Пробне ЗНО 2015

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Task 1. Reading

Read the text below. Match choices (A – H) to (1 – 5). There are three choices you do not need to use.

Which piece of news deals with ________?

A political life

B movie industry

C educational issues

D entertainment

E business life

F sporting events

G health care

H environmental problems

Task 2. Reading

Read the text below. For questions (6 – 10) choose the correct answer (A, B, C or D).

Hollywood's First Child Star

At the height of her career, "Baby" Marie Osborne was one of the most popular actresses in the world, said The Times. Driven round Hollywood in a limousine, she earned every few weeks what the average American took home annually. She was just five years old. Arguably the first significant child star in movie history, she struggled (like those who came after) to adjust to adult life, and found herself reduced to poverty as quickly as she had risen to riches. Or as Osborne herself once noted, "I set the trend for virtually every other child star who followed."

She was born Helen Alice Myers in Colorado, and was adopted at the age of three months. Her new parents took her to Los Angeles, where they worked in the movie industry. Little Marie, as they called her, was spotted on set by the actor and director Henry King, who cast her in a string of films that exploited her winsome charms. The most famous was Little Mary Sunshine (1916). The film was a hit with both cinema-goers and critics, one of whom was so moved by Osborne's performance that he called it "a revelation in art."

Osborne's life had as many reversals as her films' plots, said The New York Times. On retiring at eight, she discovered her parents had blown her fortune. But while working as a shop-assistant in her 20s, she learned her real father had left her a large sum of money. With the help of King, she re-entered the movie business, acting as a stand-in for stars such as Ginger Rogers. Later, she reinvented herself as a costumer - work she far preferred, she said, to being an actress. Films on which she earned a credit included Cleopatra and The Godfather Part II.

6. Which of her occupations did Marie like best?

A shop-assistant
B actress
C stand-in
D costumer

7. According to the text, everything is true, EXCEPT _______
A Marie inherited a fortune
B Marie's acting career ended early
C Marie gave impulse to fan culture
D Marie had a large income as a child star

8. The phrase "her parents had blown her fortune" (paragraph 3) is closest in meaning to __________.
A they'd ruined her career
B they'd made her happy
C they'd wasted her money
D they'd stolen her childhood

9. Which of the following is stated in the text about Marie?
A She had foster parents.
B Her dreams ended in failure.
C She outgrew her roles.
D Her parents promoted her.

10. What can be inferred about Marie from the text?
A She earned a credit being a prompter.
B Her road to success in movies was smooth.
C She appeared as the lead in her teens.
D Her life was full of ups and downs.

Task 3. Reading

Read the texts below. Match choices (A–H) to (11–16). There are two choices you do not need to use.

11 ________
12 ________
13 ________
14 ________
15 ________
16 ________

At this restaurant ________.

A oriental food and local beer are served

B they mainly serve sea food

C unique and delicious meat courses are offered

D you can make on-line reservations

E you can enjoy live music twice a week

F international cuisine and music are offered

G you can eat in or take away

H meat as well as vegetarian dishes is available

Task 4. Reading

Read the text below. Choose from (A–H) the one which best fits each space (17–22).

There are two choices you do not need to use.


Coca-Cola (often abbreviated to "Coke") is a cola drink and is the world's most popular carbonated soft drink. The Coca-Cola Company's headquarters are located in Atlanta, Georgia, (17) ________ around 1884. Coke's inventor, John Pemberton, was not a quickwitted marketer of his drink, and the ownership of Coke eventually passed to Asa Candler, (18) ________. Candler's successful marketing, continued by his successors such as Robert Woodruff, established Coke as a major soft drink first in the United States and later around the world.

Originally designed to be sold at soda fountains, (19) ________, whose distinctive shape has become a part of the drink's branding. Major advertising campaigns have established Coca-Cola slogans such as "The pause that refreshes" as part of popular culture. Nevertheless, Coca-Cola has been criticised for its possible negative health effects, with many urban myths surrounding it. In addition, (20) ________ has been periodically challenged, in particular by its main rival Pepsi-Cola. This tension reached its peak during the 1980s, at the height of the Cola Wars, which eventually resulted in the heavily-publicised introduction of "New Coke", (21) _________. The widely unpopular decision was eventually voided in the face of public opposition.

