Vосаbulary and Grammar Test (11th Form) 2010


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Республиканской олимпиады,
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Республики Беларусь
К. С. Фарино

16.12. 2010


1. Complete the text with the correct tense forms in active and passive voice.

Mozart was born in 1756 into a family of a professional musician. By the age of three, the young Mozart 1) ________  (learn) to play several pieces of music. It was then that his father 2) __________ (convince) that his offspring 3) ______ (become) a  genius. While he and his father 4) _______ (travel) round Europe, Mozart 5) _______ (introduce) to many famous musicians and composers. Before he was 17, he 6) _________ (compose) several operas. While he 7) _____ (visit) the Vatican, he 8 ) _______ (invite) to listen to a piece of music which, up to that point, 9) ______(keep) secret. Not a single copy of the piece 10)_______(publish) before, but Mozart 11) _________ (manage) to write it down from memory after he 12)__________ ( listen) to it once. By the age of 30 he 13) _______ (become) one of the most distinguished composers in Europe and 14)______ (have) a large apartment in Vienna. The apartment is a well-known attraction which 15 ________ (visit) by millions of tourists every year. Most experts 16) ______ (believe) that it was here that he 17) ___________(write) his famous opera The Marriage of Figaro. In 1791, while, he 18 )________ (work) on his Requiem he 19)____ (fall) seriously ill and 20) _______ (die) at the age of 35. Despite his short life he 21) _______ (manage) to create a musical heritage that 22) _________ (appreciated) for over 200 years. His operas are so popular that most probably at least one of them 23)_______ (play) at the very moment while you 24)_______ (read) this text.

2. Complete the text with a / an / the /, or leave a blank for zero article.

The Hubble Space Telescope is 1) ___ large, space-based observatory in orbit around 2)___ Earth, named after 3) ___astronomer Edwin Hubble. 4) ___ position of 5) ___telescope outside 6) ___ Earth’s atmosphere gives it 7) ___number of advantages over telescopes based on 8 ) ___ ground. 9) ___main advantage is its clearer images as they are not blurred by 10)___ atmosphere. It can also observe using 11) ___ultra-violet light.
The Hubble was launched into 12) ___ space in 1990, and since then it has become one of 13) most important instruments in 14) ___ history of 15) ___astronomy. At 16) ___ moment, 17) ___future of 18) ___telescope is uncertain. Without servicing by 19) ___ manned space mission 20) ___ telescope will slowly stop functioning sometime after 21) ___ year 2010.

3. Complete the letter with the phrasal verbs from the box below. Put the verbs into the correct tense and form.

Dear Alice,
How’s life treating you these days? Things haven’t been too good for me lately, I’m afraid. Because of the crisis my company was 1) ___ by UK Confectionary in January and half the work force was made redundant, including me. I have gone to several job  interviews since then but I was 2) ___ every time. I think I flight have to retrain, but the problem is that I have 3) ___ money now so I can’t afford to pay for a course. I’ve already spent all the money I had put aside to go on holiday. I really hope that something will 4) ___ soon otherwise I don’t know what I’ll do. It’s just so difficult trying to 5) ___ social security.
Anyway, sorry to be so depressing. I just hope I have some better news for you when I next see you. In fact, I was wondering if you’d like to 6) ____ for a weekend soon. It would really 7) ___ me to see you again and I promise I won’t 8 ) ___ about my problems all the time. Have a think about it and let me know.
Hope to see you soon.
Best wishes,

1) A taken оver B taken in C taken out D taken off
2) А turned over B turned up C turned down D turned on
3) А run into B run out of C run over D run away
4) А turn over B turn up C turn down D turn on
5) А live up to B live out C live in D live off
6) А come in B come across C come apart D come down
7) А give up B cheer up C take up D come up
8 ) А go on B go out C go up D go off

4. Read the text below and decide which answer А, В, С or D best fits in each space.

It is difficult to imagine a world without tomatoes. High in the Andes mountains of modern-day Peru, the local inhabitants have been cultivating and eating tomatoes since prehistoric 1) ___ but the food has only become 2) ___ in the rest of the world 3) ___ recently. These days, the bright red fruit 4) ____ an important role in the cooking of many cultures and is a key ingredient in many types of fast food, 5) ___ both taste and colour to dishes that 6) ___ would be rather ordinary. The tomato 7) ___to the nightshade family of plants, many members of which are poisonous. When they were first 8) ___ into North America, therefore, tomatoes 9) ____ and people tended to use them as table decorations 10) ___ than as food. In Europe, the tomato was first grown in Italy in 1555, although it wasn’t 11) ___ with pasta until much later. The first recipe for tomato ketchup dates from 1727 and in the 1800s, tomatoes began to be used morein sauces and soups. These days, as well as tasting good, tomatoes are to contain substances which are good for our health. Nutritionists 14) ___ out, however, that many processed tomato products also contain additives which can 15) ___ the beneficial effects of the fruit.

1) A ages В times С periods D dates
2) A popular В favourite С preferred D general
3) A effectively В apparently С relatively D eventually
4) A forms В meets С does D plays
5) A mixing В giving С putting D providing
6) A nonetheless B otherwise С instead D meanwhile
7) A belongs В possesses С fits D admits
8 ) A imported В arrived C appeared D presented
9) A suspicion В threat С doubt D danger
10) A except В better С араrt D rather
11) A joint В added С combined D accompanied
12) A greatly В broadly С wholly D widely
13) A aware В realised С accepted D known
14) A point В prove С mark D show
15) A refuse В reduce С shorten D lower

5. Fill the gaps with the correct prepositions.

  1. I think you must be mistaking me ___ someone else.
  2. Students who do not have a computer are __  a disadvantage.
  3. She was insistent ___ maintaining her privacy.
  4. I would advise ___ taking this medicine because of serious side effects.
  5. She was treated ___cuts and bruises.
  6. I am ___ no obligation to tell you my name!

6. Write a new sentence with the same meaning containing the word in capitals.

1. Before we start playing, we should adjust the net. NEEDS


2. Passengers are forbidden to pass beyond this point. NOT


3. Do you want me to hold your things while you take your shot? SHALL


4. They did the wrong thing by putting so much lemon in the cake. HAVE


5. Can I leave now?  BE


6. I think you should see an eye specialist about this. HAD


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