тесты по чтению и аудированию


You are going to hear about a famous sportsman. Read the statements and the possible answers below. Choose A,B,C or D to complete each statement:

Muhammad Ali

A first became famous as a rapper

B organized anti-racist demonstrations

C won three Olympic gold medals

D was good at composing poems

Ali’s interest in boxing began when he was

A 12

B 20

C 22

D 11

Ali lived with his family and brother

A in a rich neighborhood in Louisville

B in a poor black neighborhood in Louisville

C in a poor district in Louisiana

D in a rich district in Louisiana

Ali’s first boxing coach was

A a policeman in his hometown

B the Louisville club owner

C a television reporter

D a former thief

Ali’s career as an amateur boxer

A lasted nearly 18 years

B ended when he was 18

C brought him only a few match victories

D didn’t bring him popularity

In the 60s, Ali

A served in the American army

B spent five years in prison

C lost his champion’s title

D refused to fight in championships

In retirement, Muhammad Ali

A stopped taking part in public activities

B supported his daughter’s boxing career

C wrote for sports magazines

D was still very popular

You will hear a radio interview with an elderly man. Read sentences 1-9. Choose the correct answer A, B, C or D, according to the information in the recording.

Mr. Sinclair tells that he

A has already celebrated his 100th birthday

B is going to celebrate his 100th birthday soon

C cannot remember precisely when his birthday is

D never celebrates his birthday

Mr. Sinclair has been married

A once

B twice

C three times

D never

Mr. Sinclair was one of

A ten children

B twelve children

C eleven children

D twenty children

How many children does Mr. Sinclair have?

A six

B ten

C twelve

D four

Mr. Sinclair says that nowadays, people

A eat too much

B go jogging

C keep to diets

D are crazy

When Mr. Sinclair was young, he

A worked in the open air

B ate a healthy diet

C took regular exercise

D slept much

Most of Mr. Sinclair’s brothers and sisters

A resembled their mother

B lived for a long time

C had health problems

D died early

Mr. Sinclair believes it’s necessary

A to avoid problems

B to work hard

C to be optimistic

D to rest enough

Mr. Sinclair gave up smoking

A at the same time as his wife

B to please his wife

C when his wife left him

D to please his children

You are going to hear some information about Westford College. Read sentences 1-9. Choose the correct answer A, B, C or D, according to the information in the recording.

When a student is coming to Westford College

A he might learn a little English

B he might speak English well

C he might learn English well

D he might learn any language

At Westford College a student will have classes

A every afternoon during the week

B every morning during the week

C every morning at the weekend

D every day except Mondays

Classes begin

A at 9.45

B at 9.00

C at 9.15

D at 8.45

On Fridays classes stop

A at 1 o’clock

B at 11 o’clock

C at noon

D at 2 o’clock

The Self-Access Centre is working

A only at the weekend

B only in the evening

C only in the morning

D all day long

If a student needs to email home

A he may find a free computer in the Common Room

B he may use his own computer

C he may go to the Reception

D he has no opportunity to do it

Westford College organizes a trip up to London

A every week

B twice during the course

C three times during the course

D once during the course

During the Food and Drink Festival a student can

A taste an exotic food and drink from Britain

B taste an exotic food and drink from his own country

C taste an exotic food and drink from every country in the world

D watch and learn how to cook

A student can get a discount

A for the cafes

B for the cinema

C for the cinema and cafes

D for all sorts of things in Westford


D, A, B, A, B, C, D.

B, C, A, A, C, A, B, C, B.

