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READING PASSAGE

Britain is a nation where sport is taken seriously. Most people have a sport that they play or that they watch. There are over forty different sports : many of them were invented in Britain. This is why many languages use English for sports like football.

Most sports are played at two levels- amateur and professional. Because one major purpose of sport is to provide an enjoyable way of keeping fit, amateur sport is very important. But the professional sporting events create a lot of popular interest in the different games. Such events often give the amateur sportsmen the enthusiasm to try harder, too.

In all English schools, organized games and physical education are included in the normal timetable. Training is given in a number of team games, and matches between schools are regular school activities. In the winter, boys play soccer or rugby, and in the summer, cricket. The favourite games for girls are hockey in winter and tennis in summer. Many pupils also take part in athletics and swimming. Competitions between schools are frequent and create a lot of interest. Many pupils play sports out of school hours, and some continue to play at the universities, or in sporting clubs.Most sporting activities in Britain are organized by clubs owned and run by their members.

Although many people play sports when they are young. They spend most of their lives as spectators. One of the most popular spectator sport in Britain is horse racing.Thousands watch the big race meetings on television. The British love to bet on horses in the hope of winning a fortune.

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• To bet= to risk (money) on a race or on some other event of which the result is doubtful

I/ READING COMPREHENSION (6 pts)

1/ Choose a suitable title to the text (1 pt)

a/ Benefits of sport

b/ Sport in Britain

c/ School competitions

2/ Correct the following false statements with details from the passage (1.5 pt)

a/ Matches between schools rarely take place

………………………………………………………………………………………….

b/ Girls aren’t interested in sports

………………………………………………………………………………………….

c/ British pupils stop playing sport as soon as they leave school

………………………………………………………………………………………….

3/ Answer the following questions with reference to the text (2 pts)

a/ Who organises the sporting activities in Britain ?

………………………………………………………………………………………….

b/ Why do the British love to bet on horses ?

………………………………………………………………………………………….

4/ Complete the gaps with words from the passage (1 pt)

Professionals and amateurs consider sport as a good and …………………….. means to stay fit.

Sporting events create a lot of popular interest which encourages amateurs to work …………………

5/ What does the underlined word in the text refer to (0.5 pt)

Them : refers to ……………………

II/ LANGUAGE (8 pts)

1/ Put in the right tense or form (3 pts)

My wife recently saw in your newspaper an advertisment for a book about (to increase) …………………………. your height. The writers claimed that with the book, anyone could be taller than before. The advertisment said that this was (good) ……………………… method of all- better than doing exercises and was not dangerous in anyway. It also claimed that the (soon)……………………. you buy it the quicker result you get.

My wife (to send) …………………… a lot of money- more than we could afford. A week later, when my wife (to lie) ……………………….. on the sofa she received the book. It was called Instant Height Without Danger : when she opened it she read these instructions :

" This book is 5 cm thick. Close the book, put it on the floor and stand on it. You (be instantly)……………………… five centimeters taller.

In all my life, I have never known anything more dishonest.

2/ Fill in the blanks with 6 words from the list below (3 pts)

|improving ; entirely ; voluntary ; exercise ; to improve ; recreational ; available ; spare |

The British spend...
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