Đề thi tuyển dụng FPT – Tiếng anh B

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  1. Đề thi tuyển dụng FPT – Tiếng anh B – Đề 1 THE CORPORATION FOR FINANCING AND PROMOTING TECHNOLOGY —————o0o————— ENGLISH TEST Time allowed: 60 minutes 50 questions PART 1 Read the letter below and choose the opinion A, B, C or D which best fits each gap. Dear Mr. Hill, With (1)_____ to your advertisement in the educational Gazette I would like to (2)_____ for one of the scholarships your Trust is offering to students who wish to continue their (3)_____ at a British university. I am 22 years old and have just (4)_____ in English Philology from the Complutense University in Madrid, Spain. I am very interested in doing a master’s degree in English Literature. My (5)_____ interest is the English playwright Arnold Wesker. However, it is almost impossible for me to study Wesker here in Spain, as he is not very well- known. I would really need to come to Britain. Unfortunately, the (6)_____ cost of university fees in your country makes that almost impossible. I would be leaving away from home. My parents could contribute something towards my keep but that’s all. My (7)_____ of English is good. I passed the Cambridge First Certificate examination last year with grade A. I hope you will (8)_____ my application. Yours sincerely, Carmen Moreno 1. A connection B reference C relation D concern 2. A demand B request C inquire D apply 3. A career B studies C interests D subjects 4. A completed B finished C graduated D studied 5. A peculiar B general C individual D particular 6. A big B extremely C high D expensive 7. A level B proficiency C grade D stage 8. A pass B consider C agree D regard PART 2 Read the text below and fill each gap with one suitable word. An example is given. THE FOUR-YEAR-OLD UNDERGRADUATE A child prodigy of four is receiving computer lessons at Brunel University, in London. Nicholas MacMahon (0)__is__ studying at university because he is (9)_____ clever for school. A senior lecturer at the university, Valso Koshy, said (10)_____ boy was remarkably intelligent. Nicholas spoke fluently before he was one and (11)_____ the time he was 18 months old he was taking telephone messages. This (12)_____ soon followed by conversational French. These are the trademarks of a highly-gifted child, unusual (13)_____ not unique. The strange thing (14)_____ Nicholas is his reading- he taught(15)_____ to read before he could speak. Ms Koshy, (16)_____ expert on gifted children, says Nicholas is quite exceptional. Yet ‘exceptional’ understates his amazing ability (17)_____ read, almost from birth. ‘He was talking when he was one (18)_____ we realized from the start he (19)_____ read,’ his father said. ‘Soon after, he was correcting my spelling, words like caterpillar. Now he identifies insects by (20)_____ Latin names’. The list (21)_____ achievements is impressive, but frightening. A four-year-old who (22)_____ tell a Boeing 747 from a DC10, devours encyclopaedias, reads The Daily Telegraph and is well on the way to becoming a violin virtuoso is (23)_____ normal. PART 3 Complete this summary of Marisol’s trip. Fill each gap with a word or expression to do with airports and traveling by air from the box below. An example is given. duty-free took off immigration departure lounge gate runway stewardess check-in passengers excess baggage landed customs scheduled charter baggage claim boarding card crew aisle
  2. Last autumn, Marisol went to England for a holiday. She took a (0)__charter___ flight rather than a (24)_____ one because it was much cheaper. She arrived at the airport and went straight to the (25)_____ desk where the ground steward gave her a (26)_____ with her seat number on it. She had too much luggage and she was almost charged for (27)_____ . Unfortunately, she was too late for a window seat and had to sit by the (28)_____ . Afterwards, she went to the (29)_____ and waited for her flight to be called. Eventually, after a short delay, she was told to go to (30)_____ number 19 and boarded the plane. The captain welcomed the (31)_____ aboard on behalf of himself and the rest of the (32)_____ . The plane (33)_____ from the (34)_____ and the flight went smoothly. After she had had a meal, the air (35)_____ came round offering (36)_____ goods. Marisol bought some perfume and cigarettes. As soon as the plane had (37)_____ at London Airport, she went to the (38)_____area to pick up her luggage. At first, she thought she had lost it and gave a description to a clerk. Fortunately, just as she was about to leave the airport, the luggage turned up. Half an hour later, she passed through (39)_____and (40)_____ and met her friend and her parents who had been waiting for her. PART 4 Read the passage and answer questions 41-50. HOW TO WRITE A WINNING RESUME The main purpose of a resume is to convince an employer to grant you an interview. There are two kinds. One is the familiar “tombstone” that