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  • 1. 

    Read the article about art fraud. Six sentences are missing from the article. Choose from the sentences A–F the one which fits each gap.For over 17 years, Shaun Greenhalgh and his elderly parents, George and Olive, sold copies of real famous paintings and statues to museums and art dealers all over the world. (1) ……………………… Why did no one think that these pieces of art were not real? Where did Shaun learn to copy art so cleverly? No one knows the answers to these questions! The man himself is definitely not talking about it!(2) ……………………… The story of Shaun's arrest shocked the whole art world. They are calling this one of the biggest art crimes in history. Everyone is amazed that no one suspected the family for such a long time. When the police finally found them, the family was living in a small house in Bolton. (3) ……………………… Shaun did his work in a shed in the garden. This was where he made his amazing copies – everything from paintings and drawings to statues and plates.Shaun worked with tools from a local shop and used tea to make the objects look old. The work didn’t take him long either. (4) ……………………… Shaun did the copies and then his father, 84-year-old George, took them to museums and galleries to sell them. George invented stories about Shaun’s art to persuade the museums to buy it. (5) …………………… The British Museum, The Tate Modern and other famous places all bought copies from the family.Some experts believe that Shaun’s art had a value of more than ten million pounds and the family probably made over a million pounds from their crimes. So why were they still living in an old house? (6) ……………………… No one knows. Many people believe that Shaun copied the art work because he couldn’t sell his own paintings and statues, not to make money. He just wanted to be a real artist.

  • 2. 

    For over 17 years, Shaun Greenhalgh and his elderly parents, George and Olive, sold copies of real famous paintings and statues to museums and art dealers all over the world. (1) ……………………… Why did no one think that these pieces of art were not real? Where did Shaun learn to copy art so cleverly? No one knows the answers to these questions! The man himself is definitely not talking about it!(2) ……………………… The story of Shaun's arrest shocked the whole art world. They are calling this one of the biggest art crimes in history. Everyone is amazed that no one suspected the family for such a long time. When the police finally found them, the family was living in a small house in Bolton. (3) ……………………… Shaun did his work in a shed in the garden. This was where he made his amazing copies – everything from paintings and drawings to statues and plates.Shaun worked with tools from a local shop and used tea to make the objects look old. The work didn’t take him long either. (4) ……………………… Shaun did the copies and then his father, 84-year-old George, took them to museums and galleries to sell them. George invented stories about Shaun’s art to persuade the museums to buy it. (5) …………………… The British Museum, The Tate Modern and other famous places all bought copies from the family.Some experts believe that Shaun’s art had a value of more than ten million pounds and the family probably made over a million pounds from their crimes. So why were they still living in an old house? (6) ……………………… No one knows. Many people believe that Shaun copied the art work because he couldn’t sell his own paintings and statues, not to make money. He just wanted to be a real artist.

  • 3. 

    Read the article about art fraud. Six sentences are missing from the article. Choose from the sentences A–F the one which fits each gap.For over 17 years, Shaun Greenhalgh and his elderly parents, George and Olive, sold copies of real famous paintings and statues to museums and art dealers all over the world. (1) ……………………… Why did no one think that these pieces of art were not real? Where did Shaun learn to copy art so cleverly? No one knows the answers to these questions! The man himself is definitely not talking about it! 

    • A.

      Shaun was a good artist and George was a good salesman.

    • B.

      Why didn’t they buy expensive things or go on nice holidays?

    • C.

      In 2006 the police arrested Shaun and his parents, and Shaun went to prison.

    • D.

      How did they do this for so long?

    • E.

      He copied one famous Egyptian statue of a Pharaoh’s daughter in less than a month!

    • F.

      There wasn’t a big art studio.

    Correct Answer
    D. How did they do this for so long?
    Explanation
    The given answer, "How did they do this for so long?" is the most fitting sentence to complete the paragraph. The previous sentences mention the fraudulent activities of Shaun Greenhalgh and his parents, selling copies of famous artworks. This question raises the curiosity of how they were able to carry out this deception for such a long period of time without anyone suspecting the authenticity of the artworks. The answer aligns with this curiosity and adds to the intrigue surrounding the case.

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  • 4. 

