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Directions: In this test you will read five texts. Each text is followed by tasks. For each task you will choose the best possible answer from four answers (A, B, C, D).

Text I Amazing Black Holes

How many things can you see in the night sky? A lot! On a clear night you might see the Moon, some planets, and thousands of sparkling stars.

You can see even more with a telescope. You might see stars where before you only saw dark space. You might see that many stars look larger than others. You might see that some stars that look white are really red or blue. With bigger and bigger telescopes you can see more and more objects in the sky. And you can see those objects in more and more detail.

But scientists believe there are some things in the sky that we will never see. We won't see them with the biggest telescope in the world, on the clearest night of the year. That's because they're invisible. They're the mysterious dead stars called black holes. You might find it hard to imagine that stars die. After all, our Sun is a star. Year after year we see it up in the sky, burning brightly, giving us heat and light. The Sun certainly doesn't seem to be getting old or weak. But stars do burn out and die after billions of years. As a star's gases burn, they give off light and heat. But when the gas runs out, the star stops burning and begins to die.

As the star cools, the outer layers of the star pull in toward the center. The star squashes into a smaller and smaller ball. If the star was very small, the star ends up as a cold, dark ball called a black dwarf. If the star was very big, it keeps squashing inward until it's packed together tighter than anything in the universe.

Imagine if the Earth were crushed until it was the size of a tiny marble. That's how tightly this dead star, a black hole, is packed. What pulls the star in toward its center with such power? It's the same force that pulls you down when you jump — the force called gravity. A black hole is so tightly packed that its gravity sucks in everything — even light. The light from a black hole can never come back to your eyes. That's why you see nothing but blackness.

So the next time you stare up at the night sky, remember: there's more in the sky than meets the eye! Scattered in the silent darkness are black holes — the great mystery of space.


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1. According to the article, what causes a star to die?

A. as its gases run out, it cools down

B. it collides with other stars

C. it can only live for about a million years

D. as it gets hotter and hotter, it explodes.

^ 2. What happens after a star dies?

A. it becomes invisible

B. it falls to the Earth

C. it burns up all of its gases

D. it becomes bright and easier to see

3. Why can't you see light when you look at a black hole?

A. because most black holes are so far away

B. because the gravity of a black hole is so strong that it sucks the light inward

C. because as the star's gases bum, it stops giving heat and light

D. because as a star cools, its outer layers pull in toward its center

^ 4. When a star dies

A. it is getting hotter

B. it cools

C. it is becoming yellow

D. it disappears

5. According to the article "a black dwarf' is

A. a black stone

B. a black spot

C. a cold dark ball

D. a dark horse

^ 6. What genre does the article belong to?

A. fiction

B. fantasy

C. historical

D. scientific

7. If the Earth were crushed what size would it have?

A. of a small ball

B. of a tiny marble

C. of a round stone

D. of a small stone

^ 8. In what ways is our Sun the same as other stars?

A. it was s black hole

B. it is dying

C. the Sun is a star too

D. it can be hardly seen.

9. Which of the following statements is not a fact?

A. black holes are dead stars

B. black holes have gravity

C. black holes are invisible

D. there is nothing as mysterious as a black hole.

^ Text II

Something Was Wrong

One morning John Sullivan found himself walking along a street downtown. He could not explain what he was doing there, how he got there, or where he had been earlier. He didn't even know what time it was. He saw a woman walking towards him and stopped her. "I'm afraid I have forgotten my watch" he said, and smiled. "Can you please tell me the time?" When she saw him, she screamed and ran.

Then John noticed that other people were afraid of him. When they saw him coming, they flattened themselves against a building, or ran across the street to stay out of his way. "There must be something wrong with me," John Sullivan thought. "I'd better go home." He waved down a taxi, but the driver took one look at him and sped away.

John Sullivan did not understand what was going on, and it scared him. "Maybe somebody at home can come and get me," he said to himself. He found a public telephone and called home for his wife, but a voice he did not recognize answered the phone.

"Is Mrs. Sullivan there?" he asked.

"No," the female voice replied.

"Well, where is she then and what are you doing at my house?" John retorted.

The voice indignantly responded, "She is at her husband's funeral. Mr. Sullivan was killed yesterday in an auto accident downtown; I'm looking after the house until she returns. And who are you?"

10. John knew...

A. the time.

B. how he ended up where he was.

C. where he lived.

D. where he had been.

^ 11. Nobody downtown responded to John by...

A. running away.

B. plastering themselves against buildings.

C. avoiding him.

D. yelling for him to go away.

12. People could...

A. hear John but not see him.

B. see John but not hear him.

C. both see and hear John.

D. neither see nor hear John.

^ 13. What was wrong with John that scared people?

A. He had been in a horrible disfiguring accident that made him look very ugly.

B. He was carrying deadly weapons with him used to kill Mrs. Sullivan's


C. He had died and was now walking the streets as a ghost.

D. He spoke very funny and people did not understand.

^ 14. Including himself, how many people did John speak to during the story?

A. one

B. two

C. three

D. four


1. What floor ...your bedroom on?

  1. has;

  2. is;

  3. does

2. Sorry, I can’t. I... lunch.

  1. am having;

  2. having;

  3. have

^ 3. He has got tired because he ... hard in the garden all day.

  1. worked;

  2. has worked;

  3. had worked

4. Her eyes were ... large....small.

  1. either ..or;

  2. neither .. nor;

  3. nor... or

^ 5. Cheese ... from milk.

  1. makes;

  2. is make;

  3. is made

6. This is ... room.

  1. Jane and Mary's;

  2. Jane's and Mary's;

  3. Jane's and Mary

7. When Ann ...home her mother already ...supper for her.

  1. came, cooked;

  2. came, had cooked;

  3. had come, cooked

8. There is ... new under the sun.

  1. no thing;

  2. nothing;

  3. anything

9. Pam ... very well.

  1. is singing;

  2. sing;

  3. sings

10. Please, .... be late for classes!

  1. not;

  2. don't;

  3. no

11. Every summer Nick's family .. .along the Dnipro in a boat.

  1. travel;

  2. travels;

  3. traveled

12. Why .. .your sister ... shopping on Sundays?

  1. do, goes;

  2. does, go;

  3. --, goes


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