Задание 7. Прочитайте отрывок из
романа и выполните задания 1 – 7, выбирая букву A, B, C или D. Установите
соответствие номера задания выбранному вами варианту ответа.
I like my house and my bed and my
shower. I do not like camping. I guess that means I’m weird. Men are supposed
to like camping. When I was eight, my father took me on our first and last
camping trip together. It was the worst weekend of my life. It was freezing
cold. It rained. We went for a hike, and I got lost. My dad had tried to teach me
how to use a compass. We walked for a mile while he talked about north, south,
east and west. I was cold and bored, so I didn’t listen very well. He left me
with the compass and told me to find my way back. My dad says I wasn’t lost for
very long. It felt like a whole day.
My company recently transferred me
to Denver, Colorado. My new co-workers have invited me
to go hiking or camping several times since I arrived. I keep making excuses,
because I do not want to tell them the truth. My buddy from Texas thinks I should go over it, because
I’m not eight anymore. I’m afraid that if I go, I will make a complete fool of
myself. If I don’t go, they will quit asking. If they quit asking, I won’t have
any buddies to hang out with. Back home my buddies and I played golf every
other Saturday. I miss golf. But here wilderness stuff is what people do for
I finally decided I would give it a
try. They made plans to hike in the RockyMountainNational
Park this weekend. After work, I found the
nearest wilderness shop. The salesperson thought I had lost my mind, but boy he
had a big smile on his face. I bought one of almost everything, just in case. I
even bought a wilderness guide. I think I could survive on Mount
Everest wearing the coat he sold me. I went home and read all the
manuals. I practiced setting up a tent in the backyard. I wore my new hiking
boots around the house until I got a blister.
After packing my car Friday morning,
I could not see out the back of my Jeep Cherokee. Everything I bought was
crammed inside. We decided to caravan to EstesPark
and then hike up Beaver Meadow Trail. I wondered if we would get lost. But I
just wanted to play it cool and follow along.
After work, we went in the parking
lot to discuss who would lead the caravan. As soon as they saw my Jeep, they
started giving me a hard time. “Are ya movin’ in, Tom?” “Movin’ in where?” “To
the woods”. They all laughed. “Oh that. Just wanted to be prepared.” They
raised their eyebrows and gave me the OK sign. I felt like a complete idiot. “You
should have told us. We would have left everything we own at home”. “Very
funny. Bunch of comedians.”
On the way to EstesPark,
I tried to relax. I tried to think macho thoughts. And then it started to rain.
I panicked. All I could think about was being eight years old, alone in the
woods, cold and hungry. The guys didn’t seem bothered by the rain. In fact,
they seemed to enjoy it. We all put on our backpacks. Once again, I stood out.
My backpack looked bright and spotless. I forgot to rub it in the dirt and
stomp on it. The price tag was still hanging from the zipper. My backpack was
the only one dripping with gadgets. They all stared at me.
On the way up Beaver Meadow Trail,
the rain started to pour. It was cold and harsh. I removed the Mount Everest coat from my waist and put it on. One of my
gadgets was a small, sturdy umbrella. I pulled it off the hook, opened it, and
held it in front of my face. The waterproof gloves I bought felt toasty warm. I
looked around at my macho friends. They were checking out my backpack. I
suddenly felt more confident. They looked miserable, and I almost felt sorry
for them. When it started to hail, we moved off the trail.
I removed my backpack. A rolled up
tent was attached to the bottom with straps of Velcro. They didn’t laugh this
time. It took us 30 minutes, but we finally put the tent together. It was not
big enough for five people. Somehow, we squeezed inside anyway. After several
awkward moments, someone said “So what else you got in that backpack, Tom?” We
spent the next hour joking and laughing and eating beef jerky. I told them all
about my first camping experience. I also told them that I miss playing golf.
They said they would give it a try sometime. I decided camping might not be so
bad after all.
1.Tom believes that he is weird because he
A) expects to sleep in a comfortable
bed when camping.
B) didn’t like camping when he was
eight years old.
C) doesn’t like the thing other
people expect him to enjoy.
D) didn’t like to spend weekends
with his father in his childhood.
2. Tom got lost on a hike because
A) his father hadn’t explained to
him how to use a compass.
B) his father had left him alone to
teach him a lesson.
C) he wanted to make his father feel
sorry for him.
D) he had paid no attention to what
his father was telling him.
3. Tom isn’t quite happy in Denver because
A) he feels a complete fool in the
company of his co-workers.
B) he dislikes the leisure time
activities of his new colleagues.
C) his new colleagues have quit
inviting him to go hiking or camping.
D) there are no men whom he would
like to become his buddies.
4. The salesperson thought Tom had
lost his mind because
A) Tom wanted to climb Mount Everest without any previous experience.
B) Tom had bought a lot of
C) no one had ever bought so many
D) Tom had bought outrageously
expensive hiking equipment.
5. Tom’s colleagues started giving
him a hard time because they
A) thought he had too many things in
B) were envious of his Jeep Cherokee
and hiking equipment.
C) believed he was a complete idiot.
D) thought he couldn’t lead the
6. When everyone stared at his
backpack Tom wished he
A) had bought a cheaper one.
B) had removed some of the gadgets.
