Cambridge English: FCE Examination Sample Quiz

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  • 1. 

    Writing Discuss how young people learn to be independent, write a composition giving your opinions on the following statement:Young people should live with their parents for as long as they wantWrite your composition in 120 - 180 words in an appropriate style.

  • 2. 

    You are going to read a newspaper article about a museum in New York. For questions 1 - 7, choose the answer A, B, C or D which you think fits best according to the text. _________________________________________________________________________           For the art, turn left at the dance floor It is Saturday night at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, a large important-looking nineteenth-century building. Since six o'clock, entry to the museum has been free of charge. People are shouting in the galleries, but the guards, who seem to be unusually relaxed, take no notice. On the ground floor, in the galleries devoted to African art, children are playing hide-and-seek while their parents  sip beer from plastic cups. Some teenage girls wonder by, leaving a trail of perfume, and head through the sculpture exhibition to a temporary dance floor where a DJ is playing reggae music. Watching the scene is Bryan, a young teacher from a local school.  What brings him out tonight? 'I'm here for the reggae, of course,' he says. ' When I heard they were playing that I thought, " I have to be there", and obviously a lot of people feel the same way.' Besides the DJ, the museum has  laid on gallery talks, a Martin Scorsese film, a puppet show and a samba band.         The Brooklyn Museum of Art wasn't always so trendy. For decades, it put on excellent exhibitions that few come to see. Guidebooks described the enormous building as ' an undiscovered treat'. Had it been over in the city's fashionable Upper East Side, of course, the museum would have been packing them in. Even when they put on dull exhibitions, New York's top museums can count on a steady stream of visitors - mostly tourists. But Brooklyn, one of the New York's toughest districts, isn't on the standard tourist route. When the museum was built, it was a wealthy suburb, but these days the surrounding streets are home to recent immigrants, mostly poor folk from the Caribbean.        Two years ago, in an effort to revive itself, the museum appointed a new director, Arnold Lehman, who was born in Brooklyn. Lehman was convinced that the museum should forget about trying to attract visitors from the other side of town and try to appeal instead to people from the surrounding area. ' The neighbourhood's changed,' he explains, ' but this is where the museum is, and we can't - and won't - pretend we're somewhere else.'       The free evening events, called 'First Saturdays', are Lehman's way of reaching out to people. They are certainly popular: the crush of visitors has forced the museum to move the dance floor from the entrance hall to the car park. Lehman is delighted with the result: 'It's remarkable to hear people say, "I live four blocks away, and I've never been in this building before". The great thing for me is when you see teenage boys looking at art in the galleries without being handcuffed to their parents,' he says. What's more, the annual number of visitors to the museum has roughly doubled, from 250.000 to half a million since the scheme was introduced. Similar institutions across the country are now calling, wanting to know how much it costs 'to throw a good party'. The answer, incidentally, is about $ 25,000 per event. 'And worth every dime,' says Lehman.        Tonight, a woman called Akesha, who seems to vindicate the new direction the museum has taken, is standing on the edge of the dance floor. Akesha walked to the museum from her home, but hasn't been here since primary school, when a teacher organized a trip to see an exhibition. ' The free concert is why I came,' she admits, 'but I must come back and look round the museum.' Others who come to dance find their way into the galleries almost by accident - like Jean-Michel, who lost his friends in the crush of dancers and thought he might as well take a look at the art. The real achievement of First Saturdays is, therefore, both more significant and more profound than the increased visitor numbers suggest. Most people visit art museums because they want to have a special 'artistic' experience. The Brooklyn Museum of Art has introduced thousands of people to the idea that museum-going can be a perfectly ordinary part of their lives.      ____________________________________________________________________ What has attracted the man called Bryan to the museum this evening?

    • A.

      The chance to meet new people

    • B.

      The type of music being played

    • C.

      The range of entertainment on offer

    • D.

      The fact that it costs nothing to get in.

    Correct Answer
    B. The type of music being played
    Explanation
    Bryan is attracted to the museum this evening because of the type of music being played, specifically reggae. He mentions that when he heard they were playing reggae, he felt the need to be there, and believes that many others feel the same way. This suggests that the music being played is the main reason for his attendance.

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  • 3. 

    In the past, the museum attracted few visitors because of:

    • A.

      The poor quality of the exhibitions it put on.

    • B.

      The negative way it was described in reviews.

    • C.

      The part of the city where it was located.

