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    9C/Reading/21072016   1 MODULE 1. READING Reading Test 1 You are going to read an extract from a novel. For questions 1-6, choose the answer (A, B, C or D) which you think fits best according to the text Come along, young fellow, shouted Mr. Watson. I'll show you the school room. He swept out of the drawing-room with giant strides , and Philip hurriedly limped behind him. He was taken into a long, bare room with two tables that ran along its whole length; on each side of them were wooden forms. Nobody much here yet, said Mr. Watson. I'll just show you the playground, and then I'll leave you to shift for yourself. Mr. Watson led the way. Philip found himself in a large playground with high brick walls on three sides of it. On the fourth was an iron railing through which you saw a vast lawn and beyond this some of the buildings of King's School. One small boy was wandering disconsolately, kicking up the gravel as he walked. Hulloa, Venning, shouted Mr. Watson. When did you turn up? The small boy came forward and shook hands. Here's a new boy. He's older and bigger than you, so don't you bully him. The headmaster glared amicably at the two children, filling them with fear by the roar of his voice, and then with a guffaw left them. What's your name? Carey. What's your father? He's dead. Oh! Does your mother wash? My mother's dead, too”.  Philip thought this answer would cause the boy a certain awkwardness, but yenning was not to be turned from his facetiousness for so little. Well, did she wash? he went on. Yes, said Philip indignantly. She was a washerwoman then? No, she wasn't. 'Then she didn't wash. The little boy crowed with delight at the success of his dialectic. Then he caught sight of Philip's feet. What's the matter with your foot? Philip instinctively tried to withdraw it from sight. He hid it behind the one which was whole. I've got a club-foot, he answered. How did you get it? I've always had it. Let's have a look. No. Don't then.     9C/Reading/21072016   2 The little boy accompanied the words with a sharp kick on Philip's shin, which Philip did not expect and thus could not guard against. The pain was so great that it made him gasp, but greater than the pain was the surprise. He did not know why yenning kicked him. He had not the presence of mind to give him a black eye. Besides, the boy was smaller than he, and he had read in The Boy's Own Paper   that it was a mean thing to hit anyone smaller than yourself. While Philip was nursing his shin a third boy appeared, and his tormentor  left him. In a little while he noticed that the pair were talking about him, and he felt they were looking at his feet. He grew hot and uncomfortable. But others arrived, a dozen together, and then more, and they began to talk about their doings during the holidays, where they had been, and what wonderful cricket they had played. A few new boys appeared, and with these presently Philip found himself talking. He was shy and nervous. He was anxious to make himself pleasant, but he could not think of anything to say. He was asked a great many questions and answered them all quite willingly. One boy asked him whether he could play cricket. No, answered Philip. I've got a club-foot. The boy looked down quickly and reddened. Philip saw that he felt he had asked an unseemly question. He was too shy to apologise and looked at Philip awkwardly. 1. What does '  strides ' mean? A. brooms B. leaps C. steps D. yells 2. When Philip is shown around the school, it is A. mostly empty B. bright and cheerful. C. small and cramped. D. full of noise and activity. 3. Why were the children afraid of Mr. Watson? A. He was very loud. B. He was angry with them. C. He was unkind to them. D. He was very big and powerful. 4. What does ‘  his tormentor  ’   refer to? A. Phillip's club foot B. the boy called Venning C. the third boy to arrive D. the pain in Philip's shin 5. Why does Philip become hot and uncomfortable when the boys talked about his foot? A. It was summertime. B. He had been beaten. C. He was embarrassed. D. He felt left out. 6. How do the boys who interact with Philip directly react to his club foot? A. They pay it little attention. B. They are curious or embarrassed. C. They are polite and sympathetic. D. They are disgusted by it. Reading Test 2 You are going to read an extract from a science fiction novel called 1984 . For questions 1-6, choose the answer A, B, C or D which you think fits best according to the text. 'How is the Dictionary getting on?' said Winston, raising his voice to overcome the noise. 'Slowly,' said Syme. 'I'm on the adjectives. It's fascinating.'    9C/Reading/21072016   3 He had brightened up immediately at the mention of Newspeak. He pushed his bowl aside, took up his hunk of bread in one delicate hand and his cheese in the other, and leaned across the table so as to be able to speak without shouting. 'The Eleventh Edition is the definitive edition,' he said. 'We're getting the language into its final shape -the shape it's going to have when nobody speaks anything else. When we've finished with it, people like you will have to learn it all over again. You think, I dare say, that our chief job is inventing new words. But not a bit of it! We're destroying words - scores of them, hundreds of them, every day. We're cutting the language down to the bone. The Eleventh Edition won't contain a single word that will become obsolete before the year 2050.' He bit hungrily into his bread and swallowed a couple of mouthfuls, then continued speaking, with a sort of pedant's passion. His thin dark face had become animated, his eyes had lost their mocking expression and grown almost dreamy. 