lists where you went to school and where you’ve worked in chronological order. The other is what I call the “functional” resume- descriptive, fun to read, unique to you and much more likely to land you an interview. It’s handy to have a “tombstone” for certain occasions. But prospective employers throw away most of those unrequested “tombstone” lists, preferring to interview the quick rather than the dead. What follows are tips on writing a functional resume that will get read- a resume that makes you come alive and look interesting to employers. Put yourself first: In order to write a resume others will read with enthusiasm, you have to feel important about yourself. Sell what you can do, not who you are: Practice translating your personality traits, character, accomplishments and achievements into skill areas. There are at least five thousand skill areas in the world of work. Toot your own horn! Many people clutch when asked to think about their abilities. Some think they have none at all! But everyone does, and one of yours may just be the ticket an employer would be glad to punch- if only you show it. Be specific, be concrete and be brief! Turn bad news into good: Everybody has had disappointments in work. If you had to mention yours, look for the positive side. Never apologize: If you’re returning to the work force after fifteen years as a parent, simply write a short paragraph (summary of background) in place of a chronology of experience. Don’t apologize for working at being a mother; It’s the hardest job of all. If you have no special training or higher education, just don’t mention education. How to psych yourself up: The secret is to think about the self before you start writing about yourself. Take four or five hours off, not necessarily consecutive, and simply write down your every accomplishment in your life, on or off the job, that made you feel effective. Don’t worry at first about what it all means. Study the list and try to spot patterns. As you study your list, you will come closer to the meaning: identifying your marketable skills. Once you discover patterns, give names to your cluster of accomplishments (leadership skills, budget management skills, child development skills etc.) Try to list at least three accomplishments under the same skills heading. Now start writing your resume as if you mattered. It may take four drafts or more, and several weeks, before you’re ready to show it to a stranger (friends are usually too kind) for a reaction. When you’re satisfied, send it to a printer; a printed resume is far superior to photocopies. It shows an employer that you regard job hunting as serious work, worth doing right. Isn’t that the kind of person you’d want working for you? 1. The author calls one type of resume a ‘tombstone’ (line 2) because: A it lists your achievements in chronological order. B it lists what you’ve done in the past rather than what you can do in the future. 1. ‘Quick’ (line 6) means: A fast. B efficient. C alive. 1. ‘Toot your own horn!’ (line 15) means:
  3. A don’t be modest. B tell the employer what you’ve done in the past. 1. ‘Many people clutch when asked to…’ (line 15) means: A many people panic. B many people underestimate themselves. 1. ‘One of yours may be just the ticket an employer would be glad to punch…’ (line 16-17) A a good indication of your abilities. B something an employer might find interesting. C exactly what is required. 1. ‘How to psych yourself up…’ (line 25) means: A make a list of your abilities before you write your resume. B how to prepare yourself mentally before writing your resume. C what to do. 1. Two kinds of resume are A chronological and descriptive resumes. B tombstone and functional resumes. 1. Which kind of resume should you send to an employer A a printed resume. B a photocopied resume. C a handwritten resume. 1. What should you practice translating into skill areas A personality traits. B character. C accomplishments and achievements. D all the above. 1. How many skill areas are there in the world of work A at least 4000 B at least 4500 C at least 5000 KEY: 1. 1. B 26. Boarding card 1. 2. D 27. Excess baggage 1. 3. B 28. Aisle 1. 4. C 29. Departure lounge 1. 5. D 30. Gate 1. 6. C 31. Passengers 1. 7. A 32. Crew 1. 8. B 33. Took off 1. 9. Too 34. Runway 10. The 35. Stewardess 1. 11. By 36. Duty-free 1. 12. Was 37. Landed
