Reading comprehension test 162

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Question 1 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
There was silence. Neither Mr. Mayne nor Mr. Bridge spoke. Mr. Mayne looked across at Mr. Bridge and waited. Both wanted the other to speak. Neither spoke. It was as if each felt that whoever spoke first would lose. Presently they rose together and together said: ''Well I must be going.'' Then they nodded slightly to each other and did indeed go. So they agreed to separate, but on both sides there was regret, for each was deeply convinced that they could have formed a business partnership that would have given them fame and wealth. Mr. Mayne and Mr. Bridge scarcely spoke to each other because ..... .
A
they hated each other.
B
they didn't want to work together.
C
they didn't think it was necessary.
D
each wanted the other to start.
Question 2 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
There was silence. Neither Mr. Mayne nor Mr. Bridge spoke. Mr. Mayne looked across at Mr. Bridge and waited. Both wanted the other to speak. Neither spoke. It was as if each felt that whoever spoke first would lose. Presently they rose together and together said: ''Well I must be going.'' Then they nodded slightly to each other and did indeed go. So they agreed to separate, but on both sides there was regret, for each was deeply convinced that they could have formed a business partnership that would have given them fame and wealth. When Mr. Mayne and Mr. Bridge met, they ..... .
A
were anxious to talk about their wealth.
B
disliked each other immediately.
C
hoped to solve their financial problems.
D
were both sure that they could have been successful partners in business.
Question 3 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
There was silence. Neither Mr. Mayne nor Mr. Bridge spoke. Mr. Mayne looked across at Mr. Bridge and waited. Both wanted the other to speak. Neither spoke. It was as if each felt that whoever spoke first would lose. Presently they rose together and together said: ''Well I must be going.'' Then they nodded slightly to each other and did indeed go. So they agreed to separate, but on both sides there was regret, for each was deeply convinced that they could have formed a business partnership that would have given them fame and wealth. When Mr. Mayne and Mr. Bridge separated ..... .
A
they both seemed relieved (relaxed).
B
they agreed to meet again soon.
C
they were equally pleased with themselves.
D
both were feeling disappointed
Question 4 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's world was a world of music from the moment he was born. His father, who was a fine musician, was teaching his daughter to play the piano. Little Wolfgang used to listen to his sister as she practiced. He quickly learned the pieces she played. One day he said he wanted to play too. But he was only three years old then, and his father thought that his hands were too small. However, that evening, alone and in the dark, he played the pieces his sister had been practicing and he played them much better than her. While his sister was practicing, Mozart ..... .
A
learned how to play the piano.
B
used to feel very bored.
C
used to play by himself.
D
usually made a lot of noise.
Question 5 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's world was a world of music from the moment he was born. His father, who was a fine musician, was teaching his daughter to play the piano. Little Wolfgang used to listen to his sister as she practiced. He quickly learned the pieces she played. One day he said he wanted to play too. But he was only three years old then, and his father thought that his hands were too small. However, that evening, alone and in the dark, he played the pieces his sister had been practicing and he played them much better than her. Mozart's father didn't believe that ..... .
A
children could understand music well.
B
music could be regarded as a profession.
C
his children would ever learn to play well.
D
a child of three could possibly play the piano.
Question 6 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's world was a world of music from the moment he was born. His father, who was a fine musician, was teaching his daughter to play the piano. Little Wolfgang used to listen to his sister as she practiced. He quickly learned the pieces she played. One day he said he wanted to play too. But he was only three years old then, and his father thought that his hands were too small. However, that evening, alone and in the dark, he played the pieces his sister had been practicing and he played them much better than her. As a child, Mozart ..... .
A
was hated by his father.
B
used to play for his sister.
C
had a great talent for music.
D
was taught by his sister to play the piano.
Question 7 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
The voyage began well in calm, clear weather. As usual, the ship was crowded; most of the passengers were tourists who, after their holiday in Turkey, were now returning home. There was a great deal of fun and entertainment on board the ship. People were eating, dancing, singing and enjoying themselves. But after the sun set, the weather began to change, and the sea got rougher and rougher. Soon nearly everyone was feeling ill. Most of the passengers on board the ship ..... .
A
didn't want to return home.
B
enjoyed themselves by singing and dancing all night.
C
got very sick before the storm broke out.
D
hated the food they were served.
Question 8 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
The voyage began well in calm, clear weather. As usual, the ship was crowded; most of the passengers were tourists who, after their holiday in Turkey, were now returning home. There was a great deal of fun and entertainment on board the ship. People were eating, dancing, singing and enjoying themselves. But after the sun set, the weather began to change, and the sea got rougher and rougher. Soon nearly everyone was feeling ill. The passage is about ..... .