A, B, C, C, D, A, D, C, D

Welcome to you all! I’m sure you’re going to have a great time with us here at Westford College – and maybe you might even learn a little English while you’re here! I’m just going to say a few words about practical aspects of the college. OK, classes: now, you’ll be in class every morning during the week. Classes begin at quarter past nine and go straight through till one, although they stop at twelve o’clock on Fridays, to help the weekend get going. You’re expected to do more than just study in class, of course, and it’s important to make use of the Self-Access Centre, which is available from eight thirty in the morning until nine pm. There’s a wealth of materials and resources there for you to take advantage of. All the computers have access to our network of English-learning software. Demand is high for the web-linked ones, and you need to reserve time on one of those at Reception. If you’re desperate to email home, you might find a spare computer in the Common Room. Right, London: we organise a trip up to London during the course. We’re going on Tuesday July the 10th, and you must book your place no later than Thursday the 5th of July. The trip’s always very popular, so don’t forget to sign up early! Another date for your diaries is the Food and Drink Festival, where you can try and hopefully enjoy all manner of exotic food and drink from just about every country on the planet. It does get busy, and some of the food’s a little expensive but the good news is that it’s free to get in, and it’s worth going just to look. Talking of money, you can get money off all sorts of things in Westford, from cinema tickets to books to drinks in cafés, if you’re a student. Take your passport along to the office so that they can issue you with a student discount card. Well, I think that’s it for now. Are there any questions?

You must have heard about Muhammad Ali – probably the most famous athlete and one of the best-known people in the world. But what do you actually know about his life?

He was the first three-time heavyweight boxing champion of the world. He was known for his powerful fists as well as for his poetry. His ability to compose rhymes on the run could easily qualify him as the first rapper. He won an Olympic gold medal and later threw it into a river in protest against racism in America.

Ali’s interest in boxing began when he was 12. He was living in a poor black neighbourhood in Louisville, together with his parents and brother Rudy. One day, when his new bicycle got stolen, Ali reported the fact to a local policeman, Joe Martin. He was furious and said that he was going to beat up the thief. Martin was the boxing coach at the Louisville’s Club and he also had a TV show called ‘Tomorrow’s Champions’. Seeing Ali’s determination, he suggested that the boy learned to fight.

Ali passionately devoted himself to amateur boxing. He trained hard and soon became a celebrity in his hometown. Within the next few years, he won 100 of his 108 matches. At 18, he became Olympic gold medallist and very soon he signed a lucrative professional contract.

In the 1960s, Ali became one of the most controversial figures in his country. He refused to serve in the American army in Vietnam for religious reasons and, as a result, he lost his championship belt. He was also sentenced to five years in prison, but later the sentence was cancelled by the Supreme Court.

Muhammad Ali retired from boxing in 1981 and soon afterwards he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. However, he remained active in various fields and he has not been forgotten. In 1999, he was named Sportsman of the Century by one of the biggest sports magazines. In the same year, Ali’s daughter Laila made her debut as a boxer despite her father’s earlier comments against female boxing.

Good afternoon, listeners. Today, in our programme ‘People Around Us’, Helen Crow is talking to Mr Alistair Sinclair, a farmer from Carston who’s one hundred years old.

Helen Crow

Mr Sinclair, how does it feel to be one hundred?

Alistair Sinclair

Well, actually, I’m not one hundred yet. I was born on the 10th of September, so my birthday’s in two weeks’ time. I couldn’t forget about it, everybody is making so much fuss.


You have such a big family, how many people are coming to celebrate?

Mr Sinclair

I’ve had six children, two by my second wife and four by my third. Four of them are still alive and they’re all coming, together with ten out of my twelve grandchildren and most of my great-grandchildren. My eldest great-granddaughter’s expecting a baby, so you could say there’ll be five generations present.


You’re in perfect shape, what do you do to keep fit?

Mr Sinclair

Nowadays, people seem crazy about having a healthy lifestyle. When I was young, nobody thought about such things. I was one of ten children in my family; we had no idea what a healthy diet was, we were happy if we had enough to eat. There was no need to take any exercise, the work on the farm was hard, and we spent all day outdoors. You had to be strong; I lost one brother and one sister quite early, but those that survived lived into old age. We all probably took after my father, who died at the age of ninety-four. I don’t think you can do anything to guarantee a long life, it just happens to you. You can’t avoid hardship, even tragedies, because that’s what life is like. What you can do is be as active as possible and have a positive attitude.


Have you ever smoked?

Mr Sinclair

Well, I haven’t tried cigarettes, no. But once I thought I’d look interesting with a pipe, so I tried that. But after a week or so my wife couldn’t stand it, so I threw the pipe away. Actually, she left me a few months later, but I didn’t start smoking again.


Thank you, Mr Sinclair, on behalf of our listeners I wish you all the best and a very happy birthday.

Mr Sinclair

Thank you.

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