  4. 1. 13. But 38. Baggage claim 1. 14. About 39. Customs 1. 15. Himself 40. Immigration 1. 16. An 41. B 1. 17. To 42. C 1. 18. And 43. A 1. 19. Could 44. A 1. 20. Their 45. C 1. 21. Of 46. B 1. 22. Can 47. B 1. 23. Not/hardly 48. A 1. 24. Scheduled 49. D 1. 25. Check-in 50. C Đề thi tuyển dụng FPT – Tiếng anh B – Đề 2 THE CORPORATION FOR FINANCING AND PROMOTING TECHNOLOGY —————o0o————— ENGLISH TEST Time allowed: 60 minutes 50 questions PART ONE The following people want to attend evening classes. Look at the information about evening classes for the autumn term. Decide which class would be the most suitable for each person. Mark the correct letter ( A-H) on the answer sheet for questions 1-5. There is some headings (A-H) which you do not need to use. Part one Example: 0 A B C D E F G H A Advanced French Language Monday. Wednesday. 7.00 – 9.00 p.m. This course is for people who have already done French for at least five years. It will consist of reading and discussion. There will also be lessons in French composition. There will be an examination at the end of the course, and a certificate for successful students. B Car Repairs Wednesday. Thursday. 7.00 – 9.00 p.m. Save money on garage bills by learning to look after your own car and do simple repairs at home. This is a course for beginners. No previous experience is necessary. C First Aid Tuesday. 6.30 – 8.30 p.m. Why not study for a certificate in First Aid? People on this course will learn to deal with accidents in the home and at work: what to do in the case of burns, cuts, broken bones and other common injures.
  5. D Beginning Spanish Wednesday. 7.00 – 9.00 p.m. Have fun learning Spanish for your holidays! It will be simple conversational Spanish- the chief purpose of the course is enjoyment. Previous knowledge of the language is unnecessary- anyone can join this course. E Discovering Our City’s History Monday. Thursday. 6.30 – 9.00 p.m. Are you curious to learn about the history which is buried beneath the streets of our city? The area has a fascinating history. This term the class will concentrate on the first five hundred years of our city’s past. F Twentieth Century Literature Thursday. 7.00 – 9.00 p.m. Study the works of the major twentieth century writers, including foreign novels and poetry in translation. This informal group will read and discuss a different novel or poem each week. G Keep Up Your Office Skills Tuesday. Thursday. 7.00 – 9.00 p.m. At last an opportunity to learn to use the latest electronic office equipment. Increase your typing speed. Find out about new business methods and get to know how to run a modern office. H Nature Studies Tuesday. Thursday. 7.00 – 9.00 p.m. A practical course in which students will learn to recognize plants, wild animals and birds in the countryside. There will be monthly trips to various places of interest to watch animals and birds in their natural world. 1. Jane Brown is a housewife. She is not interested in getting a qualification, but wants to go to a class one evening a week where she can talk to people. 2. Bill Jones studied both French and Spanish for five years at school but he failed his exams. Now he thinks he might get a better job if he has a language qualification. 3. Sam Cartwright is out of work. He used to work in a factory as a clerk. He feels that his present skills need to be brought more up to date. 4. Jack Tanner manages a large office. He is very busy and can only attend classes once a week. He wants to do a course which will help him to relax. He is planning to tour France and Spain on holiday. 5. Christine Black wants to learn something practical and useful. She is not free on Wednesdays or Thursdays. PART TWO Look at the statements below about passengers arriving at an airport. Read the text to decide if each statements is correct or incorrect. Mark T (True) on your answer sheet if you think the notes are right and mark F (False) if you think the notes are wrong. IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PASSENGERS Arrival When the plane lands, you are requested to keep your seat belt fastened until the light goes off and remain in your seat until the plane stops moving. This is for your own comfort and safety. Leaving the airport If you are ending your journey at this airport, you should go up the escalator to passport control and customs. If you are travelling further by rail or coach, you will find an information desk outside the customs hall, as well as a bank where you can change money. Catching another flight If you are planning to change planes, you should follow the signs to the waiting lounge, where you should check in and wait to board your connecting flight. There will be an announcement when your flight is due to take off. Our ground staff will be happy to tell you. Leaving the plane All passengers leaving the plane should make sure that they take everything with them. If you have checked in any luggage, you should remember to collect it from the baggage area inside the airport. Continuing on this flight We regret that passengers who are continuing their journey on this flight may not get off the plane. You may not smoke while the plane is on the ground. Thank you for flying with us. We hope to be able to welcome you on board again soon. 1. All passengers must leave the aeroplane. 2. You must wait until the light goes out before undoing your seat belt. 3. Passengers who are leaving the airport must first go to passport control. 4. Passengers continuing by another plane must go through customs.
