Unit test 1

Part I: Vocabulary and Structure

Section A: Complete each sentence using the correct word or expression from the box. Economy governor passion alliance eemployment prospects opportunity definition industrial rebel destruction philosophy era demonstration protest inspirational frustration petition obscure cynic

1. The former rivals decided to create a(n) alliance when they realized they shared a common threat.

2. The streets around the courthouse were all closed down because of the demonstration against the ruling.

3. Sandra was explaining how her daughter is beginning to rebel against her rules and authority.

4. The government has passed many laws that intended to make us safer, but (a) cynic would probably suggest that we're just as vulnerable as before.

5. The governor of California held a press conference to announce his candidacy for the US Senate.

6. I found the Prime Minister's speech to be very inspirational; it made me feel hopeful and patriotic.

7. At this point, Jim has no prospects of landing a job anytime soon; he just can't find a job for someone with a history degree.

8. Radicalism, by definition, means that people are acting outside the accepted norms of society.

9. My children are growing up today in the Internet era—a time when all the knowledge of the world is only a few mouse clicks away.

10. The September 11 terrorist attack in the United States caused more destruction than many people thought possible.

11. During the 1960s, many young people chose to protest their country's involvement in the Vietnam War.

12. The collapsed housing industry in America ultimately had severe consequences for the entire economy.

13. Pedro asked me to sign the petition in favor of the proposed law.

14. Traveling through Mexico was a wonderful opportunity to practice Spanish which I spent so many years studying.

15. She chose to major in business at college because she thought it would increase her chances of well-paid employment after graduation.

16. This artist must be fairly obscure; I've never heard of her and I'm an art major!

17. Mike explained that it was his personal philosophy that governments should never interfere with other countries' internal problems.

18. My father always told me that if I don't have passion for what I do, I should find something else to do.

19. Subjects like physics and chemistry can cause considerable frustration for students who aren't good at mathematics.

20. To an economist, there is a huge difference between an industrial society and an agricultural one.

Section B: Complete each sentence with a suitable word.

21. The students took to the streets in protest and got a lot of media attention.

22. It's difficult to know exactly what the candidates stand for because they speak in such general terms.

23. It wasn't until I moved to college that I realized how much I relied on my parents.

24. That film about the plight of polar bears really made me sit up and pay attention to climate change.

25. Greg wanted to go jogging in spite of the fact that there was a strong thunderstorm.

26. I would never be associated with an organization that was cruel to animals.

27. The news story was about people who protested because they had been kept off the list of eligible voters.

28. Barbara decided not to drop out of college even though she was pregnant.

29. Do you really think a group of students can bring about change in the government?

30. President Kennedy hoped that the embargo would bring the Cuban government to its knees. Part II: Banked Cloze

Questions 31 to 40 are based on the following passage.

When I was in college, I was a reporter for the school newspaper. My very first article was about a student protest on campus. The students, mostly freshman and sophomores gathered outside the chemistry building. They were calling for the resignation of Professor Keyes, who they claimed was a particularly repressive teacher. He ran his classroom like a dictator and didn't grade fairly. The students were mostly peaceful and they spent all day chanting "Down with Keyes! Down with Keyes!" However, they did have a minor clash with other students who tried to defend Professor Keyes. Nobody was hurt, but it was obvious that both sides were very passionate about their beliefs.

You could say that my college had a very liberal environment. Students were encouraged to think for themselves, assert their rights, and fight for what they believed in. This wasn't the only protest during my college years, either. You certainly couldn't criticize the students for being apathetic; they were always outspoken and involved!

Part III: Reading Comprehension

Questions 41 to 45 are based on the following passage.

One of the most famous student protests to ever occur in the United States took place between May 1 and May 4, 1970 at a college campus in the Midwestern state of Ohio. The reason this particular protest is still remembered and famous is because of the unfortunate result of the demonstrations.

