ENGLISH CHAMPION 2017 ROUND 1 – GRADE 8 (Test 1)

2/12/2019 12:00:00 AM
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Look at the six sentences for this part.

You will hear a conversation between a girl called Julia and her father, about choosing a course at university.

Decide if each sentence is correct or incorrect.

If it is correct, choose the answer YES. If it is not correct, choose the answer NO. 

Julia wants to choose a course as soon as possible.

  • Yes
  • No

Julia’s father thinks that studying a business may be boring.

  • Yes
  • No

Julia’s father believes Julia’s friend is making the wrong choice.

  • Yes
  • No

Julia’s father thinks she might find studying business too difficult.

  • Yes
  • No

Julia is confident about her maths.

  • Yes
  • No

Julia is keen to consider her father’s suggestion.

  • Yes
  • No

You hear two friends talking about attending a motor-racing event.

They agree that the best thing about it was________

  • the race.
  • the facilities.
  • the atmosphere.

You hear a football coach talking about a match.

He thinks that the team lost because__________

  • they lacked concentration.
  • they hadn’t practiced enough.
  • they weren’t fit.

You will hear people talking in an extract. For questions choose the answer which fits best according to what you hear.

You hear part of a radio programme about the London Underground. 

The poster campaign came at a time when_________

  • various aspects of life in London were changing.
  • many people were reluctant to travel on the Underground.
  • the use of posters for advertising was increasing.

What does Zoe say about the content of the posters?

  • It only appealed to a certain type of person.
  • It contrasted with real life for many people.
  • It influenced the lifestyles of some people.

The people below live in London and are all interested in keeping fit.

These are descriptions of eight websites for people wanting to keep fit:

  1. www.NAG.co.uk - The National Athletics Group is a site for people interested in athletics. It allows you to find out where your nearest athletics club is and provides information about races and other athletics events around the country. There is a popular chatroom where athletes exchange suggestions and ideas.
  2. www.fitnessonline.co.uk - This is a free government website that encourages people to keep fit. It gives diet advice, and allows you to work through a fitness programme without leaving your house. It also offers advice on gym equipment to buy and has a chatroom, where you can compare experiences with others.
  3. www.fitnet.co.uk - Steve Amos started this site for busy people wanting to keep fit. Fill in a questionnaire and Steve will create a fitness programme for you. Although Steve's fee is high, you can email him for advice whenever you want. In addition, Steve has designed a range of fitness clothes and footwear, which anyone can order (48-hour delivery).
  4. www.activelife.co.uk - This site is perfect for those who like to combine living a healthy lifestyle with enjoying the countryside. Type in the name of the town and you get a list of locations that offer routes for cycling or exploring the area on foot. There is also Information on cycling competitions in Britain.
  5. www.sportsarena.co.uk - This website tells you how you can keep fit at this group of London sports centres. You don't have to be a member - these centres operate a pay-as-you-go system. They all have a pool, squash courts, gym and outdoor tennis courts. The website includes details of locations, opening times and prices.
  6. www.fitinfo.com This online shop offers books, magazines, DVDs, and software connected to keeping fit. You simply type in the aspect of keeping fit that you are interested in, such as ‘keeping fit outdoors’, and a super selection is displayed.

  7. www.swavedon.com Swavedon is a national park with a lake, which offers many different ways of keeping fit in the great outdoors. There are three cycle routes, a jogging track around the lake and several woodland walks.
  8. www.fitnessclub.co.uk This website tells you all you need to know about this chain of gyms, including where your nearest Fitnessclub gym is, how you can become a member and how much the yearly fee is. Advice is given on everything from using a running machine to buying the right equipment. Each gym has a swimming pool and a shop selling gym wear.

Decide which website would be the most suitable for the following people.

 

  • Klara has recently moved to London and enjoys serious running. She is looking for a club where she can take part in competitions.
  • Sami wants to find some ideas for keeping fit at home and communicate online with other people doing the same thing. He doesn’t want to have to pay for using the website.
  • Kumiko is a member of a local gym where she goes at least twice a week. She does not get much time to shop, so wants to buy gym clothes and shoes online.
  • Peter loves the outdoors and cycles to different places each weekend to keep fit. He wants a website which will give him suggestions for a range of suitable destinations.
  • Stefano is a student and is looking for a gym where he can keep fit. He wants to pay each time he visits the gym rather than paying a fee to become a member.

Read the text and answer the questions below.

The Shoemaker

Bill Bird is a shoemaker who cannot make shoes fast enough for his growing number of customers - and he charges more than £300 for a pair! Customers travel hundreds of kilometers to his London shoe clinic or to his workshop in the countryside to have their feet measured. He makes shoes for people with feet of unusual sizes: large, very small, very broad or very narrow. The shoes are at least as fashionable as those found in ordinary shops.

