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[3a/3c] Reading task 2

Extra practice for Matura 2018 – follow the link: reading task 2

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Test of Written Comprehension

This test evaluates your level in English Written Comprehension (how well you understand English that you read). You have 15 minutes to do this test. You must stop after 15 minutes and press the “YOUR SCORE IS” button. There are 20 questions.

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EuroEnglish

The European Commission have just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the EU, rather than German, which was the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty’s government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a five year phase in plan that would be known as “EuroEnglish”.

In the first year, “s” will replace the soft “c”. Sertainly,this will make the sivil servants jump for joy. The hard “c” will be dropped in favour of the “k”. This should klear up konfusion and keyboards kan have 1 less letter.

In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expected to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkorage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of the silent “e”s in the language is disgraseful, and they should go away. By the 4th year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing “th” with “z” and “w” with “v”.

During ze fifz year, ze unesesary “o” kan be dropd from vords containing “ou” and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.

After zis fifz year, ve vil hav a realy sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi to understand each ozer.

ZE DREAM VIL FINALI KUM TRU!

What Do You Know About Great Britain? (part2)

Great Britain Quiz

2. Write in the missing dates

1. The Armada is the name of the Spanish Fleet that was defeated by the English navy in …… .
2. The Act of Supremacy was passed in …… and declared the sovereign to be the secular head of the Church of England.
3. The Titanic was a British passenger liner which collided with an iceberg on her maiden voyage to New York in …… .
4. The final battle of the Napoleonic Wars, which was in ……, is called the Battle of Waterloo.
5. A famous battle in English history, in which William the Conqueror defeated the Anglo-Saxon King Harold near Hastings in ……, is called the Battle of Hastings.
6. Magna Carta is the charter granted by King John in ……, which recognised the rights and privileges of the barons, the Church and the freemen.
7. The present sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II, had her Coronation in …… .
8. An epidemic of bubonic plague in London in ……, when more than 70,000 people died, out of an estimated population of 460,000 is called the Great Plague of London.
9. The Battle of Britain was the battle between British and German aircraft over London and the south of England in …… .
10. A fire which destroyed more than a half the city of London, including the old St Paul’s Cathedral, in …… is called the Great Fire of London.
11. British forces defeated Argentine forces in battles for control of the Falkland Islands in …… .
12. The Commonwealth of Nations was established in …… .
13. Britain became a member of the European Community, an economic organization that is now part of the European Union, in …… .
14. Scientists in Scotland cloned a sheep named Dolly  in …… .
15. The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer was in ……. .

Karolina 1f  13/15
Kamila 1e  15/15
Radek 1a  12/15

United_Kingdom

What Do You Know About Great Britain? (part1)

Great Britain Quiz

1. What Do You Know About Great Britain? 

Great Britain comprises of England, (1)……………….. and (2)………………… The full, official name of the country is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and (3)……………….. Ireland. The national flag of the UK is the (4)………………. Jack. The United Kingdom is a member of the (5) …………… Union. The capital of the UK, London, lies on the river (6)…………….. . The highest mountain in the UK is (7)………… …………. in the Highlands of Scotland, at 1,343 m. The longest river is the (8)……………….., 354 km long. The population of the UK is about (9)……………. million. The two largest islands in the English Channel are: (10)……………….. and ……………………. . The most important British government offices are situated in the City of (11)………………….., a borough of Greater London. The British Parliament consists of the House of (12)……………….. and the House of (13)……………….. The (14)……………….of London is one of the most important financial centres in the world. (15)………………. Palace is the official residence of the Queen. (16)……………….., a county in the south east, is called the Garden of England because it produces a lot of fruit and vegetables. The (17)………………. is the central part of England, important for light engineering industries. (18)………………. is the second-largest city in Britain. In the past it was known as the industrial heart of England; now it is becoming popular as a centre of music and the arts. (19)………………………. is the birthplace of William Shakespeare. One of the most beautiful areas in the north of England is the (20)……………… District, situated mainly in Cumbria. The population of Scotland is about (21)……………. million. The capital of Scotland is (22)………………. Scotland is divided into three geographical areas: the Highlands, the (23)…………….. and the Islands. The population of Wales is about (24)…………….. million. The capital of Wales is (25)………….. The highest mountain in Wales is (26)………………. The British political scene is dominated by a two-party system. Since 1923 the (27)……………… and the ……………….. parties have been the most important in political life. The party in opposition is called “Her Majesty’s Opposition” and its leader receives a salary. He or she forms a (28)”…………….. cabinet”. The Archbishop of (29)………………. is the leader of the Church of England. The established Church of Scotland is called the (30)……………………. Church. Britain has lost all of her colonies However, there are still a few dependencies which remain under British control, such as (31)…………….. on the southern coast of Spain and the (32)………………. Islands in the south-west Atlantic Ocean near Argentina. (33)……………….. was a Crown Colony until 1997. Now it is part of the People’s Republic of China. One of the most important dates in British history is 1066, the year of the Battle of (34)………………, during which the Norman Duke William invaded the island and conquered the English army. Since that time England has never been invaded. Henry VIII, who had six wives, was the founder of the Church of (35)……………. His daughter, (36)………………., gave her name to a golden era of English culture. Her successor was James I, the son of (37)……………… Queen of Scots. His son (38)……………….. was executed during the Civil War. At the end of the 18th century Britain entered the period of the (39)………………. Revolution, which led to a rapid increase in national prosperity. In the 19th century Britain was transformed from an agricultural to a modern industrial country. However, in the 20th century Britain has lost much of her economic and political power. In 1979, the Conservative government under Mrs. (40) ……………… was determined to improve the economic situation of the country, which was partly achieved. At present the British (41) ……………. is one of the strongest world currencies.

