Gateway B1 Unit 8 Test Standard Reading

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  • 1. 
    Read the article about friendship. Six sentences are missing from the article. Choose from the sentences A–F the one which fits each gap.The family you choose yourselfRecently, I heard my sister say, ‘Friends are the family you choose yourself.’ (1) ……………………… Since she said it, I’ve seen it written on T-shirts, notebooks and pencil cases. Why is this saying so popular? I think it’s because for many people, friends are as important as family. We often prefer to spend our time with our friends.(2) ……………………… Friendship hasn’t changed a lot over time. Thousands of years ago, the Ancient Greeks thought that there were different types of friends. One was friends that are reliable and who will always help us. Another type was the friends who we have fun with – they might not be very reliable but we have a good time with them.(3) ……………………… This is a special friend who we have a lot in common with and feel close to and who will probably be a friend for life. (4) ……………………… We have friends who can help us with our homework. We have other friends who share the same interests as us and we have a good time with them. And we also have ‘soul mates’, who are often people we’ve grown up with. The difference is that our friendships change much faster. In the past our families were the most important people in our lives but that changed. (5) ……………………… We might also have to move away from our close friends. Then we have to find new ones and lots of younger people are starting to use the Internet for that. There are websites where you can find someone who likes doing the same things as you. For example, if you like running, you can find a friend who will go running with you. (6) ……………………… Changes in the way we live and the invention of modern technologies really do mean that friends are the family we choose ourselves. 
  • 2. 
    Read the article about friendship. Six sentences are missing from the article. Choose from the sentences A–F the one which fits each gap.The family you choose yourselfRecently, I heard my sister say, ‘Friends are the family you choose yourself.’ __________ Since she said it, I’ve seen it written on T-shirts, notebooks and pencil cases. 
    • A. 

      Sometimes we even celebrate special occasions like birthdays with them instead of our families.

    • B. 

      When families started to live in different cities and even countries, friends became more important.

    • C. 

      I hadn’t heard people say that before, but it’s a very common phrase.

    • D. 

      The last type was the ‘soul mate’.

    • E. 

      If you want to learn a language, you can find people in different countries to practise with.

    • F. 

      Nowadays, we have bigger circles of friends but they are the same types that the Ancient Greeks talked about.

  • 3. 
    Why is this saying so popular? I think it’s because for many people, friends are as important as family. We often prefer to spend our time with our friends.____________ Friendship hasn’t changed a lot over time. Thousands of years ago, the Ancient Greeks thought that there were different types of friends. 
    • A. 

      Sometimes we even celebrate special occasions like birthdays with them instead of our families.

    • B. 

      When families started to live in different cities and even countries, friends became more important.

    • C. 

      I hadn’t heard people say that before, but it’s a very common phrase.

    • D. 

      The last type was the ‘soul mate’.

    • E. 

      If you want to learn a language, you can find people in different countries to practise with.

    • F. 

      Nowadays, we have bigger circles of friends but they are the same types that the Ancient Greeks talked about.

  • 4. 
    Friendship hasn’t changed a lot over time. Thousands of years ago, the Ancient Greeks thought that there were different types of friends. One was friends that are reliable and who will always help us. Another type was the friends who we have fun with – they might not be very reliable but we have a good time with them.____________ This is a special friend who we have a lot in common with and feel close to and who will probably be a friend for life. 
    • A. 

      Sometimes we even celebrate special occasions like birthdays with them instead of our families.

    • B. 

      When families started to live in different cities and even countries, friends became more important.

    • C. 

      I hadn’t heard people say that before, but it’s a very common phrase.

    • D. 

      The last type was the ‘soul mate’.

    • E. 

      If you want to learn a language, you can find people in different countries to practise with.

    • F. 

      Nowadays, we have bigger circles of friends but they are the same types that the Ancient Greeks talked about.

  • 5. 
    _____________We have friends who can help us with our homework. We have other friends who share the same interests as us and we have a good time with them. And we also have ‘soul mates’, who are often people we’ve grown up with. The difference is that our friendships change much faster. 
    • A. 

      Sometimes we even celebrate special occasions like birthdays with them instead of our families.

    • B. 

      When families started to live in different cities and even countries, friends became more important.

    • C. 

      I hadn’t heard people say that before, but it’s a very common phrase.

    • D. 

      The last type was the ‘soul mate’.

    • E. 

      If you want to learn a language, you can find people in different countries to practise with.

    • F. 

      Nowadays, we have bigger circles of friends but they are the same types that the Ancient Greeks talked about.

  • 6. 
    In the past our families were the most important people in our lives but that changed. ____________ We might also have to move away from our close friends. 
    • A. 

      Sometimes we even celebrate special occasions like birthdays with them instead of our families.

    • B. 

      When families started to live in different cities and even countries, friends became more important.

    • C. 

      I hadn’t heard people say that before, but it’s a very common phrase.

    • D. 

      The last type was the ‘soul mate’.

    • E. 

      If you want to learn a language, you can find people in different countries to practise with.

    • F. 

      Nowadays, we have bigger circles of friends but they are the same types that the Ancient Greeks talked about.

  • 7. 
    Then we have to find new ones and lots of younger people are starting to use the Internet for that. There are websites where you can find someone who likes doing the same things as you. For example, if you like running, you can find a friend who will go running with you. ___________ Changes in the way we live and the invention of modern technologies really do mean that friends are the family we choose ourselves. 
    • A. 

      Sometimes we even celebrate special occasions like birthdays with them instead of our families.

    • B. 

      When families started to live in different cities and even countries, friends became more important.

    • C. 

      I hadn’t heard people say that before, but it’s a very common phrase.

    • D. 

      The last type was the ‘soul mate’.

    • E. 

      If you want to learn a language, you can find people in different countries to practise with.

    • F. 

      Nowadays, we have bigger circles of friends but they are the same types that the Ancient Greeks talked about.

  • 8. 
    Read the article again and choose the best answers, A, B or C.What does the writer say about friends in the first paragraph?    
    • A. 

      Friends are more important than family.

    • B. 

      His sister isn’t a good friend.

    • C. 

      Friends are very important for a lot of people.

  • 9. 
    How many types of friends did the Ancient Greeks mention?      
    • A. 

      Two

    • B. 

      Three

    • C. 

      Four

  • 10. 
    What can be the problem with friends who we have fun with?     
    • A. 

      We don’t have much in common with them.

    • B. 

      They aren’t always reliable.

    • C. 

      They never help us.

  • 11. 
    How have friendships changed since ancient times?    
    • A. 

      We don’t have as many friends.

    • B. 

      We have different types of friends.

    • C. 

      We have more friends.

  • 12. 
    Why are families less important to us now?     
    • A. 

      They are bigger than in the past.

    • B. 

      We don’t like spending time with them.

    • C. 

      We often live in different places to them.

  • 13. 
    According to the article, why do some young people use the Internet?      
    • A. 

      To make new friends

    • B. 

      To talk to their families

    • C. 

      To find out about old friends