Matrix Upper-Intermediate Tests
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Achievement Test 2
1 Choose from sentences a-h the one which fits each gap 1-7. There is one sentence you do not need.
a In many cases, however, explorers were lucky to survive
b There, every object larger than 60 metres has been
c Until recently, all maps were two-dimensional.
d The oldest known examples date back over 4000 years,
but the idea may be far older
e And we still have better maps of other planets than we
do of our own.
f Even now, cartographers are still busy mapping the world.
g More recently, there was a near disaster during the
Apollo 11 space mission.
h For it's almost impossible to look at a map without
wondering what is happening in the places upon it.
Images of the world - the history of maps
No one knows who invented maps, or when or even where.
1 ______________. These earliest maps are 4300-year-old
clay tablets showing various regions of Persia (now Iran).
It is not surprising that maps have inspired so many to great
2______________. Countless explorers have
been inspired by maps, to test the truth of what they describe and explore their frontiers.
3______________. The lack of accurate maps almost led to
a murderous mutiny aboard Columbus' ship in 1492.
4______________. Astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin came
frighteningly close to crashing into a huge crater that lunar cartographers had somehow failed to chart.
5______________. Some jungle-covered areas of South and
Central America and the polar regions have yet to be
mapped in full detail.
6_____________. For example, it
will be many years before we have an atlas of the Earth as
good as the one we have for the Moon.
To produce a world map with that much detail would be a huge challenge even with modern-day technology.
2 Choose the best answer, a, b, c, or d, to complete the sentences.
1 Most young people today are very interested in their___________ .
2 The bank robber managed to _________ from the police for several weeks.
3 Hunters are a threat to the__________ of many wild animals.
4 The actress wore a dress covered in diamonds so she
would _________at the party.
a stand down
5 The octopus _________itself from larger fish by surrounding
itself in a cloud of black ink.
b stand out
c stand in
d stand up
6 Lara found it difficult to live_________
to her parents' expectations.
7 The TV programme gave viewers a very bad _________ of life in the city.
8 Some people find it easier to _________
their feelings in
writing rather than on the telephone.
3 Complete the text with the correct form of these phrasal verbs.
stand for • fall behind • drop out of • get ahead • fall over
1 I had so much work last week that I_________
with the arrangements for my party.
2 Jean______________on the first day of her skiing
holiday, and broke her leg.
3 If you want____________
in the pop world, you will need a good agent.
4 My uncle ______________college after six months, now
he wishes he had finished the course.
5 According to the travel agency, the images in their current
advertisement ______________adventure and change,
as well as environmental responsibility.
4 Add one of these prefixes or suffixes to the words in brackets to complete the sentences.
1 My holiday in Greece was
want to go back there next year.
2 If you want to have an__________
meal on holiday, ask local people where they eat.
3 I found that book very________ (help) when I
was writing my project.
4 John thought his china plate was very valuable, but he was told it was_________ (worth).
5 These days it is______________ (common) to see
horses in a big city.
5 Put the verbs in brackets into the past simple or the present perfect.
1 Last week, I ________ (start) tennis lessons, and this week I _________(do) two hours of practice.
2 Alan_________ (not / see) his cousin for ages, as she________(move) abroad last year.
3 My grandmother__________ (live) in this country for 40 years, but she ________ (never / return) to visit the country where she spent her childhood.
4 Dad________ (learn) to ski in 1990, techniques
______________ (change) a bit since then.
6 Complete the sentences using when, if or until.
1 ________you haven't finished your homework by six
o'clock, it will be too late to go to the cinema.
2 Mark can't leave his job_________he has found another
3 I'll phone you ________I've found out the time of the
4 _________I have collected my photographs, you can see
5 I can't get on the train________I've bought a ticket.
6 ________ you've got Sally's email address with you, we can
send her an email now.
7 I'll lend you this book________
I have finished reading it.
World survey of popular culture!
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What are people listening to, watching and reading in your country? What are the most well-known personalities? We want your opinions now!
Write a report (200-250 words) on popular culture in your country.
• examples from at least 2 different areas, such as films, music, etc.
• examples of famous personalities
• why you feel these people are important to your country's popular culture
Exchanging information: in a photography shop
Preparation time: 1 minute.
Work in pairs.
You have about 2 minutes to exchange the following information:
You are on holiday in Britain and go into a photography
shop with 2 rolls of film. Ask about:
• the cost of developing 24 and 36-exposure films.
• the cost of ordering enlargements.
• collecting the photos.
You speak first.
You have a summer job in a photography shop. Answer the customer's questions, giving the following information:
• the cost of developing 24 and 36-exposure films
• the cost of ordering enlargements
• when the customer can collect the photos
Wait for your partner to speak first.
Test 1 Answers
1 1 d 2 h 3a 4 g 5 f 6 e 7 b
2 1 c 2 c 3 a 4 b 5 d 6 a 7 d 8c
3 1 fell behind 2 fell over 3 to get ahead
4 dropped out of 5 stand for
4 1 wonderful 2 inexpensive 3 helpful 4 worthless
5 1 started, have done 2 hasn't seen, moved 3 has lived / has been living, has never returned 4 learnt, have changed
6 1 If 2 until 3 when 4 When 5 until 6 If 7 when