ENGLISH CHAMPION 2017 ROUND 1 – GRADE 8 (Test 2)

2/13/2019 12:00:00 AM
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Look at the six sentences for this part.

You will hear a conversation between a boy, Carl, and a girl, Susanna, about a school concert.

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. 

Susanna feels shy about playing her violin in public.

  • Yes
  • No

Carl and Susanna share the same opinion about practicing their instruments regularly.

  • Yes
  • No

Susanna’s parents refuse to allow her to give up violin lessons.

  • Yes
  • No

Carl’s aim is to have a career in music.

  • Yes
  • No

Susanna thinks she would enjoy working in another country.

  • Yes
  • No

Carl persuades Susanna to take part in the concert.

  • Yes
  • No

You overhear a student talking on the phone.

What does he say about life at college?

  • He’s made a lot of new friends.
  • His teachers are pleased with his progress.
  • He finds his accommodation to be very convenient.

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

You hear two people talking about popular music.

The woman’s main point is that

  • it is no longer possible to create genuinely original popular music.
  • all modern popular music is a poor imitation of older music.
  • popular music has always been an overrated form of music.

What does the woman say about modern performers?

  • They are not interested in the views of older people.
  • They are taking advantage of their audience.
  • They are influenced without realizing it.

The people below are all visiting the same city in Britain and want to find a suitable hotel.

1. Stephen is looking for a top-quality hotel which is convenient for the airport, to hold a meeting with visiting German publishers. They will stay overnight and want to take some exercise outdoors after the meeting.

2. Karl and Monika want to stay in the city centre overnight at a hotel offering good local food. The next morning they plan to see the main sights. They are not worried about the cost of the hotel.

3. James and Denise want a modern, medium-priced hotel in the city, but will eat out during their stay. They also want to see some films in the evenings, somewhere near their hotel.

4. David and Katrina have just started work after leaving college and haven’t got much money, so they want a reasonably priced hotel. They like country walks and water sports.

5. Sue and Belinda want to stay somewhere in the city centre that offers a variety of evening entertainment within the hotel, including live music.


These are descriptions of eight hotels for people wanting to stay:

A. The Salisbury Hotel: a top hotel with a health club, swimming pool, shops, and a fully-equipped business center. Within the hotel are three international restaurants, one with a French chef. The hotel is conveniently located close to the motorway, though airport users should allow plenty of time because traffic is usually heavy.

B. The Cumberland Hotel: well placed for sightseeing on a busy city street, in a district which is full of interesting shops. Rooms are expensive but comfortable and the hotel serves excellent food, typical of the area. A piano player entertains guests every night in the bar.

C. The Rathmore Hotel: offers good value accommodation, with wonderful English food in the restaurant. The hotel is well-known for its small orchestra which plays while guests have dinner. It is on the eastern edge of the city but special sightseeing buses are available to take guests into the center (the trip takes over an hour in traffic).

D. The Russell Hotel: close to the airport and has quiet, comfortable rooms. However, the journey to the city center can take time, and prices are above average. Delicious local food is served in the restaurant, and its conference rooms and business facilities are excellent. The hotel is surrounded by woodland, offers a golf course, and there are pleasant walks around the nearby lake.

E. The newly-built Aviemore Hotel: small but in the center of the city's cinema, restaurant and nightclub district. Rooms are clean, comfortable and reasonably priced, although the food is rather basic. There is an electronic games arcade in the hotel.

F. The Padnal Hotel: an older hotel in the heart of the city, with ground-floor rooms opening onto a country-style garden. Prices are reasonable. There are a sports center and a small cinema and a nightclub. A band performs every evening in the hotel restaurant, where excellent French food is served. Airport buses pick up from the hotel.

G. The Westmore Hotel: in beautiful countryside to the east of the city. It is peaceful and inexpensive, although the accommodation is basic. There are opportunities nearby for sailing and diving, and a lot of interesting routes to explore on foot.

H. The Grange Hotel: Although the prices at the Grange Hotel are higher than at many city-centre hotels, it has a lot to offer. It shares a modern complex with nightclubs, cinemas, shops and conference facilities, 20 kilometres west of the centre. Trains run from the nearby railway station to the city centre and the airport, although journeys can take up to an hour.

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

  • Stephen
  • Karl and Monika
  • James and Denise
  • David and Katrina
  • Sue and Belinda

Read the text and answer the questions below.

Craigie Aitchison

The painter Craigie Aitchison was born in Scotland. He came to London intending to study law but went to art school instead. There he found the traditional drawing classes difficult but still kept on painting.

