I. Listening and Comprehension

I. Listening and Comprehension

Олимпиада по английскому языку .

Второй (муниципальный) этап Всероссийской олимпиады школьников.

Ханты-Мансийский автономный округ – Югра – 2007-2008 уч.год

Английский язык

9 класс

1 тур

I. Listening and comprehension

You will hear five people talking about different technological items. For questions 1-5 (Speaker1-5), choose from the list of items A-F what each speaker is describing. Use the letters only once. There is one extra letter which you do not need to use. You will hear the text twice. You have 20 minutes to listen and do the task.

  1. a digital camera
  2. a video camera
  3. a video recorder
  4. a mobile phone
  5. a remote control
  6. an electronic organizer

Speaker 1 - / Speaker 2 - / Speaker 3 - / Speaker 4 - / Speaker 5 -

(5x2 points)

II. Reading and comprehension

Text I.

For reviews 1-4, choose from the list of film categories A-E the kind of film being reviewed. Use the letters only once. There is one extra letter which you do not need to use. You have 20 minutes to read the texts and do the task.

A horror film

B action film

C comedy

D romance

E thriller

1. Once again, Tom Granger shows in his latest film why audiences find him so amusing. Playing his usual character, the loveable loser Benny, Granger makes fun of doctors and hospitals in a hilarious film. Crazy situations and funny dialogues keep you grinning, and the car crash at the end had me crying for all the right reasons. A real hit!

2. This film proves that you can't make a great film just by giving a director a lot of money. The special effects and costumes are wonderful, but the story is about as frightening as a rabbit. Ghosts and graveyards may scare small children, but most of us will yawn through this one. I, for one, was glad when me monster finally did get the girl. At least it saved us from her terrible acting.

3. Director Sarah Howard, best known for her exciting chases and explosions, tries a new style in this complicated story of two people in New York whose lives are changed when they are both arrested. The film is full of suspense as they are passed from the police to the FBI and the CIA. Set in a world of spies and secrets, this film will leave you looking over your shoulder to see who's following you.

4. You'd better bring your tissues if you're going to see the latest from Sam Goldberg. From the very beginning he plays with your emotions. Based on a true story, the film follows the heroine, Nadine, through her struggle with cancer and her developing relationship with the young doctor trying to save her, Goldberg lets us into their hearts as if we had known them all our lives.

(4x2 points)

Text II.

Read the article carefully. Then read the statements (1-5) given below the text and decide whether they are true or false. After that choose the sentence which best summarises each paragraph. You have 20 minutes to read the text and do the task.

Since people first realised that they could travel faster from one place to another using a means of transport rather than walking, they have developed an amazing number of ways of getting around. From camels to the space shuttle, from horses to jets, we love to travel. Carts pulled by horses once took people lo market and now people drive to supermarkets in their cars. Boats first took people out to fish and now submarines float deep beneath the waves with huge cruise ships and stylish sailboats above them. People first flew in hot-air balloons and now they fly into space aboard rockets.

We also use means of transport to move goods and materials from one area to another. Ships take cargo and oil tankers take fuel around the world. Trucks, lorries and vans move goods on the roads while electric trains and diesel trains do it on rails, just like steam trains used to do.

People are moved from one place to another every day to work, some of them going by underground, others by bus, tram or taxi, and some making their own way by bicycle or motorbike. They go on holiday by plane, by ferry, by hydrofoil, or by coach. From the poorest person going home by donkey to the richest going home by limousine, people's lives are dependent on many different means of transport.

1. The writer mentions carts and cars to show how transport has changed.

a) True

b) False

2. The writer thinks submarines are less developed than fishing boats.

a) True

b) False

3. One way people travel is on oil tankers.

a) True

b) False

4. The writer thinks trains are generally old-fashioned.

a) True

b) False

5. The writer thinks people travel for many different reasons.

a) True

b) False

6. Choose the sentence which best summarises paragraph 1

a) Ways of travelling have become more advanced.

b) People love speed more than they used to.

с) Cars have completely changed our lives.

7. Choose the sentence which best summarises paragraph 2

a) Steam trains are too old-fashioned to be useful.

b) The railway is becoming less important than the roads.

с) It's not just people that we transport.

8. Choose the sentence which best summarises paragraph 3

a) Transport affects many areas of our lives.

b) People enjoy travelling to work every day.

с) Poor people can't go far on holiday.


III. Pronunciation

Mark 6 words in which the letters TH have the same sound as in THIS. You have 10minutes to do this task.

1. / third / 6. / further / 11. / wealthy
2. / myth / 7. / author / 12. / worth
3. / with / 8. / than / 13. / breath
4. / thus / 9. / thank / 14. / bathe
5. / three / 10. / rather / 15. / death

(6 points)

IV. Grammar and vocabulary in usе.


Read the text below. Use the word given in brackets to form a word that fits in the space. There is an example at the beginning: (0).You have 20 minutes to do this task.

