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Select the correct answer and then mark your selection on your answer sheet

Only mark one answer for each question


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Part One Read the text and then select the best heading (A, B, C or D) for each paragraph from the options given on the following page. Mark your answers on your answer sheet.

What Affects Your Health?

1. Efficient heating and ventilation are essential because cold and damp living conditions can aggravate illnesses like bronchitis or rheumatism. Living in isolation in a tower block or a bed-sit can lead to depression. Overcrowding, where many people share the same living space, encourages the spread of infectious diseases and makes accidents more likely. 2. Polluted air, whether from smoke or chemicals, can cause all sorts of illnesses, especially respiratory ones. Attitudes towards smoking in public places have changed radically in recent years. Whereas it was once considered acceptable to smoke a cigarette in a restaurant, for example, these days it is banned in places such as theatres, pubs and public transport. 3. Young adult males are more likely to have accident related illnesses, from riding motorcycles and driving fast. Middle-aged men often suffer from heart disease, especially if they smoke. People doing certain jobs are more likely to get certain illnesses; for example, labourers might have back injuries, miners may develop chest diseases and bakers may have skin complaints. 4. How much you earn can determine your whole lifestyle. Generally, people with more money can afford better housing and food, (though they may not spend their money on healthy food!) Money can mean that you have good holidays, warm clothes and your own transport. Poorer people may have restricted access to adequate health care and may not be able to afford to see their doctor. 5. Some ailments can be inherited from your parents, such as a tendency to heart disease or asthma. Sometimes children have the same illnesses as their parents just because they share the same environment, or because they have picked up their parents’ bad habits, such as smoking or over-eating or being lazy.

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Part One (continued) 1.


Diet Accidents Housing Overheating



Atmosphere Geographical Factors Entertainment Public Transport



Road accidents Smoking Illness at work Age, Gender and Occupation



Holidays Income Housing Transport



In the Family Environment Bad Habits Laziness (5 marks)

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Part Two Read ‘What Affects Your Health’ again and select True (A), False (B) or Not Mentioned in Text (C). Mark your answers on your answer sheet. 6.

Bronchitis is made worse by cold and damp living conditions. A = True B = False C = Not mentioned in text


Accidents are less frequent in overcrowded accommodation. A = True B = False C = Not mentioned in text


People are less tolerant towards smokers these days. A = True B = False C = Not mentioned in text


Smoking is still permitted on the street. A = True B = False C = Not mentioned in text

10. Heart disease is common among young adult males. A = True B = False C = Not mentioned in text 11. Some jobs have their own specific health risks. A = True B = False C = Not mentioned in text 12. Wealthy people do not necessarily eat healthily. A = True B = False C = Not mentioned in text 13. Many people get ill on holiday. A = True B = False C = Not mentioned in text 14. Asthma cannot be inherited from your parents. A = True B = False C = Not mentioned in text 15.

Children’s health can be affected by their parents’ lifestyle. A = True B = False C = Not mentioned in text (10 marks)

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Part Three Pick the word(s) closest in meaning to these words from ‘What Affects Your Health’ (underlined). Mark your answers (A, B, C or D) on your answer sheet. 16. Efficient


cheap wasteful not wasteful ineffective

17. radically


little usually rarely a lot

18. especially


even particularly although merely

19. determine


decide understand receive comprehend

20. picked up


elevated learned dropped raised up (5 marks)

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Part Four Fill in the gaps in the conversation by selecting the correct answer (A, B, C or D). Mark your answers on your answer sheet.

Hi Gina! I rang you yesterday but there was no reply. Where were you?


____________________ you? We went to Ibiza for two weeks. We only got back last night.

21. A C

Do I tell Didn’t I say

You lucky thing.

22. A C



Shouldn’t I tell Didn’t I tell

____________________ a good time?

Are you having Won’t you have


Did you have Aren’t you having

Yes. It was fabulous, but the food was so good that 23 ____________________ three kilos in weight. I really 24 ____________________ more exercise.

