Grammar tips: Reading B1.2

Seguimos con ejercicios de Reading de inglés en nivel B1, pues como ya sabéis es el más necesario para muchos cursos y puestos de trabajo.

Part 4

Questions 21-25

Read the text and questions below. For each question, mark the correct letter A, B, C or D.

My name is Selwyn Dobkins and I crossed the Pacific Ocean, solo!

I was still recuperating after my motorcycle accident when saw Windy Spirit for the first time. I knew little about boats, but I liked what I saw. In January 2000, I bought the 27-foot yacht, not realising that sailing would change my life.

I had a feeling that Windy Spirit and sailing would help me recuperate, because sailing was the therapy I needed. I took Windy Spirit out on the water almost every day, but sailing up and down the coast of California wasn’t enough. In my heart I knew that we’d go on a long journey one day.

In April 2004, we sailed out of San Diego into the Pacific Ocean. Windy Spirit and I were on our way to Hawaii, a distance of 2,168 nautical miles. Alone on the water for 20 days, where the only signs of life were fish, dolphins and birds, I learned that the journey is more important than the destination. It wasn’t easy and there were times when I was lonely, but in the end, Windy and I did it!

Windy Spirit and I were a wonderful team. We looked after each other all the way. In Hawaii, I sold my boat to a man and his wife, who was recovering from an injury. It was the right thing to do. I was sure that sailing in Windy Spirit would help her heal, just as it healed me.

21    Why has the writer written this article?

       A   to explain about long distance sailing and yachts

       B   to describe the trip from California to Hawaii

       C   to give us an idea of what it is like to own a boat

       D   to tell us how important sailing became in his life


 22    What can you learn about the writer from the text?

       A   He is still recuperating from the accident.

       B   He always wanted to go to Hawaii.

       C   He was determined to get better.

       D   He has always been an experienced sailor.


23    The writer’s main belief is that:

       A   sailing was the best therapy for him.

       B   everyone needs to sail in order to recuperate.

       C   sailing is only for people who know about boats.

       D   a long journey is better than a short one.


24    How did Selwyn feel at the end of the trip?

       A   that he didn’t want to be alone any more

       B   proud to have completed the journey on his own

       C   that Hawaii is a long way from California

       D   that he was tired of sailing


25    What might Selwyn say to other sailors about a long journey?


       A   Don’t try to cross the ocean alone. It’s dangerous.

       B   Sail every day so that you have enough experience for a long journey.

       C   When you are sailing, the destination is less important than the journey.

       D   Travel with friends so that you won’t be lonely.

Part 5

Questions 26-35

Read the text and choose the correct word for each space. For each question, mark the correct letter A, B, C or D.


0     A   do                    B   get                   C   have                 are

Over 4,000 couples come to (0) …………… married in the village of Gretna Green every year. Why do you think this small town is so special?

In 1754, England (26) …………… a law that changed this sleepy Scottish village forever. The law stated that people (27) …………… the age of 21 couldn’t marry without the permission of their (28) …………… . But this law didn’t apply to Scotland, where (29) …………… people got married at 16. So what did couples do (30) …………… they were in love and under 21? They ran away to Scotland, (31) …………… . Gretna Green became a very popular place for (32) …………… . Stories tell us of lovers who travelled many days (33) …………… in difficult conditions to get there. Today’s laws are different, but the
(34) …………… of “running away” to Gretna Green is still popular for young couples (35) …………… want a romantic wedding with a difference.

26    A   received           B   passed             C   accepted          decided

27    A   under                B   at                     C   over                 by

28    A   area                  B   children            C   daughters         parents

29    A   educated          B   young              C   old                   religious

30    A   if                      B   while                C   however            as

31    A   forever             B   in time              C   of course          actually

32    A   celebrations      B   birthdays          C   occasions         weddings

33    A   because           B   and                  C   or                     but

34    A   schedule           B   timetable          C   idea                  plan

35    A   which                B   what                 C   where               who

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