A
holidays by the sea.
B
the first day on board the ship.
C
a terrible storm at sea.
D
the dangers of a sea voyage.
Question 9 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
The voyage began well in calm, clear weather. As usual, the ship was crowded; most of the passengers were tourists who, after their holiday in Turkey, were now returning home. There was a great deal of fun and entertainment on board the ship. People were eating, dancing, singing and enjoying themselves. But after the sun set, the weather began to change, and the sea got rougher and rougher. Soon nearly everyone was feeling ill. At the start of the voyage ..... .
A
everyone was looking forward to the holiday in Turkey.
B
the weather was cool and windy.
C
everyone was feeling happy.
D
a lot of people were already seasick.
Question 10 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Elephants are not really very savage animals, but occasionally they can be in a very bad temper. Their most dangerous habit at such moments is to pick up, with their trunk, a large stick or stone, and throw it with great force at someone standing nearby. When this happens the only thing anyone can do, is to jump quickly out of the way. When an elephant is in a bad temper ..... .
A
one shouldn't throw stones at it.
B
it may try to hurt someone.
C
one should keep perfectly still.
D
it never shows it.
Question 11 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Elephants are not really very savage animals, but occasionally they can be in a very bad temper. Their most dangerous habit at such moments is to pick up, with their trunk, a large stick or stone, and throw it with great force at someone standing nearby. When this happens the only thing anyone can do, is to jump quickly out of the way. The worst thing an elephant does is to ..... .
A
destroy everything nearby.
B
move dangerously fast
C
attack other savage animals.
D
throw things at anyone close to it.
Question 12 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Elephants are not really very savage animals, but occasionally they can be in a very bad temper. Their most dangerous habit at such moments is to pick up, with their trunk, a large stick or stone, and throw it with great force at someone standing nearby. When this happens the only thing anyone can do, is to jump quickly out of the way. It is not very often that ..... .
A
one can jump out of the way of an elephant.
B
an elephant picks something up with his trunk.
C
an elephant is frightened.
D
an elephant behaves in a savage manner.
Question 13 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
It was a misty morning, and there was a soft rain falling. There were only a few leaves left on the trees, but on the ground was a thick carpet of brown and yellow leaves. This was the time of year the old gardener loved best. Since he was too old to work, he used to spend his days by the window, looking out on the garden. It was no longer what it had been under his care, but still it was lovely. It is obvious that ..... .
A
the old gardener was no long interested in gardening.
B
the old gardener was as fond of his garden as ever.
C
it always rained heavily there in the spring.
D
no one cared any longer for the old gardener.
Question 14 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
It was a misty morning, and there was a soft rain falling. There were only a few leaves left on the trees, but on the ground was a thick carpet of brown and yellow leaves. This was the time of year the old gardener loved best. Since he was too old to work, he used to spend his days by the window, looking out on the garden. It was no longer what it had been under his care, but still it was lovely. The passage gives a description of ..... .
A
a wet morning in autumn.
B
the old gardener's dislike of rain.
C
the old gardener's house.
D
the weather in winter.
Question 15 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
It was a misty morning, and there was a soft rain falling. There were only a few leaves left on the trees, but on the ground was a thick carpet of brown and yellow leaves. This was the time of year the old gardener loved best. Since he was too old to work, he used to spend his days by the window, looking out on the garden. It was no longer what it had been under his care, but still it was lovely. The garden had looked much nicer ..... .
A
before the winter had come.
B
when he first began to work in it.
C
when the old man had been looking after it.
D
during the summer months.
Question 16 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
This was the first time Mary was going to fly. It wasn't going to be a long flight; in fact, she would be in the air just under an hour. She got to the airport an hour before the plane was expected to take off. She was very excited and also a little nervous. But before long, it was announced that her flight was going to be delayed for two hours. Suddenly she felt very disappointed and didn't know what to do while she was waiting. Mary's flight ..... .
A
was over far too quickly.
B
was delayed for two hours.
C
left an hour early.
D
was enjoyable from the beginning to the end.
Question 17 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
This was the first time Mary was going to fly. It wasn't going to be a long flight; in fact, she would be in the air just under an hour. She got to the airport an hour before the plane was expected to take off. She was very excited and also a little nervous. But before long, it was announced that her flight was going to be delayed for two hours. Suddenly she felt very disappointed and didn't know what to do while she was waiting. On arrival at the airport, Mary ..... .
A
expected the plane to take off in an hour.
B
didn't know how long the flight would take.
C
had to hurry to catch the plane.
D
found out that her plane would take off in less than an hour.
