READING COMPREHENSION TEST
Hello! I�m Alexandre. I�m 17 and I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. That�s where I lived until I was five years old and then the whole world family moved to Victoria because of my father�s work. He�s an engineer and he was transferred to Victoria to work at a steel plant.
��������� My mother is Director of Studies at a private English School and � sure enough � I�m a student there. Although English classes are not compulsory in Brazilian schools, I know I�m going to need English in my future career so I�m already doing what I can to prepare.
During the week I�m a high school freshman at the Colegio Nacional. I like it because it�s very easy to make friends there. Although I�m not very involved in my studies, I must admit that physics is my favourite subject.
��������� I�m busy with my classes all week so my only leisure time is on Sundays. Here in Victoria we have hot weather nearly all year round, so water sports are always popular. Usually I meet with friends and we go scuba-diving. It�s great fun to swim close to the reefs and to observe sea creatures in their natural habitat. Occasionally you see a really big fish swimming by, but this doesn�t happen very often. Anyway, if you are scuba-diving you can�t harpoon the fish � that�s something you can do when you�re skin-diving (without any underwater breathing equipment). It�s part of a law which is designed to protect sea life. It makes underwater fishing a fairer competition.
��������� Brazilians go surfing, windsurfing, skin-diving, scuba-diving, water-skiing or sailing. Naturally, we all go to school but there�s always some free time for us to practice our favourite sport before going home to study or do our homework.
��������� Brazil has always been a racial melting-pot and this characteristic is reflected in the many different kinds of music you can hear around the country, but during the summer vacation � which takes place between January and February � we�re all tuned to samba and to Carnival. Then, through the rest of the year we devote ourselves to international pop music just like other teenagers around the world.
��������� What I like best about Brazil is the friendliness you find here wherever you go. What I don�t like here are all the special problems we�ve been facing, in spite of all the help and good intensions of many important people both inside and outside Brazil.
Choose the most appropriate answer:
1. Alexandre�s family moved to Victoria because
����� his mother worked at a school there
���� his father was looking for a job
����� his father was an engineer
���� his father�s company set him to work there
5. There is a law that forbids
����� underwater fishing
���� catching fish with a harpoon
���� competition in underwater fishing
���� scuba-divers to catch fish with a harpoon
2. Alexandre is studying English because
���� his mother is Director of Studies
���� he wants to make it his future career
����� he has to study English at school
���� he feels certain English is important for his future
6. Young Brazilians
����� do not play water sports much
��� enjoy water sports but do not have much free time
���� have enough free time to play water sports
���� do nothing else but playing water sports
3. Alexandre says he likes his school because
���� he needn�t be involved in his studies at all
���� he can have a lot of friends there
����� he finds physic rather interesting
���� he has a lot of leisure time
���� listen to all sort of music
���� listen to particular sort of music
����� do not listen to music much
���� are all tuned to samba
4. Alexandre likes scuba-diving because
����� water sports are very popular
���� he can enjoy watching underwater world directly
���� the weather is naturally hot all year round
���� he always sees a really big fish swimming by
8. What Alexandre likes best about Brazil is the fact that
���� you can meet kind and friendly people everywhere
���� the country has been facing a lot of social problems
����� there are many important people in Brazil
���� many people have good intentions
GRAMMAR AND VOCABULARY TEST
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