  6. 5. You can change money before you go to passport control. 6. You must go up the escalator to the waiting lounge if you are changing planes. 7. Passengers in the waiting lounge will hear an announcement when their plane is ready to leave. 8. No one is allowed to smoke in the airport. 9. The aeroplane is going on to another place after some of the passengers get off. 15. Passengers who are leaving the plane should check that they have not left anything behind. PART THREE I- Read the following text and choose the most suitable heading from the list A-H for each part (16-21) of the article. There is one extra heading which you do not need to use. An example is given. A Decide on a dream B Be ambitious C Get informed D Sell yourself E Get experience F Be realistic G Use your contacts H Be positive HOW TO GET THE JOB OF YOUR DREAMS 0 H The main complaint from young people these days seems to be ‘I don’t know what I want to do’ followed closely by ‘It’s pointless trying anyway.’ Times have changed and the job market is not what it was with even graduates living off state unemployment benefits. But there is work if you want it, and if you are prepared to try hard and follow our handy and helpful plan for Getting The Job Of Your Dreams, you can still find your first foothold on the career ladder. 16 Compromise, improvise and give up your ideas of walking straight into a company director’s job and you may find that later rather than sooner you are engaged in doing a useful and rewarding job. 17 Think about what you would like to do. If you hate children, forget about primary school teaching. If you cant’ stand writing, forget about journalism. Do you want to work abroad? Do you want to work in an office? Be imaginative! Don’t limit yourself to what you want to be, but to what you like to do. And watching telly doesn’t count! 18 If you like listening to people’s problems and helping your friends out when they’re in tricky situations, you should find out about the kind of jobs which involve this sort of work. Psychotherapy, social work, teaching, and personnel management are some of the jobs you could do. Find out what you would have to do in the job, and how you could get qualified. 19 Get in touch with people you know who already have your dream job. Ask to spend a day ‘shadowing’ them. They can explain how they got where they are today, the pros and cons, the salary and other details and you can first-hand experience of what the job involves. 20 It’s not too late to volunteer your free time for the sake of your curriculum vitae. Write off and offer your services free. Then impress your colleagues by learning fast and being nice to everyone. Who knows, they may even offer you a job. And you can still claim unemployment benefit while you’re volunteering, so long as you make an effort to find paid employment. 21 It will take more than an impressive curriculum vitae and a smart suit to get you a job but you can’t go wrong with a carefully worded ‘Hire me’ letter mailed to prospective employers. Who knows, your letter could end up on the desk of a compassionate employer. What have you got to lose? II- Read the text again and find words or phrases in the article with these meanings ( 22-30). The paragraph number is given in brackets. 1. 22. useless (0) 2. 23. accept less then you wanted (1) 3. 24. giving personal satisfaction and pleasure (1) 4. 25. difficult, awkward (3) 5. 26. contact (4) 6. 27. advantages and disadvantages (4) 7. 28. learned directly, not from books or other people (4) 8. 29. people you work with in a professional job (5) 9. 30. kind and caring (6)
