Областные олимпиады среднего звена 2009/2010
Областная олимпиада по английскому языку 2009/2010 учебный год
I.Write “a” / “an” or “the”. 5 points
Mary has got (1)______cat. (2)_____cat is grey and white. (3)_______cat’s fur is soft and fluffy. It likes to play with (4)_____small ball. What (5)_____lovely cat is!
II.Write the questions tags. 5 points
1. They haven’t come,__________________________?
2. Jenny can’t drive,___________________________?
3. Marie’s French,_____________________________?
4. I’m late,___________________________________?
5. You work here,_____________________________?
III. Correct each sentence or question. 5 points
1. He is play tennis with his classmate.
2. They are going to the cinema tonight?
3. Reading you this book?
4. Where mum is now?
5. They don’t watching TV now.
IV. Write the time in words. 10 points
A Bike Tour
During a summer vocation, Tim, Linda and their friends are going on a long bike trip. Each one has a backpack on his or her luggage rack. The weather is great!
At noon they take a brake. In an hour they will travel down a river on a big wooden raft. Everybody is singing and having a good time.
The afternoon is hot. They go into a cool forest and they have their first picnic.
In the evening they arrive at their goal — a youth hostel at the base of the Adirondak Mountains. Everybody is tired. They all sleep well.
I. Complete the sentences. 8 points
1. Tim, Linda, and their friends take_____________________________during summer vacation.
2. As they travel down the river, everyone________________________________.
3. Because the afternoon is hot, they eat their picnic__________________________________.
4. Because they are tired at the end of the day, they____________________________________.
II.Answer the questions. 16 points
1. What time of year is it?
2. Where are Tim, Linda, and their friends going?
3. Where does each person carry a backpack?
4. When do they stop for a breakfast?
5. An hour later, what are they doing?
6. Where do they go for their first picnic?
7. Where do they arrive in the evening?
8. How does everyone feel?
III. Say which of these sentences are true and which are false. 10 points
1. They go into a cold forest.____
2. The friends are going on a long bicycle trip.____
3. In two hours they will travel down a river._____
4. Everybody is swimming and having a good time.______
5. Adirondak is the name of the river._____
6. Everybody is having a good time._____
7. The afternoon is sunny.______
8. They have their first picnic in the field._____
9. In the evening they arrive at their goal._____
10. In the evening they take a brake._____
I. Find out the missing information. 5 points
1. Vova had_______pens.
2. Masha saw______yesterday.
3. We are having_______now.
4. They were_______at the weekend.
5. Dima will go to_______next year.
II.Fill in some, any, no, a. 5 points
1. I want________paper to write_______letter.
a) a, some b) some, a c) no, some
2. You need_________sharp knife to cut_________wood.
a) a, — b) a, some c) a, a
3. John gave me_______good advice, but I didn’t take_______notice.
a) any, some b) a, any c) some, any
4. I went to the manager to get_________information.
a) any b) no c) some
5. I have________paper to write________letter to my friend now.
a) a, some b) no, a c) no, some
III. Complete the text using these words. 5 points
outdoor sandwiches never castle place
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was born in April 1926 in London. Her favourite (1)___________is Scotland, Windsor (2)__________. Her favourite food is fish, high tea, cucumber (3)______________and cake. Her favourite drink is tea. She likes sports, riding, driving and (4)_______________life. She dislikes coffee, sea voyages, cricket and tennis. She (5)____________________criticizes her children.
IV. Underline the meaning for the boldfaced word in each sentence. 5 points
1. Through the glass-bottomed boat we could see a school of fish.
a place were the student learn
a large number of fish
2. Jodi threw the ball to the plate.
the home base in baseball
a flat dish for food
3. The kids played ball in the empty lot.
a large amount
a piece of land
4. Dad gave Mom a pretty ring.
the sound of a bell
something worn on the finger
5. Mom put the top on the jelly jar.
the highest part
V. Write a synonym from the Word Box for each boldfaced word. 5 points
pretty large wise afraid woods field
1. A big bad wolf lives deep in the king’s (forest)___________________________.
2. The people in the town were (scared)__________________________of the wolf.
3. The (clever)____________________prince caught the big bad wolf.
4. At the ball the prince met a (beautiful)___________princess.
5. The king and queen lived in a (huge)_______________castle.
The Mississippi River
The Mississippi River is the longest river in the United States. It is more then 3,700 kilometers long.
