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.
There’s little ………….. of our getting into the final.
Reading and Use of English, Part 2
Read the sentence. Think of the word which best fits the gap. Use only one word.
Travelling not only broadens the mind, but it ………….. broadens your circle of friends.
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.
Since I was here twenty years ago, my home town has changed so much that it’s practically ………….. . RECOGNISE
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.
I find it hard to go at the same speed as my son on walking holidays. UP
I find it hard ………………………………………………………… my son on walking holidays.
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.
It’s a bright, sunny morning in St Jame’s Park, and a stream of tourists approaches Buckingham Palace. In the middle of the crowd walk five very short, very unusually looking women. They carry camcorders, gesticulate wildly, and talk in a language no one can understand. In the heart of picture-postcard London, this group of people stands out like a sore thumb.
What do we learn from the visitors?
A. They are not at all like the other tourists.
B. They have problems communicating with each other.
C. They are very excited to be visiting London.
D. They would prefer to keep away from other tourists.
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.
I really love my job. It makes me feel good at the beginning of every week, since I love working with small children and I enjoy the challenges that arise. But I also think what I do is something worthwhile, and there was a time when I thought I would never have that sort of career.
However, in my final term, I started thinking what I might do, and I realized that I didn’t have much to offer. If I had worked harder, I would have had better grades, but it was too late.
A. I find that the work we do benefits not only children but also their parents, because it gives them time to sort things out, go for training, or job interviews and so on.
B. Then I thought, well, I’ve spent every holiday for the past five years helping my parents – I’ve got three little siblings, all much younger than me.
C. I wasn’t very good at school as I didn’t like studying much, so, I didn’t try very hard, and I was just impatient to leave as soon as I could.
Reading and Use of English, Part 7
Read about four people’s experiences of protests. Choose from the sections (A-E) the one which answers the question.
Which person mentions people’s concern about a global problem?
A. Mike. When I was at university, I experienced a flashmob protest, and it’s something I will never forget! I got a text message on my mobile saying that a really unpopular politician was about to arrive at the main entrance, and everyone should get there as fast as possible. The result was that students started running from all directions, and within seconds I was surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of people. I must admit it was quite scary.
B. Sara. I was only a teenager at the time, but I remember being furious. As kids, we would often play in the woods and when they announced that they were going to cut all the trees down to make way for a new stretch of motorway it upset a lot of people. Looking back, it was quite idealistic, but the local people really believed they could stop the road being built.
C. Dave. The organizers had taken a long time to plan the day, and we all knew exactly where we were going. A lot of people, including myself, were there with their whole family, and it was a great feeling to be marching alongside with other people from all over the country who wanted to show the government how strongly we felt about the need to do something more about climate change and get results. When you are in the middle of something like that, it makes you realize how strongly people feel about the problem.
D. Rose. The sit-in was definitely the most memorable event of my second year at college. It was something to do with cutting some lectures’ jobs. We sat in for two days and nights, and I’ll never forget the atmosphere. There was such a communal spirit – with everyone standing together against authorities. The occupation lasted over a week until the students got an agreement to have a series of formal discussions about their complaints.
Part 1: A
Note: “have the chance to” means to have the opportunity to do something; “some/little/etc chance of (your) + verb”ING” means to have the possibility to do something.
Part 2: ALSO
Part 3: UNRECOGNISABLE
Part 4: TO KEEP UP WITH
Part 5: A
Note: If someone or something stands/sticks out like a sore thumb, everyone notices them because they are very different from the people or things around them.
Part 6: C
Part 7: C