On April 30, 1970, US President Richard Nixon announced an escalation of the war in Vietnam with a military invasion of Cambodia, which neighbors Vietnam. At that time, the war was extremely unpopular with the public and many people were frustrated and angered by this new development—especially students. Many people had been encouraged by Nixon's promise two years earlier to end the war, but, in 1970, there was still no end in sight.

On May 1, students at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio protested against the American invasion of Cambodia and were calling for an end to the war. The campus protest was peaceful, but emotions grew throughout the day, and riots soon erupted in the town's streets that night. In response, the governor sent National Guard troops to the Kent State University campus to stop the riots and protests.

Small protests continued over the next two days, and then, on the morning of May 4,

approximately 2,000 students gathered in the center of campus to protest both the war and the presence of soldiers at their school. The soldiers ordered the students to disperse and return to their dorms. When they refused, the soldiers began firing tear gas into the crowd.

During the morning, the situation escalated, along with tensions, emotions, and anger. Shortly after noon, the National Guard soldiers opened fire on the students. The cause of this action remains unclear to this day. However, at the end of the day, four students were killed and nine others were wounded. Some of those students were not even involved in the protest. They were just walking by or watching the protest from a distance.

41. What were the students at Kent State University protesting?

A. The American invasion of Vietnam.

B. The American invasion of Cambodia.

C. The election of President Richard Nixon.

D. The election of the Ohio governor.

42. National Guard troops were sent to the Kent State campus because _______.

A. President Nixon ordered them there

B. the students asked them to come

C. the Ohio governor ordered them there

D. the school's administration asked them to come

43. What happened in Kent, Ohio on May 4, 1970?

A. President Richard Nixon announced the invasion of Cambodia.

B. Students at Kent State University began a peaceful protest.

C. Riots broke out in the town's streets.

D. National Guard soldiers killed four students.

44. This style of writing would best be described as _______.

A. expository

B. argumentative

C. narrative

D. descriptive

45. Which of the following words best describes the students at Kent State University in 1970?

A. Apathetic.

B. Passionate.

C. Cynical.

D. Nostalgic.

Unit test 2

Part I: Vocabulary and Structure

Section A: Choose the best way to complete the sentences.

1. Though it was difficult, Carlos knew the only _______ thing to do would be to admit cheating on the test.

A. honestly

B. honor

C. honorable

D. honest

2. Debbie is very _______ to the plight of homeless people and always gets very emotional when she sees them on the street.

A. empathy

B. empathetic

C. sympathy

D. sympathetic

3. Certain types of birds often develop the skill of _______ and sound like they can speak.

A. impressions

B. mimicry

C. personification

D. imitating

4. As babies develop, they need to learn to _______ before they can walk.

A. run

B. climb

C. swim

D. crawl

5. When he was a child, Tony lost all vision in his right eye, so he feels _______ for the difficulties faced by blind people.