Mr. Bird says: ‘My problem is that I cannot find skilled workers. Young people all seem to prefer to work with computers these days. We will lose the necessary skills soon because there are fewer and fewer shoemakers nowadays. I am 45, and now I want to teach young people everything I know about making shoes. It’s a good job, and a lot of people want to buy beautiful shoes specially made for them.’

He started in the business 19 years ago and now he employs three other people. His customers pay about £500 for their first pair of shoes. He says: ‘Our customers come because they want comfortable shoes which are exactly the light size.’ Extra pairs of shoes cost between £320 and £450, as it takes one employee a whole week to make just one shoe.

What is the writer trying to do in the text?

  • describe where Mr. Bird finds his staff.
  • encourage people to wear comfortable shoes.
  • advertise a job selling expensive shoes.
  • show Mr. Bird’s worries about his trade.

What can readers find out from this text?

  • how many customers Mr. Bird has.
  • how to make shoes like Mr. Bird.
  • how to get to Mr. Bird’s London shop.
  • how much Mr. Bird's shoes cost.

What is Mr. Bird's opinion of young people?

  • They want too much money.
  • They are difficult to train.
  • They prefer other jobs.
  • They don’t work hard enough.

Customers choose Mr. Bird because his shoes _____

  • are the most fashionable.
  • fit perfectly.
  • look very unusual.
  • are traditional in design.

Which advertisement would Mr. Bird put in a newspaper?

  • Wanted – experienced shoemakers to work in large shoe company in London.
  • Wanted – young people to train as shoemakers. Must be able to use a computer.
  • Wanted - Young people to train as shoemakers. Good job with small company.
  • Wanted – country workshop needs people for unskilled jobs working with shoes.

You are going to read an article about a mountain climber. Six sentences have been removed from the article. Choose the sentence (A-G) which fits each gap (1-6). There is one extra sentence which you do not need to use.

A.All kinds of songs I’d never thought twice about ran through my mind.

B.I can drag this for four hours at a time.

C.I couldn’t stop repeating that.

D.I managed to get up all of those without any oxygen or tents.

E.It’s the one I use when I need to push forward through heavy snow, however.

F.Suddenly, there was an incredible rumble up above us.

G.These clearly came as quite a shock.

I run up mountains

Mountain climbing hasn't developed much in the past fifty years or so, but I want to introduce a new style. I call it 'sky running'. It means climbing high mountains as fast as possible and using as little equipment as possible. Skyrunning is the most honest kind of mountaineering.

Some years ago, I decided to climb Mount Aconcagua, in the Andes, which usually takes three days. I didn't have that sort of time - so I thought about how it could be done more quickly. In the end, I managed it in four hours and twenty-five minutes. Since then I've climbed several mountains this way, including the 'seven summits', the highest mountains on each continent. When I climbed Mount Everest, the only nutrition I took with me was carbohydrate gels, salted crackers and about three liters of rosehip tea. It took me sixteen hours and forty-two minutes to go up - a new speed record on the northern route.

I have also set speed records on Antarctica's Mount Vinson, the Carstensz Pyramid in New Guinea and other summits. Attempts such as these need months of training and preparation, as with any serious sport. To build up strength, I sometimes haul an enormous tractor tire behind me while running uphill. (2) I call it 'the beast' because of the aggressive energy I build up during these training sessions.

The psychological side of training is as important as the physical. I use foreign languages to affect my mental state and enhance my performance. I shout things out in these, even though I know there's nobody to hear me. I'm Austrian and speak only a few words of the Russian language. ( I couldn't tell you why that should be the case.

Whereas Russian is full of energy and strength, English is a language that calms me and helps me to focus. Two years ago, I was climbing in Nepal and knew that I was in danger from avalanches. I noticed that I kept saying to myself: 'Hey man, take care!' It was as if one part of me had stepped outside myself to make sure I made the right decisions, and that phrase helped.

For other people, this might sound ridiculous, but I don't care. In high altitudes, any mistake can be lethal, and I know how it feels to face death. Seventeen years ago, when I was twenty-four, 1 was climbing with a friend in the Karakoram mountains in Pakistan at about 18,000 feet. It was the sound of an avalanche, which hit us and broke my right thighbone.

My friend pulled me out of the snow, but although we had survived, we realized he wouldn't be able to drag me back to the base camp. I said: 'Go, just leave me here.’ And he left me behind. I lay alone in the mountains for days. Sometimes I hallucinated, other times I shouted. Finally, my friend came back with other climbers and saved me. I thought extreme mountaineering was too risky at first, but slowly my perspective changed.

There are so many mountains to climb, but I know my records won't last forever. In ten or twenty years, sky running will be established as a sport. I see myself as a pioneer.

For these questions, read the text below and decide which answer best fits each gap. 

Thomas Cook could be to have invented the global tourist industry. He was born in England in 1808 and became a cabinet-maker. Then he on the idea of using the newly-invented railways for pleasure trips and by the summer of 1845, he was organizing commercial trips. The first was to Liverpool and featured a 60-page handbook for the journey, the of the modern holiday brochure.

