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Louisa usually spent her afternoons ____.

A. entertaining her friends B. playing for her family

C. in the loneliness of her house D. playing with her cat

Louisa ______ the piano.

A. was not so good at playing B. was learning to play

C. was a diligent pupil and practiced playing D. was quite capable of playing

Louisa took time before playing____.

A. to concentrate B. to decide what pieces to play in what order

C. to dream of playing for a big audience D. to talk to the cat

On the day described in the story the cat____.

A. heard Louisa play for the first time

B. moved itself closer to the piano to hear the music better

C. didn't feel like listening to music at all

D. left the room not to hear Louisa play

5. The cat's reaction to Vivaldi's music ____.

A. was negative B. was typical of cats

C. was hardly noticeable D. gradually changed

The cat seemed to ____.

A. be indifferent to what it heard B. hate Louisa playing

C. enjoy the music D. show signs of nervousness while listening to music


B) Find in the text Musical Cat words and word combinations that mean the following:

1. real, true 2. to stop for a while 3. to solve a problem 4. quick 5. to applaud 6. involved 7. (to play) by ear 8. fattish 9. attractive 10. a bit of   11. finally 12. at the request of the public 13. conscious (of some­thing) 14. with your back very straight 15. a piece of classical music that develops a sim­ple theme 16. great happiness 17. to vow 18. attentively 19. particularly typical 20. expression


2. Match the words in the two columns to form phrases and use them to complete the sentences that follow.


public desire

roaring person

swearing earnestness

irresistible words

great thanks

fierce incident

annoying people

personal indignation

fitting traffic

actual insult

1. We all had a(n) ____ to have a swim in the sea. 2. The story is based on a(n) ____. 3. Ronald is a(n) _____ to deal with. 4. He took our criticism as a(n)____. 5. Jack was speaking with ____

trying to prove his point of view. 6. Michael bitterly regretted those _______, spoken in the heat of the moment. 7. All the orators spoke about corruption in the office. By the end of the meeting ________ was running high. 8. She said we should offer____to God for everything that had happened to us. 9. The old gentleman sat on the terrace a few feet from the ____. 10. I can't stand ____ and always have to stop myself in order not to rebuke them.



3. Complete the sentences with the prepositions from the box.

At against beyond by (2) in (3) of over to (3) under with (2)

A. 1. ____ my annoyance they have revealed our secret. 2. John lives ____ his means. 3. The wounded animal roared____ pain. 4. Alice couldn't keep her anger____control. 5. Jenny's remarks were indecent and we all felt indignant____them. 6. Never ever hit animals ____ sticks. 7. It is a well-known fact that Maurice was writing his memoirs ____ fits and starts. 8. Ignorance____ the law is no excuse. 9. Sir Walter left the room____annoyance. 10. He was hit____ a bullet. 11. Gerald hit his head ____a low branch of the tree. 12. Never dare you hit her ____ the face. 13. We have lived for many years____total ignorance of the fact that we have an elder brother. 14. In my opinion his refusal to accept the invitation will be regarded as an insult____the whole family. 15. He said he couldn't swear____ it, but in his view Nora had stolen the documents.

at beyond by for (2) from in (2) on (2) over to (2) under up

B. 1. He looked at me____behind the tree. 2. Where's that thing ____ chopping vegetables? 3. They were disappointed _____ the fact that we couldn't come in. 4. We are looking forward _______ seeing you soon. 5. I don't think we can rely____ his words. 6. Trigonometry was just____me. 7. You'll need to put a jack­et ____ that blouse. It's cold. 8. She's been longing ____ David to call her. 9. This may result ____his receiving lots of unwant­ed papers. 10. Our picnic will depend ____ the weather. 11. She has decided to confide____her doctor. 12. I don't know how she'll put____with the noise. 13. Both the brothers were good ____ playing football. 14. Children of____sixteen years of age will not be admitted. 15. She was referring___" John's latest article.


