English advanced exercises

Today we practise the advanced level with 4 exam activities. You can see the answers in the link after each exercise.

For questions 1- 8, read the text below and decide which answer (A, B, C or D) best fits each gap.


People come to this small northern country for many reasons, lured, perhaps, by the promise of spectacular (1) … , friendly natives, and a vibrant arts scene. Some are searching for their family (2) …  or others just want to get away from it all and, digging (3) …  old memories from their English Lit class of gallant heroes engaging in larger-than-life struggles, their (4) … wander to faraway lands, to somehow familiar yet different destinations. Why not go to Scotland? But what kind of country are they coming to and what should they expect once they get there? Scotland (5) …  of an area of 30, 418 square miles – so it’s a fairly compact and “doable” country – with a population of about five million people – not too small, not too big. It is one of three countries that form the political (6) …  called Great Britain, the other two being, of course, England and Wales, which, along with their fourth partner, Northern Ireland, becomes the United Kingdom. Scotland is bordered on three sides by water and on its fourth by England, which has had both its advantages and disadvantages. Geographically speaking, the country can be divided into three broad areas, the Southern Uplands, the Central Lowlands, and the Highlands. Although the rugged Highlands (7) …  about two-thirds of the land area, the (8) … majority of the population lives in the Central Belt between Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, and Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital.

  1. A) scene B) scenery C) view D) panorama
  2. A) roots B) race C) basis D) source
  3. A) off B) down C) on D) up
  4. A) head B) brains C) spirits D) minds
  5. A) consists B) includes C) embraces D) comprises
  6. A) entirety B) entitle C) entry D) entity
  7. A) take out B) take in C) take up D) take off
  8. A) expansive B) vast C) expanding D) spacious



For questions 1-8, read the text below and think of the word which fits each gap. Use only one word in each gap. You can use the “?” button to get a clue but by doing so you will lose points.

An Ugly Habit

Smoking is one of the most common and deadliest habits in the world. You have probably seen thousands of cigarettes smoked in your lifetime, (1) … perhaps not by your family. Even though fewer people smoke today than in the past, one (2) … every four adults still smokes, and there are parts of the world where smoking is increasing. Most people who become regular smokers started when they were young. This is the time to get the facts straight: smoking does no one (3) … good, and it does a great (4) … of harm to your health. It also often means giving up a lot later in life, such as the chance to excel in sports, extra spending money, and even years of one’s life. There is a lot of to lose. Most smokers have a hard time explaining why they started – and why they continue. They know it is harmful, and many even know someone who has died from a smoking-related illness, like lung cancer or heart disease. But (5) … the same time, these smokers continue lighting up when they go out for a drink, take a break from work, or hear alarming news. Some smokers even light up when they learn about the dangers of smoking, because they become worried. (6) … the reason people start smoking, the habit soon loses (7) … attraction. (8) … from the obvious health risks, smoking is an ugly, unpleasant habit. Most people would prefer to avoid a room that someone was filling with smelly smoke.

1)  2)  3) 
4)  5)  6) 
7)  8) 


For questions 1-8, read the text below. Use the word given in capitals at the end of some of the lines to form a word that fits in the gap in the same line. You can use the “?” button to get a clue but by doing so you will lose points.

Muscle Cars

Muscle cars were never intended to be valuable. In fact, the whole idea behind
muscle cars was to make them (1) … and fast. Muscle cars were stripped-down EXPENSIVE
versions of the most (2) … homely, and basic mass-produced cars to ever roll out UTILITY
of Detroit. These rattle trap, bare bones, crude devices were built to conform to
a price point with little regard given to sophistication or (3) …, and aimed squarely LONG
at the (4) … market. And this market couldn’t get enough of them. These were the YOUNG
cars every red-blooded American kid wanted. The image, the speed, the lifestyle
were all highly addictive. Looking back, the muscle car years were (5) … brief RELATIVE
moment in time that we will never see the likes of again. It was a perfect storm,
just what the market wanted, and was presented at the right place in the right time.
So how did these seemingly (6) … cars, built in large numbers and owned by DISPOSE
kids who (7) … tried to kill them from the first twist of the key, become so valuable? LITERAL
More importantly, why did they become so valuable? Most people are astounded
when they hear the recent sales results of the most (8) … muscle cars. We call them DESIRE
two-comma cars, cars that are worth so much money that you need two commas
to separate all the zeroes in the price.
1)  2)  3) 
4)  5)  6) 
7)  8) 



For questions 1-6, 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 three and sixwords, including the word given. You can use the “?” button to get a clue but by doing so you will lose points.
1) This manual is too difficult for me.
As , this manual is too difficult for me.
2) Susan couldn’t get to the date because of the heavy rain.
The heavy rain  getting to the date.
3) Sally gets on well with her father-in-law.
Sally is  her father-in-law.
4) I didn’t realise what she would suffer in the first place.
Little  would suffer in the first place.
5) The pupils are living temporarily in a hotel.
For , the pupils are living in a hotel.
6) It looks as if he’s forgotten about the meeting again.
He seems  about the meeting again.


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