In his late twenties, he was given money by the Italian government to study art and became interested in early Italian artists, which shows in some of his work. He loved the greens and browns of the Italian fields and the clear light there and wanted to put this light into his paintings.

This led him to paint colors thinly one on top of another from light to dark, but he insists he's never sure what the results will be. He says, 'It's a secret - because I don't know myself. I don't start by painting yellow, knowing I'm going to put anything on top.' Like most talented people, Aitchison makes it sound easy. 'Anyone can do the colors - you can buy them. I simply notice what you put the colors next to.'

Unlike some artists, he never does drawings before he starts a painting, as he feels that if he did, he might get bored and not do the painting afterward. Instead, Aitchison changes his paintings many times before they are finished. This explains why his favorite models are people who don't ask to see their pictures while he's painting them. 'If I feel they're worried and want to look at the painting, I can't do it.'

Since moving to London years ago, he has not felt part of the Scottish painting scene. He says he is not interested in following any tradition, but just paints the way he can. However, his work still influences young British painters.

What does the writer do in the text?

  • describe particular works by Craigie Aitchison.
  • teach readers how to paint like Craigie Aitchison.
  • introduce readers to the artist Craigie Aitchison.
  • explain how Craigie Aitchison has made money from painting.

What can readers learn about Aitchison from the text?

  • He works in a different way from other artists.
  • He often gets bored with his paintings.
  • He improved his drawing by going to art school.
  • He did some paintings for the Italian government.

What does Aitchison say about his use of color?

  • He likes starting with the darkest colors first.
  • He knows the colors he’s aiming for when he begins.
  • He prefers to paint with yellows, greens, and browns.
  • He understands how different colors work together.

Aitchison prefers models who don’t

  • keep talking to him while he’s working.
  • ask him about his strange method of working.
  • worry about how long the work will take.
  • feel anxious to see the work as it’s developing.

What might a visitor at an exhibition say about Aitchison’s work?

  • I love his recent paintings of Scotland, which are very similar to a number of other Scottish painters.
  • You can still see the influence of his trip to Italy in some of these pictures.
  • You can tell he spent a lot of time drawing the picture before he started painting.
  • I wonder if his law training helps him at all, especially in selling his work.

You are going to read an article about an environmental campaigner. 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. I went home and checked this out. 

B. I try not to get affected emotionally if drivers respond in this way.

C. I also tell them that it saves money and avoids breaking the law.

D. I decided to have these conversations on a regular basis after that.

E. I find this fact always takes my victims by surprise.

F. It’s not the sort of mistake that you make twice.

G. I’ve been distributing them in this way ever since.

Would you turn off your engine, please?

I was walking around my neighborhood in New York one spring evening two years ago when I came across a stretch limousine parked outside a restaurant. The driver's clients were inside having dinner, and he had his engine running while he waited. It really bothered me. He was polluting the air we breathe as well as wasting huge amounts of fuel, so I knocked on the driver's window.

I explained to him that he didn't need to waste his boss's money or pollute our air. I addressed the issues politely and, after a ten-minute chat, he agreed to shut off" the engine. I felt empowered - I could make a difference in our environment.   So whenever I see a driver sitting with the car engine running, I go over and talk to him or her.

Six months later, I talked to a guy who turned out to be an undercover police officer. He told me he wouldn't turn off his engine because he was on a job, but asked me if I knew there was actually a law against engine idling, as it's called.   Sure enough, under New York City's traffic laws, you could be fined up to $2,000 for engine idling for more than three minutes.

 I had small business cards printed up that referred to the relevant law on one side and the penalties on the other, and started to hand them out to idlers. . It's surprising how many people are unaware that they could get a fine. That's why I start my encounters the same way every time.

I say: 'Excuse me for bothering you, but are you aware that it is against the law in New York City to idle your car for more than three minutes? They want to know who I am, am I a cop? I tell them that I'm just a concerned citizen and want to make sure we improve our environment and address our oil addiction.

We usually have a discussion and I always try to conclude the encounter on a positive and polite note, saying how great it would be if they shut off their engine so we can all have a better environment. . Most are convinced by these arguments. Indeed, I'm successful seventy-eight percent of the time. Although, of course, there are people who are aggressive or who won't do it. My success rate with cops is only five percent.

I keep an Excel spreadsheet so that I have a precise record of each of my encounters. If I get an aggressive reaction, I list their comments and highlight them in red. I don't give up, however, and try to approach them professionally. But my feelings do get hurt on occasion. Then I remind myself that because I make the first approach, I'm actually the aggressor in this situation. My victims are just sitting there thinking; 'Who is this guy?'

