the article below and choose the alternative which best fits each space.
ON A HEALTHY DIET, AND I'LL STICK TO IT IF IT KILLS ME
in a state of intense neurotic anxiety since
that everything I have eaten for the past 43 years 1 me.
Although I have not yet succumbed to heart attack, cancer or terminal
indigestion, it is plainly only a matter of time. I woke up the other
night in a cold sweat. I had dreamed 2 my own
funeral. As my cortege passed solemnly along Kentish Town Road, my
plain pine coffin borne to its final resting place, I distinctly heard
the undertaker confide to his assistant: "It was the bacon
sandwiches that killed him."
3 this happen? I will not. I have resolved
to change utterly my diet, bringing it into strict conformity with
government advice. I have therefore given 4 the following: Mars bars, sausages, fried eggs, Big Macs, butter,
cheese, beer, wine, sugar, tea, coffee, milk pastries, doughnuts,
pepperoni pizza, salt-beef sandwiches with mustard and Sunday roasts.
It is true that these foods, from all the basic food groups, have
nourished and sustained me these many years. From now on, however, I
am going to eat only those foods which have been officially sanctioned
by government officials as safe to eat. I will satisfy my hunger with
bean sprouts, honey, bean curd, garlic, alfalfa, prunes and three
egg-sized potatoes a day. I may thus be granted, if not
5 a modest extension, and I shall not, grow to need a cardiologist on
The preparations for my new regimen have been rigorous. I spent much
of Thursday afternoon
6 the metropolis for egg-sized potatoes. Taking an egg from
my refrigerator, for I shall have
7 further use for itexcept as a guide to potato size, I 8 my way to the local supermarket. Turning my back on
the steaks and the chocolate cakes flown in from America, I was
9twenty-one appropriately sized potatoes –
rations for a week.
What the Government does not tell you is that potatoes, and eggs are
dimensionally dissimilar. Well, perhaps an ostrich egg and a King
Edward potato are proportionally related, but a size 2 egg bears no
relation to any potato variety on offer.
Necessity being the mother of invention, I decided to buy normal
potatoes and to mash them into egg-sized portions. This is where
I ran 10 my first
After boiling the one large potato that I meant 11into
three egg-sized modules, I reached for the masher and ground
away. Then I turned to the fridge for the butter and milk and a
terrible realization dawned that these were banned.
Frantic, I tried to form the potato crumble into egg-sized
helpings - without success. Margarine was out: linked by a
Harvard professor to thousands of heart-attack deaths via its
high content of fatty acids. Perhaps a little olive oil (officially
approved) would work: I added it to the mash. Now it was all
slimy, but it stuck together and though its taste is perhaps to be
acquired, as I ate it I felt immediately stronger. My heart beat with
Next to the oily fish for the day. Sardines were my choice.
Unfortunately, opening the tin, I also opened a two-inch gash in
my hand and although this has subsequently become infected, the doctor
assures me that if I take the penicillin, I 12 to be able to regain the use of it within
a couple of weeks.
I thought I 13 end my meal with an apple, but the fruiterer was selling only French
varieties and naturally I was 14 to buy any, since it is well known that the French treat their
apples with a substance which has been found to cause cancer in mice.
Since starting my new diet I am sure I am on the road to a healthier,
more fulfilling and longer life. And not a day passes that I do not
give thanks to the government, without whose valued advice I would
surely already be 15.
the following sentences using the beginning provided.
BOTH SENTENCES should have THE SAME MEANING.
I think the government
should stop pulling old buildings down.
my opinion it's time
"You'd better get a
bike as using public transport is quite complicated," he said.
I suppose he was in the
garden, mowing the lawn when he hurt himself.
It seems that she has lost
As he is an engineer, he has
a great deal of experience with machines.
They were exhausted because they had been playing
In order to be fit, get up
earlier and take some exercise.
I don't care how clever he
is, he can still make mistakes like everyone else.
It really makes me feel quite uncomfortable to be in a
room where everybody is shouting.
Although some organisations
try very hard to protect some species, they are not alwayssuccessful.
the verbs in brackets in the correct tense. USE MODALS IF NECESSARY.
When Jackson and I first
met a couple of years back, on foot safari in hills near the Masai
Mara, he was working as a tracker. He gave me a spear-throwing
lesson, showed me buffalo tracks and toothbrush bushes, and told me a
long campfire tale about little children lost in the forest. If I
hadn't taken this particular safari tour, I (never/hear)
of him. In the
course of one of our walks, he had expressed the conviction that every
a wife and - as if anxious (prove)
his case -
invited me to his wedding. I said I (not miss)
it for the whole
These rash statements have a habit of (catch)
up on you. I was
almost half a world away, in England, when the invitation finally
arrived. Jackson, by now, (work)
in Narok, a
fastgrowing settlement on the Nairobi road that (one day/be)
metropolis. But he had maintained close links with his former
employer, the independent safari operator, Ron Beaton. Ron suggested I
his farm, and accompany him to the festivities. I chose the most
useful wedding present I could think of, packed my bags and flew down
to Nairobi, wondering what on earth to wear on the big day. I thought
I had some idea of what to expect, although nothing is certain in
Africa. Jackson's family belongs to the Ndorobo, a tribe who used to
hunters, but have now resettled near Masailand, making themselves
useful in small ways , such as by collecting wild honey. Their former
way of life (remember)
For Jackson's wedding, I imagined a trip to a remote upland village,
there to meet young women dressed top-to-toe in bright beads. We
would, no doubt, soon be dancing round a huge fire while whole cows
were roasted on spits. The realities of modern-day Kenya quickly
dispelled this fantasy.
must do BOTH exercise 1 and exercise 2.
a composition of about 150 words beginning: A few days after
the interview I received a letter ...
must write about 150 words on
ONE of the following topics:
96% of dangerous drivers are men.
b) Holidays are much more than a good sun-tan.
d) International sporting events do more harm than good.
TO SELF-EVALUATE THIS EXAM: Section A - Exercise 1a: Score 1.5 (one and a half) points for each correct answer.
Section A - Exercise 1b: Score 5 (five) points for each correct answer.
Section A - Exercise 2: Score 1.5 (one and a half) points for each correct answer.
Section B - Exercise 1: Score 1 (one) point for each correct answer.
Section B - Exercise 2: Score 2 (two) points for each correct
Section B - Exercise 3: Score 2 (two) points for each correct answer.
FINAL SCORE FOR SECTIONS "A" AND "B" Check your final score with this list: 90-100 points: A or Excellent;
80-89 points: B or Very Good; 70-79 points: C or Fair; 69 or below:
Need to review grammar.