CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 3


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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).

Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook could be 0 SAID to have invented the global tourist industry. He was born in England in 1808 and became a cabinetmaker. Then he 1 on the idea of using the newly-invented railways for pleasure trips and by the summer of 1845, he was organising commercial trips. The first was to Liverpool and featured a 60-page handbook for the journey, the 2 of the modern holiday brochure.

The Paris Exhibition of 1855 3 him to create his first great tour, taking in France, Belgium and Germany. This also included a remarkable 4 — Cook’s first cruise, an extraordinary journey along the Rhine. The expertise he had gained from this 5 him in good stead when it came to organising a fantastic journey along the Nile in 1869. Few civilians had so much as set foot in Egypt, let 6 travelled along this waterway through history and the remains of a vanished civilisation 7 back thousands of years. Then, in 1872, Cook organised the first conducted world tour and the 8 of travel has not been the same since.

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CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 2


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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).

Female pilot Mary Heath was the 0 original Queen of the Skies, one of the best-known women in the world during the 1 age of aviation. She was the first woman in Britain to gain a commercial pilot’s licence, the first to 2 a parachute jump and the first British women’s javelin champion. She scandalised 1920s’ British society by marrying three times (at the 3 of her fame she wed politician Sir James Heath – her second husband, 45 years her senior).

In 1928, aged 31, she became the first pilot to fly an open-cockpit plane, solo, from South Africa to Egypt, 4 9,000 miles in three months. It was a triumph. Lady Heath was 5 as the nation’s sweetheart and called ‘Lady Icarus’ by the press. However, her life was 6 tragically short. Only a year later, she 7 a horrific accident at the National Air Show in Ohio in the USA, when her plane crashed through the roof of a building. Her health was never the 8 again, and she died in May 1939.

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CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 1


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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).

Our obsession with recording every detail of our happiest moments could be 0 damaging our ability to remember them, according to new research.

Dr Linda Henkel, from Fairfield University, Connecticut, described this as the ‘photo-taking impairment effect’. She said, ‘People often whip out their cameras almost mindlessly to 1 a moment, to the point that they are missing what is happening 2 in front of them. When people rely on technology to remember for them — 3 on the camera to record the event and thus not needing to 4 to it fully themselves — it can have a negative 5 on how well they remember their experiences.

In Dr Henkel’s experiment, a group of university students were 6 on a tour of a museum and asked to either photograph or try to remember objects on display. The next day each student’s memory was tested. The results showed that people were less 7 in recognising the objects they had photographed 8 with those they had only looked at.

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