The Mississippi begins as a small creek and at the Gulf of Mexico it is nearly two kilometers wide. In some places it is very deep and in other places it is shallow.
The river gets water from rain, snow, hail, and ice. Many small rivers run into the Mississippi. Half of the rain falling in the United States flows into the Mississippi.
Boats can go from the Gulf of Mexico up the Mississippi for 1,600 kilometers. Many of the boat are barges. Barges carry freight of many kinds up the river and down the river.
creek — a small steam of water
shallow — not deep
hail — small, round pieces of ice falling like rain
flow — to move or run like water
barge — a boat with a flat bottom
freight — a load of goods
I. Check(?) the true facts from the reading. 6 points
The Mississippi River
1. is over 5, 000 kilometers long.___
2. starts as a small stream.____
3. is both deep and shallow.____
4. is 10 kilometers wide.____
5. gets water from other rivers._____
6. gets half the rainfall of the U. S.____
II. Find the missing adjectives in the reading. 6 points
1. the______________river in the United States.
2. more then 3, 700 kilometers__________________.
3. begins as a____________________creek.
4. nearly two kilometers_______________.
5. ______________________small rivers run.
6. Half of the rain_________________.
III. Find the missing prepositions in the reading. 8 points
1. begins______a small river
2. the longest river______the United States
3. ______other places it is shallow
4. flows______the Mississippi
5. _____the Gulf of Mexico____the Mississippi
6. _____the river and______the river
IV.Circul the answer. 4 points
1. The Mississippi begins as a small
a) river b) creek c) gulf
2. The Mississippi is______kilometers wide at the Gulf of Mexico.
a) two b) 3,700 c)1,600
3. The Mississippi is the______river in U. S.
a) widest b) deepest c) longest
4. Many small____flow into the Mississippi.
a) boats b)barges c) rivers
I.Make these adjectives into adverbs. 5 points
1. hopeful __________________
2. hard __________________
3. good __________________
4. simple __________________
5. easy ___________________
II. Correct the mistakes in the following sentences. 10 points
1. I’ll phone you when I’ll get home from school.
2. We’ll go out when it’ll stop raining.
3. If I know his number, I would phone him.
4. If you were in my position, what will you do?
5. I’ll go to Hawaii if I will earn enough money.
III.Complete the sentences with in, at or on. 5 points
1. “What does your sister do? Has he got a job?” “No, she’s still_______school.”
2. Martin is________hospital.
3. My brother is_______university.
4. Although he has been singing for ages, it will be the first time he appeared______the Opera House.
5. Some people are______prison for crimes that they did not commit.
IV.Translate into English the words given in brackets. 5 points
1. Why did she buy so (мало)___________lemons at the market?
2. I’ve bought only two of your books. I’ll bring (другие)_____________next Friday.
3. James works (гораздо)____________harder then Ken.
4. Have you read anything interesting (в последнее время)__________________?
5. Unfortunately, there wasn’t (ничего)_______________________I could do to help.
V.Fill in the gaps with a suitable colour. Only one variant is possible. 5 points
1. Nobody believed my brother story. In fact he was telling a____________lie.
2. Nobody can stand Carl’s behaviour. We call him the_____________sheep in our family.
3. My friend was lucky when he got a__________________card. He is thinking of moving to Alabama next month.
4. When the prince arrived in Italy, he was given the________carpet treatment.
5. It’s great that we live not far from the forest, near the____________belt.
VI. There is a word missing from each of these proverbs. Choose the correct one from the three possibilities. 5 points
1. A bird in the hand is worth two in the________________.
bush, tree, sky
2. Let sleeping dogs______________.
sleep, dream, lie
3. Many______________make light work.
servants, hands, cooks.