A. empathy

B. empathetic

C. sympathy

D. sympathetic

6. Kindergarten teachers often have to reprimand their students for _______.

A. mimicry

B. misbehaviour

C. misery

D. misunderstanding

7. During the Christmas holiday, many people feel a surge of _______ and give to charities.

A. malevolence

B. discipline

C. benevolence

D. sensitivity

8. Babies usually cry when they feel _______ because they have no other way to express


A. distinguished

B. dishonest

C. distressed

D. discouraged

9. Different cultures have different ways of _______ their children.

A. authorizing

B. disciplining

C. obeying

D. sympathizing

10. The research project was an _______ success—we managed to prove our theory conclusively.

A. overage

B. overdue

C. overnight

D. overall

11. Thomas has no _______ to the feelings of others—he always makes very negative and offensive comments.

A. sensitivity

B. sense

C. sensory

D. sensitive

12. No matter where Sue goes, something major happens; it's like she takes the _______ along with her.

A. comedy

B. tragedy

C. romance

D. drama

13. He reached out and _______ her cheek tenderly.

A. scratched

B. stroked

C. wiped

D. massaged

14. Brian felt incredible pressure and made a _______ decision, which ultimately turned out to be a big mistake.

A. haste

B. hastily

C. hasty

D. hasten

15. The _______ events of this morning were making everyone feel very depressed and lonely.

A. sober

B. moderate

C. blissful

D. welcome

16. My brother was _______ interested in taking that psychology class at school.

A. eagerly

B. excitedly

C. impatiently

D. keenly

17. That documentary about the _______ of African refugees won all the major awards.

A. plight

B. flight

C. blight

D. slight

18. Her little sister is still just a(n) _______; she turns six months next week.

A. toddler

B. teenage

C. infant

D. adolescent

19. Children love to _______ the actions they see in others, so be careful what you do!

A. imitate

B. irritate

C. instigate

D. implicate

20. The photographs _______ strong memories of our holidays in France.

A. damaged

B. impaired

C. evoked

D. imitated

Section B: Complete each sentence with a suitable word.

21. Don't let on that you like opera, or she'll make you listen to it all the time!

22. She had already fallen asleep by the time we got back home.

23. It was important for the child to calm down so the doctor could administer the flu shot.

24. Professor Gregory went to the Amazon rainforest in search of plants that might help make new medicines.

25. All the issues we're facing today stem from the President's decision last year.

26. I finally worked up the nerve to ask Rick out on a date, and he said yes!

27. Every time I try to get close and understand Catherine's problems, she pulls away.

28. Alfredo received all the praise and congratulations, as though he had won the contest.

29. If nothing else, that bright yellow coat will definitely help you stand out in a crowd!

30. If you testify in court, you need to tell nothing but the truth or you could go to jail.

Part II: Banked Cloze

Questions 31 to 40 are based on the following passage.

Last summer, Derek completed a research project for his psychology thesis. He was studying child behaviour and wanted to trace bad behavior back to its source. Derek took children of different ages and put them in a(n) mostly empty room; there were only a few toys and a small couch to lie down on.

He then presented them with different stimuli that they might encounter during the day. For example, he would play music at a loud or soft volume; adjust the lighting to be very bright or very dim; or fill the room with different smells, both good and bad. He had a(n) repertoire of several hundred distinct stimuli.

It was interesting to watch the children's behaviour unfold in response to the changing environment. Nearly all children eventually displayed some form of naughty behaviour, but some of them created a serious disturbance in the room and had to be removed.

The reactions were all fascinating, and Derek recorded everything that happened. He is now trying to comprehend the meaning of these results and the implications for child behaviour. Hopefully, his work will help clarify and identify potential sources of misbehaviour. Part III: Reading Comprehension

Questions 41 to 45 are based on the following passage.

Until very recently, most people assumed that the ability to feel and exhibit emotions was limited to human beings. It was generally assumed that animals could simply not feel emotions such as happiness, sadness, jealousy, anger, or grief. It wasn't that the intensity of these emotions was more limited than in humans; the general consensus was that such emotions were literally absent in all other animals.

However, such thinking has recently been called into question as more and more researchers are uncovering evidence that suggests animals do indeed feel emotions. In some cases, these emotions are very obvious! Dog owners have known this for a long time. If a dog does something bad and is reprimanded by its owner, it will often hang its head low and exhibit "puppy-dog eyes." The dog knows it has been naughty and this is, in effect, its exhibition of sadness and sorrow.

Another relatively clear example of animals' emotional behaviour is when they show aggression. In some cases, it doesn't take very much for animals to become irritated and angry. Dogs, wolves, lions, tigers, birds—nearly every animal has been observed in an agitated state and acting out against the cause of its frustration. In fact, animal researchers have even witnessed animals in the wild waging war and exacting revenge.

Biologists have reported on countless other examples of animals' emotional behaviour. For example, some animals grieve over deceased family members, some dream and have nightmares, some display pride in the work demanded of them, some exhibit friendship and cooperation, and many show love. Examples of compassion and self-indulged enjoyment are also not uncommon. Based on the biological and scientific evidence, it seems beyond doubt that animals are capable of feeling and showing a wide range of emotions. Human do not have a monopoly on such feelings, and it's time for more people to understand that we're all part of one big emotional family.

