Curso First Certificate Exam



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Multiple-choice gap-filling

ACTIVITY 387: Read the text below and choose from the menus the suitable answer. The first alternative [ uncommon - unexpected - unnatural - unusual ] is already done for you.


A hundred years ago, an 

signalman started working for South African

Railways. His name was Jack and he was a

  chacma baboon, the largest

  of monkey in South Africa.

The monkey was    by a railwayman called James Wide, who had lost

  legs in an accident. He had bought Jack so that the animal could help him

  about by pushing him on a special trolley. Then he discovered the monkey was

more    at operating the train signals than he was. So Jack was set to work.

He learnt each lever by    and, at Wide's command, could push them into

position when a train  . He was also put in    of the keys and even

did the station's gardening. Then, at the end of the day, he would push Wide home in the

trolley, jumping on the back for a    whenever it went downhill.

Not surprisingly, one or two    objected to the fact that their lives were

being    in the hands of a monkey. Yet Jack never    an error,

and he soon became famous. His main reward, however, was the affectionate   

he received from his master. He died after nine years of living with Wide, leaving the

  signalman brokenhearted.

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