1. Read the text and mark the following statements «True» or «False»
1 From the text we can say what season it is. TRUE
2 The author is at work. FALSE
3 The author can hear a bird, singing near the open door. FALSE
4 The insect trying to fly through the glass of the windowpane is a bee. FALSE
5 The author can see a way out for a fly. TRUE
6 The author believes that the try-harder strategy doesn’t always work. TRUE
7 According to the author, trying another approach could help the fly. TRUE
8 The author says that a person can get success if he does his best. FALSE
9 From the story we know what happened to the fly. FALSE
10 The author wants us to learn from this story that working harder may bring a breakthrough. FALSE
2. Complete the text with the correct words from the table.
Racing along country roads and (1) through the cities of France each year, the best bicyclists in the world take part in the Tour de France.
In 1903, the race was held for the first (2) time as a publicity event for the newspaper, L’Auto. It was an instant success. Every July since then, the race has.taken place.
The Tour de France is divided into different races for each day, called «stages». Each stage is also a different style of bicycle racing. Sometimes the terrain is flat, so the race is a sprint. At other times, the race goes through the mountains, so the (3) bicyclist needs to have better endurance. (4) Judges give points to the winner of each stage. The racer who is winning the most sprints gets to wear a green jersey. The winner of the most mountain races wears a white jersey with red polka dots.
Until a few years ago, all of the winners were from Europe. Most were from France. In 1986, American Greg LeMond became the first bicyclist who was not European, to win the Tour de France. (5) Another American holds the record for the. most Tour de France wins. Lance Armstrong has won the race seven time.