PART 2: VOCABULARY
1. I like her, she’s very quick-thinking and funny; I find her ____
2. Since I hurt my foot at the gym last week, I ____
3. It rained so hard last night; this morning we had to ____ along the flooded street.
4. My ankle is very, ____ I’m afraid I sprained it.
5. Why did you lie to me?! I’m so ____ with you!
6. The car ____ on the icy road
7. My uncle was mistaken ____ Bill Murray. It’s true they look alike.
8. Please stop ____ with your necklace, it stresses me out!
9. Job interviews are often hit-or- _____, we can’t really know for sure if the person is qualified for the job until they start work-ing.
10. When she discovered he was cheating on her, she was ____ and threw all his stuff away.
PART 3: READING COMPREHENSION
Supergran: Hero or Fool? Ann Timson is an awe-inspiring seventy-year-old grandmother. Why? Because she is a hero!
Last week, Ann Timson was talking to a woman on the street when she heard a commotion. She saw six men shattering the windows of a jewelry store in broad daylight.
Realizing that other bystanders “did nothing,” she stepped in. She dashed across the street and hit one of the robbers with her shopping bag bringing him to the ground. The man was pinned down by other people who finally came to her aid.
Remarkably, all of this was captured by a freelance cameraman who happened to be nearby. The video was a huge buzz on YouTube.
The supergran insisted she was “not a hero” but “somebody has to do something.”
It turned out that Ann Timson had been at the “heart of the community” for 20 years. Residing in a poor area of Northampton, she had checked on vulnerable and disabled residents on the estate where she was a warden.
1. Find a synonym of “commotion.”
2. Find a synonym for “broad” (in this context, “broad daylight”).
3. Ann Timpson succeeded in arresting the six burglars.
4. Ann Timpson was unknown in her neighborhood.
5. Find a synonym for warden (in this context).
PART 4: WRITTEN EXPRESSION What do you think of Ann Timpson? Do you think she is a hero? In a similar situation, what would you have done? Please write 300 words,
PART 5: VOCABULARY 1. If I’m late again, I’ll be ____ trouble with my boss.
2. The most important tasks in my job are to ____ new staff.
3. I also have to ____ customer enquiries.
4. She tried ____ but your phone was off.
6. Many people are looking for jobs abroad because of high ____ in my country.
7. She depends ____ the weather for her job; she works in the tourism industry.
8. You ____ a mess of this kitchen!
9. You’ve been working so hard. You should go out and ____for once!
10. You never know what to expect with him; he’s so ____, one day he’s happy, the next he’s not talking to you.
PART 6: READING COMPREHENSION In 1976, Muhammed Yunus, a Bangladeshi professor of economics, started a new kind of bank. Grameen Bank gives small loans – usually no more than US$ 100 – to indigent people who can’t get credit from normal banks. This kind of credit is called microcredit.
97 percent of Grameen’s clients are women. They make the most of their credit by starting small businesses such as conceiving furniture, sewing clothes or breeding animals for milk.
There are some rules to follow: people have to make groups of five people called “loan circles.” If one of them doesn’t pay back the loan, no one in the group can get credit in the future. However, if everyone follows the rules, they can get bigger loans.
In 2007, Grameen Bank had over seven million customers in nearly eighty thousand villages. There are now seven thousand microcredit organizations all around the world.
Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.
1. Professor Yunus invented the microcredit.
2. You can get a loan if you don’t belong to a group.
3. Loan circle can get you very interesting loans.
4. Professor Yunus won the Nobel Prize in Economics.
5. Professor Yunus is from India.
PART 7: WRITTEN EXPRESSION Write about a person you admire. Explain why you admire him/her, describe his/her actions. Expected length is 300 words.