Task 1. You will hear about problems of the cities. Listen and mark the sentences T (true) or F (false).
1. According to Dr Belmont, problems of the cities in the 21st century are caused by their expansion.
2. People move to the cities looking for better healthcare.
3. According to Dr Belmont, the crime rate may be explained by unemployment.
4. According to Dr Belmont, people have to spend on transport £4 every day.
5. The drivers were dissatisfied with the new tax in London last year.
Task 2. Read the text. Choose one of the variants A, B or C.
1 The headmaster came into the classroom to...
A give the students good news.
2 How did the students feel about the trip?
3 The beaches in Sri Lanka were...
4 The best part of the trip to Singapore was...
B a visit to an island.
5 At the end of the trip the students...
C didn’t want to go home.
Task 3. Read the text. Choose one of the variants A, B, C or D.
If you ask many people to name a twentieth-century artist, they will suggest “Picasso”.
Although he was born in 1881 and died in 1973, the general public (1) B still thinks of his work as modern art. His early paintings look traditional to us nowadays, but his later work is less easy to understand, (2) D even seventy years after he did it. One thing students should (3) A remember about Picasso is that he enjoyed a joke. This is clear when we look at the drawings he made on dishes and pots. When we try to (4) C judge the importance of Picasso, we must not forget that he was a clever businessman as well as a great artist. Although poor when young, he was excellent (5) D at selling his work and he became extremely rich. He believed he was a great artist, and he could (6) A persuade other people that he was too.
Some people feel that there are other twentieth-century artists who should be (7) D equally famous, but this can only be decided in the future.