INITIAL TEST PAPER 7th grade
NAME ......................................................................... 20 points granted I. Read the following text:
Marco Polo was born in 1254 in the Venetian Republic. At the time, Venice was the centre of the Venetian Republic. Marco Polo was only 17 years old when he, his father, Niccolo and his uncle, Maffeo, decided to go to China. It was Pope Gregory X who sent them to visit Kublai Khan who was the emperor of China at that time. During their visit there, Marco Polo told Kublai Khan many stories about different lands and the emperor liked them so much that he gave Marco a job, sending him on different diplomatic missions. He was also made the governor of Yangzhou, an important trading city. Later Marco Polo went back to the Venetian Republic and he talked about his experience in China. Only few people truly believed his stories. In 1298 he went to jail during a war between Genoa and Venice and while being there, he dictated all his stories about his ex
periences in China to another man in jail. The stories became a book, ‘The Travels of Marco Polo’ and each chapter covered
a specific region of China, telling about the military, farming, religion and culture of that particular area. Marco Polo got out of prison in 1299 and he went back to Venice to join his father and his uncle. In 1300 he got married and had three children. Marco Polo died in 1324 when he was almost 70 years old.  A
) Write if the following sentences are T (True) or F (False):
(
0,20x4= 0,80p)
 1. Marco Polo was only 17 when he joined his father, Maffeo and his uncle, Niccolo in China.......... 2. Kublai Khan was the Emperor of China at that time. .......... 3. Marco Polo told Kublai Khan a lot of stories about Venice. ..........
4. ‘The Travels of Marco Polo’ included stories about Marco Polo’s travels all around the world. …………
B) Answer the questions. Write full sentences. (0,35x2 = 0,70p)
1. What was the name of the city Marco Polo was governor of?
…………………………………………………………………………………………………….…………………………………………
2. Why did he go to prison in 1298?
……………………………………………………………………………………….………………………………………………………
 
II. Put the verbs in brackets into the correct form of Present Simple or Present Continuous:
 Dear Molly, I 1) ______ (write) from the gorgeous island of Jamaica! Jim and I 2)____ (stay) in a five-star hotel by the sea. Right now, I 3)_____ (sit) on the balcony and I 4)___ (drink) a delicious fruit punch. Jim 5)___ (walk) along the beach. The weather is hot and sunny. Tonight we 6)____ (go) to a festival. The Jamaican people 7)_____ (make) you feel happy as they 8) ______ (be) cheerful and kind. I 9)____ (love) it here so much that I 10)_____ (not/want) to leave! See you soon!
(10x1p=10p)
 
III. Use the verbs given in the Past tense to fill in the blanks
:
chase, feel, be, shout, drive, stop, begin, try, take, come.
Gordon and Celine decided to go to Red Rock Safari Park. First, they 1) _____________ into the park and Gordon
 
2)_____________ the car. He 3)______________ some pictures of the lions. After that, he 4)________ to start the car again. Suddenly, smoke 5)____________ to come out of the engine. A few minutes later, the front of the car 6)__________ on fire, so Celine beeped the horn and 7)_____________ for help. Just then, a park ranger 8)____________ along in his jeep to help them. Finally, another jeep arrived and 9)___________ the lions away. Gordon and Celine 10)___________ very lucky to be alive.
(10x1p=10p)
 
IV. Complete the text with the past simple or past continuous form of the verbs in brackets.
Last night Dave ___________________ (watch) TV when the suddenly saw
his friend Jason on the screen. “Jason
McDermont ____________________ (stop) two thieves today outside Alpha Bank in King Street, the presente
r said .”How
 _________________(
you/ stop) them Jason ?” “I ______________________ (ride
) my bike on the pavement outside the
bank when two men ran out of it “, Jason answered.
 
“They __________________ (wear 
) masks , but I knew they were bank robbers . I tried to stop them , but I ____________________ (hit) them with my bike and we fell to the ground .When the police
arrived , they arrested the two men “ “
 What _______________________ (the police/say
) to you Jason? “ the presenter asked. “ They were very angry with me bec
ause I ______________________ (cycle) on the pavement. In fact, I had to pay a
fine of 20 $” .
 (
0,25x8=20p)
 
V.Imagine you won a big prize:
a day to spend with your favourite star 
.
25p
 Write a letter of about 80-100 words to an English-speaking friend telling him/her about three exciting things you did together with this famous person
of 2