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Straightforward Intermediate Progress Test 4

Name _______________________ Score _____________

Language section

Vocabulary

A Choose the correct word, a, b or c to complete 1–8.

(1)Lenny Montano __________ how some tricks are done.

a) claimed b) pretended c) revealed

(2)Could you __________ a small donation, please?

a) make b) pay c) do

(3)I need to __________ some money from the cash machine.

a) make b) pay c) withdraw

(4)How many times have you __________ that trick?

a) performed b) pretended c) seemed

(5)“We had to pay too much,” he __________.

a) complained b) told c) warned

(6)I’m not very good when I try and __________ in tennis.

a) pass b) serve c) throw

(7)That was fantastic! Definitely the __________ of my day.

a) high point b) get cracking c) bright and early

(8)You really love playing badminton, don’t you? I can tell because you’re always so __________.

a) ambitious b) enthusiastic c) talented

B Choose the correct form of the word to complete each sentence.

(9)What’s theprobably / probabilityof that happening again?

(10)Oh come on! That’simpossible / possibly. I don’t care what you say.

(11)I can’t say with anycertain / certainty.

(12)I don’t know, but I think it’s quitelikelihood / unlikely.

(13)How can you be sodefinite / definitely?

(14)I’m absolutelycertain / certaintyit was here earlier.

Grammar

C Complete the sentences in direct speech so that they mean the same as those above in reported speech.

(15)He told me to be quick.

“__________________________________________, ” he told me.

(16)She asked me what I had been doing.

“__________________________________________?” she asked.

(17)Angela insisted that I called her at nine.

“__________________________________________,” insisted Angela.

(18)John warned me to be careful.

“__________________________________________!” warned John.

(19)He said he would do it the following day.

“__________________________________________,” he said.

D For 20–25, choose the sentence, a, b or c which as the same meaning as the sentence above.

(20)I’m certain it’s a trick.

a) It can’t be a trick. b) It might be a trick. c) It must be a trick.

(21)I think it’s probably a fake.

a) It can’t be a fake. b) It might be a fake. c) It must be a fake.

(22)I’m sure he isn’t a magician.

a) He can’t be a magician. b) He might be a magician. c) He must be a magician.

(23)She’s got different colour hair.

a) She can’t be the same woman.

b) She might be the same woman.

c) She must be the same woman.

(24)I don’t think he was there, but I’m not sure.

a) It couldn’t have been him. b) It might have been him. c) It must have been him.

(25)I didn’t sleep last night.

a) You could be tired. b) You might be tired. c) You must be tired.

E Decide if these sentences are active or passive.

(26)The record was broken for the second time this week.active / passive

(27)The 2012 Olympic Games will be held in London.active / passive

(28)They’ll finish building the stadium soon.active / passive

(29)The rules were changed in 1988.active / passive

(30)All the swimming events will be held in the outdoor pool.active / passive

(31)They must decide when the competition will start.active / passive

(32)The game will be shown on TV.active / passive

Functional language

F Complete the three conversations with words and expressions from the box. There are three extra words and phrases.

a lot to be gained from aren’t you? no point in congratulations

didn’t we? excellent news Guess what? isn’t it? not at all

The same to you. don’t you?

Conversation 1

A: So, what’s this great idea of yours?

B: Steve thinks we should bid to host the next Olympics!

A: You’re joking, (33)_______________

B: No, (34)_______________. I think it would be great for the city.

A: What do you mean?

B: Well, there’s (35)_______________ having the Olympics here.

A: Really? Just name one advantage.

Conversation 2

A: (36)_______________

B: I don’t know. Give me a clue.

A: The Olympics.

B: We won, (37)_______________

A: Yeah, we did.

B: Great. Oh, and (38)_______________! I never thought we would win the bid, but well done!

Conversation 3

A: You like sport, (39)_______________

B: Yes. Why?

A: Haven’t you heard? The Olympics are going to be held here in 2016?

