Online Language Test

Read Passage A carefully and then answer the questions.

Passage A:

First fill in the gaps with the correct tense and then answer the questions.

The Sleeping Giant

A new and extreme tourist attraction has just exploded on to the scene in

Iceland: Volcano Walking. It would appear, according to Trip Advisor, that

this is one trip that cannot be missed, despite the extortionate cost.

The idea of making Thrihnukagigur volcano accessible was the brainchild

of Ami B. Stefansson, a doctor in Reykjavik and a lifelong cave enthusiast.

He has been studying caves in Iceland since 1954 and some would argue

that there is no-one who has more experience. Thrihnukagigur has always

been special to Stefansson ever since he was the first to descend down to

the crater base in 1974. Like most people who experience it, he was utterly

spellbound by its uniqueness and beauty and made it his mission to

protect and preserve this stunning natural phenomenon. Unlike others

who may have only seen the profit that could be made from walking into

the mouth of a volcano, Stefansson believed that the primary focus was

to treat such a grand natural wonder with the utmost respect, to protect

and defend it. The first ‘volcano tourists’ entered the volcano in 2005 and

it has since been labelled as one of the most unique tourist attractions in

the world.

Volcano walkers are taken to the mouth of the crater from where they

are lowered in a basket into the depths of the earth. People once thought

that volcanoes were portals to Hell and associated with death and destruction

and yet the entrance to the crater is awe-inspiring and almost

ethereal. The vastness of it can feel overwhelming; it is the size of a cathedral

and the Statue of Liberty could easily fit into the shaft. After 6

minutes and 120 metres, visitors arrive at the crater base. The ground

space is the size of three full-sized basketball courts placed next to each.

Practice Paper: Text A (pt2)

At the bottom there is a reverent hush. People whisper in respect to the

sleeping giant who has lain dormant for 4,000 years. The subterranean

walls are scorched with colours from a divine palette: magenta red, vibrant

purple, burnt orange, vivid green and honey yellow. The colour intensifies

in certain places where 4000 years ago the magma was pushed

out with brutal force. This is Mother Nature’s secret place, her private art

studio where visitors feel like trespassers. The protruding rock faces show

a tapestry of patterns and formations that have been moulded by heat,

pressure and time. Floodlights illuminate the walls and draw attention to

the beauty humans were never intended to see. A light rain weeps from

the porous rock above and covers the crater sides with a shine that makes

it sparkle. The scorch marks can be seen close up – at one point in time

these rock faces were glowing red with fiery heat. This giant, although

sleeping, is still dangerous: an 80-metre drop into the void is disguised by

a collection of rocks close to where visitors stand.

It is a soul-enriching experience and visitors often report feeling deeply

moved by the beauty and tranquillity of something that was once so destructive

and angry. Confronted with this result of the unrestrained forces

of nature, it is hard not to feel small and powerless in comparison. Sadly,

the magical spell is broken when the ebasket appears, indicating that it is

time for visitors to return to reality. On the return hike, visitors walk

across the lava fields as though they are astronauts on the moon. They

pass enormous open wounds where the landscape is literally tearing itself

apart as tectonic plates slowly shift. It serves as one final reminder that

this giant is merely dormant, not dead.

Re-read the descriptions of:

(a) The volcano in paragraph 3, beginning, “Volcano

walkers… ”

depths of the earth.

mouth of the crater.

almost ethereal

awe-inspiring

(b) The crater in paragraph 4 , beginning, “At the

bottom…”

lain dormant

scorched with colors

a tapestry of patterns

Mother Nature’s secret place

Select four powerful words or phrases from each paragraph.

Your choices should include imagery. Explain

how each word or phrase selected is used effectively

in context.

Write about 100 to 150 words

Explain the meaning of the words in bold. Use synonyms to explain them.

The word mouth of the crater is terrifying and it makes us feel as if they are going to be eaten by the volcano. Depths of the earth  makes emphasis on the idea of the size of the volcano. Awe-inspiring is a reaction that is the opposite of the death and destruction mentioned in the previous sentence. The volcano, instead of being terrifying, provokes a response of wonder. Almost ethereal suggests it is heaven-like and spiritual. Scorched with colors sounds like an artistic technique but also refers to the heat that the crater has endured during the volcano eruption. Mother Nature’s Secret Place, nature is personified here and this image suggests that she hides here. The image alludes to the crater being private/secret/a retreat and very special. Tapestry of patterns and formations continues the ‘art’ theme and suggests that there is great skill involved in creating such amazing work.

Finish these sentences in an appropriate way.

If I hadn’t visited Mary last week, I wouldn’t have bought ice cream.

If I could help Sue, she would pass her driving test.

You need to study more if you want to go for that trip on December.

Why don’t you go to the doctor if you are feeling bad?

Suppose you had the chance of moving abroad, where would you go?

