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XI-XII ԴԱՍԱՐԱՆՆԵՐ /ՄԱՐԶԱՅԻՆ ՓՈՒԼ/
I.Read the text and answer the questions.
First Train Trip
I must have been about eight when I made my first train trip. I think I was in second
grade at that time. It was midsummer, hot and wet in central Kansas, and time for my aunt
Winnie’s annual vacation from the store, where she worked as a clerk six days a week. She
invited me to join her on a trip to Pittsburgh, fifty miles away, to see her sister, my aunt Alice.
‘Sally, would you like to go there by train or by car?’ aunt Winnie asked. 'Oh, please, by train,
aunt Winnie, dear! We've been there by car three times already!'
Alice was one of my favourite relatives and I was delighted to be invited to her house. As
I was the youngest niece in Mother's big family, the aunties all tended to spoil me and Alice was
no exception. She kept a boarding house for college students, a two-storey, brown brick building
with comfortable, nicely decorated rooms at the corner of 1200 Kearney Avenue. She was also a
world-class cook, which kept her boarding house full of young people. It seemed to me that their
life was so exciting and joyful.
Since I'd never ridden a train before, I became more and more excited as the magic day
drew near. I kept questioning Mother about train travel, but she just said, 'Wait. You'll see,' For
an eight-year-old, waiting was really difficult, but finally the big day arrived. Mother had helped
me pack the night before, and my little suitcase was full with summer sundresses, shorts and
blouses, underwear and pyjamas. I was reading Billy Whiskers, a fantastic story about a goat that
once made a train trip to New York, and I had put that in as well. It was almost midnight when I
could go to bed at last.
We arrived at the station early, purchased our tickets and found our car. I was fascinated
by the face-to-face seats so some passengers could ride backwards. Why would anyone, I
thought, want to see where they'd been? I only wanted to see what lay ahead for me.
Finally, the conductor shouted, 'All aboard!' to the people on the platform. They climbed
into the cars, the engineer blew the whistle and clanged the bell, and we pulled out of the station.
This train stopped at every town between my home in Solomon and Pittsburgh. It was
known as the ‘milk train’ because at one time it had delivered goods as well as passengers to
these villages. I looked eagerly at the signs at each station. I'd been through all these towns by
car, but this was different. The shaky ride of the coaches, the soft brown plush seats, the smells
of the engine drifting back down the track and in through the open windows made this trip far
The conductor, with his black uniform and shiny hat, the twinkling signals that told the
engineer when to stop and go, thrilled me. To an adult, the trip must have seemed painfully slow,
but I enjoyed every minute.
Aunt Winnie had packed a lunch for us to eat along the way as there was no dining car in
the train. I was dying to know just what was in that big shopping bag she carried, but she, too,
said, 'Wait. You'll see.' Midway, Aunt Winnie pulled down her shopping bag from the luggage
rack above our seats. My eyes widened as she opened it and began to take out its contents. I had
expected lunchmeat sandwiches, but instead there was a container of fried chicken, two
hardboiled eggs, bread and butter wrapped in waxed paper, crisp radishes and slim green onions
from Winnie's garden, as well as rosy sliced tomatoes. She had brought paper plates, paper cups
and some of the 'everyday' silverware. A large bottle of cold tea was well wrapped in a
dishtowel; the ice had melted, but it was still chilly. I cautiously balanced my plate on my knees
and ate, wiping my lips and fingers with a large paper napkin. This was living!
When we had cleaned our plates, Aunt Winnie looked into the bag one more time. The
best treat of all appeared — homemade chocolate cakes! Another cup of cold tea washed these
down and then we carefully returned the remains of the food and silverware to the bag, which
Aunt Winnie put into the corner by her feet.
'Almost there,' said my aunt, looking out of the window at the scenery passing by. And
sure enough, as we pulled into the Pittsburgh station we immediately caught sight of aunt Alice,
waiting for us, a smile like the sun lighting up her face, arms wide open. We got off the train and
she led us past the taxi rank and the bus stop to her car that was parked near the station. And all
the way to her home she was asking about my impressions of my first train trip and I could
hardly find the words to express all the thrill and excitement that filled me.
1. The first time Sally travelled by train was when she
a) had to move to her aunt Alice.
b) had a summer vacation at school.
c) went to Pittsburgh for the first time in her life.
d) visited her aunt Alice together with aunt Winnie.
2. Aunt Alice made her living by
a) working as a cook.
b) keeping a boarding house.
c) decorating houses.
d) working as a teacher at college.
3. Sally was waiting for her first train trip so impatiently that she
a) packed her things long before the trip.
b) lost her appetite a week before the trip.
c) asked her Mother many questions about train trips.
d) couldn't sleep the night before the trip.
4. Sally didn't like the idea of riding backwards because
a) it could make her sick.
b) she could miss her station.
c) she could miss .the conductor.
d) she wanted to see where she was going.
5. The trip to Pittsburgh by train seemed so exotic to Sally because
a) she had never travelled so far from her native town.
b) travelling by train was very different from a car ride.
c) she had never travelled in comfort.
d) she had never travelled without her parents.
6. Sally thought that at lunchtime they would have
a) meat sandwiches.
b) bread and butter with coffee.
c) fried chicken, eggs and vegetables. d) tea with chocolate cakes.
7. Aunt Alice was waiting for Sally and aunt Winnie
a) at home.
b) in her car.
c) on the platform.
d)at the bus stop.