From early (0) (child)childhood Jane had always wanted a pet parrot. Her parents told her that a parrot was an (1)(suit) ______pet, but Jane insisted. She was worried about the (2) (destroy) ______of the rainforests where parrots live, and she felt that parrots needed more (3) (protect) ______. Her father argued that a parrot would suffer from (4) (lonely) ______if it lived in a house. He also explained that pet parrots are caught by (5) (hunt) ______, who need money and don’t (6) (careful) ______about protecting species. ‘They catch the parrots and send them to Europe in (7) (wood) ______boxes,’ he told her. ‘And in any case, parrots are very (8) (obey) ______and don’t make good pets.’ Jane soon made an interesting (9) (discover) ______, however. She found a pet shop which bred parrots instead of importing them. So she took all her (10)(save) ______and bought a tiny S. American parrot, which she called ‘Pixie’.

(10 points)

Error Correction

Read the text carefully. If a line is correct, put a dash (−) in the space provided. If a line has a word which shouldn’t be there, write it in the space provided. There cannot be more than one wrong word in one line. There are five correct lines (from 1 to 15). There is an example at the beginning (0-; 00 have). You have 25 minutes to do this task.

Meeting again

Dear Harry,

0. Do you remember me?0.______−_____

00. We have met last year when you were on holiday00.____have____

1. in Brighton. I’m sorry I haven’t been written to you 1.______

2. since by then. I have been working abroad and2.______

3. I have only just come back home to England.3.______

4. Next week I’m planning is to be in Bristol, and4.______

5. I was thinking about that we could meet.5.______

6. Do you do remember Shirley, the girl we met6.______

7. in Brighton? We are getting married next month,7.______

8. and we are want you to come to the wedding.8.______

9. I have lost your phone number, but when 9.______

10. I have get to Bristol I’ll try to contact you.10.______

11. It will be great to see you again. Are you still11.______

12. studying, or I have you found a job?12.______

13. You won’t recognize me when you will see me!13.______

14. I had my hair cut last week, and now I look at 14.______

15. completely different. Shirley doesn’t like men15.______

with long hair, you see!

Best wishes,

Graham Norris.

(15 points)

Multiple Choice

Read the text and fill in the gaps with a suitable word (a, b, c or d)from the list below. You have 30 minutes to do the task.

‘Come on, I’ll help you.’ The voice came from the left and Jenny turned her head in that direction. She was blind, and had been from birth, but even without the sense of (1) ______, she could tell that the voice belonged to a middle-aged man. He touched her on the arm and she pulled back. The guide dog by her side looked up.

‘Please,’ she said, struggling to keep her anger (2) ______ control. ‘That’s very kind of you, but I don’t need (3) ______ help.’

‘Oh,’ the man said, and Jenny could (4) ______ the look of confusion on his face. ‘I’m sorry,’ he said finally, and crossed the road. People just didn’t seem to realize that there (5) ______ a huge difference between offering help and trying to take control of somebody else’s life. Sometimes she (6) ______ people’s attempts to help her funny, but not today. Today it was important to (7) ______ the impression that she was independent, because today it was the first day in her new job.

She waited (8) ______ the signal from her dog told her that it was safe and she went across the road. When they reached the other side, she paused for a second to remember the way and then continued. After a (9) ______ days in the job, her dog would have learnt the way, but for now she had to estimate the distance to the right building. She counted her steps and listened. To anyone who could see, it would have seemed like a quiet street, but Jenny concentrated on the small sounds: her footsteps, a car going past, the bell on a bicycle. They helped her judge when she was coming close to the corner of the street, where she knew number 116 stood. They got there and she stopped. She patted her dog on the head.

‘Well, boy, this is it,’ she said. She knew there would be many challenges ahead. There always were. But at least she had overcome the first one: (10) ______ to the building. She stepped inside.

1. a) view b) look c) sight d) observation

2. a) in b) on c) behind d) under

3. a) some b) any c) a d) -

4. a) to imagine b) imagine c) imagining d) imagined

5. a) be b) are c) was d) were

6. a) looked for b) found c) kept d) caught

7. a) make b) do c) throw d) send

8. a) for b) during c) until d) in

9. a) little b) few c) much d) many

10. a) being b) getting c) bringing d) taking

(10 points)

V. Communication.

Match the questions (1-8) with the answers (A-H). You have 15 minutes to do this task.

1. How much is that? __
2. Can I help you? __
3. Can you lend me some stamps? __
4. Could you help me for a few minutes? __
5. Have you got a light? __
6. Can I use your phone? __
7. Would you like to play tennis this evening? __
8. How old is she? __ / A I think so. How many do you need?
B Sorry, I’m not free. My son’s coming round.
C Well, I’m in a bit of a hurry.
D She’s 34.
E Of course, it’s over there on the table.
F I’m being served, thank you.
G Sorry, I don’t smoke.
H 65p.

(8 points)