CAE :: Lesson 4



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Reading: Part 1/3
Three themed texts followed by two 4-option
multiple-choice questions on each text.

ACTIVITY 14: You are going to read one extract which is concerned in some way with providing a service. For questions 1-2, choose the answer (A, B, C or D) which you think fits best according to the text. Then check the correct answers.


Cleaner wrasses are small marine fish that feed on the parasites living on the bodies of larger fish. Each cleaner owns a 'station' on a reef where clientele come to get their mouths and teeth cleaned. Client fish come in two varieties: residents and roamers. Residents belong to species with small territories; they have no choice but to go to their local cleaner. Roamers, on the other hand, either hold large territories or travel widely, which means that they have several cleaning stations to choose from. The cleaner wrasses sometimes 'cheat'. This occurs when the fish takes a bite out of its client, feeding on healthy mucus. This makes the client jolt and swim away.

Roamers are more likely to change stations if a cleaner has ignored them for too long or cheated them. Cleaners seem to know this: if a roamer and a resident arrive at the same time, the cleaner almost always services the roamer first. Residents can be kept waiting. The only category of fish that cleaners never cheat are predators, who possess a radical counterstrategy, which is to swallow the cleaner. With predators, cleaner fish wisely adopt an unconditionally cooperative strategy.

Questions 1-2


Which of the following statements about the cleaner wrasses is true?


A.    They regard 'roamer' fish as important clients.
B.    They take great care not to hurt any of their clients.
C.    They are too frightened to feed from the mouths of certain clients.
  They are in a strong position as they can move to find clients elsewhere.


The writer uses business terms in the text to...


A.    illustrate how fish negotiate rewards.
B.    show how bigger fish can dominate smaller ones.
C.   exemplify cooperation in the animal world.
  describe the way fish take over a rival's territory.


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