II. Read the text “At the dentist’s”. Put each verb in brackets into a suitable verb form.
At the dentist’s
I was on time for my dentist’s appointment, but the dentist was still busy with another
patient, so I 1) _____ (sit) in the waiting room and 2) ______ (read) some of the old
magazines lying there. While I 3) ______ (wonder) whether to leave and come back
another day, I 4) ______ (notice) a magazine article about teeth. It 5) ______ (begin):
‘How long is it since you last 6) ______ (go) to the dentist? 7) ______ (you go) regularly
every six months? Or 8) ______ (you put off) your visit for the last six years?’ Next to the
article was a cartoon of a man in a dentist’s chair. The dentist 9) ______ (say): ‘I’m afraid
this 10) ______ (hurt).’ I 11) ______ (suddenly realise) that my tooth 12) ______ (stop)
aching. But just as I 13) ______ (open) the door to leave, the dentist’s door 14) ______
(open). ‘Next please,’ he 15) ______ (call), as the previous patient 16) ______ (push) past
me. ‘Actually I’m not here to see you, I 17) ______ (wait) for my friend,’ I 18) ______
(shout), leaving as rapidly as I could. 19) ______ (you ever do) this kind of thing? Surely I
can’t be the only person who 20) ______ (hate) the dentist!
III.Look carefully at each line. Some of the lines are correct, and some have a word
which should not be there. Tick each correct line. If a line has a word which should not
be there, write the word in the space.
Do you remember me?
We have met last year when you were on holiday
in Brighton. I’m sorry I haven’t been written to you
since by then. I have been working abroad and
I have only just come back home to England.
Next week I am planning is to be in Bristol, and
I was thinking about that we could meet.
Do you remember Shirley, the girl we have met
in Brighton? We are getting married next month,
and we are want you to come to the wedding.
I have lost your phone number, but when
I have get to Bristol I’ll try to contact you.
It will be great to see you again. Are you still
studying, or I have you found a job?
You won’t recognise me when you will see me!
I had my hair cut last week, and now I look at
completely different. Shirley doesn’t like men
with long hair, you see!
IV. Match the proverbs and their meanings
1. Forbidden fruit tastes sweetest.
2. One man's meat is another man's poison.
3. Half a loaf is better than none.
4. An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
5. You can't have your cake and eat it.
6. Too many cooks spoil the broth.
7. You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.
8. Fine words butter no parsnips.
a) You can't have or enjoy two things at the same time.
b) We should be thankful for what we receive, even though we hoped to receive more.
c) Fine words or promises are not enough.
d) The things which we cannot have are the things we want the most.
e) Small sacrifices of some kind must be made in order to attain one's purpose.
f) A job is usually done badly when too many people do it.
g) Something that is good for one person may be harmful for another.
h) Eating apples is healthy.
V. Decide which answer (A, B, C or D) best fits each space.
In my early 20s, after a year and a half in England, and four months in France, I returned to
the United States and got a job at a camp in northern Virginia. My 1 _____ that summer was Dan
from Mississippi, and I am from Rhode Island. We worked together with a group of boys from
12 to 14 years old. I've always been a bit untidy, but Dan was 2 _____ and clean, even after a
night in the woods with our campers. We could not have been more different, but we got on
because we shared the same 3 _____of humor.
At the end of the summer, a few of us went to 4_____ a cave in West Virginia and got
stuck in the cave for the night. It wasn't as dramatic as it sounds. The park rangers had told us to
stay there if anything happened. They knew where we were going, and when we should have
been back. Dan hurt his right foot badly. So we had to 5 ______ the night in the cave. Food and
water were not a problem, but we turned off our lights to save power. In the distance, we could
hear the sound of running water.
To 6 _______ the time, we told stories. That night in the cave we moved from one family
story to another. As the night wore on, I remembered more and more. I was not alone—the cave,
the blue light and the flowing water released stories and memories that we had never revealed to
anyone. It was as if a river of stories had started flowing in each of us.
When the rangers came the next morning, we didn't want to 7 _______. Can't we just tell a
few more stories?' In the cave, that night, I became a storyteller.
VI. Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence,
using the word given. Do not change the word given. You must use between two and five
words, including the word given.
a) There's a party at Mary's house next week. having
Next week ......................................... party at her house.
b) When you phoned me, it was my lunch time. I
When you phoned me ............................................................................ lunch.
c) I started working here three years ago. for
I've ..................................................................................... . ............ three years.
d) Our meeting is tomorrow. a
e) I haven't had a Chinese meal for ages. since
It's …………………………………………………………..a Chinese meal.
f) David went home before we arrived. had
When we ………………………………………………………..home.
g) The arrival time of Helen's flight is 8.00. at
Helen's flight …………………………………………………………..8.00.
h) Hurry up! We'll get to the theatre after the beginning of the play. will
By the time we get to the theatre, the play ……………………………………..begun.
i) Oh no! My wallet is missing. lost
Oh no! I ……………………………………………………………wallet.
j) This is my first visit to Japan. time
This is the first………………………………………………… to Japan.
VII. Read the text below. Use the word given in capitals to form a word that fits in the
space occupied by it.
Howard Hughes: A Sad End
The American (1 - Million) Howard Hughes once knew the world’s most (2 -Attract) movie
stars, but for the last 15 years of his life he had almost no (3- Communicate) with the outside
world. He became so (4 - Terror) of illness that nobody else was permitted to touch his food,
and no (5 - Visit) were allowed to see him. He (6- Secret) moved from hotel to hotel, and in his
room the only item of (7 - Furnish), apart from a bed and a chair, was a screen and projection
(8- Equip) so that he could watch films. For days he would eat only ice cream, and when he died
his (9 - Weigh) had gone down to only 40 kg because he ate so (10 - Health). Despite his huge
wealth, he seems to have been a very (11 - Happy) man.