The Paris Exhibition of 1855 him to create his first great tour, taking in France, Belgium and Germany. This also included a remarkable - Cook’s first cruise, an extraordinary journey along the Rhine. The expertise he had gained from this him in good stead when it came to organizing a fantastic journey along the Nile in 1869. Few civilians had so much as set foot in Egypt, let travelled along this waterway through history and the remains of a vanished civilization back thousands of years. Then, in 1872, Cook organized the first conducted world tour and the of travel has not been the same since.

The octagon in the figure is equiangular and AB = AC. Find angle ACB?

  • 135°
  • 45°
  • 30°
  • 90°

What is the greatest common factor (GCF) of 12x and (3x.x + 6x)

  • 3
  • 3x
  • x + 2
  • 3x (x + 2)

It takes Kevin 8 hours to travel a distance of 576 kilometres. At this rate, how many kilometres does Kevin travel in 10 hours?

  • 720
  • 600
  • 540
  • 390

An atom consists of:

  • An electron surrounded by a nucleus.
  • A nucleus containing electrons.
  • A nucleus surrounded by neutrons.
  • Neutrons, protons and electrons.

In the following diagram, A represents a/ an:

  • incident ray.
  • extended ray.
  • reflected ray.
  • None of the above.

The items in this part have four underlined words or phrases. You must identify the one underlined expression that must be changed for the sentence to be correct.
Ceramics can be harder, light, and more resistant to heat than metals.

  • light
  • resistant
  • heat
  • metals

The items in this part have four underlined words or phrases. You must identify the one underlined expression that must be changed for the sentence to be correct.
Not everyone realizes that the most largest organ of the human body is the skin.

  • Not everyone
  • that
  • most largest
  • human

The items in this part have four underlined words or phrases. You must identify the one underlined expression that must be changed for the sentence to be correct.
Mold is extremely destruction to books in a library.

  • extremely
  • destruction
  • books
  • library

The items in this part have four underlined words or phrases. You must identify the one underlined expression that must be changed for the sentence to be correct.
Sidney Lanier achieved fame both as a poet or as a symphony musician.

  • achieved
  • as a
  • or
  • musician

The items in this part have four underlined words or phrases. You must identify the one underlined expression that must be changed for the sentence to be correct.
The horses used play polo are not of any special breed or of any definite size.

  • horses
  • play
  • special
  • definite

Choose the sentence which is closest in meaning to the one in bold.
I will try calling them around 7 o’clock because they ought to be back from their trip by then.

  • They have probably come home from their journey already, but I will try to phone them at 7 o’clock.
  • Although they were planning to be home no earlier than 7 o’clock, I will call them up at that time.
  • I expect them to have returned from their journey by 7 o’clock, so I’ll phone around that time.
  • I won’t be able to ring them until 7 o’clock, although they should be home from their holiday before then.

Choose the sentence which is closest in meaning to the one in bold.
The Taiping Rebellion, the bloodiest civil war in history, began in China in 1850 and lasted for 15 years.

  • The Taiping Rebellion, which was fought for about one and a half decades, up to 1850, was the most violent war in history.
  • More people were killed in the 15-year-long Taiping Rebellion, which ended in 1850, than in any other war in history.
  • It would be hard to find a more violent civil war than China’s 15-year-long Taiping Rebellion, which began in 1850.
  • There has never been a bloodier internal conflict than China’s Taiping Rebellion, fought between 1850 and 1865.

Choose the sentence which is closest in meaning to the one in bold.
You ought to cut down on how much you eat and start exercising, as the doctor told you to, if you want to regain good health.

  • You still haven’t recovered your health because, by eating too much and refusing to take exercise, you are doing the opposite of what the doctor said.
  • What the doctor said about reducing your food intake and keeping fit is what you should do, or you’ll remain unhealthy.
  • You should eat less food and begin a fitness program immediately in order to follow the doctor’s instructions.
  • The doctor was right in advising you to cut down on your calories and take up sports, because you look so unhealthy.

Choose the sentence which is closest in meaning to the one in bold.
They would rather have gone to Jamaica for their vacation than to Marmaris, but it was beyond their budget.

  • They preferred to go to Jamaica for their holiday than to Marmaris, even though they could hardly afford it.
  • They are going to Marmaris for their holiday, which is within their budget, but they’d actually want to go to Jamaica.
  • The trip to Jamaica they wanted for their holiday was too expensive for them, so they went to Marmaris instead.
  • They thought Jamaica would be a better place for a vacation than Marmaris, but they knew it would cost too much money for people like them.

Choose the sentence which is closest in meaning to the one in bold.
Alice had already been to Venice, but she didn’t like it as much when she went there again last summer.

  • Alice enjoyed it better the first time she went to Venice than on her visit there last summer.
  • Alice liked Venice more on her visit last summer than she had when she had been there before.
  • Alice went to Venice again last summer because she had liked it so much the first time.
  • Alice went to Venice once, and even though she didn’t like it very much, she went again.