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It was cold night in September. The rain was drumming on the car roof as George & Marie Winstion drove through the empty country roads towards the house of their friends, the Harrissons, where they were going to attend a party to celebrate the engagement of the Harrisons daughter, Lisa. As they drove, they listened to the local radio station, which was playing classical music. They were about 5 miles from the destination when the music on the radio was interrupted by a news announcement: “The Cheshire police have issued a serious warning after a man escaped from Colford Mental Hospital earlier this evening. The man, John Downey, is murderer who killed 6 people before he was captured 2 years ago. He is described as large, very strong & extremely dangerous. People in the Cheshire area are warned to keep their doors & windows locked, & to call the police immediately if they se anyone acting strangely.” Marie shivered, “A crazy killer. And he’s out there somewhere. That’s scary.”“Don’t worry about it,” said her husband. “We’re nearly there now. Anyway, we have more important things to worry about. This car is losing power for some reason—it must be that old problem with the carburetor, If it gets any worse, we’ll have to stay at the Harrisons’ tonight & get it fixed before we travel back tomorrow,” As he spoke, the car began to slow down, George pressed the accelerator, but the engine only coughed. Finally they rolled to a halt, as the engine died completely, Just as they stopped, George pulled the car off the road, & it came to rest under a large tree. “Blast!” said George angrily. “Now we’ll have to walk in the rain.” “But that’ll take us an hour at least,” said Marie. “And I have my high-held shoes & my nice clothes on. They’ll be ruined!” “Well, you’ll have to wait while I run to the nearest house & call the Harissons. Someone can come out & picks us up,” said George. “But George! Have you forgotten what the radio said? There’s a homicidal maniac out there! You can’t leave me alone here!” “You’ll have to hide in the back of the car. Lock all the doors & lie on the floor in the back, under this blanket. No-one will see you, when I come back, I’ll knock 3 times on the door. Then you can get up & open it. Don’t open it unless you here 3 knocks.” George opened the door & slipped out into the rain. He quickly disappeared into the blackness. Marie quickly locked the doors & settled down under the blanket in the back for a long wait. She was frightened & worried, but she was a strong-minded woman. She had not been waiting long, however, when she heard a strange scratching noise. It seemed to be coming from the roof of the car. Marie was terrified. She listened, holding her breath. Then she heard 3 slow knocks, one after the other, also on the roof of the car. Was it her husband? Should she open the door? Then she heard another knock, and another. This was not her husband. It was somebody--or something--else. She was shaking with fear. But she forced herself to lie still. The knocking continued-- bump, bump, bump, bump Many hours later, as the sun rose, she was still lying there. She had not slept for a moment. The knocking had never stopped, all night long. She did not know what to do. Where was George? Why had he not come for her? Suddenly, she heard the sound of 3 or 4 vehicles, racing quickly down the road. All of them pulled up around her, their tires screeching on the road. At last! Some one had come! Marie sat up quickly & looked out the window. The 3 vehicles were all police cars, & 2 still had their lights flashing. Several policemen leap out. One of them rushed towards the car as Marie opened the door. He took her by the hand. “Get out of the car & walk with me to the police vehicle. miss. You’re safe now. Look straight ahead. Keep looking at police car. Don’t look back. Just don’t look back.” Something in the way he spoke filled Marie with cold horror. She could not help herself. After 10 yards from the police car, she stopped, turned & looked back at the empty vehicle. George was hanging from the tree above the car, a rope tied around his neck. As the wind blew his body back & forth, his feet were bumping gently on the roof of the car-- bump, bump, bump, bump

1) What was the reason for the news announcement on the radio?

a) 6 people. Including John Downey, had been murdered?

b) A dangerous prisoner had escaped

c) The police were warning of accidents on the roads in the bad weather

d) Some people had bens en acting strangely in the Cheshire area

2) What did George think was causing trouble with the car?

a) The carburetor b) The rain drumming on the roof c) The accelerator d) He had no idea

3) Why did he pull the car off the road?

a) To have a rest b) To go for a walk c) To walk to the nearest house d) It broke down

4) Why did Marie stay in the car when George left?

a) She was afraid to go out in the dark b) So no one could steel the car c) Her clothes weren’t suitable for the rain d) She wanted to get some sleep

5) Where did George set off to walk?

a) The mental hospital b) The nearest house c) The Harrison’s house d) The police station

6) What made Marie so frightened as she waited in the car?

a) There was a strange sound coming from the roof b) She could see a man strangely outside the car c) Some police cars came racing down the road d) She was afraid of the rain and the dark

Exercise 2:

Each sentence below has 1 or 2 blanks – each blank indicating that something has been omitted. Beneath the sentence are some words. Choose the word for each blank that best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole

7) Athletes have so perfected their techniques in track and field events that the___ becomes _________ before record books

a) Announcement …………public

b) Meet…………………….official

c) Time…………………….authentic

d) Fantastic………………...common place



8) A________ child, she was soon bored in class; she already knew more mathematics than her junior school teachers

a) Obdurate b) Precocious c) Recalcitrant d) Contemporary

9) The subtle shades of meaning, & still subtler echoes of association, make language an instrument which scarcely anything short of genius can wield with ____________ & ________________

a) Confidence----------aloofness b) Definiteness---------certainty c) Sincerity--------------hope d) Eloquence------------ruthlessness

10) Unwilling to admit that they had been in error, the researchers tried to_______ tried case with more data obtained from dubious sources

a) Ascertain b) Buttress c) Refute d) Dispute

11) His one vice was gluttony & so it is not surprising that as he aged he became increasingly_______________

a) Despondent b) Corpulent c) Carping d) Lithe

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