READING COMPREHENSION TEST
Fear of flying
Have you ever flown? How do you feel about flying?
People who often travel for business usually find it boring. People who fly only once in a while are excited. However, some people feel only terror when they board an airplane. They suffer from phobia, an illogical fear.
If you are afraid of poisonous spiders, it is logical. If you are afraid of all spiders, even harmless ones, this is a phobia because it is illogical. Some people have phobias about heights, being shut up in a small area, or being in a large, open area. It is not logical to be afraid of these things when there is no danger.
Fear of flying is another phobia. We often have a plane crash in mind, but we don’t think about millions of safe flights. Riding in a car is 30 times more dangerous than flying, but most people are not afraid when they get into a car.
People feel afraid of flying for different reasons. Sometimes, they are afraid of heights and they don’t dare to look out of the windows if they are in a high-rise building. Some people might be afraid of being in enclosed places like an elevator or in tunnel on a highway. There are people who are afraid of crowds and all the noise and people rushing around at airports. This specially bothers older people. Some people are afraid of the unknown and they do not understand the technology of flying. They can’t believe that a huge airplane can stay in the air.
For some people fear of flying is not important because they do not need to travel. But there are people who work for international companies, or entertainers who have to visit many different places in a month. Their job depends on flying.
There is help for people with fear of flying. There are special classes in which they can learn to control their fear. They spend some time at an airport with special instructors, pilots, psychologists. They talk about flying and safety, they can hear different noises made by an airplane and listen to tape recordings of a takeoff and landing… Finally they are ready for a short flight. Some of them still have their phobia, but they know how to control their fear. Some of them even learn to enjoy flying.
Based on the information from the text “Fear of flying” choose the correct answer:
1. ______ usually think flying is boring.
People who have a phobia about flying
People who fly once in a while
People who are excited
People who fly on many occasions
5. ______ especially bother older people.
Crowds at airports
2. It is reasonable to be afraid of
spiders that contain poison
6. People are afraid of flying because of
3. A phobia is
7. A fear of flying is not important to some people because
they are entertainers
they can take a class about flying
they don’t need to fly
they can control their fear
4. A person with a fear of enclosed places doesn’t like
walking on a path
being in a tunnel
being in the air
8. People can overcome their fear of flying if
they enjoy flying
they control their feelings
they attend special classes
they talk to a pilot
GRAMMAR AND VOCABULARY TEST
I Choose the correct answer:
they speak speak they do they speak does they speak
don’t didn’t we didn’t you I didn’t
that / my these / my these / mine those / mine
a…the an… the the… the an… a
did do made make
can read might read could read could to read
say said tell told
There is some Is it some There is any Is there any
to… in for… at for… in to… at
would be should be will be shall be
lend spend want borrow
been gone going working
II Find the mistakes and write the correct sentences:
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III Complete the sentences. Use the correct form of the verbs in brackets.
Peter Jones (drive) home yesterday when he (see) a house on fire. He (stop) his car immediately and (run) out. Someone (shout) for help. Peter (break) the door and (go) in. There (be) smoke everywhere, but he (get) the old woman out.
“It was dangerous, but I (do) the same thing again if someone needed help”, said Peter to the reporters last night.
IV Rewrite the sentences in a different way, but without changing the meaning. Use the given words below the sentence.
The telephone .
It 15 minutes to foot.
I’m I your birthday.
I think your sister is in this school.