Question 18 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
This was the first time Mary was going to fly. It wasn't going to be a long flight; in fact, she would be in the air just under an hour. She got to the airport an hour before the plane was expected to take off. She was very excited and also a little nervous. But before long, it was announced that her flight was going to be delayed for two hours. Suddenly she felt very disappointed and didn't know what to do while she was waiting. It was obvious from the passage that Mary ..... .
A
nearly missed her plane.
B
was afraid her flight would last for hours.
C
was used to traveling by air.
D
began her first flight with a disappointment.
Question 19 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Bobby never keeps still. So, when his aunt saw him standing there and not moving at all, she knew something unusual was happening. She moved quietly towards him and also began to look where he seemed to be looking. Just then, in the tall grass near the fence, she saw a little bird that was too small to fly. It must have fallen out of its nest. The little bird ..... .
A
was too tired to return to its nest.
B
tried to fly over the fence.
C
hid behind the fence.
D
fascinated Bobby greatly.
Question 20 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Bobby never keeps still. So, when his aunt saw him standing there and not moving at all, she knew something unusual was happening. She moved quietly towards him and also began to look where he seemed to be looking. Just then, in the tall grass near the fence, she saw a little bird that was too small to fly. It must have fallen out of its nest. Bobby ..... .
A
did a lot of things his aunt disliked.
B
is usually a very active child.
C
called his aunt to look at the bird.
D
was not very fond of his aunt.
Question 21 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Bobby never keeps still. So, when his aunt saw him standing there and not moving at all, she knew something unusual was happening. She moved quietly towards him and also began to look where he seemed to be looking. Just then, in the tall grass near the fence, she saw a little bird that was too small to fly. It must have fallen out of its nest. When the aunt saw the little bird ..... .
A
Bobby refused to give it to her.
B
she was very sad.
C
she understood why Bobby had kept so still.
D
it was frightened of her.
Question 22 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
When we arrived at the little hotel, the first thing we did was to see if it was clean. We were particularly interested in the kitchen, which was in the back of the building. There we saw large, open shelves filled with pots, pans and plates. These were clean, but the floors were very dirty. We also noticed that the food was not kept covered, and there were a lot of flies about. So, we decided not to stay in that hotel. This hotel ..... .
A
is not properly taken care of
B
serves excellent food.
C
attracts a lot of visitors.
D
has a most interesting kitchen.
Question 23 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
When we arrived at the little hotel, the first thing we did was to see if it was clean. We were particularly interested in the kitchen, which was in the back of the building. There we saw large, open shelves filled with pots, pans and plates. These were clean, but the floors were very dirty. We also noticed that the food was not kept covered, and there were a lot of flies about. So, we decided not to stay in that hotel. When we saw the kitchen ..... .
A
we were impressed by the variety of pots and pans.
B
we knew this wasn't the right place to stay.
C
everything seemed to be in order.
D
it had just been cleaned.
Question 24 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
When we arrived at the little hotel, the first thing we did was to see if it was clean. We were particularly interested in the kitchen, which was in the back of the building. There we saw large, open shelves filled with pots, pans and plates. These were clean, but the floors were very dirty. We also noticed that the food was not kept covered, and there were a lot of flies about. So, we decided not to stay in that hotel. The kitchen ..... .
A
had a bad smell.
B
wasn't clean enough.
C
was dirty except for the floors.
D
looked neat and tidy.
Question 25 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
It was a fine Sunday in April. David and his sister, who were going to the zoo, crossed the main road and joined the queue at the bus stop. There were a lot of empty buses waiting by the side of the road. The drivers were standing about in groups talking and smoking. In the park nearby young mothers were with their children. There was someone selling balloons and someone else selling small cakes. In the passage, we are given ..... .
A
some advice on how to spend our Sundays.
B
an account of the animals in the zoo.
C
the reasons for the drivers' strike.
D
a description of a street one Sunday.
Question 26 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
It was a fine Sunday in April. David and his sister, who were going to the zoo, crossed the main road and joined the queue at the bus stop. There were a lot of empty buses waiting by the side of the road. The drivers were standing about in groups talking and smoking. In the park nearby young mothers were with their children. There was someone selling balloons and someone else selling small cakes. David ..... .
A
is going to buy a balloon for his sister.
B
wondered why the buses were empty.
C
wished his mother had also come along with them.
D
is taking his sister to the zoo.
Question 27 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
It was a fine Sunday in April. David and his sister, who were going to the zoo, crossed the main road and joined the queue at the bus stop. There were a lot of empty buses waiting by the side of the road. The drivers were standing about in groups talking and smoking. In the park nearby young mothers were with their children. There was someone selling balloons and someone else selling small cakes. When David and his sister got to the bus stop ..... .
A
there were a lot of people waiting for the bus.
