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I. Read the text and choose the right answer. Only one answer is correct
A Great Character
Life is not always easy. Sometimes it presents us serious problems that make us sad and even cause despair. When it comes to this, you may remember the example of Hellen Keller, born in n the small southern town of Tuscumbia, Alabama, 1880. The illness that struck the infant Helen Keller, and left her deaf and blind before she learned to speak, was diagnosed as brain fever at the time. As Helen Keller grew from infancy into childhood she was wild and unruly, and had little real understanding of the world around her. The parents realized that their pity could not but only harm their daughter, and started looking for a teacher. Helen Keller's new life began on a March day in 1887 when she was a few months short of seven years old. On that day Anne Mansfield Sullivan came to Tuscumbia to be her teacher. Miss Sullivan, a 20-year-old graduate of the Perkins School for the Blind, who had regained useful sight through a series of operations, had come to the Kellers through the sympathetic interest of Alexander Graham Bell. From that fateful day, the two-teacher and pupil-were inseparable until the death of the former in 1936.
Miss Sullivan began her task by handing Helen a doll and spelling "d-o-l-l" into the child's hand, in this way she hoped to teach her to connect objects with letters. Helen quickly learned to form the letters correctly and in the correct order. In the days that followed she learned to spell a great many more words in this uncomprehending way.
Thus began Helen Keller's education. She quickly succeeded in mastering the alphabet, both manual and Braille for blind readers, and gained ability in reading and writing. In 1890, when she was just 10, she expressed a desire to learn to speak. Somehow she had found out that a little deaf-blind girl in Norway had acquired that ability.
At first Helen had difficulty with speaking, but with the time and help from Anne she developed a clear voice. Later she was able to speak in public for large crowds which came to her whenever she lectured. When Helen completed formal schooling she went on to college and graduated with honours. Throughout these years and until her own death in 1936, Anne Sullivan was always by Helen's side, laboriously spelling book after book and lecture after lecture, into her pupil's hand.
One of Helen's professors was so deeply impressed by her essays in English that he suggested her writing the story of her life. Helen followed the advice and wrote the book while still at college. It was a cheerful account of how a young girl was able to live a happy life in spite of the terrible misfortunes that this same life entrusted on her. In her writings and lectures Helen everything possible to help and encourage those who were blind. During her lifetime, Helen Keller lived in many different places- Alabama; Cambridge and Wrentham, Massachusetts; Forest Hills, New York, but perhaps her favorite residence was her last, the house in Easton, Connecticut she called "Arcan Ridge." She moved to this white house surrounded by mementos of her rich and busy life after her beloved "Teacher's" death in 1936. And it was Arcan Ridge she called home for the rest of her life.
1. We should look at the example of Helen Keller because:
a) Her life was easy
b) Her life caused despair
c) She refused to be defeated
d) She was born in the United States
2. Helen was deaf and blind because:
a) She was born like that
b) She suffered a complication after her illness
c) The illness ran in her family
d) She got infected
3. Helen's parents decided to find her a teacher because:
a) they didn't want her to go to ordinary school
b) they pitied her
c) they thought their daughter needed professional training
d) they wanted her to be educated at home
4. A new life began for Helen Keller when:
a) She was a teenager
b) She was taken to hospital
c) She was sent to school d) She was almost seven
5. A twenty-year-old Anne Sullivan herself:
a) Was partially blind
b) Had the same problems as Helen c) Was a good surgeon
d) Was a relation of Doctor Bell
6. Helen was a bright pupil and as a result:
a) Invented the s of Braille
b) Began to teach herself
c) Learnt the meaning of words and the hand language
d) Taught herself to speak
7. Helen could give lectures because:
a) She could see again
b) She started talking
c) She found a new teacher
d) Anne helped her
8. Helen was able to graduate with honours because:
a) Anne Sullivan was her tutor
b) Anne Sullivan tapped out the lectures for her c) Anne Sullivan taught her individually
d) Anne Sullivan translate all the lectures into Braille 9. In her book "The Story of My Life" Helen:
a) Wrote about Anne
b) Described her early years
c) Showed the way to overcome hardships
d) Complained about the misfortunes of life
10. Helen moved to "Arcan Ridge" after:
a) She had toured the world
b) Anne passed away
c) She withdrew from public life
d) She had saved enough to buy it
II. Sort out the two stories and put the extracts in the correct order
1. A second one did not work out either: she was so practical that she really did not need him so much. 2. An eccentric philosophy professor was holding an final exam after a semester of dealing with a broad array of topics. 3. And yes, he had found such a woman, but she was so spiritual that she could not easily relate to the practical things in the material world. 4. The class was already seated and ready to go when the professor picked up his chair, plopped it on top of his desk and wrote on the board: 5. A week later when the grades were posted, the rest of the group wondered how he could have gotten an "A" when he had barely written anything at all. 6. His answer consisted of two words: "What chair?"
