Стартовая контрольная работа
по английскому языку
для обучающихся 10 класса
Учитель: Кирсанова Н.Н.
Цель работы – контроль навыков чтения с полным пониманием содержания по теме
Read the article and complete its summary. Fill in the words from the text. Don’t write
more than two words in each gaps.
Is it easy to be young in the 21
There is an opinion that youth is the best part of a person’s life. What is it – a fact or a
stereotype? Happy Youth supporters’ arguments sound very convincing. According to them,
when you are fifteen or sixteen, the future seems cloudless, the world around you is beautiful and
friendly, and you feel strong and optimistic. Neither health nor other problems trouble you yet.
You have the parents who protect and support you. You have friends who never betray you.
Conflicts are certainly unavoidable, but they don’t last long, and it’s usually not a problem to
survive through them. This is a conventional idea about young people. But is it true?
Psychologists insist that they have lots of work with teenagers. In their “happiest” years they
have too many problems, and in most cases they don’t know how to solve them. They lack life
experience and are not self-confident enough. They are often too categoric and can’t forgive
other people’s faults and mistakes. A quarrel or misunderstanding can lead to serious suffering.
“I don’t feel happy at all”, says Jack Green, 14. “I have no friends. It always works the same. At
first it seems that I’ve found a real friend, but then I feel very disappointed because he betrays
me – tells silly stories about me in the school, or doesn’t help when I need help. It has happened
“The thing which worries me a lot is my future job”, says Helen Carter, 15. “To have a good
life in the future, I have to find a good job. If I want to find a good job, I have to get a good
education first. But how am I supposed to choose my career line?! I don’t know what’s good and
what’s bad for me. I cannot make an informal choice. I need to make some decision about my
education very soon and I feel awfully scared. What if I make a mistake and get an education for
a wrong job? This means that I’ll have to do the job which I don’t like or even hate. This makes
me feel sick.”
On reading these words we, adults, realize that being young is not so easy. It’s rather
challenging to be a teenager of the 21
century, when the world changes so rapidly and people
have to work very hard to keep pace with it (успевать за ним). Who can help young people feel
less stressed out and more self-confident? Who can provide them with information and advice?
The answer, I suppose, is evident.
The author of the article thinks that the opinion that the youth is the best of human life may be
true. He presents rather (1)_____________ arguments for the idea. The strongest argument is
that teenagers have fewer
(2) _____________ in comparison with adult people, let along the elderly. And it goes without
saying that healthy people feel stronger, more energetic, more optimistic and consequently
happier than people in poor health.
However, the author also presents some facts which do not go with the (3) _____________
idea that “youth” and “happiness” are synonyms. Psychologists say that teenagers do have
problems. Most of them are caused by their lack of (4) _____________ and lack of self-