23. A C

I’ve increased I’ve won


I’ve gained I’ve put up

24. A C

should take take


will take have taken

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Part Four (continued) I need to get fit too. There’s a new gym in town that 25 ____________________ by the mayor just last week. 26 ____________________ there together?

25. A C

has opened he opened


opened was opened

26. A C

Must we go Shall we go


Have we been Let’s not

That’s a good idea. If only I 27 ____________________ my leg last year. The doctor said I 28 ____________________ anything too strenuous. I don’t want to make my leg bad again.

27. A C

broke broken


hadn’t broken won’t break

28. A C

shouldn’t do won’t do


should do haven’t done

Surely some gentle exercise would do you good. If I were you I 29 ____________________ the doctor if it’s OK to go to the gym.

29. A C

asked would ask


must ask will ask

Alright, 30 ____________________ me. I’ll go and see him tomorrow.

30. A C

you will persuade you’ve persuaded


you persuaded you persuade (10 marks)

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Part Five Read this text about snakebites. Fill the numbered gaps by selecting A, B, C or D. Mark your answers on your answer sheet. If someone has been bitten by a snake, the first thing you 31______________ to do is reassure the victim because he or she 32______________ be in a state of shock. The victim 33______________ to lie down on the floor then you


______________ to wash the wound or wipe it clean and put on a clean, dry

dressing. Over this you 35______________ apply a thick bandage but a pair of thick, clean tights 36______________ do. If you keep the wound still it 37______________ reduce the spread of the poison. You can give the victim aspirin or paracetamol. Most importantly, you 38______________ suck or cut the wound as this 39

______________ be dangerous. The victim 40______________ be taken to

hospital as soon as possible.

31. A B C D

would should must need

36. A B C D

need shall would must

32. A B C D

ought to might must shall

37. A B C D

would must will needn’t

33. A B C D

should must ought will

38. A B C D

needn’t mustn’t won’t wouldn’t

34. A B C D

need must might shall

39. A B C D

should would must won’t

35. A B C D

should will would might

40. A B C D

would ought need must

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Part Six In the following sentences one of the words underlined needs to be replaced by another word or words. Select the word that needs to be replaced (A, B, C or D) and mark your answers on your answer sheet. 41. When I turned(A) on the TV the film has(B) already(C) begun.(D) 42. If(A) they can’t afford(B) it they will have(C) to sell their car, don’t (D)they? 43. Most(A) of the forest has(B) been cutting (C)down, there are hardly (D)any trees left. 44. He has(A) been living here for(B) a year and he already(C) hasn’t learned (D)the language. 45. He set(A)off at 5 o’clock so he should (B)have arrived until(C) now, shouldn’t (D) he? (5 marks)

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Part Seven Read this article on Carnival. Then read each statement on the following page and decide whether they are true (A) false, (B) or not mentioned in the text (C). Mark your answers on your answer sheet.

Carnival Many cities and towns all over the world have a carnival week when decorations are put up and entertainments such as firework displays and processions take place. Such carnivals are a modern version of pagan festivals, which started in Rome long before the coming of Christianity and were called Saturnalia. Carnival usually precedes the Christian period of Lent, when Christians give up something they enjoy, such as chocolate or alcohol, for a period of forty days. (The word ‘carnival’ comes from the Latin meaning ‘farewell to meat’.) It was the French who brought carnival to the Caribbean in the eighteenth century. At first it was celebrated in a refined and dignified fashion with carriage parades and masked balls, but after the end of slavery in 1834 carnival became a much livelier affair. The freed slaves brought with them elements of another celebration, Canboulay, which celebrated the end of the sugar cane harvest. Music of African and Spanish origin was introduced and new musical instruments made of bamboo, bottles and gourds were played. In 1881 there were riots during carnival and it was subsequently banned, only to return in the 1890s in a more structured form with thematic costumes and competitions. It begins at dawn on Monday and ends at midnight on Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras as it is known. The characteristic Caribbean sound of the steel band was not heard until 1937 when oil drums were first played during carnival in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Of all the Caribbean carnivals, Trinidad’s is said to be the most spectacular, equal to the famous carnival of Rio de Janeiro. Port-of-Spain’s carnival opens with the crowning of the King of Carnival and the town’s Independence Square is full of people dancing to the sound of big bands. Musicians and dancers have been rehearsing for months. The costumes are colourful and extravagant and would not look out of place on a Hollywood film set. A word of warning to anybody hoping to see the carnival in Trinidad – make your hotel reservations a year in advance to be sure of getting accommodation at such a busy time, and beware of pickpockets who find carnival an ideal time to practise their trade.