  7. PART FOUR Read the text below and then select from the answer choices the word that best fits each blank ( 31-40). In the US, industries that generate hazardous wastes want to dispose of them as cheaply as possible. Private companies hired to dispose of this waste compete with each other to offer the lowest prices to these industries. The government does not get involved, beyond setting minimum safety standards. Unfortunately, the __(31)__ of companies that generate and dispose of waste is to save money, __(32)__ to guarantee safety. These companies usually send waste to landfills because this is cheaper than recycling or incineration. Disposal firms who want to increase their business must cut corners to lower costs and __(33)__ customers. At the same time, relatively __(34)__ is done to reduce the volume of waste generated, because disposal costs __(35)__ relatively modest. Things are different in Denmark. There the government __(36)__ in the waste disposal process beginning __(37)__ the front end. Together with industry, the government formed a corporation to establish and __(38)__ waste disposal facilities. This company, called Kommunichem, has a __(39)__ on waste disposal. Generators of hazardous waste __(40)__ ship their waste to one of Kommunichem’s disposal facilities. In this system, there is no price competition in the waste disposal business. 1. 31. A solution B license C importance D goal 2. 32. A not B just C besides D something 3. 33. A survive B efficient C gain D prosper 4. 34. A more B this C recycling D little 5. 35. A still B have C remain D cheap 6. 36. A interferes B participates C involves D control 7. 37. A to B by C of D at 8. 38. A operate B found C prepare D generate 9. 39. A power B profit C monopoly D responsibility 10. 40. A help B disposal C take D must PART FIVE Most of the lines in this text contain an unnecessary word. A few of the lines are correct. Read the text carefully, find the extra words and write them down in your answer sheet. Tick any lines that are correct. Two examples are given. 0 Having a bad memory can be dangerous. Have you ever left ___ü___ 00 from the house without remembering to turn off the gas __from__ 41 and almost have caused a fire? I have. And more than once 42 time as well. Now even when I remember to do it I 43 convince to myself that I have forgotten. The picture in 44 my mind is so vivid that I rush home imagining that fire- 45 engines outside of and flames pouring through the 46 window. But of course I find everything in order. 47 Forgetting things can be too embarrassing as well. I may 48 seem like incredible but on one occasion I actually forgot 49 the name of my flat-mate. We had known us each other for 50 two years. I didn’t dare ask her that- she would have thought I was mad- and two whole days passed before I finally remembered. If I’m honest, I have to admit that it was embarrassing and worrying. However, there are advantages. You can avoid unpleasant experiences like the trips to dentist simply by forgetting you had an appointment. KEY 1. 1. F 26. Get in touch with 1. 2. A 27. Pros and cons 1. 3. G 28. First-hand 1. 4. D 29. Colleagues 1. 5. C 30. Compassionate
  8. 1. 6. F 31. D 1. 7. T 32. A 1. 8. T 33. C 1. 9. F 34. D 10. F 35. C 1. 11. F 36. B 1. 12. T 37. D 1. 13. F 38. A 1. 14. T 39. C 1. 15. T 40. D 1. 16. F 41. Have 1. 17. A 42. Time 1. 18. C 43. To 1. 19. G 44. that 1. 20. E 45. Of 1. 21. D 46. ü 1. 22. Pointless 47. Too 1. 23. Compromise 48. Like 1. 24. Rewarding 49. Us 1. 25. Tricky 50. That Đề thi tuyển dụng FPT – Tiếng Anh B – Đề 3 THE CORPORATION FOR FINANCING AND PROMOTING TECHNOLOGY —————o0o————— ENGLISH TEST Time allowed: 60 minutes 50 questions Part 1 Read the following article and choose the best answers to questions 1-5.
