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PART 2: READING

MULTI LEVEL PRACTICE SESSION


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Read the text and answer the multiple-choice questions (1-2) by selecting the correct response. Only one response is correct
1. It is a

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tradition that the clock on the tower of Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford is always five minutes later than standard
British time. The
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for this lies in the conservative nature of the Cathedral's clergy. It was only
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the railways
arrived in the middle of the nineteenth century that it
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important for clocks throughout the country to be
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,
however
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this might be. When the Cathedral was asked to come into line, the clergy discussed the request but decided that
this was an
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that needed to prove its worth before being
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.
serious
explanation

when
become

asked
was

curious
important

explained
reached

synchronized
adopted

idea
difficult

Why does Christ Church Cathedral clock give a different time from other British churches?
A. Oxford likes to be different from other places.
B. It was initially a protest against the coming of the railway.
C. Cathedral staff were disinclined to act too quickly.
D. It was very difficult to alter the time on the clock
2. Zebras are members of the horse
family.

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, these 'stripy horses' are not used for
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riders have occasionally
riding.
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to try. Although zebras have at times
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someone sit on their back, the rider soon discovered that a zebra's
neck is stiffer than a horse's, lacking the suppleness that
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riders to control the horse. The
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of a zebra's
back also makes it
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suitable for riding. It would
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be possible to breed zebras that would ride well, but with
the arrival of the internal combustion engine there has not
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much incentive to do so.
part
undoubtedly

confirmed
enables

make
keen

let
extreme

structure
attempted

however
less

allow
been

What is the writer's conclusion about zebras?


A. Zebras are not as similar to horses as they initially appear.
B. People have little motivation to develop a zebra that could be ridden.
C. It is unlikely that people could develop a zebra that would be good to ride.
D. Motorized vehicles are gradually reducing the numbers of zebras that are being bred.
Read the text and answer the question (3-4) by selecting all correct responses. Need to select more than one response.
3. Much

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been written on the wooden sculptures of West Africa, especially Nigeria, which was pre-eminent in the art, for
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other crafts, wood-carving has long been
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in the West as an art form. Yet,
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with stone or bronze,
wood is not a very durable material in tropical conditions and the
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in Nigeria are probably no more than two hundred
oldest
and fifty years old. Many of the earliest, maybe the
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of the wood carvings may also have been destroyed by termites. When
one is attacked in this way, no
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is made to preserve it; a new one is
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to replace it, for the creativity of making it
is valued above the object per se. The finest sculptures were made for religious
or itself a religious act.
carving
unlike

ritual
sculptures

develop
attempt

made
beautiful

associating
compared

What has led to there being no very old wood carvings in West Africa?
A. the nature of the climate there
B. Western collectors' desire for such carvings
C. the fact that other materials were used previously
D. destruction of the carvings because of religion
E. problems caused by insects

purposes, and the art of creation was


likely
finest

has
acknowledged