    • D.

      The limited space it had for exhibitions.

    Correct Answer
    C. The part of the city where it was located.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the part of the city where it was located. This suggests that the museum's location was a contributing factor to the low number of visitors it attracted. It implies that the area where the museum was situated was not easily accessible or appealing to visitors, leading to fewer people being interested in visiting the museum.

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  • 4. 

    What does 'them' in line 24 refer to?

    • A.

      Museums

    • B.

      Guidebooks

    • C.

      Visitors

    • D.

      Exhibitions

    Correct Answer
    C. Visitors
    Explanation
    In line 24, the pronoun "them" refers to the visitors. This means that the sentence is discussing something related to the visitors mentioned earlier in the text.

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  • 5. 

    What did Arthur Lehman decide to do when he became director of the museum?

    • A.

      Concentrate on art from Brooklyn

    • B.

      Change the type of things exhibited

    • C.

      Improve the appearance of the building

    • D.

      Get local people interested in the museum

    Correct Answer
    D. Get local people interested in the museum
    Explanation
    When Arthur Lehman became director of the museum, he decided to focus on getting local people interested in the museum. This implies that he wanted to engage the community and attract their attention towards the museum, possibly through various outreach programs, events, or initiatives. By doing so, Lehman aimed to increase the museum's visibility and involvement within the local area, ultimately fostering a sense of connection and support from the community.

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  • 6. 

    What has pleased Arthur Lehman most about 'Free Saturdays'?

    • A.

      Young people are showing an interest in art.

    • B.

      Other museums are now trying to copy the idea.

    • C.

      The idea has made money for the museum.

    • D.

      The music and dancing has been particularly popular.

    Correct Answer
    A. Young people are showing an interest in art.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Young people are showing an interest in art." This can be inferred from the given options as the other options do not directly mention the interest of young people in art. The fact that other museums are trying to copy the idea suggests that the concept of "Free Saturdays" has been successful in attracting young people to the museum and generating interest in art.

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  • 7. 

    What does the word 'vindicate' in line 57 mean?

    • A.

      Prove that something is right

    • B.

      Disagree with something

    • C.

      Make us think about something

    • D.

      Be an exception to something

    Correct Answer
    A. Prove that something is right
    Explanation
    The word 'vindicate' in line 57 means to prove that something is right.

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  • 8. 

    In the last paragraph, the writer shows that she:

    • A.

      Is unsure about the real value of 'First Saturdays'.

    • B.

      Admires what the museum has managed to do.

    • C.

      Doubts that the scheme will have long-term success.

    • D.

      Is surprised by the way visitors have reacted to the art.

    Correct Answer
    B. Admires what the museum has managed to do.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "admires what the museum has managed to do." This can be inferred from the information given in the last paragraph. The writer discusses how the museum has successfully attracted a large number of visitors on 'First Saturdays' and how it has become a popular event. This admiration is evident in the way the writer describes the positive impact of the scheme and the success of the museum in engaging the community.

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  • 9. 

    I).  Two students, Yvonne and Pablo, are discussing the value of fast food. Complete the dialogue with verbs from the column below in the correct form. come across find a way round come up with run get rid of turn to cut down on put on    Yvonne: I don't think fast food is good for you at all. I'm sure that if we (1) ....................... fast food restaurants, we'd be much healthier. Nobody would miss them.  Pablo: I don't agree, Yvonne. My father (2) ........................... a small fast food restaurant and people go there every day to eat. Teenagers meet their friends there for lunch. Yvonne: Exactly. They're in fashion at the moment. People will (3) ........................ something else when they think that burger restaurants are not cool places to be anymore. Maybe salad bars.  Pablo: No. I think that fast food restaurants are here to stay. Someone will have to (4) ........................... a really brilliant idea if they want young people to stop eating hamburgers. Anyway, I don't see why they are so bad.  Yvonne: They're bad for you because they don't contain healthy ingredients. I (5) .................... an article in a magazine the other day which said that they only put poor quality meat in hamburgers. Also if you eat a lot of junk food you (6) .............................. a lot of  weight. It's a big problem in the USA today. Researchers are trying to (7) ........................... it by going to schools and encouraging children to (8) .............................. the amount of fast food they eat.       