4. Read the text. Complete it with the correct words derived from the words in bold on the right.

1. ____ related to the development of American music in the early 20th centu­ry was the 2. _____ of a new, and 3. ____ American, art form - modern dance. Among the early 4. ____s was Isadora Duncan (1878 — 1927), who stressed pure, unstructured 5.____in lieu of the position of a 6.____ballet. Martha Graham (1894—1991) became one of the best known in modern dance. Many of her 7. ____ works were pro­duced in 8. ____with leading American composers. Later choreographers searched for new methods of 9.____. Merce Cunningham (1919—) introduced 10. ____ and ran­dom 11. _____s into 12.______ s. close emerge distinctive innovate   move classic   fame collaborate   express improvise move perform


5. Complete the text choosing the best word from the columns after it.

Lyra was a coarse and greedy little savage, for the most part. But she always had a 1. ____ sense that it wasn't her whole world; that somewhere in her life there was a connection with the high world of diplomacy and 2.____. It had never ____ to her to find out more.

She had passed her childhood, like a half-wild cat. The only variation in her days came on those irregular occasions when Lord Asriel visited the College. A rich and 4. ____ uncle was all very well to boast about, but the price of boasting was having to be caught and brought to the Housekeeper to be washed and dressed in a clean frock, following which she was escorted (with many threats) to the Senior Common Room to have tea with Lord Asriel. A group of senior

Scholars would be invited as well.

What happened on those awkward, formal visits never varied. After the tea, the Master and the other 5. ______ Scholars who 6. ____ left Lyra and her uncle together, and he called her to stand in front of him and tell him what she'd learned 7. ____ his last visit. And she would mutter what­ever she could remember about geometry or 8. ____, or history, and he would sit back with one ankle resting on 9. ____ knee and watch her 10. ____ for words.

Once he said, "And how do you spend your time when you're not diligently studying?"

And she mumbled, "I just pi;

And he said, "Let me see your hands, child."

She held 11. ____ her hands for 12. ____, and he took them and turned them over to look at her fingernails.

"Dirty," said Lord Asriel, pushing her hands away. "Don't they make you wash in this place?"

"I 13.____them dirty after I washed."

"Where do you play to get so dirty?"

She looked 14. ____him suspiciously. She had the feeling that being on the roof was forbidden, though no one had actually said so. "In some of the old rooms," she said finally.

"Nowhere 15. ____?"


"You're a liar. I 16. ____ you on the roof only yesterday."

She bit her lip and said nothing.

(after Philip Pullman)

1. a) faded ń) pale

b)dim d) indefinite

2. a) policy d) politics

b) police c) politic

3. a) occured c) ocured

b) ocurred d) occurred

4. a) powerful c) dominant

b) strong d) important

5. a) a few c) little

b) few d) a little

6. a) have invited c) have been invited

b) had invited d) had been invited

7. a) from c) since

b) afterwards d) until

8. a) Arab c) Arabic

b) Arabian d) arabesque

9. a) another c) other

b) the other d) others

10. a) struggle c) struggles

b) to struggle d) was struggling

11. a) up c) on

b) out d) back

12. a) inspection c) exploration

b) survey d) investigation

13. a) must get c) must be getting

b) must have got d) must have been getting

14. a) on c) for

b) to d) at

15. a) too c) else

b) also d) as well

16. a) have seen c) was seeing

b) had seen d) saw

6. Read the text and use the right forms of the verbs in brackets to complete it.

Musical Cat (Part II)

Louisa finished the fugue, then played the siciliana, and all the way through she (keep)1 watching the cat on the sofa. The final proof for her that the animal (listen)2 came at the end when the music (stop)3. It (blink)4, (stir)5 itself a little, (stretch)6 a leg, (take)7 a quick glance round the room, then (look)8 expectantly in her direction. It was precisely the way a concert-goer (react)9 when music momentarily releases him in the pause between two movements of a symphony. The beha­viour was so thoroughly human it (give)10 her a queer agitated feeling in the chest.