41. According to the article, which of the following was a general assumption made throughout much of history?

A. People feel a wide range of emotions.

B. Animals feel a wide range of emotions.

C. People feel a limited range of emotions.

D. Animals are incapable of feeling emotions.

42. This style of writing would best be described as _______.

A. expository

B. argumentative

C. narrative

D. descriptive

43. Which of the following would make the best title for this article?

A. The Limited Emotional Lives of Animals

B. A Monopoly on Emotional Behavior

C. Emotions are Universal

D. Animals are People Too

44. What is meant by "puppy-dog eyes" (Para 2)?

A. Eyes that are full of emotion.

B. Eyes that show no emotion.

C. Eyes that belong to a puppy.

D. Eyes that look like a puppy's.

45. Which of the following does the author NOT present in order to support the topic?

A. Popular opinion.

B. Personal opinion.

C. Scientific evidence.

D. Biological research. Unit test 3

Part I: Vocabulary and Structure

Section A: Complete each sentence using the correct word or expression from the box.

1. The investigators searched her house after they received a(n) anonymous tip over the phone.

2. In this instance, the judge declared the suspect not guilty.

3. The government said the current threat level for a terrorist attack is relatively low.

4. Tony was caught shoplifting and has been in police custody since last night.

5. The job of a police investigator is to correlate all the available evidence and figure out who committed a crime and why it was committed.

6. When we got married, we took almost everything so we definitely had to consolidate all of our stuff.

7. The suspect was found not guilty since the lawyers couldn't find a(n) shred of evidence that

8. The firefighters put their own lives in peril to save the people trapped in the burning building.

9. Unfortunately, pickpockets are incredibly commonplace in many large cities.

10. The suspect was arrested because he was in possession of a concealed weapon. Section B: Choose the best way to complete the sentences.

11. The police presence at airports seemed to double _______ after the bomb threat.

A. overage

B. overdue

C. overnight

D. overall

12. In order to _______ information from people, investigators sometimes use questionable methods.

A. extort

B. extract

C. exchange

D. exert

13. It is a federal crime to _______ a lawyer in a courtroom.

A. impersonate

B. personify

C. personalize

D. impersonal

14. After the September 11 _______ attacks in the United States, the government took extreme measures to make sure it wouldn't happen again.

A. radical

B. revolutionary

C. terrorist

D. activist

15. International business and _______ have made the world very interconnected and countries dependent on one another.

A. online banking

B. commerce

C. credit cards

D. retail

16. I think pop-up ads on the Internet and spam in my e-mail inbox are terribly _______ —so much so that it might be an invasion of privacy.

A. offensive

B. offense

C. defensive

D. defense

17. Online retailers such as Amazon and iTunes are so successful that they have become _______ names.

A. obvious

B. household

C. opportunistic

D. offensive

18. The new facial recognition security system _______ knows who you are and if you have access to the building.

A. anonymously

B. obviously

C. tastefully

D. automatically

19. Today's students simply have to go _______ to find the answer to almost any homework question.

A. online

B. Internet

C. Web

D. computer

20. After my store was broken into, the police officer drove me home as a _______.

A. prerequisite

B. prevention

C. pretension

D. precaution

Section C: Complete each sentence with a suitable word.

21. As a safety measure, it's important to tear up bank documents that you don't need anymore.

22. It was unbelievable! Kevin was robbed at broad daylight!

23. Excuse me. Do you have any information on file about the Frank Spacey case?

24. You can usually count on the police to help you out when you're in trouble.

25. In order to enter the building, I needed to have my fingerprints scanned by a machine.

26. I know the security guards need to ask for identification, but I was very unhappy with the way he went about it.

27. After you check your bank balance online, remember to log off so no one else can steal your information.

28. I would have helped out last weekend if only I had known you were moving.

29. Did you cut up your old credit card after you received the new one?

30. Passing through security in an airport takes a long time since the officers sometimes need to look through your luggage.

Part II: Banked Cloze

Questions 31 to 40 are based on the following passage.