C) hadn’t bought such a bright one.
D) had made it look old and used.
7. Tom found his camping experience
not so bad after all because
A) it taught him to appreciate
B) he realized that camping might go
well with playing sports.
C) he enjoyed the company of his
D) he liked eating beef cooked over
Задание 8. Прочитайте текст и
выполните задания 1 – 7,выбирая букву A, B, C или D. Установите
соответствие номера задания выбранному вами варианту ответа.
Whilst travelling in 2001, I had my
first but definitely not last go at snowboarding. Rhona and I went to the
Cardona ski resort, a couple of hours from Queenstown in New Zealand. We
had been staying in Queenstown for a couple of weeks and had tried a couple of
the local ski resorts. They had been so popular, that there was almost no room
to stay. The problem for me with this was that with so many people moving
around me, my eyes were constantly re-focusing. This meant that I couldn’t see
a thing! As I had never snowboarded before, we decided that it was going to be
a problem. A guy at one of the local ski rental shops recommended that we
should try Cardona.
On arrival I went straight to the
Ski Patrol and explained my situation. They suggested that I should wear a
vest, that they supplied, with the words ‘BLIND SKIER’ on the front and back on
top of my jacket. They told me that this was more for the benefit of the other
skiers around me. I must admit, I wasn’t very keen to do this, but thought I
would give it a try.
Once onto the slopes, I put my vest
on and began to practise my limited skills. Because I have done some other
board sports, i. e. skateboarding, surfing, etc., it wasn’t too hard to learn
the basics. Once I was comfortable with this, I headed off for the ski lift and
the big slopes. As I stood in the queue I could hear people talking about that
‘poor blind guy’. This niggled me a bit, but I decided to try to ignore it. At
the top of the lift I stepped off and strapped my feet onto the board.
As we headed off I could hear more
people talking about the vest. I was starting to get paranoid. Then as I
gathered speed and Rhona would shout directions, I realized that the people who
saw the vest were getting out of my way. Fantastic! This was better than a
white stick in a crowd. We picked up speed turning left, then right, hitting a
few bumps, but mainly going really well. I even managed to control the
snowboard. Well, sort of control it. Before I knew it, we had zipped down a
long straight slope and had come to the end of the run. The adrenaline was
buzzing and I was ‘high as a kite’. What a feeling. I got back on the ski lift
and headed back up. This time I was going to do the run solo!
I had memorized the slope from my
first run and felt very confident. As I came off the lift, I rushed to get
started. Again, I could hear people talking about me, but now it didn’t matter.
The vest was a definite benefit for the novice snowboarder! I took the first
stage at a steady pace, looking for my first left bend. No problems there. I
found that easy enough. I was now looking for my fast approaching right bend. I
missed this one completely and ended up in the safety netting at the edge of
At this point, I decided I was not
the world’s best snowboarder and would have to take things a little slower. As
the day progressed, so did my skills. I had a great time. Even taking ‘air’ on
quite a few occasions. However this was not deliberate! I was now very wary
about that bend I had missed, so I started to take it a bit earlier.
Unfortunately, this meant that I would leap about 2 metres into the air. And
what was more surprising than being airborne, was the fact that on half a dozen
occasions, (out of about 30), I landed on my feet and carried on downhill. The
rest of the time I fell on my bottom. I heard some people comment on how brave
‘that blind guy’ was. Little did they know it was lack of skill rather than
We boarded at Cardona for two days
and had a fantastic time. Because it is a bit of a drive away from most of the
tourist places, it is not as busy as the other ski resorts. It is mostly
visited by the locals and I think that says something. If you get the chance, I
would definitely recommend Cardona. I would also like to thank the Ski Patrol
for that great suggestion. Without the vest, I am sure there could have been
some crashes, caused by me. But with the vest , everyone just got out of the
way. However, I think that if I was to get a vest for myself, it would probably
read “BLIND &DAFT”.
1. The narrator and his companion
decided to choose the Cardona ski resort
A) it was a short distance from
B) they couldn’t find a room at other resorts.
C) somebody said that it was worth
D) it was popular with snowboarders.
2.The Ski Patrol suggested that the narrator
should wear a vest in order to
A) make it easier for them to locate
the narrator in case of an accident.
B) make the narrator feel more
confident during his first go at snowboarding.
C) keep an eye on him on the slope.
D) prevent other people from
colliding with him on the slopes.
3. When the narrator was standing in
the queue he
A) felt annoyed by people’s
B) felt comfortable in his vest.
C) tried to focus his eyes on the
D) tried to ignore his fear.
4.“This” in “This was better than a white
stick in the crowd” refers to
A) the fact that people were getting
out of the narrator’s way.
B) the narrator’s moving at a high
speed down the slope.
C) the fact that Rhona was giving
the narrator directions.
D) the narrator’s hearing more
people talking about the vest.
5.The narrator did the second run solo and he
A) tried to memorize all the bends.
B) failed to go round one of the
C) tried not to listen to Rhona’s
D) fell down and was injured.
6. The narrator believes that his
successful leaps into the air and landing on his
feet were due to
A) his personal courage.
B) people’s encouragement.
C) his intensive practising.
D) pure chance.
7. The narrator recommends the
Cardona ski resort because