Since then, the Coca-Cola Company has on occasion introduced soft drinks under the Coca-Cola brand name. The most famous of these is Diet Coke, which has become a major diet cola, but others exist, such as Cherry Coke. There are also (22) ________ but which remain unaffiliated with Coca-Cola the drink, such as Sprite.

A Coca-Cola was later sold in bottles

B intended to replace the original Coca-Cola

C where the first television ad was created

D the commercial success of the drink

E some memorable slogans for Coca-Cola

F whose company remains the producer of Coke today

G where the drink was first invented

H some drinks marketed by the company


Read the text below. For questions (23–32) choose the correct answer (A, B, C or D).

Cherish Your Friends

Our high school years are the defining times in our lives that (23) ________ who we are, where we are going, and what we are going to do. Aside from this, they (24) ________ us to build strong friendships with people. We get to see which people are going to be there for the (25) ________ of our lives and those who will just disappear over the years.

A friend is someone who is there for you, through it all. Through the pressure, and drama, they are the one (26) ________ thing in your life that never fades away. I have realized at the (27) ________ of sixteen that friends are not something you should take lightly, if we have found even just a (28) ________ we are blessed.

They are the people that we sing our lungs out in the car shouting "Glamorous", the people we cry to, and most (29) ________ the people who will always have a shoulder to (30) ________ on. It is essential to evaluate your (31) ________ with your friends. You can see if they are the people you can go to with anything or if they are just another face in the (32) ________ when you have a serious issue going on.

23 describe shape recognize notice
24 make allow let afford
25 stage period epoch rest
26 chronic long constant routine
27 time year age period
28 pair team company couple
29 importantly urgently favourably successfully
30 set place turn lean
31 attitude contact relationship affair
32 people crowd public audience


Read the text below. For questions (33–42) choose the correct answer (A, B, C or D).

Oldest Musical Instrument Found

According to the University of Tubingen archeologist Nicholas Conard, more than 35,000 years ago, our ancestors, (33) ________ in present-day southwestern Germany, were playing sophisticated music. In June he announced that he and his colleagues (34) ________ up an ancient bone flute in Hohle Pels. "The five-holed instrument - carved from the bone of a griffon vulture - might be capable of expressing (35) ________ harmonic variety than the modern-day flute", says Nikolai Tarasov, a recorder specialist.

Conard's group discovered fragments of three ivory flutes in their 2008 digs. Previously four other bone and ivory flutes (36) ________ in the same area. Collectively, these (37) ________ as the oldest known musical instruments.

33 live living lived were living
34 have dug were dug had dug are dug
35 greatest great the greatest greater
36 found were being found had been found have found
37 regarded are regarding are regarded have regarded

A Skiing City Break in Austria

Postcard-pretty Innsbruck is the ideal destination for anyone who (38) ________ to combine a skiing holiday with a city break. The capital of the Habsburg Empire in the late middle ages, it has a charming old town with many ornate medieval buildings, together with natural baroque additions, (39) ________ the cathedral. The city is home to a wealth (40) ________ museums, galleries, bars and restaurants, and (41) ________ twice played host to the Winter Olympics, so it has (42) ________ winter-sports facilities, and - just a short train ride out of town ski tracks to challenge the most accomplished of skiers.

38 want wants wanted has wanted
39 included includes including include
40 for off in of
41 has have had has been
42 lot of lots a lot of a lot


43. You've hot a letter from your English pen-friend. In his/her letter he/she describes his/her impressions of visiting festival of modern pop-music. Write a letter to your pen-friend and say

what kind of music you like best

how your favorite kind of music makes you feel

what your parents think about your musical preferences

Write a letter of at least 100 words. Do not use any personal information (e. g., names, dates, addresses, etc.). Start your letter in an appropriate way.

1. H 2. G 3. A 4. D 5. C 6. D 7. C 8. C 9. A 10. D

11. H 12. E 13. B 14. A 15. G 16.C 17. G 18. F

19. A 20. D 21. B 22. H 23. B 24. B 25. D 26. C

27. C 28. D 29. A 30. D 31. C 32. B 33. B 34. C

35. D 36. C 37. C 38. B 39. C 40. D 41. A 42. C