    Correct Answer
    got rid of, runs, turn to, come up with, came across, put on, find a way round, cut down on
    Explanation
    Yvonne believes that if fast food restaurants were eliminated, people would be healthier. She thinks that people will find something else to eat instead, like salad bars. Pablo disagrees and says that fast food restaurants are popular and here to stay. He believes that someone will need to come up with a brilliant idea to convince young people to stop eating hamburgers. Yvonne supports her argument by mentioning an article she read that stated fast food contains poor quality meat and can lead to weight gain. Researchers are trying to address this issue by encouraging children to reduce their consumption of fast food.

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  • 10. 

    II).  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. Use between 2 and 5 words including the word given.  1 It wasn't necessary for us to take a taxi. have    We ...................................................... take a taxi. 2 You can't smoke in the non-smoking area. allowed    You ..................................... in the non-smoking area. 3 You really should wear a warmer coat. better    You ...................................... a warmer coat. 4 It's very important to remember to tip the waiter. not    You ..................................... to tip the waiter. 5 You are under no obligation to accept his offer. have    You ............................................. his offer. 6 It was a mistake going to that restaurant last night. should.    We ......................................... to that restaurant last night. 7 They made me book the table a week in advance. had    I ..................................... the table a week in advance. 8 Don't go to that part of town after dark! must    You .................................... to that part of town after dark!

    Correct Answer
    I didn't have to; aren't allowed to smoke; had better wear; must not forget; don't have to accept; shouldn't have gone; had to book; mustn't go
    Explanation
    Write the answers of each question separated from each other by ";" .

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  • 11. 

    Read the text below and think of the word which best fits each space. Use only one word in each space. There is an example at the beginning (0).______________________________________________________________________________                                            IRN-BRUScotland is probably the only country in the world (0)  where   the top-selling soft drink is not Coca-Cola. A local product called Irn-Bru, made (1) __________ the small family company AG Barr, continues to sell (2) ________________ larger quantities than any of its big multinational competitors. Irn-Bru is a sweet, brightly coloured fizzy drink (3) _______________ a taste that reminds some people of bubble gum and (4) _______________ of the pink mouthwash you get at the dentist. (5) _______________ so many other fast-food products, you either love it (6) ______________ you hate it. Yet at the time of (7) ______________ conception, about one hundred years ago, there was nothing particularly original about 'Iron-Brew', (8) _______________ it was then called. There were many similar soft drinks (9) _______________ the market, many with the same name. But Barr's Irn-Bru had the big advantage of (10) _______________ manufactured in Glasgow, a city (11) _____________ had a population of one million, and it quickly (12) ____________ extremely popular. What's more, Barr was one of the first businessmen to understand (13) _______________ value of celebrity endorsement. As early as 1905, the world champion wrestler Alex Munro was advertising the drink, and it continues to benefit (14) _____________ clever marketing today. Young Irn-Bru drinkers are encouraged to think that they don't (15) _____________  to follow the trend in order to be cool. __________________________________________________________________________

    Correct Answer
    by; in; with; others; like; or; its; as; on; being; which; became; the; from; have / need.
    Explanation
    separate each answer from another by ';' (without putting the numbers before the answers).

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  • 12. 

    Read the text below. Use the word given in capitals below the text to form a word that fits in the space in the same line. There is an example at the beginning (0).____________________________________________________________________________                                                 FANCY DRESSAt some point in our lives most of us will receive an (0)  invitation    to a fancy-dress party. What would your (1) _____________ be? Clearly, some people get very excited at the prospect of dressing up in (2) ____________ clothes, and they will immediately start thinking about their (3) ______________ of costume. These people will (4) ______________ invest quite a lot of money and effort in making sure that they make the best possible (5) _____________ on the night. Others are likely to be less (6) _____________ with the idea of changing their normal appearance and these people might get (7) ________________ about what to wear for quite different reasons. Nobody wants to look (8) ______________, so don't go as James Bond if you don't have the style and (9) ________________ to carry it off. Much better to wear the silliest (10) ______________ imaginable and go prepared to join in the fun.____________________________________________________________________________(0) INVITE                                          (6) COMFORT(1) REACT                                         (7) ANXIETY(2) USUAL                                         (8) FOOL(3) CHOOSE                                      (9) ELEGANT(4) PROBABLE                                 (10) FIT (5) IMPRESS

    Correct Answer
    reaction; unusual; choice; probably; impression; comfortable; anxious; foolish; elegance; outfit
    Explanation
    The text discusses fancy dress parties and the different reactions and choices people may have when it comes to dressing up. Some individuals are excited and eager to make a good impression, so they invest time, money, and effort into choosing an elegant and impressive outfit. On the other hand, some people may feel anxious about changing their appearance and may opt for a more comfortable and unusual outfit. The text advises against trying to look like James Bond if one doesn't have the style and confidence to pull it off, suggesting that it's better to embrace the fun and wear a silly outfit.

