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ArtFor questions 1 - 12, read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only oneword in each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0). Write your answers IN CAPITAL LETTERS on the answer sheet below.

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Art Art (0)....always been a controversial topic of conversation and is a subject which is sure to raise many an argument. Whether you have a passion (1).... sculpture or are crazy (2).... abstract art, we have to agree that there is a place for all genres. One of the most controversial artists of our time is the French performance artist, Orlan. She (3).... a scandal with her first work, "The Kiss of the Artist", in which she sold kisses to the audience, and (4).... actually fired from her teaching job as a direct result of this. Once she got a taste (5).... shocking the public, though, there was no stopping her and she often found herself in (6).... water following one of her exhibitions. Abstract art is often not thought of as "proper art" and sometimes it's hard to tell if a painting is either upside (7).... or the wrong way (8).... However, art doesn't always have to be controversial or cutting egde. Many people take (9).... art as a hobby and a way of relaxing. Self expression is a form of relaxation and many people believe that once you (10).... it a try, you will never give it (11).... The question is, how can you tell if someone really does like your painting or whether they are just telling a little (12).... lie?

Being good at somethingFor questions 1 - 12, read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only oneword in each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0). Write your answers IN CAPITAL LETTERS on the answer sheet below.

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Being good at something You can find competitions in any discipline you can think of, from the outlandishly difficult like running 100 miles in 5 days across a desert, to carrying your wife on your back for 50 metres. Of course, (0)....good at something is not necessarily about what you're born with. It can take a great deal of practice before you are (1).... to do something at all, let alone well. Once you've got the (2)....of it, then it's time to practise, practise, practise until you can do it to the best of your (3).... . International videogames competitions are becoming more and more commonplace these days. Players from all over the world come together to fight for the right to call themselves "Number 1", each and (4).... one of them having come through tough qualifying tournaments in their own countries. However, this is a domain only for the best of the best. Mere mortals like the rest of us, who don't have time to devote hours of daily practice to something as frivolous as videogames, turn to friendly competition with friends or play over the Internet. When playing videogames, you need to be (5).... in order to have any chance of success. Using your fingers quickly and accurately is obviously key to victory. Another important thing is to choose your opponent wisely; try to (6).... before you can (7).... and go up against someone with hundreds of hours' more practice than you have and prepare to lose. Ultimately of course it would be no fun at all to play this way, there's no (8).... about it - if you suffer defeat after defeat it takes all the fun out of the experience. Videogames are not to everyone's (9).... of course, but the priciple remains the same if you're playing chess, football, golf or any other activity that can be done competitively. Do be careful with your manners though! After all, nobody likes a sore loser, do they? Sadly though, some people just can't cope (10).... losing. Similarly, nobody cares for a winner who brags about their achievements and rubs their opponent's nose in it by dancing around, pulling faces, making obscene gestures and so on. We still see this in televised sports today. Perhaps it would be better to get (11).... of people who behave like this! Anyway, if you do play against a tough opponent and eventually (12).... to win in spite of tremendous difficulty then by all means celebrate, but remember it's not winning that counts, it's taking part.

The British Sense Of HumourFor questions 1 - 12, read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only oneword in each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0). Write your answers IN CAPITAL LETTERS on the answer sheet below.

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The British Sense Of Humour As they learn more (0)....more about English, most students with any aptitude (1).... the language soon realise that if they want to (2).... on making progress and truly immerse themselves (3).... the culture they will need to learn to understand and even join in (4).... British humour. To do this they will need to learn to (5).... the funny side of things that people in their own countries normally do not find amusing. Before they come to Britain, the (6).... UK comedians that most English students usually get (7)....hear about are Mr. Bean and Benny Hill. But On arriving in the UK students are soon surprised to discover that (8).... of these two comedians is currently popular in their home country. It is true that in the past some British people did enjoy their physical type of comedy but the British public as a whole went (9).... this kind of thing a long time ago. Nowadays on UK television and in comedy clubs a different style of humour has become the centre (10).... attention. (11).... two main kinds of humour that are popular in Britain these days are black humour (laughing at miserable or tragic situations) and toilet humour(laughing about toilets). If you don't find (12).... of these two things very amusing, it is going to be difficult for you to really appreciate the British sense of humour.

Clifton Suspension BridgeFor questions 1 - 12, read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only oneword in each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0). Write your answers IN CAPITAL LETTERS on the answer sheet below.

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Clifton Suspension Bridge The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a famous road bridge across the River Avon, (0)....joins Clifton in Bristol (1).... one side to Leigh Woods on the (2).... side. When it was originally built, it was the longest bridge of (3).... kind anywhere in the world and indeed, many people had believed that bridging such a great distance would turn out to (4).... impossible. When Isambard Kingdom Brunel first designed the bridge in 1731, the two towers that were going to support the roadway were designed to have (5).... ancient Egyptian appearance. Unfortunately, Brunel died before the bridge (6).... completed and the engineers who completed (7).... , covered the stone towers with conventional red bricks instead. Even today, more (8).... a hundred years later, the bridge is still an impressive sight. The roadway that stretches between the two towers is two hundred and fourteen metres long, at a height of seventy-five metres above the river and the A4 road below. Originally, (9).... car driver, cyclist and pedestrian who crossed the bridge had to pay a toll. (10).... nowadays, people on foot and cyclists can cross for free and (11).... motorists must still pay. In April 2006, the bridge was used (12).... the centre of a huge fireworks display to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of its great designer, Brunel.

Free-fall RacingFor questions 1 - 12, read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only oneword in each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0). Write your answers IN CAPITAL LETTERS on the answer sheet below.

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Free-fall Racing Since the rise of the current health (0)....safety culture, most people in the UK have begun to lead lives with absolutely no element (1).... danger at all. And after realising that their lives are nowhere(2).... as dangerous as they once were, (3).... didn't take long before a group of young entrepreneurs came up with a new sport that really lets them push (4).... to the limit in terms of risk and excitement. Every weekend, at an airfield (5).... the North Devon coast, a group of otherwise risk-averse individuals meet and attempt to (6).... a new record for how fast they can fall a distance of two kilometres from a small airplane. These are people who rarely if ever break (7).... speed limit. But as free-fall racers, they compete to pick (8).... as much speed as they can before finally opening their parachutes at the last minute. Each race is over and finished in (9).... matter of seconds but during those vital few seconds, the racers say they are totally absorbed (10).... trying to make their bodies fall that little bit faster and trying to judge the perfect moment to pull the parachute cord. Many of them say that they hold(11).... breath for the whole duration of the fall, only breathing out again when they touch the ground. Bill Morris, one free-fall racer says that he has tried every extreme sport but that all of the others are simply nothing (12).... comparison.

Handwriting AnalysisFor questions 1 - 12, read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only oneword in each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0). Write your answers IN CAPITAL LETTERS on the answer sheet below.

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Handwriting Analysis In the UK (0)....days, many companies employ handwriting experts. These people are paid to analyse the handwriting (1).... the various people who are applying (2).... jobs in the company. These handwriting experts are (3).... as graphologists and they claim to be (4).... to accurately make predictions about the personality and behaviour of any applicant if they