Читання 8 клас текст 1. Task 1. Multiple Choice Questions
TUBE INSPIRED A BOOK
For many people, the London Underground is a grim necessity that gets them from A to B. But for a budding author Preethi Nair, it is a source of inspiration. She has just published her first novel, "Gypsy Masala" — a tale she dreamt up whilst commuting on the Metropolitan Line. "Have you observed people on the tube?" she asks enthusiastically. "Everyone is in their own little1 world. I just used to sit there and imagine what kind of lives they lived".
"Gypsy Masala" charts the adventures and innermost thoughts of three members of an Indian family living in London, as they search for happiness: "It is a story about following your dreams", says Preethi, who gave up her high-pressure job as a management consultant in order to go in pursuit of her ambition of becoming a writer. "It was a big risk but it was definitely the right decision in terms of peace of mind and contention", she explains. Preethi was born in a small village in the Indian state of Kerala and moved to London with her parents at the age of three. She says the striking contrast in cultures made a lasting impression and is reflected in her story, which flits between the: suburbs of London and far-away India. Many of the scenes in the book are based on the place where she was born and spent long summer holidays. "It is a tiny village that is lost in time. There is still no running water and it is quite difficult to get to. It is completely untouchable, and so beautiful", she says.
Аудіювання 8 клас
Task 1. True or False Statements
Listen to the text. Put a tick (Ў) next to the true statements and cross (x) next
to the false ones.
□ 1. The London Underground has the Metropolitan Line.
□ 2. The London's Tube was the source of good ideas for Preethi Nair.
□ 3. Preethi watched people carefully while going by underground.
□ 4. In the novels she wrote about her innermost thoughts.
□ 5. Preethi's previous work was connected with contests.
□ 6. Preethi had a strong desire to become a writer.
□ 7. Preethi was born in a large Indian village.
□ 8. She moved to London when she was thirteen.
□ 9. The Indian culture differs greatly from that of English.
□ 10. There is running water and some modern conveniences in the village
where the scenes take place.
Task 2. Multiple Choice Questions
Listen to the text again. Choose the one best answer A, B, C, D to each question.
1. Why is the London Underground a grim necessity?
A. It is pleasant to use it.
B. It is unpleasant to use it.
C. It is enjoyable to use it.
D.It is boring to use it.
2. Preethi Nair dreamt up her first novel...
A. under the ground.
B.in the London Underground.
C. whilst commuting on the Metropolitan Line.
D. while getting by tube from one point to another.
A. asked people about their lives.
B. imagined the lives people lived.
C. dreamt about the people's lives.
D. thought about the people's lives.
4. Preethi's tale was about...
A. a large family living in London.
B. a large Indian family.
C. three members of an Indian family.
D. three friends of an Indian family.
5. Preethi Nam..
A. was in search of happiness.
B. followed her dreams.
C. was busy with writing a tale.
D. went in pursuit of her ambition.
6. Preethi Nair...
A. began to pursue her career.
B. was a famous writer.
C. worked as a manager.
D. consulted people on the novel writing.
7. She was sure...
A. she had made the right decision about her job.
B. she behaved improperly.
C. she would be a success.
D. she would never have a big risk.
8. Preethi Nair’s story takes place…
A. in India.;
B. in London.
C. in the long winter holidays.
D. in the suburbs of London and far-away India.
9. Many of the scenes in the book
A. reflected her own life.
B.occur in the place where she was born.
C. occur in London.
D. are connected with her last holiday.
10. An untouchable tiny village means...
A. separated from the outer world.
B. unseparated from the outer world.
C. dominated by the outer world.
D.not forgotten by the outer world.
READING COMPREHENSION 1
Some people would say that the Englishman's home is no longer his castle; that it has become his workshop. This is partly because the average Englishman is keen on working with his hands and partly he feels, for one reason or another, that he must do for himself many household jobs for which, some years ago, he would have hired professional help. The main reason for this is a financial one: the high cost of labour has meant that builders' and decorators' costs have reached a level which makes them prohibitive for house-proud English people of modest means. So, if they wish to keep their houses looking bright and smart, they have to tackle some of the repairs and decorating themselves. As a result, there has grown up in the post-war years what is sometimes referred to as the "Do- It-Yourself movement".
The "Do-It-Yourself movement" began with home decorating but has since spread into a much wider field. Nowadays there seem to be very few things that cannot be made by the “do-it-yourself” method. A number of magazines and handbooks exist to show hopeful handymen of all ages just how easy it is to build anything from a coffee table to a fifteen foot (4.5 metres) sailing dinghy. All you need, it seems, is a hammer and a few nails. You follow the simple instructions step-by-step and, before you know where you are, the finished article stands before you, complete in every detail.
Unfortunately, alas, it is not always quite as simple as it sounds! Many a budding "do-it-yourselfer" has found to his cost that one cannot learn a skilled craftsman's job overnight. How quickly one realises, when doing it oneself, that a job which takes the skilled man an hour or so to complete takes the amateur handyman five or six at least. And then there is the question of tools. The first thing the amateur learns is that he must have the right tools for the job. But tools cost money. There is also the wear and tear on the nerves. It is not surprising then that many people have come to the conclusion that the expense of paying professionals to do the work is, in the long run, more economical than doing it oneself.
Читання 8 клас текст 1. Task 1. Multiple Choice Questions
Read the text. Choose the one best answer A, B, C, D to each question.
1. The text is primarily about...
A. the results of the "Do-It- Yourself" movement.
B. the necessity of the "Do-It-Yourself' movement.
C. the range of the “Do-It-Yourself” movement.
D.the reasons and conclusion of the “Do-It- Yourself” movement.
2. The Englishman's home has become his workshop because…
A. he is keen on doing many things himself.
B. he has to do a lot of things;
C. he makes everything with his hands.
D.he is an average person.
3. The "do-it-yourselfers"...
A. ignored money.
B. did many household jobs. :
C. demanded good working conditions.
D. solved the problem of unemployment in the country.
4. The "Do-It-Yourself' movement grew up...
A. in ancient times.
B. not long ago.
C. after the war.
D.from the time no one knows.
5. It all began with...
A. the decorating of walls.
B. the decorating themselves.
C. the decorating of castles.
D. the decorating of homes.
6. The “Do-It-Yourself” movement included everything except...
A. professional help.
B.hard outdoor activities.
C. repairs and decorating.
D.the sailing of dinghies.
7. Any handyman in England...
A. can do a few things.
B. can do a great variety of things.
C. can only decorate his home.
D.can pay professionals to do the work.
8. English magazines and handbooks give many pieces of advice on “do-it-
A. which are very helpful.
B. only in English.
C. addressed to young handymen.
D. widely discussed by handymen.
9. The "finished article" here is referred to as...
A. a ready-made thing.
B. a furnished thing.
C. a written text.
D. a properly made thing.
10. The first thing the amateur learns is that about...
A. the right tools.
B. the cost of tools.
C. great nervousness.
D.the payment to professionals.
READING COMPREHENSION 2
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