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.
All the ………….. in the opera house have welcomed the talented young performers with cheers and applause.
Reading and Use of English, Part 2
Read the sentence. Think of the word which best fits the gap. Use only one word.
I cannot put ………….. with people who cheat in races and competitions. Is it really worth it?
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.
I find playing badminton quite interesting. For this reason, I’ve decided to join a club. I looked everywhere but ………….. the nearest one was too far away. FORTUNE
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 festival must be organized one week earlier”, said the members of the local committee.
The members of the local committee said that the festival ………………………………………………………… forward by one week.
Reading and Use of English, Part 5
Read the extract. Choose the answer (A, B, C or D) which you think fits best according to the text.
“Wake up and shine!” Holly, an overworked mother, calls, going into each child’s room and switching on their lights. Now the hour-long, at times gruelling, struggle starts. Lucy, her five-year-old daughter, still sleeping, is woken up by her mom’s kiss, but Ben, two years older than his sister, stirs and burrows deeper into his soft and warm duvet. Irritated, Holly notices that her babysitter hasn’t put out her children’s school uniforms for them. “Breakfast time, my sweet little angels!”
What do we learn about Holly?
A. She loves one of her children more than the other.
B. She usually asks someone else to drop her children off at school.
C. She is angry that somebody has failed to do something.
D. She normally doesn’t find it difficult to wake her kids up.
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.
This month there is an open-air music festival, and I’d love to go. However, there is no one to join me. My friends fall into two categories: those who don’t share my interest in music and those who simply think that sitting on the grass, probably in the rain, is not their thing.
Not going or going alone and looking like someone I once saw at the cinema waving to a pretend friend at the end of the queue. The other day I came across a third possibility. I can hire somebody to come with me.
A. It’s a brilliant idea, though.
B. Until recently, there was a slim chance that I would go to the festival, since my options were limited.
C. This is not a dating app.
Reading and Use of English, Part 7
Read about four people who describe their experience on a weekend survival course for families. Choose from the sections (A-D) the one which answers the question.
Which course participant appreciated not being criticized for doing something wrong?
A. Alan, 15 years old. I didn’t do the course to make friends. So, having small kids there didn’t matter much. Besides, the adults in the group were very friendly, and they have made me feel like I was one of them. I am keen on doing another course.
B. Chris, 40 years old. What made the course were two instructors. They were always helpful and encouraging any time we made a mistake. So, no matter how clumsy we were, rather than putting us down in front of the rest, they always focused on the good side. Everyone gave them excellent feedback.
C. Mia, 14 years old. There were quite a few people my age. We got on so well that we have stayed in touch since then. What was unfair though was the fact that the adults did other activities, such as a class on using axes, which was much more entertaining than ours, which was doing a scavenger hunt. All in all, the course was worth going.
D. Sally, 36 years old. Despite my failure to cook bread, I really enjoyed the activities. Of course, there were times when we just had to listen and learn, but I think the instructors achieved a good balance of informative and practical sessions.
Part 1: C
Note: the word spectator refers to a person who watches an activity, especially a sports event, without taking part; onlooker – someone who watches something that is happening in a public place but is not involved in it; viewer – a person who watches something, especially television, and audience – the group of people together in one place to watch or listen to a play, film, someone speaking.
Part 2: UP
Note: to put up with something/someone means to accept or continue to accept an unpleasant situation or experience, or someone who behaves unpleasantly.
Part 3: UNFORTUNATELY
Part 4: HAD TO BE BROUGHT
Note: to bring forward something means to change the date or time of an event so that it happens earlier than planned.
As you see, Reading and Use of English part 4 is THE task which assesses your control of both grammar and vocabulary components at B2 level. This exact question is challenging you to transform direct into reported speech, use the passive, as well as reword using a phrasal verb.
Part 5: C
Part 6: B
Part 7: B