Олимпиец 2004

Много лет тому назад в РОО решили, что учащимся, которые участвовали в районной олимпиаде, нужно выслать задания для заочного выполнения. Мы выполнили, отослали, нашу работу проверили и выслали обратно. На этом заочная подготовка детей к области закончилась. А задание хранилось у меня в папке, пока я, перебирая бумаги,  не надумала выбросить то, что уже не используется много лет.
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Английский язык 11 класс

I. Finish each of the sentences in such a way that it is as similar in meaning as possible to the sentence before it.

1) It’s only after a few weeks that you begin to feel at home here.
You won’t ___________________.
2) He’s almost certain to leave before we do.
By the time _________________.
3) Lucas was last heard of a week ago.
Nobody ____________________.
4) Theo is the most infuriating person I’ve ever met.
I’ve yet ___________________.
5) Never before have I seen Anita with her hair in such a mess.
This is ____________________.
6) This type of car used to sell very well before the more modern 306 was produced.
Since _____________________.
7) It appears that they sent us the wrong information.
They ______________________.
8) It seems we made a mistake.
We _________________________.
9) The President clearly felt that the ministers he sacked had not acted swiftly enough.
The ministers sacked ________________.
10) I’m glad that I got out of here: it was hell.
I’m glad to ____________________.

II. Fill each of the blanks with a suitable word or phrase.

1) We are friends and I hope _______ so for a long time.
2) She didn’t tell the librarian she had lost the book for _______ to pay for it.
3) She was so charming, I just had to tell her what a _______ to meet her.
4) Considering _______ been through, he’s still remarkably sane.
5) I turned the stereo down so ______ able to concentrate on the task at hand.
6) What no one beforehand could possibly ______ the degree of public condemnation to the scheme.

III. Insert the right articles where necessary.

It happened on (1)… cold October morning. (2)… 6.45 train, which went form Winchester to Southampton, was already full of commuters when Rale boarded it with fifteen minutes to go before its departure. He registered (3)… vague annoyance at this, as it meant he had to actually communicate with (4)… fellow passenger in order to find (5)… one remaining window seat in his normal carriage, (6)… carriage C. Rale always made (7)… point of travelling in (8)… middle carriage for (9)… safety’s sake — he was meticulous about such things as (10)… safety — and would only venture into (11)… first four carriages, or for that matter (12)… last four, in (13)… extreme emergencies. Rale was nothing if not (14)… creature of (15)… habit; it bothered him intensely if he was unable to get (16)… window seat or if (17)… drinks trolley lady didn’t come round, or worse still, she came but (18)… hot water boiler wasn’t working and so (19)… coffee was unavailable. (20)… brioche and (21)… cup of (22)…coffee — black, one sugar — was Rale’s early-morning indulgence. He found it sufficed for (23)… breakfast, unless he was unusually hungry. Exactly ten minutes into (24)… journey Rale opened his briefcase and took out his copy of that morning’s «Guardian» newspaper, neatly folded, and began (25)… crossword. This was (26)… time of (27)… day Rale liked best. He could immerse himself in (28)… delightful challenge of teasing out words from his mind, and put off (29)… thoughts of work in (30)… administrative department of (31)… Southampton Hospital. Today, however, Rale’s neatly planned existence was to be well and truly turned on its head.

IV. Choose the word or phrase which best completes each sentence.

1) I’m not at all put out by their decision — …, I welcome it.
A. All the same B. On the contrary C. In contrast D. On the other hand
2) This is… less satisfactory than the previous offer.
A. fairly B. far C. absolutely D. somewhat
3) Wouldn’t you agree that there is … excuse for what he did?
A. any B. some C. the D. much
4) I think that sooner or later I’m going to have to put my foot… .
A. down B. up C. through D. off
5) The company’s … has exceeded $1,000,000 for the first time.
A. output B. outgoing C. input D. turnover
6) Most of the candidates suffer from a(n) … of experience.
A. shortage B. lack C. absence D. outgoing
7) Delinquency often results … something that happened in the youth’s childhood.
A. in B. to C. of D. from
8) I don’t believe there’s a … of evidence that could be held against him.
A. shred B. grain C. drop D. strain
9) These people are in … need of help, I can tell you.
A. short B. big C. dire D. full
10) We must be careful not to put the cart before the … .
A. bull B. horse C. pony D. cabbage
11) There’s a … of stars below the Pole Star that has always fascinated me.
A. set B. cluster C. crowd D. gathering
12) I think we should accept her final words as our … light
A. guiding B. leading C. flashing D. gleaming
13) As … expenses, we’ll be happy to compensate you up to a maximum of $100.
A. concerning B. regarding C. regard D. regards
14) We are desperately … of really experienced staff.
A. lacking B. short C. needy D. light
15) I hope this will… as a useful reminder.
A. play B. perform C. act D. behave

III. Reform the sentences keeping them as similar in meaning to the original ones as possible and using the words given.

1) I thought he might have forgotten our appointment so I faxed him.
2) The intentions of the last government were far clearer than the present one’s.
3) I have no idea how to respond to their letter.
4) A lot of people have said that the leadership is too inexperienced.
5) We will certainly take into account her comparative youth.
6) He was driving so fast that there was no way he was going to stop.
7) Ironically, the new model is nowhere near as reliable as the old one.
8) I still see my old college friends occasionally.

IV. Complete the text with suitable prepositions.

It never ceases to amaze me how little notice some people now take (1)… rules in public places. When I was a child, it would never have occurred to me not to comply (2)… rules. If someone smoked in defiance to a ‘No Smoking’ sign on a train, they would rapidly be reminded (3)… their transgression by several irate passengers, who would refer the errant smoker (4)… the sign in no uncertain terms. What’s more, the person accused would normally apologise (5)… his indiscretion, and would certainly refrain (6)… repeating his anti-social behaviour. These days reminding someone (7)… their public duty not to drop litter or swear on the streets is likely to succeed only (8)… unleashing a torrent of verbal abuse (9)… the wrongdoer. Many people seem blindly unaware that, for example, the ‘silence in the library’ rule applies (10)… them as much as to anyone else. Asking them is not enough, pleading (11)… them might still not deter them (12)… their noisy chat, resorting (13)… physical violence, an undesirable option, seems to be the only one likely to get a result. But, in all seriousness, what really annoys me is that one is made to feel churlish or old-fashioned just to insist (14)… basic respect of everyday manners. Truly, it seems polite behaviour and good manners count (15)… nothing in today’s society.

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