20 ЮНИ 2014 г.

8и клас - Английски език - Външно оценяване

Read the text below. For questions 1 - 5, choose the answer (A, B, C or D)
which you think fits best according to the text.

When Tony Carney arrived at the bakery which he runs in the English market town of Banbury last Thursday, he sensed that something was not quite right. And sure enough, soon he spotted a line of footprints on the floury floor. There had been a burglary, and a tray of cakes, baked a few hours earlier and left to cool, had disappeared. However, further investigation established that this was not just the work of a hungry thief, because in the office the filing box where the recipes had been kept was lying empty.
Tony Carney is one of two partners in the Banbury Cake Company which claims to make the world's only authentic Banbury cake, an oval shaped packet of flaky pastry, filled with a dried fruit mixture, which has been made in the town for over 400 years. The company is keen to revive the export trade. One master baker in the 1840s baked as many as 140,000 a year and found a market for them in places as far away from home as India, North America and Australia. The company's recipe is, therefore, a much-prized secret and last Thursday's break-in was almost certainly an attempt to steal it. Fortunately, the company had recently moved the recipe to a secret location where it keeps it under lock and key, so all the thief got away with were some old bread recipes, and 240 cakes. Yet news of the break-in has been front-page news in Banbury where they take their cakes very seriously. And part of the appeal of the cake now lies in the mystique of the recipe itself, because it has remained a closely guarded secret, passed down from master baker to master baker over the centuries.

1. Tony Carney felt that something was wrong …

2. The Banbury Cake Company claims …

3. Banbury cakes …

4. As a result of the burglary, …

5. What local people like about Banbury cake is its …

6. Read the text below. For questions 6 - 10, choose the answer (A, B, C or D)
which you think fits best according to the text.

In April 1944, I was among sixty Americans who took a rather specialized training course, directed by British Military Intelligence, in Devon, England. And as I look back, it seems to me that we were quite unique, the sixty of us. We were all basically letter-writing people, and when we spoke to each other during our leisure time, it was usually to ask somebody if he had any ink he wasn’t using at the moment. When we weren’t busy writing our homework, each of us went pretty much his own way. Mine usually led me, on clear days, around the countryside. On rainy days, I generally sat in a dry place and read a book.
The training course lasted three weeks, ending on a Saturday, a very rainy one. I remember standing at the window for a very long time, looking out at the monotonous rain.
Suddenly, with nothing special in mind, I came away from the window, put on my raincoat and went out. I walked down the long wet hill into town. I ignored the flashes of lightning all around me.
In the centre of town, which was probably the wettest part of town, I stopped in front of a church to read the bulletin board, mostly because the displayed numerals and letters, white on black, had caught my attention but partly because, after three years in the Army, I’d become addicted to reading bulletin boards. At three-fifteen, the board stated, there would be children’s choir practice. I looked at my wrist-watch, then back at the board. A sheet of paper was attached, listing the names of the children expected to attend practice. I stood in the rain and read all the names, then entered the church.

6. The narrator was in England …

7. The Americans …

8. When the weather was good, the narrator …

9. The day the course ended, the narrator …

10. One of the reasons the narrator started reading the bulletin board was that …

11. Read the text below. For questions 11 - 15, choose the answer (A, B or C ) which
you think fits best according to the text.

Hercule Poirot looked thoughtfully at his visitor, Miss Diana Maberly. He saw a pale face with a determined looking chin, eyes that were more grey than blue, and hair that was of that real blue-black shade.
He noticed the well-cut, but also well-worn, woollen suit, the old handbag, and the unconscious arrogant manner that lay behind the girl’s obvious nervousness. He thought to himself: “Ah yes, she is “the Country”- but no money! And it must be something quite out of the way that would bring her to me.”
“I – don’t know whether you can help me or not, Mr. Poirot. It’s – it’s a very extraordinary situation,” said Diana Maberly, her voice shaking a little. “I’ve come to you because I don’t know what to do. I don’t even know if there is anything to do! I’ve come to you because the man I’ve been engaged to for over a year has broken off our engagement.” She stopped, eyed him defiantly and went on: “You must think that I am crazy.”
Slowly, Hercule Poirot shook his head. “On the contrary, Mademoiselle, I have no doubt whatever that you are extremely intelligent and I know very well that you are quite aware of that. It is, therefore, that there is something unusual about him breaking off the engagement. That is so, is it not?”
The girl nodded and said in a clear, precise voice: “Hugh broke off our engagement, because he thinks he is going mad. He thinks people who are mad should not marry. But I think that there isn’t anything wrong with him at all.”
“Then why does he think he is going mad?” Poirot paused for a moment before going on. “Is there, perhaps, madness in his family?”
Reluctantly Diana nodded her agreement. “His grandmother was mental, I believe – and some great-aunt or other. But what I say is, that every family has got someone eccentric in it. You know, a bit half-witted or extra clever or something!”
Hercule Poirot shook his head sadly.

11. Diana Maberly was sure that Hercule Poirot could help her.

12. According to Hercule Poirot, Diana Maberly didn’t think of herself as smart.

13. Diana’s fiancé, Hugh, found himself unfit for marriage.

14. Diana and Hugh were supposed to get married in a month.

15. Diana believed that Hugh was alright and would probably not go mad.


For questions 16 - 45, read the text and the sentences below and decide which
answer (A, B, C or D) best fits each gap.

The Proms
The Proms is the 16. _____ name for an eight-week summer season of daily classical music concerts 17. _____ annually. The main 18. _____for the concerts is Albert Hall in London.
The word “Prom” is 19. _____ for Promenade Concert. Originally, people used to “promenade” or walk about during concerts. The 20. _____ of the Proms, Robert Newman, wanted to 21. _____ people who did not normally attend classical music concerts to take part, so ticket prices were 22. _____ low and people could eat, drink and smoke as well as walk about.
Nowadays, “promenade” 23. _____ to standing areas inside the hall for which ticket prices are much lower than for reserved seating. Standing tickets are usually sold on the day of the concert which can 24. _____ in long queues of people.
In 1927, the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) 25. _____ over running the concerts and over the years, many were put on the radio and then later on television. This has allowed a larger audience to 26. _____ the music.
Most people’s idea of the Proms is taken from the final concert which is 27. _____ “Last Night of the Proms”, but this is different from the others. It traditionally takes 28. _____ on the second Saturday in September and is shown 29. _____ on TV. The concert is a mix of popular classics and British songs. Many people wear fancy dress, 30. _____ whistles, carry umbrellas, balloons and flags. The party atmosphere is for everyone, with flags of many countries being waved. “Proms in the Park” allows the final concert to join with other concerts in London and elsewhere.
















31. Why haven’t you answered _____ phone call?

32. Ann has always dreamed of going to _____ university after completing her secondary

33. _____ of students nowadays prefer to continue their education abroad.

34. They offered two classes – one for the advanced students and one for the _____

35. My father is _____ hardworking that he works even at weekends.

36. Her new classmates were very nice and made her _____ really welcome.

37. When I met Harry, he _____ in Paris for 6 years.

38. How would you feel if you _____ one million euros?

39. I wish teenagers _____ so much time playing computer games.

40. I don’t feel like _____ English. I’d rather learn French.

41. I am much looking forward _____ England.

42. He _____ come to the party. I don’t know if he’s free on Saturday.

43. Excuse the mess; the house _____ at the moment.

44. Although the test was not difficult _____ students got excellent grades.

45. They won’t be safe from the floods unless they _____ inside.