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Andreo meets Greta on Holiday



Andreo meets Greta on their holiday, and this is their conversation.
In the sentences, some words have their letters missing. Choose the right word from the options given.



1.

Andreo: Hi, I’m Andreo! I’m on holiday here f.......... three weeks. How long are you staying here?


2. Greta: Only two weeks. I start work again next Monday. I'm a teacher a.......... I like my job a lot. What's your job?
3. Andreo: I'm a computer engineer. The work is hard and I get tired e.......... day. I'm enjoying this holiday a lot.
4. Greta: I like it here t.......... I like the sunshine; the sea is always warm. Do you like swimming?
5. Andreo: Yes, I love i..........
6. Greta: I also like lying o.......... the beach in the sun. We are both very sun-tanned aren't we?
7. Andreo: Yes we are. But the holiday is nearly over and we will soon b.......... back home.
8. Greta: It's so sad our holidays w.......... end.
9. Andreo: Don't talk about that! I feel too sad. It's beautiful here. But there is always summer n.......... year.
10. Greta: Yes. See you l.......... Andreo. Bye!

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Flora writes to Stefano



Flora is a student who has just started a course at a language school in London. She is writing a letter to her friend Stefano.  


In the first nine questions some words are missing. Choose the right word from the options given. 


The next questions are comprehension questions. Choose the correct answers. 



11. The journey to London .......... Paris was not too long.
12. When we .......... we were met at the station by someone who took us to our hotel. The hotel is comfortable.
13. I share a room .......... my friend Maria.
14. .......... Monday we went to our new school by bus, which took around 15 minutes. We had a test then we went to our new class.
15. Our morning teacher is .......... Michael.
16. Maria and I were in the .......... advanced class.
17. In .......... afternoon we went to have a look around London.
18. Maria and I went shopping in Oxford Street and we bought lots .......... new clothes.
19. Well, that's all for today. I really ......done a lot today.
20. What happened on Monday morning?
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21. What did Flora do in the afternoon?
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San Andreas



The following sentences are about the city of San Andreas. It is the second largest city in its country. San Andreas, a regional capital, lies peacefully in the valley of the river Bravo. Mountains begin at the edge of the city, which add to its beauty. 


In the first eight questions some words are missing. Choose the right word from the options given. 


The next questions are comprehension questions. Choose the correct answers. 



22.

We know .......... in the Stone Age people lived in San Andreas; the first written mention of the town was in 1230.

23.

San Andreas had an important position in a valley and the city grew quickly .......... a centre of trade and commerce. By the 1500s it was well established.

24.

Around the same time the city became an important political centre as well. By 1657 a university was established in .......... city.

25.

A visitor today can still see the old buildings, proof of the rich history of the town. The city centre is protected .......... it is an urban heritage area.

26.

The beautiful historical houses in the main street have ......... repaired and repainted.

27.

The wide main street is also a pedestrian zone, so it is a wonderful place ......... walk.

28.

You can stop .......... a drink at the many street cafes, and in summer there are street concerts.

29.

Today, San Andreas has .......... population of around 250,000 and is an important road, railway and air hub.

30. Which is the correct description of San Andreas?
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31. Where is San Andreas?
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32. When was the first mention of San Andreas?
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33. Did being in a valley help economic development?
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34. Did political and economic development coincide?
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35. What do San Andreas's buildings show?
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36. What can you say about the buildings in the city centre.
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The European Union



The following questions are about the European Union. 


In the first seven questions some words are missing. Choose the right word from the options given. 


The next questions are comprehension questions. Choose the correct answers. 





37.

The impetus for founding what was later to become the European Union was the desire to rebuild Europe after the second world war, so as to prevent war from breaking .......... again in Europe.

38.

As a first step, the Council of Europe was founded in 1949. It has few powers but does play a role .......... enforcing human rights through a court based in Strasbourg. The citizens of most European states can appeal to this court.

39.

The European Economic Community grew .......... of the European Coal and Steel Community.

40.

The European Coal and Steel community, ........ was successful, led to a proposal by Robert Schuman, the French foreign minister, to set up a fully integrated community structure for Europe.

41.

Several organisations were suggested for this integrated community, and some .......... into existence. The most significant was the creation in 1958 of the European Economic Community (the EEC).

42.

The growth of the European Economic Community resulted in the foundation in 1992 of the European Union, whose development consisted of two parallel processes; the first of .......... brought about a tighter bloc.

43.

Two other major developments were .......... creation of the single market in 1986 and the creation of the single currency, the EURO, in 2002. By 2005 the main issue for the EU was the question of a European Constitution.

44. Which is the correct sentence below?
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45. What does the European Court in Strasbourg do?
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46. What did the European Coal and Steel Community become?
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47. What did Robert Schuman propose?
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48. What can you say about the European Constitution?
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Dr Zamenhof



The following text is about Dr Ludvik Zamenhof, the creator of Esperanto. He was born on 15th December 1859 in the town of Bialystok in Poland, which was then within the Russian Empire. In this multi-ethnic town, four languages were spoken: Polish, Russian, German and Yiddish. 


In the questions some words are missing. Choose the right word from the options given.





49.

Dr Zamenhof's fame is due entirely to the .......... that he is the creator of Esperanto, an international language.

50.

At university, .......... pursuing his medical studies, he came to realise that an international language may help overcome societies' differences.

51.

He threw himself heart and .......... into the study of languages. He explored several different ways of creating a universal language.

52.

However, the idea of Esperanto did not dawn on him at ........... It came much later.

53.

At one .......... Dr Zamenhof entertained the idea of reviving a dead language such as Hebrew. However he realised that if he based it on an existing ethnic language it would never become a universally accepted medium of communication.

54.

In other .......... he reached the conclusion that no international language would ever gain credibility if it identified itself with any single individual nation.

55.

He decided he ......... have to create something entirely new.

56.

In 1878 Dr Zamenhof succeeded in bringing Esperanto into .........., based on the Romance and Germanic languages.

57.

It was .......... until 1887, however, that he gave the world his first brochure.

58.

This had been after several unsuccessful .......... to find a publisher.

59.

But, with that first brochure the world had a new language, published .......... the pseudonym of "Doktoro Esperanto" - Dr Hopeful!