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Final test 2008 (Okruzno takmicenje 2008)

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An Adventure in the Bush



They made their camp about four meters from the river’s edge. It took a while to get the tent sorted out. Finally it was up with the lantern hanging from the entrance pole. The sun was slipping down behind the trees by now, and Kevin was looking forward to see beyond the next bend in the river. Jim insisted they build the fireplace before leaving the camp. Kevin only pretended to grumble. He liked the way Jim was organizing things. Jim seemed more experienced out here, bringing branches and stones, talking about wind direction and stuff.


They collected a great stack of wood and built a circle of stones, then took a couple of oranges and went off downstream. They kept close to the river, and soon noticed that the beaches were always on the inside of the curves and the cliffs always on the outer edge. Kevin was throwing stick in the river. He soon noticed that the current was much stronger on the outer side of each curve.


At six o’clock by Kev’s watch they turned back, side tracking here and there into the forest. Kevin didn’t like the bush as much as the river. It seems lonely, untidy, and one part looked about the same as any other. Jim did not think so, because, despite appearances, they were not really alone there; the forest was crowded with life. So he looked out for things all the time. “Look!” he shouted, and Kev turned around, frightened. He saw a goanna. They watched the strange creature, its tongue flicking as if tasting the air. “I prefer them to snakes!” Kevin giggled nervously.

It was amazing. The wood felt dry, yet it would not burn. When all the newspaper was gone, they added leaves and twigs until their eyes watered with smoke. Then Kevin had an idea: he poured kerosene into an empty Coke can, dashed the fuel on the fire and jumped back. Instant success. They kept adding drops of kerosene, just for the fun, until Jim noticed they had used half of their supply. They piled wood on, and soon they had a fire too hot for cooking. So they opened a can of beans, ate them cold with bread, followed by fruit cake and washed down more warm coke. That was when Jim remembered the trick of putting the cans in the river to keep them cool.


ź  bush – the wild, uncultivated parts of some tropical countries

ź  goanna – a type of lizard



Choose the most appropriate answer (a, b, c or d) which you think fits best according to the text.


  1. What did Kevin want to see after they had managed to put up their tent?

     the camp fire built

      the sun setting down behind the trees

      further along the river

     better organization by Jim

  1. Why did Kevin giggle nervously?

     He was startled by the goanna.

      He preferred goannas to snakes

      The goanna made him laugh

     He thought it was a snake


  1. Jim could be described as

      capable of living in the forest

      a weak person

      an expert on camp fires

     less organized than Kevin

  1. How did the boys manage to light the fire?

      With the can of Coke

      By pouring kerosene on it

     By burning half of their supplies

    By burning newspaper, leaves and twigs


  1. What did Kevin notice as he was throwing sticks in the river?

      The water current was strong all along the river

      The beaches were always on the outer edge of each curve

      The river had a lot of sand

     The river was more powerful on the outer side of each curve

  1. They ate their beans cold because

     they had a fire too hot

      that’s the way they like them

      the bread was cold, too

     the fire had died out


  1. What was Jim’s opinion of the bush?

      It was a lonely place

      It was a lot like the river

      No part of it looked the same

     It was full of living things


 8.   What was the purpose of this extract?

            To explain how the tent is sorted out.

            To outline Jim’s life.

            To inform us about an adventure in the bush.

            To describe the sunset.






A.  Choose the correct item.


1. Can you  the dog, please?


2. The  train left five minutes ago.


3. Using a computer makes my head .


4. How  is York from here?


5. I’ll be with you  .


6. He spent the  day in the garden.



B. Read the passage and put only the verbs in the brackets into the correct passive tense. Write the 

     correct form of the verb in the next column.



The blue whale is the largest living creature on Earth. Usually these whales (find) in the


Cold Arctic and Antarctic oceans, but in winter they

(force) to travel to warmer waters for food.


Nowadays it (think) that there were once hundreds of

thousands of blue whales, although now only about 1.000 survive. During the 19th century, blue whales


(hunt) for food and for whalebone, which


(use) to make women’s clothing. Today it


(hope) that one day thousands of blue whales will be again in the world’s oceans again.



C. Choose the correct response:

    1.   A: Would you like cheesecake for dessert?.

B: No, I’d rather have a fruit salad.            I’m afraid I won’t.


  1. A: Can you pass the salt, please?

B: Yes, I can.                                          Yes, here you are.


  1. A: How about vegetable soup for starters?

B: That sounds lovely!                             That’s nice of you!


  1. A: Can I have some more tea, please?

B: Yes, of course. Help yourself.              Got any ideas.

D. Choose the correct answer:


  1. He finished the reports yesterday, … he?

doesn’t                    didn’t                      wouldn’t                 wasn’t


  1. She asked … I would finish work at 5 o’clock.

when                       whether                  which                      in case


  1. When he … off the ladder, he broke his arm and hurt his back.

fell                          was falling              falls                          is falling


  1. I’m sorry. I haven’t seen …

nothing                    no one                   someone                   anything


  1. The first train to London… at 6 o’clock.

had left                    leave                    leaves                        is left


  1. Where … her shoes last Saturday?

has she bought         she bought            did she buy                does she buy


  1. I am not so … as he is.

cleverest                  clever                   cleverer                     as clever as


  1. She … TV when the phone rang.

is watching              watches                was watching             has watched


  1. You … forget to hand in your homework tomorrow.

mustn’t                   needn’t                don’t have                 are not


  1. He … to play tricks on his friends at school.

use                         used                    uses                          has used



E. Turn the following sentences into direct speech.


  1. He asked me why I wanted to be a teacher.

         "   ?"

  1. The teacher told me to stop talking.

"  !"

  1. Helen told me she was going to join a gym.

"  ."

  1. Mary asked me if she could borrow my dictionary.

"  ?"