'It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. Of course the great wastage is in the verbs and adjec-tives, but there are hundreds of nouns that can be got rid of as well. It isn't only the synonyms; there are also the antonyms. After all, what justification is there for a word which is simply the opposite of some other word? A word contains its opposite in itself. Take good , for instance. If you have a word like good , what need is there for a word like bad ? Ungood will do just as well - better, because it's an exact opposite, which the other is not. Or again, if you want a stronger version of good , what sense is there in having a whole string of vague useless words like excellent and splendid and all the rest of them? Plusgood covers the meaning, or doubleplusgood if you want something stronger still. Of course we use those forms already. But in the final version of Newspeak there'll be nothing else. In the end the whole notion of goodness and badness will be covered by only six words - in reality, only one word. Don't you see the beauty of that, Winston? It was B.B.'s idea srcinally, of course,' he added as an afterthought. A sort of vapid eagerness flitted across Winston's face at the mention of Big Brother. Nevertheless Syme immediately detected a certain lack of enthusiasm. 'You haven't a real appreciation of Newspeak, Winston,' he said almost sadly. 'Even when you write it you're still thinking in Oldspeak. I've read some of those pieces that you write in The Times occasionally. They're good enough, but they're translations. In your heart you'd prefer to stick to Oldspeak, with all its vagueness and its useless shades of meaning. You don't grasp the beauty of the destruction of words. Do you know that Newspeak is the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller every year? Winston did know that, of course. He smiled, sympathetically he hoped, not trusting himself to speak. Syme bit off another fragment of the dark-coloured bread, chewed it briefly, and went on: 'Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shat make thoughtcrime literally impossible because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed, will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly define: and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten. Already, in the Eleventh Edition, we're not far from that point. But the process will still be continuing long after you and I are dead. Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller. Even now, of course, there's no reason or excuse for committing though:-crime. It's merely a question of self-discipline, reality control. But in the end there won't be any need eve for that. The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect. Newspeak is Ingsoc and Ingsoc Newspeak,' he added with a sort of mystical satisfaction. 'Has it ever occurred to you, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?'    9C/Reading/21072016   4 1. Winston and Syme are A. in a cafeteria B at a party C at school D in an office 2. Syme likes A. The food. B. hearing Winston’s opinions.  C. talking about his work. D. to shout. 3. What kind of words are being the most greatly reduced? A. adjectives. B. verbs and adjectives. C. Nouns D. everything except antonyms. 4. What can be gathered about Winson’s attitude towards Newspeak?    A. He finds it exciting. B. He studies it eagerly. C. He is outspokenly against it. D. He accepts it unhappily. 5. Which of following best describes Newspeak? A. It is a historical language being reconstructed. B. It is a highly simplified language designed to prevent thought. C. It was invented to help citizens escape an oppressive government. D. It is a new language that is incredibly difficult to learn. 6. What kind of future does Syme imagine? A. Everyone will be better educated. B People will be safe because there will be no violent crime. C. People will not have enough language to think it all. D. People will communicate better and more effectively Reading Test 3 You are going to read an extract from the novel Alice in Wonderland . For questions 1-6, choose the answer A B C or D which you think fits best according to the text. Before she had drunk half the bottle, she found her head pressing against the ceiling, and had to stoop to save her neck from being broken. She hastily put down the bottle, saying to herself 'That's quite enough - I hope I will not grow any more - as it is, I can't get out at the door - I do wish I hadn't drunk quite so much!' Alas, it was too late to wish that! She went on growing, and growing, and very soon had to kneel down on the floor: in another minute there was not even room for this, and she tried the effect of lying down with one elbow against the door, and the other arm curled round her head. Still she went on growing, and, as a last resource, she put one arm out of the window, and one foot up the chimney, and said to herself 'Now I can do no more, whatev-er happens. What will become of me?' Luckily for Alice, the little magic bottle had now had its full effect, and she grew no larger: Still it was very uncomfortable, and, as there seemed to be no sort of chance of her ever getting out of the room again, no wonder she felt unhappy. 'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole - and yet ... and yet - it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what can have happened to me! When I used to read
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