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Part Seven (continued) 46. Carnivals take place world-wide. A = True B = False C = Not mentioned in text 47. Carnivals are based on Roman Saturnalia. A = True B = False C = Not mentioned in text 48. During Lent, Christians give each other chocolate and alcohol. A = True B = False C = Not mentioned in text 49. Carnival has been celebrated in the Caribbean for over 500 years. A = True B = False C = Not mentioned in text 50. Slavery was stopped in 1834. A = True B = False

C = Not mentioned in text

51. ‘Canboulay’ is a dialect word for firework. A = True B = False C = Not mentioned in text 52. Steel bands started in Trinidad. A = True B = False C = Not mentioned in text 53. In Rio de Janeiro the King of Carnival is crowned in Independence Square. A = True B = False C = Not mentioned in text 54. It is difficult to find a hotel room during carnival. A = True B = False C = Not mentioned in text 55. Hundreds of pickpockets are arrested during carnival. A = True B = False C = Not mentioned in text (10 marks)

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Part Eight Read the following newspaper article and answer the questions on the next page by selecting A, B, C or D. Mark your answers on your answer sheet.

A full scale inquiry began last night after a partly built hotel extension collapsed suddenly in a heap of concrete, steel and glass. While experts investigated the cause, hotel guests were accommodated in a neighbouring identical building completed three months ago. ‘We cannot see any reason to evacuate them to other premises,’ said a spokesman for Varsity Hotels, which owns the hotel in Deppfield, Surrey. ‘We believe that this is a safe building design and that the collapse was due to the high winds hitting the building at a crucial stage in its construction. This will not happen when the building is fully completed.’ The collapsed building, due to open in 2008, was the second stage of a scheme to improve facilities at the hotel. The collapse came during sharp gusts of wind at breakfast time, only minutes before teams of contractors were due to start work. Workers’ huts were crushed but nobody was hurt. ‘It’s a complete mystery,’ said Hugh Jones, managing director of the firm of contractors, ‘High winds could have something to do with it. When my men packed up on Thursday night, everything was checked and secure. We’re waiting for a report from the consultant engineers. As soon as the investigation is completed, rebuilding will start.’

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Part Eight (continued) 56. ‘a neighbouring identical building’ means A B C D

another hotel in another town the same hotel in another neighbourhood another part of the building that has collapsed a building like the one that has collapsed, nearby

57. ‘We cannot see any reason to evacuate them to other premises’ means A B C D

we have not promised to move them somewhere else we don’t think it is necessary to move them we have no other accommodation to move them into we think we should move them to safer accommodation

58. ‘due to open in 2008’ means A B C D

the building was opened in 2008 the building was a temporary one, planned to last only until 2008 the building was planned to be ready for use in 2008 the building is unable to open in 2008

59. ‘to improve facilities’ means A B C D

to make conditions better to enlarge the building to make it easier to pay to build better access to the building

60. ‘It’s a complete mystery’ means A B C D

it is very exciting and thrilling there is something very mysterious about it nobody knows the answer it’s like something that would happen in a book (5 marks)


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