Last summer, I went on vacation to Spain. On only the second day, my wallet was stolen. It was a very scary time, and I was obviously frustrated and angered. At first, I was angry I had lost the cash in my wallet. Then, I realized that the thief now had my credit cards and ID card! With only a little practice, he or she could easily forge my signature and make hundreds of unauthorized purchases.

I immediately called the credit card companies to cancel my cards. The more I thought about it, the angrier I got. How could someone commit such fraud? The undoubted deceitfulness in stealing other people's wallets really made me wonder how someone could be completely without ethical standards or morals.

Thankfully, I still had traveler's checks —which are widely accepted in Spain —at my hotel. However, I was no longer in a good mindset to enjoy my vacation. In my opinion, the authorities must attack this problem globally; it's not enough to just focus on pickpockets or identify theft that happens locally. With the Internet, there's no such thing as "local" anymore.

Part III: Reading Comprehension

Questions 41 to 45 are based on the following passage.

Many people often wonder about the terms "blue-collar crime" and "white-collar crime". What's the difference? Is one worse than the other? Are they committed by different kinds of people? What does crime have to do with the color of your shirt?

First, it is helpful to understand that blue-collar workers are those people employed in jobs that

require manual labor, and white-collar workers perform non-manual labor in an office setting. The terms can be dated back to the 19th century, when industrial workers and manual laborers were required to wear clothing suitable to the difficult work — which was typically a blue work shirt or blue coveralls. In contrast, professional workers in offices generally wore white dress shirts. Today, the primary distinctions between white-collar and blue-collar crime are the social class to which the suspect belongs and the type of crime committed. Blue-collar crimes are committed by individuals from lower social classes (ie, less privileged backgrounds with fewer professional and societal opportunities), and white-collar crimes, conversely, are committed by individuals from higher, more affluent social classes.

The exact nature of the crime is also a defining factor of blue-collar versus white-collar crime. Blue-collar crimes tend to be relatively obvious (eg, vandalism, robbery, and shoplifting) or violent (eg, assault, arson, and murder) crimes that are committed out of desperation. White-collar crimes, however, are "quieter" crimes (eg, bribery, embezzlement, and computer crime) committed by people who have the means and opportunity to exploit professional situations.

It is impossible to say that one type of crime is worse than the other, for both have serious and lasting effects for the victims. Blue-collar crime gets more consistent exposure in the media, so we usually hear more about it on a regular basis. However, even though we might not hear many news stories about white-collar crime, it still occurs every day. The increase in computer crime and rising instances of identify theft are testament to that.

41. Which of the following would make the best title for this article?

A. White-Collar Crime: A Victimless Crime.

B. A History of Blue-Collar and White-Collar Workers.

C. Blue-Collar Crime Versus White-Collar Crime: An Explanation.

D. An Examination into Blue-Collar Crime.

42. With which of the following statements would the author likely agree?

A. Identity theft is an example of blue-collar crime.

B. All crime is equally bad for the victims.

C. Many white-collar criminals have good jobs.

D. Incidents of blue-collar crime are decreasing.

43. The writer suggests that _______.

A. blue-collar crime is heavily covered by the news media

B. white-collar crime is heavily covered by the news media

C. both types of crime are heavily covered by the news media

D. crime is not heavily covered by the news media

44. Which paragraph provides a historical context for modern-day blue-collar and white-collar?

A. Paragraph 2.

B. Paragraph 3.

C. Paragraph 4.

D. Paragraph 5.

45. Which of the following would be an example of white-collar crime?

A. Burglary.

B. Rape.

C. Kidnapping.

D. Forgery.

Unit test 4

Part I: Vocabulary and Structure

Section A: Complete each sentence using the correct word or expression from the box. Historical poverty unexpected similarly guidelines capture assignment deny survey integrity

1. Thomas is a journalist and will go to Russia next week on assignment for a new story.

2. China's victory in the World Cup semifinals was so unexpected that people were up all night


3. The city newspaper conducted a(n) survey of residents to see what they thought of the new law.

4. The election of US President Obama had such historical importance that it will be taught in classrooms for years to come.

