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English in Use

Part1
Open Cloze
In this text there are a number of gaps. Each gap is to be filled with one word that makes
sense in the context and is grammatically correct. Do not forget to check your spelling.
There is an example at the beginning (0). Write your answer on the separate answer sheet.
24p

Example:
0 given

The Man Who Murdered Himself


At the 1994 annual awards dinner (0) .…….. by the American Association for Forensic
Science (AAFS), President Don Harper Mills astounded his audience in San Diego with the
legal complications of a bizarre death. Here is the story.

On 23 March 1994, the medical examiner (1) …..….. the body of Ronald Opus and concluded
that he had died from a gun wound to the head. The man had jumped off the top of a ten- (2)
…..….. building intending to commit (3) …..….. (he left a note indicating his despondency).

As he fell past the ninth floor, his life was interrupted by a gun blast through a window, which
killed him instantly. (4) …..….. the person who fired the gun nor the dead man was (5) …..
….. that a safety net had been erected at the eight floor level to protect some window cleaners
and that Opus would not have been able to complete his suicide attempt anyway (6) …..…..
of this.

Normally, a person who sets out to commit suicide ultimately (7) …..….., even though the
mechanism might not be what he intended. That Opus was shot on the way to certain (8) …..
….. nine storeys below probably would not have changed his mode of death from suicide to
murder. But the fact that his suicide attempt would not have been (9) …..….. caused the
medical examiner to feel that he had a murder on his (10) …..…..

The room on the ninth floor from where the shotgun blast emanated was occupied by an
elderly (11) …….….. They were arguing and he was threatening her with the gun. He was so
upset that, when he (12) …..….. the trigger, he completely (13) ….….. his wife and the
bullets went through the window striking Opus instead.

When a person (14) ….….. to kill subject A but kills subject B in the attempt, that person is
guilty of the murder of subject B. When confronted (15) …..….. this charge, the old man and
his wife were both adamant that neither of them knew that the gun was loaded.

The old man said that it was his long-standing habit to threaten his wife with the unloaded
gun. He had no (16) …..….. of murdering her – therefore, the killing of Opus appeared to be
an accident. That is, if the gun had been (17) …..….. loaded.

The continuing investigation, however, turned up a witness who saw the old couple’s son (18)
…..….. the gun approximately six weeks prior to the fatal incident. It transpired that the old
lady had (19) …..….. off her son’s financial support and the son, (20) …..….. the tendency of
his father to use the gun threateningly, loaded the gun with the expectation that his father (21)
…..….. shoot his mother.

Here was an exquisite twist. The son was none other that the dead man, Ronald Opus – the
suspected murderer and the victim were the one and the same!

Further investigation (22) …..….. that Ronald Opus had become increasingly despondent over
the failure of his attempt to engineer his mother’s murder. This led him to jump off the ten-
storey building on 23 March, (23) …..….. to be killed by his father’s gun blast through a ninth
storey window.

What would your (24) …..….. be – murder or suicide?

Part 2
One Word Gaps
There is a gap in each of the following sentences. Each gap is to be filled with ONE word
which is grammatically correct and makes sense in the context. Do not forget to check your
spelling. There is an example at the beginning (0). Write your answer on the separate answer
sheet.
9p

Example:
0 match

0. She dyed her hair orange to …….. her dress.


1. As ..…....... as I’m concerned, watching TV is a complete waste of time!
2. Let’s …........... the most of the good weather and go to the beach.
3. It was ……........ and go whether my uncle would pull through the operation.
4. John’s getting married next Saturday so we’re arranging a ……........ party for him on
Friday night. Just his male friends. Are you coming?
5. Credit cards allow people to live beyond their …..…..........
6. We’ll have to use the stairs, I am afraid. The lift’s out of ……..........
7. I didn’t understand a word the lecturer was saying. I felt really out of my ……........
8. Could you …….......... the table, please, John? And use the best china and cutlery.
9. Help yourselves to a piece of cake. There should be enough to go ……........
Part 3
Multiple-choice Cloze
Read the text below and decide which answer A, B, C or D best fits each space. There is an
example at the beginning (0). Write your answer on the separate answer sheet.
15p

Example:
0 A

Trees for Life


Trees are amongst the biggest and longest-living things on Earth, some (0) ……… back
longer than the oldest buildings. But (1) …......... being nice to look at, trees also (2) ….........
an important role in improving the quality of our lives.

On a world-wide (3) …........., forests help to slow down the effects of global warning by
using up the gas (4) …......... as carbon dioxide and giving (5) …......... the oxygen we need to
breathe. At local neighbourhood level, trees also (6) …......... important environmental
benefits. They offer shade and shelter, which in (7) …......... reduces the amount of energy
needed to heat and cool (8) ….........buildings; at the same time, they also remove other
impurities from the air we breathe.