    Read the article about art fraud. Six sentences are missing from the article. Choose from the sentences A–F the one which fits each gap.Why did no one think that these pieces of art were not real? Where did Shaun learn to copy art so cleverly? No one knows the answers to these questions! The man himself is definitely not talking about it!(2) ……………………… The story of Shaun's arrest shocked the whole art world. They are calling this one of the biggest art crimes in history. Everyone is amazed that no one suspected the family for such a long time. When the police finally found them, the family was living in a small house in Bolton.

    • A.

      Shaun was a good artist and George was a good salesman.

    • B.

      Why didn’t they buy expensive things or go on nice holidays?

    • C.

      In 2006 the police arrested Shaun and his parents, and Shaun went to prison.

    • D.

      How did they do this for so long?

    • E.

      He copied one famous Egyptian statue of a Pharaoh’s daughter in less than a month!

    • F.

      There wasn’t a big art studio.

    Correct Answer
    C. In 2006 the police arrested Shaun and his parents, and Shaun went to prison.
    Explanation
    The sentence "In 2006 the police arrested Shaun and his parents, and Shaun went to prison" provides the resolution to the story by stating that Shaun and his parents were arrested and Shaun was sent to prison. This sentence explains the consequences of Shaun's actions and confirms that justice was served. It also implies that Shaun's arrest and imprisonment were the reasons why no one suspected the family for such a long time, as they were able to continue their art fraud undetected until that point.

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  • 5. 

    Read the article about art fraud. Six sentences are missing from the article. Choose from the sentences A–F the one which fits each gap.Everyone is amazed that no one suspected the family for such a long time. When the police finally found them, the family was living in a small house in Bolton. (3) ……………………… Shaun did his work in a shed in the garden. This was where he made his amazing copies – everything from paintings and drawings to statues and plates. Shaun worked with tools from a local shop and used tea to make the objects look old. The work didn’t take him long either. 

    • A.

      Shaun was a good artist and George was a good salesman.

    • B.

      Why didn’t they buy expensive things or go on nice holidays?

    • C.

      In 2006 the police arrested Shaun and his parents, and Shaun went to prison.

    • D.

      How did they do this for so long?

    • E.

      He copied one famous Egyptian statue of a Pharaoh’s daughter in less than a month!

    • F.

      There wasn’t a big art studio.

    Correct Answer
    F. There wasn’t a big art studio.
    Explanation
    The sentence "There wasn't a big art studio" fits the gap because it provides information about the lack of a large workspace for Shaun to create his art. This suggests that Shaun was able to produce his amazing copies in a small and inconspicuous location, which may have contributed to the family's ability to carry out their art fraud undetected for a long time.

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  • 6. 

    Read the article about art fraud. Six sentences are missing from the article. Choose from the sentences A–F the one which fits each gap.This was where he made his amazing copies – everything from paintings and drawings to statues and plates. Shaun worked with tools from a local shop and used tea to make the objects look old. The work didn’t take him long either.(4) ……………………… Shaun did the copies and then his father, 84-year-old George, took them to museums and galleries to sell them. George invented stories about Shaun’s art to persuade the museums to buy it. 

    • A.

      Shaun was a good artist and George was a good salesman.

    • B.

      Why didn’t they buy expensive things or go on nice holidays?

    • C.

      In 2006 the police arrested Shaun and his parents, and Shaun went to prison.

    • D.

      How did they do this for so long?

    • E.

      He copied one famous Egyptian statue of a Pharaoh’s daughter in less than a month!

    • F.

      There wasn’t a big art studio.

    Correct Answer
    E. He copied one famous Egyptian statue of a Pharaoh’s daughter in less than a month!
    Explanation
    The sentence fits in the gap because it provides specific information about Shaun's artistic abilities and speed. It highlights his talent by mentioning that he was able to copy a famous Egyptian statue of a Pharaoh's daughter in less than a month. This showcases his skill and proficiency as an artist, further emphasizing why his father was able to sell his art to museums and galleries.

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  • 7. 

    Read the article about art fraud. Six sentences are missing from the article. Choose from the sentences A–F the one which fits each gap.Shaun did the copies and then his father, 84-year-old George, took them to museums and galleries to sell them. George invented stories about Shaun’s art to persuade the museums to buy it. (5) …………………… The British Museum, The Tate Modern and other famous places all bought copies from the family. Some experts believe that Shaun’s art had a value of more than ten million pounds and the family probably made over a million pounds from their crimes. So why were they still living in an old house? 

    • A.

      Shaun was a good artist and George was a good salesman.