5. Newspaper journalists must follow a set of established guidelines when they write their articles.

6. I couldn't believe that the politician had the nerve to deny those comments!

7. People all over the country were similarly dissatisfied with the election.

8. It was hard to trust Bill's integrity after he was caught lying and cheating.

9. That editorial was about the government's responsibility to help people who are unemployed and living in poverty.

10. The recovery of the missing girl and the capture of her kidnappers made headlines for a week.

Section B: Choose the best way to complete the sentences.

11. Your statement had a _______ that I don't think you intended to make—do you really think he should go to jail?

A. denotation

B. connotation

C. commotion

D. proliferation

12. Tony tends to _______ a lot of his stories; you shouldn't believe absolutely everything he says.

A. exaggerate

B. exaggeration

C. implicate

D. implication

13. Politicians need to be careful what they do or they will damage their public _______.

A. picture

B. illustration

C. depiction

D. image

14. I don't agree with a lot of what he says; _______, I still think he's a good prime minister.

A. nevertheless

B. although

C. while

D. whereas

15. Newspaper journalists are not required to reveal their _______ if it might get that person in trouble.

A. source

B. editor

C. writer

D. resource

16. In the courtroom, the suspect's _______ to the lawyer's questions was enough for the jury to know he was guilty.

A. action

B. reaction

C. reactionary

D. actionable

17. Before the meeting began, the secretary tried to _______ the ground rules and guidelines.

A. estimate

B. devastate

C. establish

D. deconstruct

18. I enjoy reading the _______ essays in the newspaper every morning since they aren't as impartial as the articles.

A. viewpoint

B. editorial

C. perspective

D. belief

19. She took many _______ classes in school to prepare for a life reporting the news around the world.

A. journal

B. journalist

C. journey

D. journalism

20. The police won't comment on an _______ investigation since they still don't have all the answers.

A. oncoming

B. online

C. ongoing

D. onward

Section C: Complete each sentence with a suitable word.

21. Do you think twenty-four-hour news channels will ever run out of things to report about?

22. The local newspaper decided to lead with the story about the election results.

23. Unfortunately, many people believe that if it's in print, then it must be true.

24. In the United States, more than seven out of every ten people own a computer.

25. The music was so loud that I asked Carl to turn it down.

26. I generally don't believe something unless I can see it with my own eyes.

27. Eventually, the killer was caught by the police, but it wasn't soon enough.

28. I read an article that newspapers and magazines will disappear in the future and everything will be online.

29. When I lived abroad, I was forced to turn to the Internet to stay current with the news.

30. It's nice to know that people still read real books in spite of new technology like e-books and digital downloads.

Part II: Banked Cloze

Questions 31 to 40 are based on the following passage.

I've found that I can make a pretty good living as an online journalist. I submit articles to several different websites and I also write regular updates to my own blog. In China alone, that's more than one billion potential readers!

I carry my laptop computer with me wherever I go, just in case something happens and I need to report on it. Many days I just write about minor events, but you never know when something truly momentous will happen. Moreover, when something big does happen, you need to be quick and get the story in first. Other reporters can sometimes be ferocious and try to steal the big stories. If you're too slow, you'll definitely miss out.

For example, I was drinking coffee one morning at a local café when I saw a police chase speed down the street. The reporter in me got curious, so I quickly hopped in my car to follow the police. Was I ever startled to find out that the person the police were chasing was a famous movie star! I was the first person to report the arrest and it really helped my career. Reader feedback on my blog was overwhelmingly positive and I almost doubled the number of people visiting my site!

Part III: Reading Comprehension

Questions 41 to 45 are based on the following passage.

One of the most memorable days of James's life began as a bright and beautiful morning. In fact, it was one of the most beautiful days James could ever remember. He went to work as usual in downtown Washington, DC and everything seemed normal. However, during his 9:00 meeting, something strange happened. The world as he knew it changed forever.