B: Wow. That’s (40)_______________!

Listening

Part 1

[Track 13]You are going to hear five short recordings. Listen and choose the correct answer for each one.

(1)The speaker reads books about

a) aliens. b) mysteries. c) people’s adventures.

(2)CCTV cameras in schools help

a) students to work better. b) teachers with discipline. c) reduce bullying.

(3)Which sport does the speaker hope to compete in?

a) tennis b) paragliding c) gymnastics

(4)According to the speaker

a) friends and family are as important as money.

b) money is the most important thing in life.

c) having a job is the most important thing in life.

(5)Which of these is the best response?

a) My pleasure. b) Well done! c) I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

Part 2

[Track 14] Listen to Maxine and Jenny talking about two sporting events. Match the things they talk about to the correct sporting event. Write RA for Royal Ascot, W for Wimbledon and B for both.

(6)horse racing __________

(7)champagne __________

(8)meeting famous people __________

(9)strawberries and cream __________

(10)wearing fancy clothes __________

Reading

Part 1

Read the articles about the Nazca lines and Stonehenge and complete them with phrases from the box.

as a calendar to mark important events in religious ceremonies

other lines make up shapes or pictures you will see an amazing thing

you will suddenly come across

Nazca Lines

In the Nazca Desert in southern Peru there is a collection of lines that appear to be nothing unusual from close up. However, if you fly above the desert (1)______________________. Many of the lines are perfectly straight and run for many kilometres while(2)______________________. There are over seventy such pictures including a spider, a monkey, a hummingbird and a 300-metre-long pelican. The most mysterious part is how anyone could make such lines and drawings more than 1,000 years before the invention of the airplane. The other mystery is why the lines were drawn. One idea is that they were used(3)______________________ and were designed to be seen by the gods.

Stonehenge

Crossing the southern plains of England (4)______________________ a circle of stones in the middle of a field. Stonehenge was built around 4,000 years ago and is the most famous stone circle found in Britain. Nowadays most people agree that Stonehenge was built(5)______________________ in the life of the people. In the summer when you stand in the circle the sun rises between two stones. Stonehenge is also a feat of engineering. The largest stone weighs around 50 tons and probably took 600 men to move it. Some of the stones were also transported from the Welsh mountains over 200 kilometres away.

Part 2

Read the text and match the phrases in the box to the five people. Be careful! There are two extra phrases.

a roof over your head something to eat money in your pocket a steady job

friends and family someone to share your life with hope for the future

(6)Brian ___________________________________

(7)Mark ___________________________________

(8)Jackie ___________________________________

(9)Rick ___________________________________

(10)Scott ___________________________________

What matters to you?

We spoke to five people about what was the most important thing for them in their lives. This is what they said.

I’m a millionaire and everybody thinks I should be happy, but I’m not. I don’t have to worry about most things, but it’s difficult being on your own. Sure, I’ve got friends, but I wonder what would happen if I lost all my money? (Brian)

Humph, that’s easy. As long as I’ve got cash then I’m fine, aren’t I? I don’t really need anything else because I can buy whatever I need. (Mark)

Easy, people who love you! To be honest, if I had any problems the first people I’d turn to are my mum and dad. They’d always be there for me. (Jackie)

I’ve slept on the street before and it’s the worst thing that can happen. Once you’re there it’s so difficult to get a job and without a job you don’t have enough money. So, for me, it would definitely be somewhere to live. (Rick)

Last year I was in Caracas in South America and I was just amazed at how happy everyone was. There were people living on the street, they had no money and often looked really hungry, but they always seemed to believe that things would get better. So, for me, that’s what’s got to be the most important thing. (Scott)

Writing

A magazine is asking its readers to write articles describing a sporting event or competition that they know well. It could be something from the reader’s country or an event which is well known around the world. Write a short description (between 100 and 150 words) of an event. Remember to include information about what the event/competition is, how people or teams enter and any historical or memorable moments from past events/competitions.

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