4. Curiosity killed a_____________.
mouse, kitten, cat
5. Prevention is better than_______________.
cure, punishment, medicine
Mr. Holland’s Dream
When Mr. Holland was a young man, he played a lot of football, and he had always been thin and very strong. But then he worked in an office for many years, and he drove to work in a car, so when he was forty, he was fat and very soft, and he didn’t wish to get fatter and softer every year.
One day one of his friend said to him: “Would you like to be thinner, Fred?”
“Of course, I would”, Mr. Holland answered.
“Well, his friend said, “stop going to your office by car, and get a bicycle”.
Mr. Holland had not ridden a bicycle for many years. “It’s very hard to learn to ride a bicycle again at your age,” his wife said.
But it was not too hard for Mr. Holland to do. He usually sat in his living room and read the newspapers in the evening, but he bought a bicycle for his birthday and practiced riding it every evening instead. He hoped that it would help him to get thinner, and he got a lot of pleasure from it.
He found little roads which were not really very narrow, but were too narrow for cars, and there he got away from the nasty noises of the city, which were becoming too much for him. They were not really very loud, but they were too loud for Mr. Holland.
Then he began to go to his office by bicycle. Sometimes all the cars stopped at a red light, and he went past them to the front, because his bicycle was narrow. Then he was very happy.
Yesterday he stopped at a red light, and a man came up behind him on another bicycle. He stopped too and said to Mr. Holland, “Have the police taken your driving licence away too.”
I.Put the sentences in the correct order. 20 points
1. Then he began to go to his office on his bicycle.
2. He usually sat in his living room and read the newspaper.
3. It was not too hard for Mr. Holland to ride a bicycle.
4. He found little roads which were not really very narrow.
5. When Mr. Holland was a young man, he played a lot of football.
6. When he was forty, he was fat and very soft.
7. Mr. Holland hadn’t ridden a bicycle for many years.
8. He didn’t wish to get fatter and softer every year.
9. When all the cars stopped at a red light, Mr. Holland went past them to the front, because his bicycle was narrow.
10. Another man stopped too and said to Mr. Holland, “Have the police taken your driving licence away too.”
II. Answer the following questions. 22 points
1. What is Mr. Holland’s dream?
2. When did he play a lot of football?
3. Why had he always been thin and very strong?
4. Why did he become fat and very soft?
5. What was the advice of one of his friends?
6. Was it hard to follow this advice? Why?
7. What did he usually do in the evening?
8. What would help him to get thinner?
9. Where did Mr. Holland practice?
10. Did he stop at the red light?
11. Why did the man behind him ask “Have the police taken your driving licence away too”?
III. Circle the correct answer in your papers. 10 points
1. Was Mr. Holland fat or thin when he was young?
a) He was slim. c) He was thick.
b) He was thin. d) He was fat.
2. What was he like when he was forty?
a) He was fat. c) He was thick.
b) He was thin. d) He was slim.
3. Who told him to get a bicycle?
a) His son did. c) His mother did.
b) His wife did. d) A friend did.
4. Was it hard for him to learn to ride a bicycle again?
a) Sometimes it was very hard. c) Yes, it was very hard.
b) Yes, it was very easy. d) No, it wasn’t.
5. When did he practice?
a) In the evening. c) On his birthday.
b) In the morning. d) At weekends.
6. Did he enjoy riding his bicycle?
a) Yes, he did. c) No, he didn’t.
b) Fifty-fifty. d) Sometimes he did.
7. Why did he like narrow roads?
a) Because they were crowded. c) Because they were noisier.
b) Because they were very clean. d) Because they were less noisy.
8. Why could he go past cars at red lights?
a) Because he didn’t have to stop at them. c) Because he didn’t know the traffic rules.
b) Because he was very ambitious. d) Because his bicycle was narrower than the cars.
9. Had the police taken Mr. Holland’s driving licence away?
a) No, they hadn’t. c) Yes, they had.
b) Just checked it. d) He left it at home.
10. Had they taken the other man’s away?
a) No, they hadn’t. c) He left it at home.
b) Just checked it. d) Yes, they had.
I.Read these short dialogues and think of the word which best fits each space. Use only one word in each space. 7 points
1. — Look, I know that Chelsea is a part of London (1)__________a lot of artists live. I know the football club ‘Chelsea’. I know Chelsea bun and Chelsea Flower Show. But I have no idea, (2)_______a Chelsea girl is?