Shortly after 9:30, the entire building shook. James and his coworkers all looked around at each other in nervous wonder. Instantly, the sirens began—police cars, ambulances, fire engines. It seemed to be a never-ending parade of emergency vehicles speeding by his building. You see, James works less than a mile from the Pentagon and the day was September 11, 2001.

Once he found out what happened, James left the building and went out to the streets, along with the rest of the city. Thousands of people were walking through the streets in a haze of disbelief and fear. By this point, everyone had also heard about the World Trade Center in New York and there was a rumor of yet another missing airplane that was headed to Washington. James looked right and saw the Capitol Building. He looked left and saw the Washington Monument and the White House. No place seemed safe.

The subway stopped running and automobile traffic was at a total standstill. There was essentially no way out of the city. In addition, it was difficult to get a working cell phone signal since

everyone was trying to make a call at the same time. The bright and beautiful September morning had suddenly and unexpectedly turned into a scene of horror and panic.

James decided that the best thing to do was to walk away from all the famous government buildings and monuments and to find someplace safe to sit and wait. He would eventually find a way home, but he felt the most important thing to do at that moment was to find safety, contact his family, and get more information about what just happened.

41. This style of writing would best be described as _______.

A. expository

B. argumentative

C. narrative

D. descriptive

42. Which of the following would make the best title for this story?

A. The Day the Subway Stopped Running.

B. The Day the World Changed.

C. The Day the City Seemed Safe.

D. The Day the Streets Closed Down.

43. James felt that no place was safe because _______ and there was still a missing plane.

A. there were many emergency vehicles

B. the buildings were shaking

C. he couldn't get a cell phone signal

D. he was surrounded by famous buildings

44. Which of the following words best describes the context of this story?

A. Historical.

B. Sensational.

C. Odd.

D. Ferocious.

45. In the above context, what is meant by "a haze of disbelief and fear" (Para 3, Line 3)?

A. Distinct emotions experienced by only a few people.

B. Emotions shared by everyone.

C. Unique emotions felt by James.

D. Emotions that seemed impossible at the time. Unit test 5

Part I: Vocabulary and Structure

Section A: Complete each sentence using the correct word or expression from the box. Military heroic comic mission combat specify immediate clause refugees invaded conceal considerable ideal recognition foundation displayed childish declaration humanity survivor

1. There is a(n) immediate need for relief aid to victims of the earthquake.

2. I felt that he didn't get the recognition he deserved for his role in the peace treaty.

3. During times of great uncertainty and struggle, many people appreciate a few moments of true comic relief.

4. All wars create a(n) considerable amount of damage in the affected countries.

5. The atomic bomb has the ability to destroy all of humanity if we're not careful.

6. World War II began in 1939 when the German military invaded Poland.

7. The government has threatened to take military action if the rebels do not withdraw from the area.

8. My grandfather never displayed any emotion when he spoke of his experience during the war.

9. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the many combat troops who fought and died with bravery during World War II.

10. "Can you please stop this childish behaviour for five minutes and act like adults?" his mother demanded.

11. If you conceal the truth, your trial will be difficult; it's best to just honestly answer all questions.

12. There is a(n) clause in her contract which specifies when she will be paid.

13. Freedom of speech is the foundation of a solid democracy.

14. The ceremony was held to honor war veterans who displayed amazingly heroic deeds on the battlefield.

15. The declaration made by American colonists in 1776 ultimately led to their independence from Great Britain.

16. Unfortunately, we don't live in a(n) ideal world, so there will always be disagreements and conflict.

17. The general went on a top secret mission into enemy territory.

18. Could you please specify which date you will visit the museum?

19. Sadly, there was only one survivor from the plane crash.

20. The crisis in that country is having an effect on neighbouring countries because refugees are crossing the borders in huge numbers.

Section B: Complete each sentence with a suitable word.

