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Journeys B2 Teacher’s Resource PackFCE Practice ExamFCEUniversity of CambridgeFirst Certificate in English(FCE)HILLSIDE PRESS PHOTOCOPIABLE97

ReadingFCE Practice ExamJourneys B2 Teacher’s Resource PackPaper 1: Reading (1 hour)Part 1You are going to read an extract from a novel. For questions 1–8, choose the answer (A, B, C or D)which you think fits best according to the text.The bus was crowded with tourists, most of whom, like us, were unfamiliar with local customsand probably unsure of which stop to get off at. It was the middle of summer, and we werealready hot and tired, even though it was still morning. The bus had no air conditioning and,as there weren't any free seats, we'd been standing for at least twenty minutes as therusty old vehicle made its way along the winding, bumpy roads. It was an effort for us tokeep our balance and not fall down or bump into other passengers as the bus went roundsharp bends or swerved to avoid the numerous holes in the road.Because there were so many people around us, it was difficult to see out of the windows,so we weren't quite sure where we were. Thinking, after the bus had crossed a bridge, thatwe had reached the ancient site that we wanted to visit, we pressed the button by the doorto let the driver know that we wanted to get off at the next stop. When the bus stoppedand the doors opened, however, we realised that the site was still a long way off, and sowe stayed on board. No one got off the bus. The doors closed and the bus set off again.Just before the next stop, another passenger must have pressed the button, because, onreaching the stop, the bus once more came to a noisy halt and the doors opened with aloud rattle. However, once again, no one got off. We had been too busy chatting to seeline 17 who it was who had pressed the button and, unaware of our predicament, we continued ourconversation. However, after a few moments, we realised that the bus hadn't set off again.Sensing that something was wrong, all the passengers turned and looked in the direction ofthe driver.To our horror, the enormous bus driver had got out of his seat, obviously with some effort,since he was bright red, and was heading straight towards us with a face like thunder.He stopped a few metres from us and started shouting at the top of his deep, boomingvoice. His voice matched his expression perfectly. Perhaps fortunately, we didn't speak thelanguage, so we understood nothing of what he was yelling. We realised that he was angrywith us because the button had been pressed twice, forcing him to stop the bus for noreason since nobody had got off. Sorry, sorry,' I said, trying to sound as apologetic as possible, and with a pained expressionon my face. We're really sorry,' my friend added, but we only did it once. It wasn't us the second time.It must have been someone else. We weren't sure where to get off, you see and .'Her voice gradually trailed off as she saw the blank look on the bus driver's face. There wasobviously no reason to continue. He looked even angrier than before – if that was possible.Still fuming, he turned round and got back into his seat. The bus set off again. We thoughtit wise to move away from the door so that we wouldn't be blamed if someone pressed thebutton a third time. We were pretty sure that if it happened again, we would be physicallyline 37 thrown off the bus - at best!Eventually, we arrived at our destination, not a moment too soon, we felt, and we got offthe bus with a great sense of relief. As the vehicle moved off, we could just make out,through the cloud of dust that it left behind, a group of boys who were standing at therear window. They were looking at us and laughing. We wondered if we had been the victimsof a practical joke. Oh, well, let's just hope we don't get on the same bus on the way back!' my friend remarkedas we headed for the wonders of the ancient ruins which were still some way ahead of us.98HILLSIDE PRESS PHOTOCOPIABLE

Journeys B2 Teacher’s Resource PackFCE Practice ExamReadingPart 11 What do we know to be true about the passengers onthe bus?A Some of them hadn’t had to pay for their seats.B They were all tourists.C They kept on bumping into each other.D Not all of them knew the route they were on.2 Why weren’t the writer and her friend sure aboutexactly where they were?5 Why did the writer’s friend’s voice gradually trail off?A The bus driver looked even angrier than before.B She expected the writer to say something.C The bus driver realised what had happened.D She realised the bus driver didn’t understandEnglish.6 How did the writer and her friend make sure that theydidn’t make the driver even angrier?A The windows of the bus were dirty.B It was dark outside.C They had never been to the area before.D The bus was crowded.A They kept their distance from the door.B They got off the bus.C They went to the rear of the bus.D They spoke to him.3 What ‘predicament’ is referred to in line 17?A They didn’t have bus tickets.B They were on the wrong bus.C They didn’t know where to get off the bus.D The bus driver was angry with them.7 Why does the writer say ‘at best’ in line 37?A Getting thrown off the bus was the worst-casescenario.B The driver might do something worse thanthrowing them off the bus.C The bus driver would be justified in throwing themoff the bus.4 Why does the writer say, ‘fortunately, we couldn’tspeak the language’?A They didn’t have to explain to the bus driver whathad happened.B They didn’t need to speak to the driver, and theycouldn’t have, anyway.C They didn’t want to know what the bus driver wassaying.D The other passengers couldn’t understand whatthey had been saying.D Someone else might get into trouble this time.8 What ‘practical joke’ did the boys probably play on thewriter and her friend?A They made sure that the writer and her friend gotcovered in dust.B They pressed the button the second time,knowing that the writer would get the blame.C They arranged for the writer and her friend to getoff the bus a long way from the ancient site.D They made sure that the writer and her friendwouldn’t find anywhere to sit on the bus.HILLSIDE PRESS PHOTOCOPIABLE99

