Олимпиада по английскому языку среди первых курсов

Олимпиада по английскому языку среди первых курсов.
I. Read and answer the questions.
The famous composer Rakhmaninov was also a very good pianist. When he was
a small boy he was asked to play at a home party at their friends' place. Though he
was only eight he was quite experienced in playing the piano and did it well. At that
concert he was to play one of Beethoven's sonatas. It must be mentioned that there
are several very long intervals in that sonata. In each of these intervals the boy took
his hands off the keyboard and waited. During one of these intervals the old mother
of the hostess came up to him and said, "My boy, why don't you play something that
you know very well?"
1. Why did the boy stop playing several times?
2. Did the old lady know Beethoven's music well?
II. Put the question to underlined member of the sentence.
Rakhmaninov was a famous pianist and composer.
III. Complete the sentences with the correct forms of the verbs in
One evening Mr Green (1 __________________________ drive) his car along
a country road. He (2 ________________________ be) to London where he (3
___________________________ take) 250 pounds from the bank. He (4
_________________________ put) the money in his pocket. At some part of the
road a man in shabby clothes (5 ______________________ stop) him and (6 ask)
for a lift. Mr Green (7 ___________________________ tell) him (8
___________________________ get) into the car and (9 continue) his way. He
(10 talk) to the man and (11 learn) that the man
(12 ________________________ escape) from prison and thought of his 250
Suddenly he (13 ________________________ see) a police car and (14
______________________ have) a bright idea. He (15 begin) to drive the car
fast. He
(16 ______________________ look) back and (17_______________________ see)
the police car nearing his car. It soon (18 ______________________ overtake) him
and he (19 ______________________ have to) stop. The policeman,
(20 _____________________take) out his notebook and (21
____________________ want) Mr Green's name and address. Mr Green (22
____________________ want) to tell the policeman about the robber sitting behind
but the man (23 ___________________ take) out a gun and
(24 ______________________ put) it to Mr Green's back. Mr Green was afraid of
(25 ___________________ shoot) so he (26 ____________________ say) nothing.
He only
(27 ___________________ ask) (28 ___________________ take) to the police
station but the policeman (29 _______________________ say): "You (30
_____________________ have to) appear at the police court later." He (31
__________________________ give) Mr Green a talk about dangerous driving and
(32 ___________________________ go) away. Then Mr Green (33
_________________________ start) up his car again. He (34
___________________ think) his 250 pounds (35 ________________________
lose). When they (36 _________________be) near a small town the robber said to
Mr Green: "You (37 ____________________ be) good to me. This (38
___________________________ be) the least I (39 ___________________ can) do
in return." And he (40 _______________________ hand) Mr Green the policeman's
IV. Choose the right variant.
1. I've just bought ... copy of his latest book.
a) , b) a, c) the, d) any.
2. ... in my class likes him.
a) All, b) All pupils, c) All the pupils, d) Everyone.
3. Jack left ... Paris last week.
a) in, b) for, c) from, d) to.
4. They... yet.
a) didn't arrive, b) haven't arrived, c) hadn't arrived, d) don't arrive.
5. Turn right... the end of the street.
a) at, b) in, c) to, d) on.
6. Nelly is ... at History than Jane but worse at French.
a) as good, b) not so good, c) better, d) best.
7. A young man asked if we ... students.
a) are, b) were, c) have been, d) shall be.
8. I have asked some friends for tea.
a) to go, b) to stay, c) to bring, d) to drink.
9. Has he ... you of his decision?
a) talked, b) said, c) told, d) spoke.
10. She made her husband ... the tree.
a) to cut down, b) cut down, c) to have cut down, d) cutting down.
11. When I entered they ... to music.
a) have listened, b) were listened, c) were listening, d) listen.
12. She spoke to ... person at the party.
a) few, b) a few, c) every, d) many.
13. I ... glasses since I was a child.
a) wear, b) am wearing, c) have been wearing, d) was wearing.
14. They took a rest after they ... the yard.
a) had cleaned up, b) were cleaning up, c) would clean up, d) have cleaned up.
15. I knew I'd forgotten ... .
a) somewhere, b) anywhere, c) something, d) anything.
16. You usually have dinner at home, ... ?
a) do you, b) don't you, c) have you, d) haven't you.
17. The police haven't got ... information to catch the robber.
a) some, b) enough, c) another, d) these.
18. I haven't heard ... you.
a) anyone call, b) anyone to call, c) someone call, d) someone to call.
19. The news you've brought ... much better... than last time.
a) is, b) are, c) have been, d) were.
20. I hope I've got ... mistakes in my test today.
a) little, b) less, c) fewer, d) fewest.
V. Choose the right answer.
1. What is the Barbican?
a) a river, b) an art centre, c) a pop group, d) a cinema.
2. Where is Ben Nevis situated?
a) in Scotland, b) in Wales, c) in England, d) in Northern Ireland.
3. Who is the head of the state in Britain?
a) Mayor, b) Prime Minister, c) Queen, d) Speaker.
4. What is standing in the middle of Piccadilly?
a) the Statue of Eros, b) the Statue of Pan, c) the Statue of Cromwell, d) the
Marble Arch.
5. What is soccer?
a) American football, b) hockey, c) squash, d) boat-racing.