READING COMPREHENSION March/2011

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Read the text and do the following multiple choice lexical cloze exercises.

These exercises test your knowledge of individual words, verb patterns, prepositions, phrasal verbs collocations and fixed phrases. To do them you should follow the advice below:
Read the text quickly to get a general idea of the meaning.
Read again and carefully consider the options for each gap.
The word you choose must fit both the meaning of the text and the grammar of the sentence.
The modern story of tea in Britain
Tea made its first appearance in Britain some 350 years ago and by the end of the seventeenth century tea-drinking was well established. However, during the eighteenth century, its growing popularity was 1 ...................by the breweries who, concerned by this competition, successfully lobbied for a series of tax rises on all tea imports. It was only in nineteenth century Britain that polite society’s ritual of afternoon tea was born.
For most of the twentieth 2 .........., tea reigned in Britain. To this day, “standard” (black) tea, served strong and with milk, remains an indispensable aspect of most British households. However, it is in slow decline. This started in the 1970s, when it first saw serious competition from 3 .........soft drinks. It continued in the 1990s, when bottled water became popular, and continues today with the increasing popularity of green tea and herbal teas. And through all this time, coffee has 4............ on the rise. In town centres, the number of “tea rooms” 5................ while the number of cafés specializing in coffee has risen.These days, turnover from sales of coffee is larger than that of standard tea. However, the British tea industry can proudly point to the fact that tea still accounts 6 ..............a third of all liquid refreshment taken in Britain – far more than any other drink. In fact, there is a sense in which the industry’s problem is a result of standard black tea’s absolutely central place in British habits. It is regarded as a basic staple, so that British consumers expect to be able to buy it in supermarkets very 7 ..............
1 A. stopped B. stopping C. increase
2 A. year B. century C. centuries
3 A. bubble B. fizzy C. alcoholic
4 A. been B. be C. was
5 A. have fallen B. have been fallen C. has fallen
6 A. for B. with C. on
7 A. cheaper B. cheaply C. cheap


WRITE YOUR FAVOURITE DRINK:
WRITE THE MOST POPULAR DRINK IN YOUR COUNTRY FOR GIRLS:
WRITE THE MOST POPULAR DRINK IN YOUR COUNTRY FOR BOYS:
DO YOU DRINK DURING THE MEALS? WHAT??