8-th Form. Reading Comprehension
I. Read the text and write T (true) or F (false) for each of the statements below. (6 points)
A Famous English Woman
Lady Diana Spencer was born into an aristocratic English family on 1st July 1961. Her parents, Frances and Johnie Spencer, were very rich. They lived in an enormous house, but their marriage was not happy. At Christmas 1967, Diana’s mother left her father. He employed nannies to look after the children. When Diana was nine, he sent her to a boarding school. It was a sad childhood.
The queen had a house near the Spensers’. Diana first met Prince Charles, the Queen’s eldest son, in the countryside near her home. She was sixteen. They were married on the 29th of July 1981 – it was a perfect, romantic wedding. Princess Diana wore a wonderful long dress of expensive silk. They looked very happy, and Diana started her new life as a royal wife.
The couple had two boys, William and Harry. Diana loved her sons very much, but the marriage was not good. On the 28th of August 1996, Charles and Diana were divorced. The following year, Diana was on holiday in the Mediterranean with her new friend, Dodi Al Fayed. There were photographs of them in all the newspapers. She looked very happy, but just a few days later, she was dead. She died suddenly on the 31st of August in a car accident in Paris, and Dodi Al Fayed died with her.
Her beautiful face is still one of the most famous faces in the world.
I. Read the text and write T (true) or F(false) for each of the statements below: (12 points)
In the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, swimmer Michael Phelps won eight gold medals. He was the first person to win so many medals in the Olympics. How did he do it? It took years of training, a lot of hard work, natural ability, and … very big feet.
Phelps uses the dolphin kick when he swims. The dolphin kick is a special way of moving your feet in the water. When you swim on the surface of the water, you make waves. And the waves slow you down. With the dolphin kick, a swimmer’s feet are always below the surface of the water, so there are no waves. That’s how dolphins swim, and they are some of the fastest animals in the ocean.
Many swimmers use the dolphin kick. But Phelps has a special advantage. His feet are very large and very flat. They are more like a dolphin’s flipper than most people’s feet are. And his large feet give him a lot of power.
Phelps can also stretch his feet out very far, even farther than a ballet dancer can. That gives him a big advantage in the water. He stretches his feet out very far. He then snaps them down quickly to move his body forward.
I. Read the text and circle the letter (A, B or C) of the correct answer.
The bumblebee is a type of large bee. It looks different from a honey bee because it has a round fat body. It also has bright orange and black colours on its back. Bumblebees do not produce very much honey, so there is never enough for people to collect and eat. These bees are not dangerous and they hardly ever sting.
Most bumblebees live in colonies or groups of about 200-300 bees. They have a queen. The queen lay the eggs after sleeping all winter. They wake up and start flying around from March to May. This is a good time to see them. They use their long tongues to drink from flowers in the spring. Then they start to look for places to make a nest.
There are about 250 types of bumblebees in the world, 25 of them in Britain. Three types are already extinct in the UK and many others are in danger of extinction. Large fields of grass have disappeared. This means there are not so many places for bumblebees to find food or make nests. Gardens are an extremely good habitat for bumblebees. They prefer wild or garden flowers, and they like fruit trees too.
You can get bumblebees into your garden when you plant the right flowers. Then you can enjoy the gentle humming sound they make … all summer.
A fatter and more dangerous than a honey bee.
B round and brightly coloured.
C large and honey-coloured.
A eat too much honey.
B sting people when they collect the honey.
C make very much honey.
A are very dangerous.
B have a queen.
C live alone.
A after they’ve laid their eggs.
B between March and May.
C in the winter then lay their eggs.
A not as many types of bumblebees as there were.
B more than 250 types of bumblebees.
C 25 types of bumblebees in danger of extinction.
A they are not in danger.
B you plant the flowers they like.
C they hear a gentle humming sound.
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