Maybe, she (think)11, the creature (not, enjoy)12 it at all. Maybe it's a sort of hypnotic reaction, like with snakes. After all, if you (can)13 (charm)14 a snake with music, then why not a cat? Except that millions of cats (hear)15 the stuff every day and, as far as she (know)16, there'd never yet been a case of one behaving like that. This one (act)17 as though it (follow)18 every single note. It was certainly a fantastic thing.

Louisa went straight into the next part of the programme - Liszt's se­cond Petrarch Sonnet. And now an extraordinary thing happened. She (not, play)19 more than three or four bars when the animal's whiskers (begin)20 perceptibly (twitch)21. Slowly it (draw)22 itself up to an extra height, (lay)23 its head on one side, then on the other, and (stare)24 into space with a kind of frowning concentrated look. Louisa (fascinate)25, and with her little mouth half open and half smiling, she (con­tinue)26 (play)27, waiting to see what on earth was going (happen)28 next.

7. Read the text. For statements I -7, choose Ŕ, Â, Ń or D to complete each statement correctly.


Conway never exactly remembered how he and the others arrived at the monastery, or how they were greeted and led into the •grounds. The thin air was dream-like and matched the light blue of the sky. With every breath and every glance, he took in a deep relaxing feeling that made him unaware of Mallinson's uneasiness, Barnard's witty comments, and Miss Brinklow, who looked like a lady well prepared for the worst, He just about remembered being surprised at finding the inside of the monastery spacious, well warmed, and quite clean.

There was no time to do more than notice these qualities, for the Chinese had left his hooded chair and was already leading the way through different rooms. He was quite pleasant now. "I must apologize," he said, "for leaving you to yourselves on the way, but the truth is, journeys of that kind don't suit me, and I have to take care of myself. I hope you were not too tired?"

“We managed,” replied Conway with a tight smile.

"Excellent. And now, if you will come with me, I will show you to your rooms. No doubt you would like baths. Our accommodation is simple, but comfortable, I hope."

At this point Barnard, who was still affected by shortness of breath, chuckled. "Well," he gasped, "I can't say I like your climate yet - the air seems to stick on my chest a bit - but you've certainly got a fine view out of your front windows. Do we all have to line up for the bathroom., or is this an American hotel?"

"I think you will find everything quite satisfactory, Mr Barnard."

Mr. Brinklow nodded. “I should hope so, indeed.”

“And afterwards,” continued the Chinese, “I should be greatly honored if you will all join me at dinner.”

Conway replied politely. Only Mallinson had given no sign of his attitude in the face of these kind offers. Like Barnard, he had been suffering from breathing problems, but now, with an effort, he found breath to exclaim: "And afterwards, also, if you don't mind, we'll make our plans for getting away. The sooner the better, so far as I'm concerned."


So you see," Chang was saying, "we are less barbarian than you expected."

Conway, later that evening, was not willing to argue, He was enjoying that pleasant feeling of his body being relaxed but his mind being awake, which seemed to him, of all feelings, the most truly civilized. So far, Shangri-La had been all that he could have wished, certainly more than he could ever have expected. It was not so strange for a Tibetan monastery to have a system of central heating, but that it should combine the baths and cleaning facilities from the Western part of the world with tradition from the Eastern world struck him as amazing and rare. The bath, for instance, in which he had recently bathed, had been of a light green pottery from America. Yet the native servant had washed him in a Chinese way of cleaning his ears and nostrils and under his lower eyelids. He had wondered at the time if - and how - his three companions were receiving similar treatment.

Conway had lived for nearly ten years in China, not wholly in the bigger cities; and he counted it, all things considered, the happiest part of his life. He liked the Chinese, and felt at home with Chinese ways. He really liked Chinese cooking, with its subtle undertones of taste; and his first meal at Shangri-La had been familiar.

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