Олимпиадные задания школьного этапа Всероссийской олимпиады школьников по английскому языку
task1. Read the texts 1-7 and match them with the titles A-H. There is one extra title.
A. PARTY DESSERT
E. GIVING A PARTY
B. OUTDOOR GAME
F. PARTY ANIMALS
C. TAKING CARE OF A PET
G. FUN ON THE WAY
D. COLLECTING THINGS
H. PARTY GAME
1. Ask your parents for permission to have a party. Decide what kind of party you want and whether it will be held indoors or outdoors. Send written invitations to your friends. Tell them what kind of party you are having, at what time, where, and whether or not the guests should wear costumes. Make a list of games you would like to play. Ask your mother to help you prepare refreshments. Ice cream, cake, cookies, and lemonade are good for any party.
2. This activity makes everybody laugh. Have the guests sit around the room. Choose one person to be a pussycat. The pussy must go over to a guest and do his/her best to make the guest laugh. He/she can make funny meows and walk around like a cat. The pussy goes from one guest to another until someone laughs. The first one to laugh becomes the new pussy.
3. It’s easy to make a cake from a cake mix that you get from the grocery store. You usually add only water or milk. Cake mixes come in many flavours, such as chocolate, lemon, banana, vanilla and others. When you make a cake from a mix, always follow the directions on the package carefully. Then you can be sure that your cake will turn out right and your guests will enjoy it. Many mixes have a small envelope of powdered frosting hidden inside the flour.
4. As you ride on a bus with your friends, get someone to start singing. Everyone joins in. At the first crossroad, another person starts a different song, and everyone joins in. Keep changing songs at every crossroad.
5. Looking after cats is easy. They wash themselves every day and eat almost any food. Cats like to drink milk and cream. But they need to be fed fish, beef, liver, and other kinds of meat. They need a clean, dry bed at night. You can use a basket or a cardboard box for your cat’s bed. Cats like to play with a rubber ball or chase a string.
6. You can have a whole army of toy soldiers made of tin, wood or plastic. Some may be dressed in fancy uniforms, some may be sitting on horses. Others may be ready for battle, carrying guns and shoulder packs. You can have soldiers from other countries, or only Civil War soldiers or only modern soldiers. If you get two soldiers that are alike, trade your extra soldier with another toy soldier lover.
7. Even animals get involved in elections. The donkey and elephant have been political symbols in the USA for more than 100 years. Why? In 1828, Democrat Andrew Jackson ran for president. Critics said he was stubborn as a donkey. The donkey has been the symbol of the Democratic Party ever since. In the 1870s, newspaper cartoonists began using the elephant to stand for the Republican Party.
Read the text and fill in the gaps with the parts of the sentences below. One part is extra.
Do you speak English?
When I arrived in England I thought I knew English. After I’d been here an hour I realized that I did not understand one word. In the first week I picked up a tolerable working knowledge of the language and the next seven years convinced me gradually but thoroughly that I __1_____________________, let alone perfectly. This is sad. My only consolation being that nobody speaks English perfectly.
Remember that those five hundred words an average Englishman uses are _2______________________. You may learn another five hundred and another five thousand and yet another fifty thousand and still you may come across a further fifty thousand __3_____________________.
If you live here long enough you will find out to your greatest amazement that the adjective nice is not the only adjective the language possesses, in spite of the fact that __4_____________________. You can say that the weather is nice, a restaurant is nice, Mr. Soandso is nice, Mrs. Soandso’s clothes are nice, you had a nice time, _____5__________________.
Then you have to decide on your accent. The easiest way to give the impression of having a good accent or no foreign accent at all is to hold an unlit pipe in your mouth, to mutter between your teeth and finish all your sentences with the question: "isn’t it?" People will not understand much, but they are accustomed to that and they will get a 6 _______________________.
A. whatever it costs
B. most excellent impression
C. you have never heard of before, and nobody else either
D. in the first three years you do not need to learn or use any other adjectives
E. would never know it really well
F. far from being the whole vocabulary of the language
G. and all this will be correct
VOCABULARY AND GRAMMAR
TASK1. Fill in the gaps with the correct forms of the words
1) Manchester ___________ its place as Britain’s most developing city after _________ population grew by a _________ over the last decade.
The Census has revealed __________ 19 per cent population growth to be almost three times more than the national average.
And it shows that the number of 20 to 30-year-olds _______ to the city has soared, with 123,600 living here compared to 78,301 10 years ago.
The Census, ________ last year, records Manchester’s population as 503,100 - an increase of 80,400 since the last survey in 2001. It is the third biggest rise in England - and the ________ percentage growth for a city - behind the London boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets.
The council says the figures show its regeneration efforts have transformed Manchester into a thriving place _____ and work. Experts say the huge increase is due to a hike in the number of people _______ from other parts of the country to study and work in Manchester, as well as people coming to the city from Europe and elsewhere.
2) What _________ of Britain do you reckon is built on? By that I mean covered by ________, roads, car parks, railways, paths and so on - what people might call "concreted over". Go on - have a guess.
I was prompted to find out the answer to this question after reading this week how woodland is now calculated to cover 12.7% of the UK, the highest proportion since 1924 when records began.
I tweeted the figures after the ONS published them in their UK ____________ Accounts and found I was not the only one surprised. "Do we have a completely ________ view of what our landscape is like?" I wondered.
The 80% of us who live in towns and cities spend an ________ amount of time staring at glass and brick. On most urban roads, one can be tricked into thinking that the ribbon of grey we see reflects the land use for miles around.
But when you look out of a plane window as you buckle-up __________ of landing at a UK airport, the revelation is how green the country appears. So what is the answer to my question - have you got a figure in your head?
TASK 2. Fill in the gaps choosing the correct words A, B, C or D.
The First Day at School
Do you remember your first day at school? It was probably 1 ____ confusing. Now, to 2 ____ this confusion, many primary schools in England have a special teacher who welcomes new pupils. She is 3 ____ a reception class teacher. The children are 4 ____ with the idea of school and if they have been good, they can’t understand why they have to go to school. They imagine that school is optional. When the child goes to school on his first day and watches his mother leaving he thinks that she is deserting him. The teacher must 5 ____ him that at the end of the day his mother will be back and take him home. The children are not the only people that are disturbed by going to school. The teacher sometimes has as much difficulty in 6 ____ with the mothers. They hang around and dislike leaving the child without their protection.
The best way to 7 ____ with the situation is to get the child used to the idea of school. Before the beginning of term, the mother should take her child to see the teacher and to look 8 ____ the school. The first day should be something to emphasize the regularity of school.
1. А) enough; B) rarely; C) rather; D) equally
2. A) escape; B) defeat; C) beat; D) avoid
3. A) named; B) called; C) said; D) told
4. A) afraid; B) threatened; C) endangered; D) risked
5. A) convince; B) prove; C) explain; D) announce
6. A) managing; B) guiding; C) coping; D) handling
7. A) face; B) deal; C) touch; D) consider
8. A) through; B) about; C) after; D) round
Comment on the following statement.
Some people are sure that pupils should make their own decisions what subjects to study.
What is your opinion? Do you agree with this statement?
Write 100 -120 words.
- make an introduction
- express your personal opinion and give reasons for your opinion
- make a conclusion.