Jack can lend you the money as long as you give it back to him before the end of the month.

I wish I was taller. I would love to work as a model.

I wish you stopped smoking. It’s bad for your health.

Writing Task

Compare the two main characters of More than just the disease and Face. What do they have in common? Write a paragraph (90-100 words)Include at least one conditional sentence and one compound adjective. Include at least three of the following terms:

grope for – overcast- to prune- to scold- nosy- sip- to shiver- to hum- to quiver- reluctant- to coax- gloomy- to gleam- scorching hot- rusty- to scratch.

Neil, from More than just the disease and Martin Turner, from Face have something in common, this being their physical appearance and how it made them feel. To start with, both had the need to scratch their body, Neil because of the disease and Martin because of the consequences of the accident, by which his skin itched. Also, they both were reluctant at first to continue with a normal lives, because they felt different from the rest. Lastly, Neil and Martin Turner were coaxed to do something they didn’t wish to do.

A frightening story

I wrote this story with my class mate, Martin Anania.

I was going home, and I saw him! I didn’t suspect anything, but he started running towards me. I noticed he had a knife in his hand. I got scared. I didn’t know what to do. I was alone. There was noone to help me. I knew that was my ending. I didn’t know what to do. I had nothing else to do than to accept my fate. The man got near me and took off his mask. At least I would see the face of the man who would kill me.

Language crime report test

Today, our language teacher gave us an assignment.

Watch the following extract. Now imagine you are a reporter. Write a crime report based on the events of the video.

Central Bank attacked by four men.

Yesterday afternoon the Central Bank Valencia was attacked. The robbers held 72 people hostage until they negotiated with the police. 

The four robbers entered the bank at 4:27 pm with shotguns. One of them entered the bank and stabbed the security guard; therefore the people inside the bank didn’t realize that they were under attack. Then they shot the cameras down so that the police couldn’t track their movements. One of the bank assistants pushed the button which informed the police about the attack.

When the police reached, the attackers freed 30 hostages. The police station was able to communicate with the robbers. The police informed us that they asked for money, a helicopter and to not be followed. The police sent them the money but ask in return to free all the hostages. The attackers accepted and freed the remaining hostages. 

Finally when the helicopter arrived, the police snipers were able to shoot three of the robbers. The fourth one is now in prison waiting for the trial. His solicitor says that he was still preparing what he was going to say in front of the jury. 

 

Crime Report: Mom pleads not guilty to setting home afire with kids inside

Our language teacher, Pilar, assigned us this work.

After having studied passive forms let´s  write a crime report using at least three passive constructions.  Base your report on the following headlines. Choose one headline to write the report. Include the vocabulary learnt in connection with crimes.
Crime

2 boys, 13, charged with groping girl in school bathroom

Federal judge sets November trial for man charged in Charleston church attack

Mom pleads not guilty to setting home afire with kids inside

I chose to use the headline: “Mom pleads not guilty to setting home afire with kids inside”

My Report:

 

Mom pleads not guilty to setting home afire with kids inside.

A house in New Jersey, was set in fire at about 5 pm. When the firefighters reached, they found a woman crying out for help as her 2 children were still inside.

The firefighters declared that they had trouble to get in the kids room, as the door of their room was locked. When the forensic scientist went to investigate, they found some candle wax on the carpet of the mother’s room. The woman’s alibi was that she had lit them on as aromatizers and that she hadn’t had any problems in the past,  but the police said that there were candles all over her room, and it isn’t a coincidence that the door was locked and that there were over 30 candles.

The prosecutor acuses the mother of the family of being an arsonist. He claims that the alibi she presented is weak as everyone knows that having many candles lit on, on a carpet floor is dangerous. The jury seems to be on the side of the prosecutor and it is believed that he will win the case.

It is said by the neighbours that this could be a case arsonist as the family used to have many problems. However the trial is still going on and nothing is set yet.

Crime Reports

Our language teacher told us to chose a crime report to present it to our class mates.

http://home.bt.com/news/world-news/briton-accused-of-killing-wife-and-mother-in-law-caught-in-california-11364060460309

It is about a British man called Dave McCann that killed his wife and his mother-in-law, he slitted their throat. After escaping from California, where the crime took place, he went to a city called Seaside and he was discovered last Wednesday sleeping near a homeless encampment.

Passive:

A British man suspected of slashing his wife and mother-in-law to death in central California has been found hiding 150 miles away at a coastal homeless camp after a four-day manhunt, police said.

Vocabulary:

Slashing: to cut. In this article it used to tell how the man killed his wife.

Manhunt: an intensive search for a criminal, suspect, escaped convict, etc., as bylaw enforcement agencies.

Slit: to cut apart or open along a line; make a long cut, fissure, or openingin.

Spokeswoman: a woman who speaks on behalf of another or others.