Card 52 - Reading
Раздел 2 (задания по Чтению)
|9||Прочитайте тексты и установите соответствие между текстами и их заголовками: к каждому тексту, обозначенному буквами А-G, подберите соответствующий заголовок, обозначенный цифрами 1-8. Используйте каждую цифру только один раз. В задании есть один лишний заголовок.|
|1. It’s responsible for love||5. It’s not only for people|
|2. A sweet medicine||6. It’s important to see the right bird|
|3. Literary fans||7. The meaning of the name|
|4. An alternative holiday||8. A message sent by flowers|
|A||The most common present on St Valentine’s Day is a box of chocolates. The tradition goes back to the 1800s when doctors made patients eat chocolate to make them feel happier. This might also be the reason why in the 1860s Richard Cadbury produced his heart-shaped box of chocolates exclusively for Valentine’s Day.|
|B||St Valentine’s Day is a perfect occasion to express your deepest feelings to the person you love. On Valentine's Day lovers, friends, and family members exchange Valentine’s Day Gifts as symbols of love. However, statistics say that nearly 9 million people prefer celebrating Valentine’s Day with their pets and give them presents. The reason is that most pet owners consider animals to be more grateful and loyal than humans.|
|C||The red heart is the main Valentine symbol. Red is traditionally associated with the colour of blood. At one time, people thought that the heart, which pumps blood, was the part of the body that generates love. In fact, when the Egyptians mummified their dead for burial, they removed every organ but the heart because they believed the heart was the only part of the body necessary for the trip through eternity.|
|D||Each rose sent on Valentine’s Day has some meaning. For example, a red rose means love and respect, pink says, “I am having sweet thoughts about you” and a white rose states, “I am worthy of you”. Besides, it is believed that 1 rose stands for love at first sight, 11 flowers mean that the receiver is truly and deeply loved, 108 roses are recommended for marriage proposals and 999 roses mean “We’ll always be together.”|
|E||Some superstitions about seeing birds on Valentine’s Day are really funny. Once it was believed that if a woman saw a flying robin on Valentine’s Day, she would get married to a sailor. However, if she saw a sparrow, her future husband would be poor. Meanwhile, if she saw a goldfinch, then she would marry a millionaire. However, there is no answer who she would marry if she saw a pigeon, as history does not say anything about pigeons.|
|F||The two characters, Romeo and Juliet, from the play by William Shakespeare are remembered all over the world as the emblem of romance. The young lovers lived in the Italian city of Verona. On every Valentine’s Day this city still receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet. The fictional character is still alive for many people who believe in romantic and immortal love.|
|G||Started by a group of feminists, ‘Quirkyalone Day’ is celebrated on February 14 as an opposite to Valentine’s Day. The new holiday started in 2003 as a celebration of romance, freedom and individuality. It’s a day to celebrate the things you enjoy doing alone. Ways to celebrate include: buying yourself a new dress, taking a long walk without your mobile phone, exploring a new part of town, trying a new recipe etc.|
Запишите в таблицу выбранные цифры под соответствующими буквами
|Прочитайте текст. Определите, какие из приведённых утверждений 10-17 соответствуют содержанию текста (1 - True), какие не соответствуют (2 - False) и о чём в тексте не сказано, то есть на основании текста нельзя дать ни положительного, ни отрицательного ответа (3 - Not stated). В поле ответа запишите одну цифру, которая соответствует номеру правильного ответа.|
Amazingly, I’ve recently published my third book. I started writing all of a sudden. Once when I was babysitting for my sister, my nephew asked me to tell him a story. I told him about some adventures with my friend, Johnny Price. My nephew got interested in my childhood memories and, later, these stories turned into my first book for children. The main heroes of the book were Johnny Price and me. My childhood friend, Johnny Price, lived three doors down the street. Our friendship lasted for only about three or four years, but it was a very important part of my childhood. That’s why I still feel like calling Johnny ‘my best friend’.
Like every kid on our street, Johnny and I had bikes. We used them to get to the Grants', a family who owned a convenience store one street over from ours. We would go with some of our weekly pocket money and buy ourselves some candies, bubble gum, a bag of chips and a Coke or Pepsi. Most small candies were one cent each, so fifty cents seemed like a lot of money. We quite often walked out of the store with a bagful of fifty candies. We thought it would be great to get a job at the store one day. But we never tried to get one.
Another thing that comes to mind is how we used to sit in my parents' car and listen to music on a cassette on the car stereo. One thing that I clearly remember listening to is the main theme from the film ‘Superman’. For some reason this memory is very powerful. Even today when I hear the ‘Superman’ soundtrack it takes me back to being a little kid eating chips and sour candies in the car.
I’ll never forget how one day Johnny found a frog and decided to keep it, as some sort of pet. It didn't take long for his parents to explain to him that it wasn't such a good idea, so Johnny decided to let the frog go free. So we walked down to the bridge and let him go into the stream. We then stood on the bridge and watched him float downstream, wishing him the best of luck.
Johnny and I had fun doing a lot of things together, but we sometimes had our differences. I can't name any of the things we had disagreements about, but whenever we did, and whatever they were about, it often resulted in both of us walking away from each other in anger and saying we would never talk to each other again. Of course, almost always, the next day one of us would call the other up as if nothing had happened.
However, after one serious disagreement we never called each other back. Whatever it was, it ended our friendship. I've often wondered what made us part ways forever. It was probably something silly that only thirteen-year-old boys could get so annoyed about.
|10||The author started to write due to his nephew.
|11||The author and Johnny Price lived in different parts of town.
|12||The author had a newer, cooler bike than Johnny.
|13||The author and Johnny Price worked for the Grants’ convenience shop.
|14||The author and Johnny Price saw the film ‘Superman’ more than once.
|15||Johnny’s parents disapproved of keeping a frog as a pet.
|16||In their childhood, the author and Johnny Price could not avoid quarrels.
|17||The author and Johnny are still good friends.