I. READ THE TEXT:
New Zealand, an independent state and a member of the Commonwealth, is
situated south-east of Australia. The country consists of three large islands, called
North Islands, South Islands and Stewart Island, and so many small islands.
The main cities in North Island are Auckland, the largest city and port with
750,000 inhabitants, and Wellington, the capital. Wellington has been the capital of
New Zealand since 1865, and is one of its busiest ports. It is situated at the
southern end of North Island. It lies among hills on the western side of a natural
harbour. Wellington was chosen as a capital of New Zealand in preference to
Auckland, which, though larger, is less central. The population of Wellington is
about 350 thousand people. The New Zealand parliament and government
buildings are situated in Wellington. Excellent roads and fast railways link
Wellington with its suburbs and with other parts of North Island. Wellington also
has an international port.
A little north of Wellington there is an important industrial area, now included in
the city. Christchurch and Dunedin are the most important towns in South Island.
The cities and towns of the country resemble very much those of England,
especially Christchurch. Dunedin is more like Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland.
New Zealand is a mountainous country. The mountains run from south-west to
north-east throughout both the larger islands, The Southern Alps, the highest New
Zealand Mountains, lie near the west coast of South Island. The climate in New
Zealand is warm and the greater part of the country is well watered. New Zealand
has very few native animals. The kiwi, a bird which lives in the forest and doesn’t
fly, is found nowhere else in the world.
Choose the right answer:
1. The text is about….
a. the climate in New Zealand b. the capital of Scotland
c. New Zealand d. Australia
2.Содержанию текста соответствует предложение:
a. Christchurch is the most important town in South Island.
b. Dunedin is the most important town in North Island.
c. Dunedin is the capital of Scotland.
3. Правильным ответом на вопрос:”What is the most interesting bird in the
a. kiwi b. duck c. pigeon d) oriole
4. В тексте слово “Commomnwealth” означает:
a. государство b. сообщество c. республика d. содружество