— Chelseas are female skinheads. (3)________name derives from the typical female skinhead haircut.
2. — What kind of music do you like now?
— Beautiful music. Music that (4)_______include elements of extreme happiness, as well as sadness, beauty and anger is not worth listening.
3. — Would you (5)______to go to a rock concert?
— I don’t really want to go there. Besides, my mother won’t (6)_______me.
— She says a rock concert is an “action of more danger” (7)________they write on the tickets.
II.Remember some differences between British and American English and put in missing words. 5 points
There are some differences between British and American English. For example a film in Britain is (0) a movie in America, a postman is (1) ________________, the underground is (2) _____________________, a flat is (3)____________________, petrol is (4) _________________and wardrobe is (5)_______________________.
III. There are five mistakes in this text. Find and correct them. 10 points
The annual contest among the universities of Oxford and Cambridge is one of the most greatest sporting events in the world. It is held on River Thames at the end of March or in the early April. The time of the race varies between about midday and three o’clock. The race first rowed at Henley in 1829.
IV. Find a proper definition.
a) to try to come to an agreement with another person
b) money that has been lent
c) a business aim
d) to work together with others
e) to obtain the temporary use of by paying a rental free
V. Paraphrase the underlined words. 5 points
1. The night clouds vanished and the sky was clear.
2. Not allowed by the law fishing can destroy marine life very badly.
3. He was so exhausted that he couldn’t answer our questions.
4. We are against their plan.
5. I can’t believe it, it’s false!
VI. Match the sentences. 5 points
1. Don’t lose hart. a) I didn’t sleep at all.
2. It’ll sell like hot cakes. b) Don’t be afraid.
3. Hobson’s choice. c) It’ll be bought very quickly.
4. She kept a straight face. d) There’s no choice at all.
5. I didn’t have a wink of sleep. e) She didn’t laugh.
1 Can you imagine a turkey instead of the eagle on a dollar bill, at the top of the flag pole, and on the presidential seal? That’s exactly what the popular Early American statesman Benjamin Franklin had in mind when he declared that the turkey should be made the symbol of the USA. That may seem absurd today when all we see are supermarket turkeys that end up roasted on our Thanksgiving dinner tables. But the wild turkey of Ben Franklin’s day was a truly American bird that played a big part in the history of the New World.
2 Wild turkeys once inhabited territory all across North America. Before North America was settled, the Native Americans hunted turkeys for food. They also used their feathers for warm winter clothing, and their bones to make tools and weapons. When the European settlers arrived, turkeys became their main source of food.
3 People think turkeys are very dumb because they don’t know enough to come in out of the rain. As a matter of fact, they’ve been known to hold their mouth open during rainstorms and drown! But that’s only true of the domesticated turkey. The wild turkey is one of nature’s most cunning creatures. It is a powerful and intelligent bird with beautiful, multicolored brown feathers that shine in the sunlight. Turkeys can stand four feet tall. The males, also called toms or gobblers, average over 16 pounds. The females, or hens, are over nine pounds. The wild turkey is slim compared with the meaty, domesticated bird and its neck and legs are longer. Only when toms are courting do they look like the fat turkey that children draw at Thanksgiving. When they spread their tail feathers and put off the feathers on their bodies, they look like fat, round birds rather than slim, streamlined ones.
4 Wild turkeys are very wary, especially mothers with chicks. They are rarely seen by humans. They hide in the bushes where their natural coloring makes them just about invisible. Unlike the domesticated turkey, the wild bird a powerful flyer. When it is frightened, the wild turkey spreads its five- to six-foot wings and flies away at up to 50 miles per hour. Even on the ground the bird is speedy and can run as fast as 25 miles per hour.
5 These traits may have saved wild turkeys from their natural enemies but they were no match for the European colonist who hunted them nearly to extinction. In the early 1900s people realized that something had to be done to save the wild bird. Therefore, laws were put into effect to limit hunting, and preserves were created. Today there are over one million wild turkeys living in 42 states.