  9. Secrets of the Face Is it really possible to judge someone’s character from their face? The Chinese seem to think so. For over 2,000 years they have been practising Siang Mien, which is the art of judging character and predicting fortune from an analysis of the face. It developed in the ancient imperial courts of China and consisted of jealously guarded secrets that were hidden away in special books which only a very few could look at. These secrets cannot have been that well guarded and must have got out because practically all Chinese practise some form of face analysis. Mothers tell their daughters that men with flat noses and small ear lobes will make shy and rather dull husbands. So how does this analysis work? Well, to start with, people’s faces can be classified according to one of ten basic shapes, each of which has its own special name. A triangular face, for example, is called a fire-face. One which is square is known as a wall-face, while one which is diamond shaped is a jade-face. There are even bucket-faces! Once the basic shape has been decided, then parts of the face such as the eyes, nose, chin and mouth can be analyzed in their turn. People who have not got conventional or beautiful faces should not worry, as ugly people tend to be lucky. Anyway, let us see how Siang Mien works by using Princess Diana as a practical example. To begin with, we can say that she has got a jade-face which means that she must be strong-willed. This shape also belongs to people who are said to have had difficult chilhoods. As you may know, the Princess’s parents were divorced when she was a child and this time must have been a period of great unhappiness. Turning to more specific features, we can see that one eye is a little larger than the other. It is a known fact that people with eyes of different sizes are often brought up by stepparents. They are also believed to be charming as well as being capable of great jealousy. We can see from her photographs that the top of her ears goes above the line of her eyebrows. People who have high ears such as hers are likely to become famous before the age of 30, while those who combine this with eyes of different sizes will be lucky. 1. 1. Siang Mien A was a secret art. B was known by emperors. C is quite recent. D is generally practised. 1. 2. Chinese mothers think men with A big ears are exciting. B small ear lobes are kind. C flat noses are not interesting. D small ear lobes and flat noses can’t be trusted. 1. 3. A jade-face is best described as A flat at the bottom and pointed at the top. B pointed at the top and bottom. C pointed at the bottom but flat at the top. D oval. 1. 4. People with eyes of different sizes A often have stepparents. B are usually unhappy. C are often divorced. D are supposed to be generous. 1. 5. Princess Diana A proves the truth of Siang Mian. B has low ears. C was over 30 when she became famous. D has an ordinary face. Part 2
  10. Read the following text and then select from the answer choices at the bottom of the text the word that best fills each blank. If you ask most people to list what makes them like someone on first meeting, they will say personality, intelligence, and sense of humor. But they are probably deceiving themselves. The characteristic that impresses people the most (6)_____ meeting anyone, from a job applicant (7)_____ a classmate, is apprearance. Unfair(8)_____ it may seem, attractive people are frequently preferred (9)______ their less attractive peers. Research begun in the early 70s has shown that (10)_____ only do good looks influence such things as choice of friends and lovers, but they can also affect grades, selection for jobs, and (11)_____ the outcome of a trial. The very first research on this (12)_____ showed that the more attractive a person is, the more positive (13)_____ people will attribute to him or her. Attractive people are viewed as (14)______ happier, more sensitive, more interesting, and having better character than their less attractive counterparts. Related research has investigated (15)_____ attractiveness influences sex typing, the tendency of people(16)_____ assign certain stereotypical qualities to each sex. Along with (17)_____ the good qualities people associate (18)_____ good looks, attractive people tend to fit easily into sexual stereotypes. For example, attractive women are often (19)_____ as being more feminine and attractive men as more masculine. Good looks can be a serious (20)_____ for some people. (21)_____ women, in work situations that conflict with sexual stereotypes. For instance, attractive women might be (22)_____ a real disadvantage (23)_____ they aspire to occupations in (24)_____ stereotypically male traits, such as aggressiveness, are considered(25)_____ for success. 