Take this fortnight reading and use of English quiz and boost your preparation for the Cambridge B2 First exam.
Roll up your sleeves and sharpen your wits!
Reading and Use of English, Part 1
Read the sentence. Decide which answer (A, B, C or D) best fits the gap.
Why did you have to bring that subject _______ at breakfast?
Reading and Use of English, Part 2
Read the sentence. Think of the word which best fits the gap. Use only one word.
We need to finish this project by tomorrow, one _____ or the other.
Reading and Use of English, Part 3
Read the sentence below. Use the word given in capitals at the end of the line to form a word that fits in the gap.
Maria is such a …………………. friend. She always remembers my birthday and takes the time to ask how I’m doing. THINK
Reading and Use of English, Part 4
Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given. Do not change the word given. You must use between two and five words, including the word given.
The president will probably make a statement this evening.
The president ………………………………………………………… a statement this evening.
Reading and Use of English, Part 5
Read the extract from a magazine article about a young mother whose house was burgled. Choose the answer (A, B, C or D) which you think fits best according to the text.
Lisa Tyler was weary after a long, hard day at the pottery factory where she works. But as she approached her home in the English city of Stoke-on-Trent, her heart lightened.; soon she would be having a nice cup of tea, putting her feet up and watching Friends, her favourite TV series. But first, she needed to change out of her work clothes and pick up her three-year-old son from his grandmother’s house nearby.
As Lisa walked up her garden path, she noticed a light flashing on and off in an upstairs bedroom. A shiver went down her back. What if it was a burglar? Quietly, she crept round to the back of the house to see if there was any sign of a break-in. Sure enough, a window was open and someone’s coat was hanging on the gatepost!
- How was Lisa feeling as she walked home from work?
2. What does „pick up‟ mean in the first paragraph?
3. What first led Lisa to think there was a burglar in her house?
A. Something had been broken.
B. Something had been left outside.
C. Something was in the wrong place.
D. Something was moving inside.
Reading and Use of English, Part 6
Read the extract. One sentence has been removed from the text. Choose from the sentences (A-C) the one which fits the gap.
What’s like to study medicine?
Medicine isn’t quite like other degrees. I spent the first three years studying and attending lectures on anatomy, cell biology and pathology (what happens when the body goes wrong). I found when I got to medical school that I was
required to memorize far more than I had had to at secondary school and put in far longer hours, especially around exam time.
As well as the lessons and lectures, I had individual weekly classes with my tutor, who also gave me work to do.
These classes soon became a high point in my week. We used to spend the hour discussing such things as the properties of different medicines or the topic of an essay whose title was Doctors can learn more medicine from treating patients than from studying textbooks. Do you agree?
A. These well-known people would always be more than happy to answer questions in the corridor, or reply to an email that requested more information about their subject.
B. This usually consisted of writing an essay on a topic related to my studies.
C. And on other occasions we used to just play chess.
Reading and Use of English, Part 7
You are going to read about Rosa’s travelling experiences.
My friend Lauren and I were travelling in Australia. We’d both finished school that summer and were having a year off before university. We were able to find casual work as we moved around the country, doing waitressing mainly. We ended up in this tiny resort on the West coast, where they had a diving school. That was my choice because l’d always wanted to learn. Anyway, there we were, miles from anywhere, and working in the diving school office was my best friend from primary school! We had lost touch when we were eight as they had moved away, to Australia as it turned out. It was absolutely fantastic catching up with her.
Which of the statements below (1-10) are mentioned in the text?
- forgot to follow a safety measure?
- had decided to take a break from studying?
- met up with someone from their past?
- was on a camping holiday?
- describes a misunderstanding?
- witnessed the theft of something valuable?
- mentions a business trip round a country?
- found employment during their trip?
- describes their lack of fear?
- wanted to take up something new?
Part 1: B
Part 2: WAY
Part 3: THOUGHTFUL
Part 4: IS LIKELY TO MAKE
Part 5: 1D, 2C, 3D
Part 6: B
Part 7: 2, 3, 8, 10