6 Meanwhile, a domesticated variety has been bred by turkey farmers over the years. The result is a tame bird that is very different from its wild cousin, although no less important. The domesticated turkey could never live in the wild because it has lost its ability to survive in nature. It can only live in cages. The mostly white bird cannot fly because it’s too heavy and is so tame that it goes immediately to humans. Like its wild cousin, however, it serves the very important purpose of feeding Americans, who consume almost 600 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving Day alone. And since nutritionists have proved that turkey is very healthy, it has become as common on the modern daily table as it was for the first settlers.
I.What is the meaning of the underlined words? Circle the letter of the correct answer. 10 points
1. It seems absurd to have the turkey as the symbol of USA.
2. The domesticated turkey is known to open its mouth during a rainstorm and drown.
a. trained to live with people and serve them
b. living in North America
c. female animal
3. The wild turkey is one of nature’s most cunning creatures.
4.Tom turkeys look fat when they are courting.
a. attracting the attention of females for mating
b. getting ready to fight with other turkeys
c. frightened by people
5. When turkeys puff up their feathers they do not look slim and streamlined.
b. smooth and compact
c. long and twisted
6. Wild turkeys are wary and are rarely seen by humans.
7. The traits of the wild turkey save it from its natural enemies.
8. A domesticated variety of turkey has been bred by farmers.
b. put in cages
c. made to produce young
9. The domesticated turkey is a tame bird.
10. Americans consume almost 600 millions pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
II.Circle the letter of the best answer. 4 points
1. Paragraph 1 is mainly about
a. the turkey as a truly American bird.
b. Ben Franklin’s strange ideas.
c. the supermarket turkeys we roast on Thanksgiving Day.
2. The main topic of Paragraph 4 is
a. the speed of the wild turkey.
b. the characteristics of the wild turkey.
c. the size of the wild turkey.
3. The main topic of Paragraph 5 is
a. limiting hunting of the wild turkey.
b. European colonists hunting the wild turkey.
c. saving the wild turkey.
4. The last paragraph is mainly about
a. the health value of eating turkey meat.
b. the characteristics and importance of the domesticated turkey.
c. the amount of turkey meat consumed by Americans.
III.Write T if the statement is true. Write F if the statement is false. 10 points
1. The domesticated turkey does not have the ability to survive in the wild._____
2. Wild turkeys have the ability to fly, while the domesticated turkeys do not.____
3. Benjamin Franklin was thinking of domesticated turkeys when he said they should be America’s symbol._____
4. Wild turkeys are all one color while domesticated turkeys have many colors._____
5. Many wild turkeys have been known to drown during rainstorms._____
6. When the European settlers arrived, wild turkeys lived in most areas of North America.____
7. In the 1700s people started protecting the turkey and putting them in preserves._____
8. A wild turkey has more meat than a domesticated turkey._____
9. Turkey meat is a popular food in America today._____
10. The female wild turkey is larger then the male.______
IV. Number the sentences to show the correct order. 5 points
________Native Americans hunt wild turkeys for food.
________Preserves are created to try the save the wild turkey.
________Americans buy turkeys in modern supermarkets.
________European colonists hunt so many wild turkeys that they almost disappear from America.
________Benjamin Franklin says the turkey should be made a symbol.
V. Choose the letter of the best answer. 3 points
1. From the passage, it can be concluded that
a. the turkey has been an important food source for hundreds of years.
b. people have not been successful in protecting the wild turkey from extinction.
c. wild turkeys can easily be seen and caught in their natural environment.
2. It can be inferred from the passage that
a. Benjamin Franklin should not have been a statesman.
b. the European colonist didn’t like to eat turkey.
c. the Native Americans had many uses for the turkey.
3. The passage implies that
a. wild turkeys have many different characteristics from domesticated turkeys.
b. wild turkeys don’t have any way to escape from their natural enemies.
c. the wild turkey is slow, awkward bird.
Test keys Form 5
1. 1.a. 2.the. 3.the. 4.a. 5.a.
2. 1.have they. 2.can she. 3.isn’t she. 4.aren’t I. 5.don’t you.
