Five, in the middle: ‘Seeing him lying there unconscious, so still and frail, was a shock to Alex’. Answers A and B are not mentioned in the text. Answer C is false – Bernie couldn’t have said anything.
    36. B. Last paragraph, in the middle: ‘… Alex loved the pastel feel of the city…’ The opposite of Answer A can be found in the text – she found the city more exciting than her ex-boyfriend. Answer C is not mentioned. Answer D is wrong as the hotel Bernie had booked was ‘predictably modest’ – not luxurious at all.

      Part 6

    37. F. The previous sentence mentions Niklas’s attitude to ice, and then further explanation is given in Sentence F on how the Swedes perceive danger, how take take risks and their approach to it.
    38. B. The author is referring to his first careful attempt at skating on natural ice – cautious at first, but then filled with joy as he tries it with the rest of the group.
    39. G. Ice skating surfaces vary in quality, and both Sentence G and the next one talk about it.
    40. A. The reason for their ‘unscheduled’ (not planned) trip was to find the perfect ice, suitable for skating.
    41. E. The speed and the ease of skating mentioned previously allow to travel incredible distances over time – like the one mentioned in Sentence E.
    42. D. The ‘sharp noise’ mentioned in the previous sentence refers to the ice cracking slowly – the event mentioned in Sentence D.

      Part 7

    43. C. The author mentions missing the football pitch (football field). ‘It’s a pity’ he says.
    44. E. Unemployment would’ve been higher if it wasn’t for the tourism and the jobs it creates.
    45. D. First two sentences talk about ‘really ugly houses’ that should not have been built and how the local residents should have protested.
    46. C. Fishing used to be the main source of income and a strong industry, now replaced by luxurious yachts of the rich.
    47. A. The effect on the environment is mentioned, how there used to be vast areas of woods, now turned into concrete – roads and pavements.
    48. B. Last sentence talks about how it can be beneficial to learn from other cultures, using food and ways of living as the examples.
    49. C. Last sentence of C mentions tourists doing things they would never have thought about doing in their hometowns and how law enforcement has to get involved.
    50. A. First sentence talks about the money attracted by the tourist industry and the improvement of the local infrastructure it brought about.
    51. E. The profits go to the companies that are based in other countries – the tour operators and the big hotel chains.
    52. D. According to the author, the measures taken to make the tourism more eco-friendly are not enough and only make people feel better about themselves
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