21. Jeffrey is a good man at heart; he just has difficulty expressing himself.

22. Children must be supervised at all times while in the park.

23. As the Nazis' power grew, more and more Jewish people went into hiding.

24. Captain White was awarded the Medal of Honor in recognition of his service to the nation.

25. I was cleaning out the attic and I came across my grandparents' old letters to each other.

26. It's sometimes hard to believe, but many wars actually change the world for the better.

27. My grandfather considers his war wound to be a badge of honor.

28. He was presented with a gold watch in recognition of his service in the company.

29. The news this morning reported that the refugees were crossing the border in droves.

30. I promise to contact you as soon as I get to Japan.

Part II: Banked Cloze

Questions 31 to 40 are based on the following passage.

I recently found several of the diaries my great-grandfather kept while he was fighting abroad during the war. He starts out very full of optimism and hope. He believes that they will make a difference and are fighting a truly evil enemy—one who doesn't care at all for fellow human beings.

As the days pass and he comes face to face with the cruelty of war, his tone changes. He was only 17 years old when the war began, so he was completely unprepared for the bloodshed he would see on the battlefield. It was sometimes so bloody that he had terrible nightmares. His diary entries successfully reveal his thoughts, which go from hope to depression in only a few weeks.

My great-grandfather, always respectful of his superiors, wrote a lot about the commander of his squad and the difficult situations he faced every day. For example, during one particularly intense battle, roughly 40 per cent of the soldiers in his squad were killed. My great-grandfather wrote that most soldiers thought it was their fate to die in battle. I'm not sure I could handle that. It seems to me that it's enough to make anyone go insane!

Part III: Reading Comprehension

Questions 41 to 45 are based on the following passage.

8, May, 2010

I visited the Auschwitz concentration camp today. I don't know if I have the words to describe it, but I'll try. The modern camp site is really just a collection of barracks that have been slightly reconfigured to present the history of the camp. Each building focused on a separate theme, such as "Everyday Life of the Prisoner," "Living and Sanitary Conditions," and "Extermination."

Certain barracks also had themed exhibits for individual countries that had a significant number of citizens sent to the concentration camp.

In addition to these museum-style exhibits, Auschwitz also has the very famous entrance gate which has been included in many films, documentaries, and books. However, on the whole, Auschwitz seemed to be nothing more than a very powerful museum about the Holocaust. Birkenau, on the other hand, was more powerful and horrifying than I had imagined it would be.

I walked three kilometers between the camps and soon arrived at the famous "Death's Gate" entrance with the railway tracks leading through. What struck me immediately about the camp was its size. It's monstrously huge! For me, the most disturbing aspect of the camp is that visitors are allowed to wander around the grounds freely. Nothing is off limits.

I must say, it felt wrong to be walking around the scenes of so much pain, bloodshed, and cruelty. Still, there were many tourists doing just that. In the farthest reaches of the camp—the places most distant from the entrance—it felt almost scary in its silence, emptiness, and loneliness. Surrounded by the relative tranquillity of the modern world, it is hard to believe that this place was the scene of so much evil.

Places like Auschwitz and Birkenau are constant reminders of the inhumanity people are capable of. However, they're also a helpful reminder that life goes on—and so must we—yet our continuing lives must always include memory.

41. This passage is best described as _______.

A. narrative fiction

B. editorial nonfiction

C. first-person history

D. personal memoir

42. According to the passage, the author found his visit to the concentration camps _______.

A. fun and lighthearted

B. sad and depressing

C. emotional and enlightening

D. boring and unremarkable

43. Which of the following quotes best represents the author's final thought?

A. Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.

B. Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.

C. Only the dead have seen the end of war.

D. Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.

44. With which of these statements would the author of this passage probably agree?

A. Important historical sites should be preserved as museums for future generations.

B. Historical sites related to wars should be destroyed because they are depressing.

C. It is unimportant to remember terrible things that happened in the past.

D. Tourism to historical sites tends to erode that place's integrity.

45. Which paragraph describes the author's emotions and those evoked by the concentration camp?

A. Paragraph 1.

B. Paragraph 2.

C. Paragraph 3.

D. Paragraph 4.