Radek 1a  40/41
Joanna 1f  39/41
Justyna 1f  39/41
Michał T 1a  32/41
Katarzyna 1f  41/41

Homophones

Homophones are words that sound the same when you pronounce them, but have different meanings and different spellings:

right/write
sight/cite/site
bear/bare
base/bass
bay/bey
be/bee
beach/beech
beat /beet
pair/pear
boy/buoy
days/daze
beau/bow
billed/build

to, too, two
ate, eight
bite, byte, bight
carrot, caret
facts, fax
heal, heel

right, rite, write, wright
throne, thrown
peal, peel
raise, raze
through, threw
caught, court
pane, pain
teem, team

be-bee
bare-bear
where-wear
there-their
bay-bey
rite-right
hare-hair
throne-thrown
raise-raze
flour-flower
pair-pear
ate-eight
size-sighs

wait-weight
for-four
roam-Rome
wood-would
rite-right
site-sight
feat-feet
weight-wait
beet-beat
there-their-they’re

Jesus saves ;)

Jesus and Satan were having an ongoing argument about who was better on his computer.

They had been going at it for days, and God was tired of hearing all of the arguments. Finally God said, “Cool it. I am going to set up a test that will run two hours and I will judge who does the better job.”

So down Satan and Jesus sat at the keyboards and typed away. They moused. They did spreadsheets. They wrote reports. They sent faxes. They sent e-mails. They sent out e-mails with attachments. They downloaded. They did some genealogy reports. They made cards. They did every known job.

But ten minutes before their time was up, lightning suddenly flashed across the sky, thunder rolled, the rain poured and, of course, the electricity went off. Satan stared at his blank screen and screamed every curse word known in the underworld. Jesus just sighed. The electricity finally flickered back on, and each of them restarted their computers. Satan started searching frantically, screaming “It’s gone! It’s all gone! I lost everything when the power went out!”

Meanwhile, Jesus quietly started printing out all of his files from the past two hours. Satan observed this and became irritated.

“Wait! He cheated, how did he do it?”, said Satan.
God shrugged and said, “Jesus saves”.

[origin: The Internet]

GRAFFITI

Underneath the famous ecological slogan “SAVE TREES” someone added “Eat beaver”. In the library of an American university, the librarian left a notice saying “Back in a minute”. Someone then scribbled the signature “Godot”. Graffiti, the art of writing on the walls, is believed to be as old as the human race. It is a way of commenting on current social and political events, and of mocking advertising slogans. It can also be a way of expressing oneself for people who have no chance or no courage to express their views in public. Graffiti writers use all sorts of walls available but probably the most popular are public lavatory walls, maybe because of the privacy they guarantee. Most graffiti are witty and humorous and provide excellent free entertainment.

How do you like these?

YOU’RE NEVER ALONE WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA.

KEEP BRITAIN TIDY – Kill a tourist  (added to the environment protection slogan).

JESUS SAVES – “Today he is the only one who can afford to”  (comment on popular religious advertisement).

J0in the ARMY – “meet interesting people and  kill them” (someone replied).

“God is dead – Nietzsche”, (someone wrote).   “Nietzsche is dead – God”, (another graffiti writer added).

However, graffiti can also be a form of vandalism. Some graffiti writers vandalise walls of buildings with obscenities and various kinds of abuse. Compared to many of these, the following slogan does not seem obscene at all: “Eat beans, America needs gas”. In most countries graffiti is regarded as a criminal offence. In Britain, if you are caught painting walls, you can be punished with a fine, or even sent to prison for up to ten years.

The authorities can also order you to remove every trace of your activity. Local authorities organise graffiti removing squads, and the London Underground spends about two million pounds every year on cleaning trains and station walls. This, however, does not discourage numerous graffiti writers who cover the walls of the whole world with thousands of new pictures and comments every year.  [taken from “Tests in English”]

Do you know any funny and wise graffiti slogans?

Do you speak ‘British’ English? Ten words you need to know!

I’d like to introduce to you a fine article on British English vocabulary written by Chris McCarthy entitled Do you speak ‘British’ English?  and as a follow-up a short video review made by Chris CJWorkman17.

So, enjoy reading and watching it and ask yourself the question:
Do I speak ‘British’ English?

Start by reading the whole article LINK.

How British Are You?

I assume that you have been studying English for at least 4-5 years so far that’s why it’s high time to find out how British you areTo do so, you need to answer/check all the statements that agree with you and your lifestyle in the following quizzes. Think English and be open-minded!

Follow the links here:

http://www.blogthings.com/howbritishareyouquiz/
http://www.quibblo.com/quiz/9XaF8yW/How-British-are-you
http://darrenlondon.tripod.com/britquiz1.htm
http://www.okcupid.com/tests/the-how-british-are-you-test2
http://www.fridayfun.net/britishtest

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