Curso First Certificate Exam



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Read the text below and decide which of the four alternative word or phrases from the menus best fits each space. The first alternative [ superior - major -bigger - greater ] is already done for you.

HOW TO EVALUATE: 2 (two) marks for each correct answer. Maximum scoring: 30 marks


Nowadays, skyscrapers can be found in most    cities

of the world. A building which was many    high was first

called a skyscraper in the United States at the end of the 19th

century, and New York has perhaps the    skyscraper

of them all, the Empire State Building. The    beneath the

streets of New York is rock,    enough to take the

heaviest load without sinking, and is therefore well-suited to

bearing the    of tall buildings. In London, on the other

hand, people    the problem of the land being

too soft to build skyscrapers on. However, improved

  of making foundations later    many

skyscrapers to be built there,    none are as high as

those in the United States.

These tall buildings are    so that millions of people can

live and work in a very small  . This is important where

land is expensive, for example, in a city centre, so it is more

  to build upwards rather than outwards. Also, many

large companies find it more    to have all their staff in

one building,    easy reach of each other. People also

imagine that the higher the skyscraper, the more successful the

company it  . Whether or not this is true, skyscrapers

still remain popular today.


Read the text below and think of the word which best fits each space. Use only ONE word in each gap. There is an example at the beginning [ one ]. Then check the correct answers.

HOW TO EVALUATE: 1 (one) mark for each correct answer.
Maximum scoring: 15 marks


Cristina Hoyos, undoubtedly    of Spain's most

famous flamenco dancers, is a romantic.

Over thirty years spent travelling    place to

place and living out of a suitcase has not affected her love

of    she calls 'the life of an artist'.

But in fact she feels she has had    choice, because her desire to dance

is so strong.    a child, she would dance to music on the radio. No one 

else in her family danced flamenco professionally, and neither   

many other people in the central Seville neighbourhood in    she grew up.

Shyness at    prevented Cristina from taking up her parents' offer of

sending her to a special dance school, but they finally    to persuade her.

At twenty, she moved to Madrid, where she set out on a dance career which has

  her internationally famous.

  the Olympic Games were held in Barcelona, she    chosen

to perform at the opening and closing ceremonies. Both of these were broadcast live

worldwide, giving many sports fans their first taste of real flamenco dancing.

However,    everyone in Spain thinks that she is    best 

example of the style. Her critics say that her dancing is far    smooth and

professional, but they are in the minority. For millions of dance-lovers around the world,

Hoyos    now come to represent the grace, energy and nobility of flamenco.

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