Urban trees are especially important because for many people they provide the only daily (9)
…….......... with the natural world. What’s (10) …….........., urban trees also provide a home
for birds, small animals and butterflies. (11) …….......... the trees we would lose the pleasure
of seeing these creatures in our cities. Regrettably, (12) …….......... trees in cities are now
coming under (13) …….......... There is a limit to the level of pollution they can (14)
…….......... and , down at street level, their roots are being seriously (15) …….......... by the
digging needed to make way for modern telephone, television and other cables.

0 A dating B ageing C growing D stretching


1 A as far as B long as C as soon as D as well as
2 A play B show C act D serve
3 A scale B size C range D area
4 A called B known C titled D referred
5 A in B away C up D out
6 A bring B make C take D find
7 A turn B place C order D reach
8 A opposite B close C next D nearby
9 A junction B touch C contact D taste
10 A more B else C most D other
11 A Throughout B Beyond C Without D Outside
12 A therefore B whilst C however D despite
13 A risk B threat C danger D warning
14 A stand in for B face up to C put up with D fall back on
15 A concerned B disturbed C interfered D involved
Part 4
Word Formation
Use the word given in capitals at the end of each line to form a word that fits in the same line.
There is an example at the beginning (0). Write your answer on the separate answer sheet.
10p

Example:
0 explorer

Florida
When the famous (0) ……, Columbus claimed Florida from Spain EXPLORE
in 1492, he had never (1) .…......... eyes on it. The area’s most important LAY
early (2) …......... thus set a pattern that has continued for centuries. VISIT
There is a general (3) ..…......... amongst people, apparently quite BELIEVE
(4) ..…......... with whether or not they’ve been there themselves, that CONNECT
Florida is a good place to go.

In fact, it is almost (5) ..…......... not to enjoy yourself in Florida today, POSSIBLE
given the wonderful (6) ..…......... of facilities available to tourists. Some SELECT
of the world’s most popular tourist (7) ..…......... are located in the state ATTRACT
whose (8) ..…......... beaches welcome 40 million people each year. SAND
These days it seems (9) ..…......... to describe Florida’s geography and POINT
climate. After all, few people would have (10) ..…......... in finding it on DIFFICULT
on a map and most would know what weather to expect there.

Part 5
Text Building
Job Application
Put the part below into the correct order to make a complete email for someone applying for
a job. There is an example at the beginning (0). Write your answer on the separate answer
sheet.
13p

Example:
0 c

(a) the summer programme where I worked last year. I am available for interview in
Naples any weekday afternoon, and you can email
(b) as a Word document. You will notice that I have supervised children on a range of
sports and cultural activities as well as dealing
(c) Dear Sir/Madam //with reference to your advertisement on the JobFinders.com
website, I am interested in applying
(d) as I enjoy working with young people. I have a lot of energy and enthusiasm and am
also responsible and reliable. I have attached my CV
(e) First Certificate grade A. I would be grateful if you would consider my application.
You will see
(f) the travel industry. During the last few summer holidays I have
(g) for the post of tour leader for Italian school students. I am 26 years old and am
currently studying
(h) me or telephone the number below. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Yours
faithfully
(i) for a diploma in Tourism at Naples University. After that I hope to follow a career in
(j) in the job of tour leader, taking student to London. I feel that I would be well-suited
for this job
(k) to do something more varied and challenging, and for this reason I am interested
(l) with transport arrangements and tickets. You will also notice that my English is good
and I have
(m) from my attached CV that two people can be contacted as references, one is a
university professor and the other is from
(n) worked as a youth leader in Italy, and I enjoyed the work very much. Next summer I
would like

Part 6
Proofreading
Read the text below and look carefully at each line. Some of the lines are correct, and some
have a word which should not be there. Find the wrong word and write it in the box on the
separate answer sheet. Indicate the correct lines with hyphens. There are examples at the
beginning (0).
15p

Example:
0 of
00 ----

(0) ....of….. On lovely sunny days in the summer, many of people in London

(00) ..…..... go along to one of the beautiful parks. Most of them go there

(1) ..…..... just to sit around and relax themselves with friends, but I prefer

(2) ..…..... something such more active. For me, one of the most exciting

(3) ..…..... things to do is flying a kite. It’s amazing how much fun you

(4) ..…..... can have with a small and piece of material on a long piece of

(5) ..…..... cord. The best thing about kites is that, unless you will want

(6) ..…..... one that can do lots of fancy tricks to impress your friends,

(7) ..…..... they don’t cost a very lot of money. You need a day when

(8) ..…..... there is a good strong breeze. To get it the kite flying, you have

(9) ..…..... to unwind a few meters of the cord and then get a friend to
(10) ..…..... hold the kite up while you to get a good grip on the handles.

(11) ..…..... Then, you start running towards the wind, that making sure your

(12) ..…..... friend lets go at the more right moment. As the wind catches

(13) ..…..... the kite, unwind the cord and watch the kite climb by higher

(14) ..…..... and higher. Keep a good hold so you don’t lose it and, of

(15) ..…..... course, avoid trees, unless you’re be good at climbing!

Send your answer sheet to your teacher as a Word document attached to a mail.

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