B
there were no buses in sight.
C
they began to talk to the drivers.
D
they decided to play with the other children.
Question 28 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Fifty years ago, when I was a child, photographs were not of general interest. Photographs were taken of people on special occasions, at weddings and on birthdays, for instance. These pictures were usually kept in a box and brought out at intervals to show the family. Nowadays photography is regarded as an art. Many photographic exhibitions are held and there are many magazines dealing with the art of photography. During recent years ..... .
A
photography has stopped being an art.
B
photography has become a popular form of art.
C
a lot of people have taken photographs of good paintings.
D
photographic exhibitions are often advertised in magazines.
Question 29 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Fifty years ago, when I was a child, photographs were not of general interest. Photographs were taken of people on special occasions, at weddings and on birthdays, for instance. These pictures were usually kept in a box and brought out at intervals to show the family. Nowadays photography is regarded as an art. Many photographic exhibitions are held and there are many magazines dealing with the art of photography. The passage compares ..... .
A
wedding photographs and birthday photographs.
B
wedding photographs and birthday photographs.
C
public interest in painting today and fifty years ago.
D
photographic exhibitions and painting exhibitions.
Question 30 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Fifty years ago, when I was a child, photographs were not of general interest. Photographs were taken of people on special occasions, at weddings and on birthdays, for instance. These pictures were usually kept in a box and brought out at intervals to show the family. Nowadays photography is regarded as an art. Many photographic exhibitions are held and there are many magazines dealing with the art of photography. When the writer was young ..... .
A
he took a lot of family photographs.
B
he was very interested in photography.
C
he always took photographs on his birthday.
D
people didn't think of photography as an art.
Question 31 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
From the end of the corridor I could hear them arguing. Liz said it was the best film she had seen on the television for over a year. Dick said it was dreadful. He said the story was poor and the acting terrible. Liz said he couldn't recognize a good film when he saw one. ''What film are you talking about?'' I asked as I came into the room. 'The film shown last Friday.'', said Liz. ''The film shown last Thursday.'', said Dick. They looked at each other and we all laughed. Liz ..... .
A
enjoyed the film even less than Dick.
B
hasn't watched a film for over a year.
C
enjoyed the film she saw on Friday evening.
D
said the story was very poor.
Question 32 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
From the end of the corridor I could hear them arguing. Liz said it was the best film she had seen on the television for over a year. Dick said it was dreadful. He said the story was poor and the acting terrible. Liz said he couldn't recognize a good film when he saw one. ''What film are you talking about?'' I asked as I came into the room. 'The film shown last Friday.'', said Liz. ''The film shown last Thursday.'', said Dick. They looked at each other and we all laughed. At the end of the passage we understand that ..... .
A
there are never any good films on television.
B
there are never any good films on television.
C
Dick actually enjoyed the film very much.
D
Dick didn't want to agree with Liz.
Question 33 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
From the end of the corridor I could hear them arguing. Liz said it was the best film she had seen on the television for over a year. Dick said it was dreadful. He said the story was poor and the acting terrible. Liz said he couldn't recognize a good film when he saw one. ''What film are you talking about?'' I asked as I came into the room. 'The film shown last Friday.'', said Liz. ''The film shown last Thursday.'', said Dick. They looked at each other and we all laughed. Liz and Dick were arguing about ..... .
A
a television film they had seen the previous week.
B
whether they should watch the film that evening.
C
whether they had seen the film on Thursday or Friday.
D
which film they should watch.
Question 34 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
There was no other building in sight. The trees which grew along the river completely hid the two other houses that shared the valley. Looking from the kitchen window Mary gave a long sigh of contentment. She knew she would be happy here; much happier that she had ever been in the city. Mary is quite sure that ..... .
A
she will enjoy living in the valley.
B
her neighbors will dislike her.
C
the view from her kitchen is spoiled by the two other houses.
D
she will soon miss the life of the city.
Question 35 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
There was no other building in sight. The trees which grew along the river completely hid the two other houses that shared the valley. Looking from the kitchen window Mary gave a long sigh of contentment. She knew she would be happy here; much happier that she had ever been in the city. The valley Mary is looking at ..... .
A
is a very pleasant one.
B
is completely deserted.
C
overlooks a river.
D
is very near the city.
Question 36 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
There was no other building in sight. The trees which grew along the river completely hid the two other houses that shared the valley. Looking from the kitchen window Mary gave a long sigh of contentment. She knew she would be happy here; much happier that she had ever been in the city. The passage is not about ..... .
A
Mary and her new home.
B
Mary's happy life in the valley.
C
Mary's escape from the city.
D
the hardships of life in the city.
There are 36 questions to complete.

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