7. I once met a man who said he was looking for the perfect wife, someone who was beautiful, kind, loving, and very spiritually oriented. 8. Then he found another wife: beautiful, kind, loving, intelligent, organized, practical in material affairs, as well as spiritually inclined -a perfect balance. 9. "Using everything we have learned this semester, prove that this chair does not exist."
10. Though they didn't get married: because she was also looking for the perfect husband. III. Complete the story using the correct form of the verb
On Friday I finished work earlier than usual. As the weather was fine I decided to take a walk. While I (pass)1 one of the pubs, I (understand) 2 that I not (eat) 3 anything since morning. So I entered the pub and (see) 4 men and women (sit) 5 at tables over a glass of beer. The beer (bring) 6 soon, but as I not (be) 7 in the bar before, I (take) 8 a look around. Almost every seat (occupy) 9. Some time passed and I was about to leave the bar when it (begin) 10 (rain) 11. I (wait) 12 for ten minutes, but the rain not (stop) 13. It was very strange because there (be) 14 no clouds in the sky and yet it (rain) 15 hard. I could not (go out) 16 as I not (take) 17 an umbrella with me. I expected the rain (stop) 18 soon as it (rain) 19 for half an hour 5already. But then I thought that I (may)20 be late and left the bar. I (walk) 21 a few steps and then (stop) 22 in surprise. There (be) 23 no rain. All the time I (sit) 24 in the bar, there (be) 25 no rain at all! But not far from the front door of the bar an elderly woman (sit) 26 comfortably on a chair. She (hold) 27 a hose* linked to a tap. She (water) 28 the pavement in front of the bar. The barman (want) 29people (stay) 30 in his bar as long as possible and his trick worked with me as well.
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V. *a hose - шланг
IV. Use the word given in capitals to form a word that fits in the space to make the text complete.
Doctors in Britain are warning of an 1) __________ time bomb, when children, who are already overweight, grow up. The government feels it has to take 2) _____________ for this expanding problem. The cheerful Mr Pickwick, the hero of the novel by Charles Dickens, is seen in illustrations as someone who is plump - and happy. But nowadays being overweight is no 3)____________ of beauty. So what should we do? Some people say that physical activity is the key for 4)_________ the risks of being overweight. Doctors agree that being inactive is as serious a risk factor in heart disease as smoking.
5) _________________, gyms and workouts can also cause a lot of harm. There's new evidence s gyms and exercisescises can also cause a lot of harm. for that. 1) OBESE
V. Use the right form of the verbs in brackets to complete the text.
Creating a family tree can be an exciting pastime, and who knows where it may (1) ______ . You might discover that you have a hereditary (2) _____________ , a coat of arms, a royal relative or a notorious mass murderer in your family. You will be creating a(n) (3) ______________ resource to share. It will no doubt provide a fascinating insight into your own life and times and for future (4) _______________. Before you start ask around to see if any research has been done before. Older family members can tell you a lot about the family history, though remember to be (5) __________________ to any skeletons that you may uncover. Old birth, death, marriage certificates, wills, employment records, pension payments, are extremely useful (6) ___________ of information. These items will allow you to put together the (7) ____________ of your ancestors' lives, as well as provide clues to what they did and where they did it!
But this will be only part of the picture, so to (8) _________, as you should also keep an eye out for photographs. If they exist, it is worth (9) _____________ to your relatives to see if they can name any of the people, and make sure you write down who the people are.
Once you gather together as much information as you can, it's time to arrange it into a family tree. This will be a map of your roots, a diagram that shows how your family are related (10)______ one another.
1. A - guideB - followC - directD - lead
2. A - titleB - rankC - position D - status
3. A - priceless B - invaluableC - valuelessD - prideful
4. A - ancestors B - descendantsC - generationsD - ages
5. A - sensibleB - perceptibleC - reasonableD - sensitive
6. A - rootsB - originsC - sourcesD - references
7. A - shapeB - formC - frameD - outline
8. A - speakB - sayC - tellD - state
9. A - to talkB - of talkingC - talkingD - having talked
10. A - withB - byC - inD - to
VI. Develop the situation
Eat in or out - that is the question. Some of you might be wondering why all the fuss about eating in? Is that such an escape from the ordinary? Well, in our hectic life almost half the food we buy is already fully prepared, 77 percent of it comes from fast-food restaurants, and about a quarter is consumed on the road. Let's take a moment to slow down, and see if the "trend" is worth following. 
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