Exercises to Card 8



I.Find in the text English equivalents:

Удивительная вещь, напротив меня, не могла справиться с, алгебра, средняя школа, заниматься физкультурой, другая причина, могу объяснить, полезная, маленькие загадки, влюбилась, математические знаки и символы, перестала их бояться, невидимая дверь, превратилась в ключ, впустил меня, коды и лабиринты, никогда не смеялся над ними, могло значить что-то ещё.

II. Translate into Russian:

Brought back to me, for a while, careful expressionless, eventually, to kip fit, reached across the table, brains for a jog, just marks on paper, were not flat, three-dimensional, could approach, different directions, take them apart, put them together, full of miracles and mazes, mirrors and misleading signs, fascinated by riddles, mental fitness, homework sessions, although.

III. Say if sentences are TRUE or FALSE:

  1. The author of the text could easily cope with algebra.
  2. As it turned out, the author’s grandad liked algebra.
  3. Algebra made the girl mad.
  4. Grandad compared algebra with chemistry.
  5. He used little puzzles to take brains for a jog.
  6. Grandad could explain the girl that algebra was useful.
  7. After those homework sessions the girl fell in love with algebra.
  8. Grandad taught the girl that maths signs and symbols were just marks on paper.
  9. Algebra turned to be the key that opened the glass door Grandad lived behind.
  10. Grandad’s world was full of miracles and mazes, mirrors and misleading signs .

 IV. Answer the questions according to the text:

  1. What thing brought the author’s Grandad back to her?
  2. What subject couldn’t the girl cope with in her first year at secondary school?
  3. Did she see the point of it?
  4. What did Grandad compare algebra with?
  5. Did Grandad like algebra or geometry?
  6. What did Gragdad use to take brains for a jog?
  7. What were maths signs and symbols according to Grandad’s explanation?
  8. What helped the girl to discover her Grabdad?
  9. What did the girl learn about her Grandad?
  10. Grandad’s world was full of interesting books and stories, wasn’t it?

V. Match the words of the two columns to make up the word combinations used in the text and translate them into Russian:

1. was full of a. algebra
2. on the sides of b. of shapes
3. fell in love c. his fingers
4. variety d. the invisible door
5. the origin e. to enjoy
6. couldn’t cope with f. to discover
7. opened g. miracles and mazes
8. helped me h. my head
9. moved i. of place names
10. was possible j. with algebra

 VI. Give the equivalents from the text that mean the same:


PE                          grammar                  mad                         algebra                       three-dimensional
   teach               cope with                explain                    useful                            take apart
  1. to give someone knowledge or to train someone;
  2. having or appearing to have height, length, and width;
  3. mentally ill, or unable to behave in a reasonable way;
  4. a part of mathematics in which signs and letters represent numbers;
  5. to make something clear or easy to understand by describing or giving information about it;
  6. classes at school in which children do exercise and learn to play games;
  7. to separate something into different parts;
  8. to deal successfully with a difficult situation;
  9. effective, helping you to do or achieve something;
  10. the rules about how words change their form and combine with other words to make sentences.


Listen to the conversation and answer the questions below.

I.Choose the right answer:

1.The storm stopped only….
a) in the evening
b) at night
c) in the morning

2. We were having ……when we heard screaming
a) dinner
b) breakfast
c) lunch

3. ……were lying on the beach.
a) Two whales
b) Five whales
c) Three whales

4. Whales go crazy because of …………..
a) a lot of food
b) of sunshine
c) dirty water

5. Now the boy is a member of……
a) Boyscouts
b) Green peace


  1. One night there was a big snowfall.
  2. The boy and uncle Roger ran to the beach.
  3. They saw three sharks lying on the beach.
  4. Some people brought ropes and began to pull whales into the water.
  5. The boy decided to study Maths after that.

III. Fill in the missing words

  1. They heard somebody screaming ___________.
  2. Two whales were lying in the beach, they were so________.
  3. ________water makes them that crazy.
  4. ________and _________throw rubbish into water.
  5. The whales __________but the memory _______ in my heart.

IV. Answer the questions:

  1. When did the storm stop?
  2. What did they see on the beach?
  3. How did uncle Roger explain the boy why the whales were on the beach?
  4. How did the people help the whales?
  5. What did the boy decide to study?


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