    • B.

      Why didn’t they buy expensive things or go on nice holidays?

    • C.

      In 2006 the police arrested Shaun and his parents, and Shaun went to prison.

    • D.

      How did they do this for so long?

    • E.

      He copied one famous Egyptian statue of a Pharaoh’s daughter in less than a month!

    • F.

      There wasn’t a big art studio.

    Correct Answer
    A. Shaun was a good artist and George was a good salesman.
    Explanation
    The answer "Shaun was a good artist and George was a good salesman" fits in the gap because it provides a reason for why the family was able to successfully sell the copies of Shaun's art to museums and galleries. It suggests that Shaun's artistic skills and George's salesmanship were the key factors that allowed them to deceive the museums and make a significant amount of money from their fraudulent activities.

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  • 8. 

    Read the article about art fraud. Six sentences are missing from the article. Choose from the sentences A–F the one which fits each gap.Some experts believe that Shaun’s art had a value of more than ten million pounds and the family probably made over a million pounds from their crimes. So why were they still living in an old house? (6) ……………………… No one knows. Many people believe that Shaun copied the art work because he couldn’t sell his own paintings and statues, not to make money. He just wanted to be a real artist.

    • A.

      Shaun was a good artist and George was a good salesman.

    • B.

      Why didn’t they buy expensive things or go on nice holidays?

    • C.

      In 2006 the police arrested Shaun and his parents, and Shaun went to prison.

    • D.

      How did they do this for so long?

    • E.

      He copied one famous Egyptian statue of a Pharaoh’s daughter in less than a month!

    • F.

      There wasn’t a big art studio.

    Correct Answer
    B. Why didn’t they buy expensive things or go on nice holidays?
    Explanation
    The answer "Why didn't they buy expensive things or go on nice holidays?" fits the gap because it directly addresses the question raised in the previous sentence about why the family was still living in an old house despite their art fraud activities. This sentence suggests that the family did not spend their ill-gotten money on luxury items or vacations, implying that they may have had other motivations for their crimes, such as a desire to be recognized as legitimate artists.

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  • 9. 

    Read the article again and choose the best answers, A, B or C.1 )   What did Shaun and his parents sell?

    • A.

      Famous paintings and statues

    • B.

      Copies of paintings and statues

    • C.

      Original pieces of art

    Correct Answer
    B. Copies of paintings and statues
    Explanation
    Shaun and his parents sold copies of paintings and statues. This means that they were not selling the original pieces of art, but rather reproductions or duplicates of them.

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  • 10. 

    Read the article again and choose the best answers, A, B or C.2)    Why was the art world shocked?   

    • A.

      Because the crime happened in Bolton.

    • B.

      Because it was one of the biggest art crimes in history.

    • C.

      Because Shaun didn't want to talk about it.

    Correct Answer
    B. Because it was one of the biggest art crimes in history.
    Explanation
    The art world was shocked because the crime described in the article was one of the biggest art crimes in history.

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  • 11. 

    Read the article again and choose the best answers, A, B or C.3)    Where did Shaun make his copies?        

    • A.

      In his house

    • B.

      In a big art studio

    • C.

      In a garden shed

    Correct Answer
    C. In a garden shed
    Explanation
    Shaun made his copies in a garden shed.

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  • 12. 

    Read the article again and choose the best answers, A, B or C.4 )   What did George do with the art?          

    • A.

      He sold it to museums and galleries.

    • B.

      He made it look old.

    • C.

      He bought copies of it.

    Correct Answer
    A. He sold it to museums and galleries.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "He sold it to museums and galleries." This is supported by the statement in the article that George sold the art, indicating that he made a profit by selling it to museums and galleries.

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  • 13. 

    Read the article again and choose the best answers, A, B or C.5 )   How much money do people think Shaun’s family made from selling the art?             

    • A.

      Ten million pounds

    • B.

      A million pounds

    • C.

      A thousand pounds

    Correct Answer
    B. A million pounds
    Explanation
    The article does not provide an exact amount of money that Shaun's family made from selling the art. Therefore, the correct answer cannot be determined from the information given.

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  • 14. 

    Read the article again and choose the best answers, A, B or C.6 )   What did the family do with the money?        

    • A.

      They bought an old house.

    • B.

      No one knows.

    • C.

      They went on nice holidays.

    Correct Answer
    B. No one knows.
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