3. 1.He is playing. 2.Are they going? 3.Are you reading? 4.Where is mum? 5.They are not watching.
4. 1.It’s two o’clock. 2.It’s half past three. 3.It’s thirteen minutes to eight. 4.It’s twenty-six minutes past four. 5.It’s a quarter past five.
Test keys Form 6
1. 1.How many pens did Vova have? / What colour pens did Vova have? / What kinds of pens did Vova have? 2.What did Masha see yesterday. / Who did Masha see yesterday? 3.What are we having now? 4. Where were they at the weekend? 5.Where will Dima go?
2. 1.b. 2.b. 3.c. 4.c. 5.b.
3. 1.place. 2.Castle. 3. sandwiches. 4.outdoor. 5.never.
4. 1.a large number of fish. 2.the home base in baseball. 3.a piece of land. 4.somethin worn on the finger. 5.a cover.
5. 1.woods. 2.afraid. 3.wise. 4.pretty. 5.large.
Test keys Form 7
1. 1.hopefully. 2.hard. 3.well. 4.simply. 5.easily.
2. 1.when I get home. 2.it stops. 3.If I knew. 4.what would you do. 5.if I earn.
3. 1.at. 2.in. 3.at. 4.at. 5.in.
4. 1.few. 2.the others. 3.much. 4.lately (recently). 5.anything.
5. 1.white. 2.black. 3.green. 4.red. 5.green.
6. 1.bush. 2.lie. 3.hands. 4.cat. 5.cure.
Test keys Form 8
1. 1.where. 2.what. 3.The. 4.doesn’t. 5.like. 6.allow/let. 7.as.
2. 1.mailman. 2.the subway. 3.an apartment. 4.gas. 5.closet.
3. 1.between the universities. 2.one of the greatest. 3.the River Thames. 4.in early April. 5.The race was first rowed.
4. 1.b. 2.a. 3.c. 4.e. 5.d.
5. 1.disappeared. 2.illegal. 3.was unable to. 4.disagree with. 5.untrue.
6. 1.b. 2.c. 3.d. 4.e. 5.a
Reading keys Form 5
1. a long bike trip. 2.is singing and having a good time. 3.in a cool forest. 4.all sleep well.
2. 1.Summer. 2.on a long bike trip. 3.one his or her luggage rack. 4.at noon. 5.they will travel down the river. 6.into a cool forest. 7. at their goal. 8. is tired.
3. 1.f. 2.t. 3.f. 4.f. 5.f. 6.t. 7.t. 8.f. 9.t. 10.f.
Reading keys Form 6
1. 1.f. 2.t. 3.t. 4.f. 5.f. 6.t.
2. 1.longest. 2.long. 3.small. 4.wide. 5.many. 6.falling.
3. 1.as. 2.in. 3.in. 4.into. 5.from, up. 6.up, down.
4. 1.b. 2.a. 3.c. 4.c.
Reading keys Form 7
1. 5, 6, 8, 7, 3, 2, 4, 1, 9, 10.
2. 1.His wish was not to become fatter and softer. 2.He played a lot of football, when he was a young man. 3.Because he played a lot of football. 4.He became fat and very soft, because he drove to work in a car and he usually sat a lot. 5.He advised him to stop going to his work by car and get a bicycle. 6.No, it wasn’t. Because he thought that it would help him to get thinner and he also got a lot of pleasure from it. 7.He usually sat in his living room and read the newspaper. 8.He thought that riding a bicycle would help him to get thinner. 9.He practiced in narrow streets. 10.Yes, he did. 11. Because he had broken the rules and lost his driving licence.
3. 1.b. 2.a. 3.d. 4.d. 5.a. 6.a. 7.d. 8.d. 9.a. 10.d.
Reading keys Form 8
1. 1.b. 2.a. 3.c. 4.a. 5.b. 6.a. 7.a. 8.c. 9.b. 10.c.
2. 1.a. 2.b. 3.c. 4.b.
3. 1.t. 2.t. 3.f. 4.f. 5.f. 6.f. 7.f. 8.f. 9.t. 10.f.
4. 3, 5, 2, 4, 1.
5. 1.a. 2.b. 3.a.