To date, I have had 2,500 encounters and, overall, I have made a difference. I'm in touch with the Department of Energy in Washington and my work is endorsed by the American Lung Association. And recently a New York traffic cop wrote the city's very first ticker for idling.

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

Taking photographs runs the memory, research finds

Our obsession with recording every detail of our happiest moments could negatively our ability to remember them, according to new research.

Dr. Linda Henkel, from Fairfield University, Connecticut, described this as the ‘photo-taking impairment effect’. She said, ‘People often whip out their cameras almost mindlessly to capture a moment, to the point that they are missing what is happening in front of them. When people rely on technology to remember for them – on the camera to record the event and thus not needing to attend to it fully themselves – it can have a negative on how well they remember their experiences.’

In Dr. Henkel’s experiment, a group of university students was led on a tour of a museum and asked to either photograph or try to remember objects on display. The next day each student’s memory was tested. The results showed that people were less in recognizing the objects they had photographed with those they had only looked at.

At the beginning of the summer, Cindy was 160 cm tall. At the end of the summer, she measured her height again and discovered that it had increased by 5%. Measured in cm, what was her height at the end of summer?

  • 168
  • 165
  • 160.8
  • 170

Which expression is equivalent to 

A train traveled at an average speed of 72 kilometers per hour for 2 hours and 48 kilometers per hour for 3 hours. What is the total number of kilometers that the train traveled?

  • 144
  • 288
  • 380
  • 495

Which of the following options is true about all metals?

  • They are magnetic.
  • They are good conductors of heat and electricity.
  • They react with water.
  • They react with oxygen.

A vein is responsible for:

  • carrying blood towards the heart.
  • carrying blood away from the heart.
  • transporting oxygen-rich blood.
  • 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.
Dreams are commonly made up of either visual and verbal images.

  • commonly
  • made up of
  • either
  • verbal images

Choose the underlined part that needs correction.

The Yale Daily News is oldest than any other college newspaper still in operation in the United States.

  • oldest than
  • other
  • still
  • in operation

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.
Mary Rinehart was a pioneer in the field of journalist in the early twentieth century.

  • a pioneer
  • field
  • journalist
  • the early

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 Dave Brubeck Quartet, one of the most popular jazz bands of the 1950’s, had a particularly loyal following on campuses college.

  • the most popular
  • particularly
  • following
  • campuses college

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.
In the architecture, a capital is the top portion of a column.

  • In the
  • capital
  • the top
  • column

Choose the sentence which is closest in meaning to the one in bold.
It is possible that our boss' indecision lost us the contract to rebuild the school.

  • Perhaps the boss was unable to decide whether to take the contract to rebuild the school or not.
  • Our boss' hesitation in deciding may have caused us not to be awarded the school rebuilding contract.
  • The manager was so indecisive that, not surprisingly, we were not given the contract to renovate the school.
  • If our boss hadn't been indecisive, we would certainly have been granted the school rebuilding contract.

Choose the sentence which is closest in meaning to the one in bold.
The sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti set up his workshop in his hometown of Florence, which was a republic at the time.

  • There has been a republic in Florence since the time of the sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti, who built his workshop there.
  • The sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti didn't found a workshop in Florence, which was his place of birth until it had become a republic.
  • Florence, then a republic, was the place where the sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti was horn and founded his workshop.
  • The sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti made Florence, which was then a republic, his home, and created a workshop there.

Choose the sentence which is closest in meaning to the one in bold.
Buying new clothes is something that I almost never make the effort to do.

  • It's such a bother to buy new clothes that I never do it.
  • I hardly ever bother purchasing new clothes.
  • Not having bought any new clothes doesn't bother me.
  • Almost all my clothes are old since I never buy any new ones.

Choose the sentence which is closest in meaning to the one in bold.
We are currently out of stock of these blouses in your size.

  • We've just run out of these blouses in the size you've asked for.
  • I'm afraid these blouses don't come in your size.
  • I'll just check our stock to see if we have these blouses in your size.
  • At the moment, we don't have these blouses in the size required for you.

Choose the sentence which is closest in meaning to the one in bold.
There is nobody in this office that will offer a different opinion to the one I gave you.

  • Whoever you ask in this office will say the same as I did.
  • Nobody but me in this office has offered you a different opinion.
  • Of all the people in this office, only I was able to give you an opinion.
  • None of the other people in this office will offer you an opinion as I did.