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  • 13. 

    _____________ engaged / married/ divorced/ on well with someone.

    • A.

      Fall

    • B.

      Have

    • C.

      Be

    • D.

      Break

    • E.

      Get

    Correct Answer
    E. Get
    Explanation
    The verb "get" is the correct answer because it is commonly used to express the action of becoming engaged, married, divorced, or getting along well with someone. It implies a change or transition from one state to another, which aligns with the given options.

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  • 14. 

    ____________ in love/excited/ happy/ confused.

    • A.

      Have

    • B.

      Fall

    • C.

      Be

    • D.

      Get

    • E.

      Celebrate

    Correct Answer
    C. Be
    Explanation
    The verb "be" is the correct answer because it is used to indicate a state or condition of being. In this case, the sentence is describing a state of being in love, excited, happy, or confused. The verb "be" is the most appropriate choice to express this state of being.

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  • 15. 

    ______________ in love/ asleep/ out with a friend (over something)

    • A.

      Fall

    • B.

      Get

    • C.

      Be

    • D.

      Go

    • E.

      Make

    Correct Answer
    A. Fall
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "fall". In this context, "fall" is used to indicate the sudden and unexpected experience of being in love, asleep, or out with a friend. It implies a loss of control or a sudden change in emotional or physical state. The other options, such as "get", "be", "go", and "make", do not convey the same sense of suddenness or unexpectedness.

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  • 16. 

    _____________ a wedding snniversary/ a birthday/ an engagement.

    • A.

      Get

    • B.

      go

    • C.

      Have

    • D.

      Make

    • E.

      Celebrate

    Correct Answer
    E. Celebrate
    Explanation
    The word "celebrate" is the correct answer because it is the most appropriate verb to use when referring to a wedding anniversary, a birthday, or an engagement. When we celebrate these occasions, we typically engage in activities or events to commemorate and enjoy the special day. The other options, such as "get," "go," "have," and "make," do not convey the same meaning of actively participating in festivities or acknowledging the significance of the occasion.

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  • 17. 

    ________________ a date / a relationship/ a baby/ an argument/ problems.

    • A.

      Fall

    • B.

      Have

    • C.

      Be

    • D.

      Break

    • E.

      Make

    Correct Answer
    B. Have
    Explanation
    The verb "have" can be used with all the given options - a date, a relationship, a baby, an argument, and problems. "Have a date" means to go on a romantic outing with someone. "Have a relationship" means to be in a romantic or personal connection with someone. "Have a baby" means to give birth to a child or be a parent. "Have an argument" means to engage in a disagreement or conflict. "Have problems" means to experience difficulties or challenges. Therefore, "have" is the correct verb that can be used with all the given options.

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  • 18. 

    ___________ friends/ up with someone (after an argument)/ plans/ a mistake.

    • A.

      Fall

    • B.

      Have

    • C.

      Get

    • D.

      Make

    • E.

      Break

    Correct Answer
    D. Make
    Explanation
    After an argument, it is common for friends to make plans or make up with someone. "Make" in this context refers to the act of creating or initiating something, such as making plans or making amends with a friend after an argument. The other options do not fit the given context as well.

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  • 19. 

    ___________ out with someone/ on  a date/ on a honeymoon.

    • A.

      Make

    • B.

      Go

    • C.

      Break

    • D.

      Fall

    • E.

      Get

    Correct Answer
    B. Go
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "go". This is because when we talk about going out with someone, going on a date, or going on a honeymoon, we use the verb "go" to indicate the action of leaving or traveling to a specific destination or event.

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  • 20. 

    __________ off an engagement/ up a relationship/ up with someone.

    • A.

      Go

    • B.

      Get

    • C.

      Break

    • D.

      Make

    • E.

      Be

    Correct Answer
    C. Break
    Explanation
    This question is asking for the correct verb to complete the phrase "__________ off an engagement/ up a relationship/ up with someone." The correct answer is "break," as it is commonly used to indicate the end of an engagement, relationship, or connection with someone.

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