1. 6. A. when B. for C. is D. important 2. 7. A. for B. to C. as D. or 3. 8. A. that B. advantage C. as D. because 4. 9. A. than B. from C. by D. over 10. A. the B. not C. people D. appearance 11. A. intelligence B. to C. even D. get 12. A. has B. research C. phenomenon D. ease 13. A. impression B. the C. characteristics D. other 14. A. being B. the C. more D. if 15. A. that B. how C. about D. on 16. A. can B. to C. who D. and 17. A. research B. some C. this D. all 18. A. the B. that C. with D. also 19. A. tending B. perceived C. said D. consider 20. A. disadvantage B. advantage C. matter D. reason 21. A. moreover B. especially C. as D. for 22. A. at B. in C. having D. taken 23. A. than B. when C. that D. because 24. A. their B. which C. possessing D. some 25. A. more B. negative C. necessary D. as Part 3 In most lines of the letter below, there is one unnecessary word. It is either a spelling error or does not fit in with the sense of the text. For each numbered line 26-35, find the unnecessary word and then write the word in the space on your answer sheet. Some lines are correct. Indicate these lines with a tick (ü). The exercise begins with two examples (0) and (00). 0 a 00 ü Dear Andy, 0 Thanks a lot for the lovely letter. It was a great news about your promotion. Well done. I am really sorry for 00 not having written earlier but life has been busy since moving here. What’s more, I have just started a new 26 job. 27 I’ve been taken on as a shop assisstant in a bookshop store. The other staff are nice and friendly, and it’s 28
  11. quite well paid. By the way, the other day I bumped into Anna Granger in a bookshop. Guess what! She has just moved here too. She told me some awfully news though. You’ll be sad to hear that Mr. Green, our old teacher, 29 passed away last month. Poor Mr. Green. Still, life goes on. 30 Incidentally, I’ve aranged to go to the theatre to see ‘Cats’ with Anna in a couple of week time. Would you 31 like to come too? You can stay at my place. Do let me know as I’ll have to get tickets. 32 Anyway, I must sign off as I want to catch the post. 33 Hope to see you soon. 34 Lots of love, 35 Celia Part 4 Complete the story with the correct tenses of the verbs in brackets. An example is given. Five years ago I ___had to____ (have to) make a big decision. At the time I ___36____ (work) for a small engineering company. However, things were not going very well for the company and it ___37____ (lose) money. One day while we ___38____ (work) as normal, the boss told us that the company ___39____ (be) bankrupt. We were all unemployed. That lunch-time we went to the pub as usual. We were all very depressed. I ___40____ (work) at the company for over fifteen years and some of the people ___41____ (be) there longer than that. Well, of course we ___42____ (talk) about the problem. Then the landlord of the pub heard the news. He ___43____ (say): ‘Why don’t you buy the company?’ At first we all laughed, but then we started to discuss it properly. We ___44____ (know) the problems. The company ___45____ (lose) a lot of customers, because it ___46____ (not develop) new products. But finally we ___47____ (decide) to go for it. So we bought the company. The first few years ___48____ (be) very difficult. But we worked hard and we ___49____ (have) a bit of luck. We finally turned the corner three years ago. Since then we ___50____ (do) pretty well. Last year we took on four new people and so far this year we have taken on another ten. It was a big gamble six years ago, but I haven’t regretted it for a minute. . KEY 1. A 1. 26. ü 1. 2. C 27. Store 1. 3. B 28. ü 1. 4. A 29. A 1. 5. A 30. Awfully 1. 6. A 31. ü 1. 7. B 32. ü 1. 8. C 33. Aranged 1. 9. D 34. week 10. B 35. ü 1. 11. C 36. Was working 1. 12. C 37. Was losing 1. 13. C Were working
  12. 38. 1. 14. A 39. Was 1. 15. B 40. Had worked 1. 16. B 41. Had been 1. 17. D 42. Talked 1. 18. C 43. Said 1. 19. B 44. Knew 1. 20. A 45. Had lost 1. 21. B 46. Hadn’t developed 1. 22. A 47. Decided 1. 23. B 48. Were 1. 24. B 49. Had 1. 25. C 50. Have done
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