ReadingFCE Practice ExamJourneys B2 Teacher’s Resource PackPart 2You are going to read an article about a woman who is a marathon swimmer. Seven sentences havebeen removed from the article. Choose from the sentences A–H the one which fits each gap (9–15).There is one extra sentence which you do not need to use.Marathon SwimmerSharon Rose tells of her experiences as a marathon swimmer.For as long as I can remember, I have been swimming.9My brother, Mike, who was then nine, trainedfive days a week with the local swimming team, so Isoon got used to the idea that competitive swimmingwould be part of my life too.Mike was excellent at the sprints, the 50-metre and100-metre races. Joining the world of competitiveswimming, I began to realise that, while I didn’t have theedge for such bursts of speed, I had plenty of strengthand stamina for the 800-metre and 1,500-metreWhen we were scheduled for differentevents. 10competitions on the same day, my father took one ofus to the other venue.Mike managed to get a gold in the nationalchampionships, but then he gave up racing for waterpolo, a move that my father really seemed to approveof. Since then he has obtained a place on the nationalpolo team and taken part in quite a few internationaltournaments.Marathon swimming usually takes place in the sea or inlarge lakes. One of the most popular races is the 10-kmrace, but some other distances are 1 mile, 5 km and 10miles. Marathon swimming has been popular amongendurance athletes since the early 1990s, and the 10-kmrace became an Olympic event at the Beijing Games in 2008.12Participants raced one kilometre down one sideof the basin, round a marker buoy and a kilometre up theother side, then round the same course another four times.Daisy warned me that the world of marathon swimmingwas very different from the swimming that I knew. Oneof the most obvious differences is the temperatureof the sea or a lake compared to a heated pool.Other notable difficulties include waves and currents,seaweed, floating rubbish (imagine swimming alongand bumping into a dead dog), fumes from escortboats, jellyfish and other marine life. 13Marathon swimmers need quite a tough attitude too.14There is always a danger that some are temptedto kick, grab, push or pull when they believe that othersare doing the same to them.11I suppose I have simply become accustomedto working on my own, and having to rely on what Ican achieve for myself. I was actually making a namefor myself in the 1,500-metre freestyle races, where itwas becoming rare for me not to finish in one of thefirst three places. Then one day Daisy, who is my e-palfrom Australia, told me that she had become hookedon marathon swimming.I’ve taken part in several events now, some of theminternational ones, and my successes are giving meIn training, I swim aboutan appetite for more. 1590 kilometres a week, though mostly in a pool. Bestof all, I sometimes compete in events where Daisy isswimming too.A Swimmers have even been known to be joined byE It certainly needs a lot of preparation.whales!F My mother spent a lot of weekends taking Mike andB I, on the other hand, am much less interested inteam sports.me to competitions in different towns and cities.G I was three years old when I learnt to swim at ourC They end up swimming in packs which can be quite atangle of arms and legs when they turn at the buoys.local pool.H There, the course was set in the rowing basin.D Although, on this occasion, the race took place in astandard swimming pool.100HILLSIDE PRESS PHOTOCOPIABLE

Journeys B2 Teacher’s Resource PackFCE Practice ExamReadingPart 3You are going to read a magazine article about people who have unusual houses. For questions 16–30,choose from the people (A–D). The people may be chosen more than once.Which personhas a different home fairly frequently?16may be in different places without a change of home?17was forced to have a certain type of home because of regulations?18has to let in certain people sent by the owner of the property?19has received official recognition or praise for their home?20uses their home for business purposes?21lives in a building designed for a specific job?22used to earn a lot of money?23really appreciates being close to nature?24does repair and maintenance jobs on their home as part of their work?25would appear to have opportunities for luxury recreational activities?26must find the internet a very important tool at times?27is qualified to design homes?28would appreciate better heating?29is thinking about changing their career?30HILLSIDE PRESS PHOTOCOPIABLE101

ReadingFCE Practice ExamJourneys B2 Teacher’s Resource PackPart 3Unusual HomesA Miriam Rees lives in a lighthouse on the westcoast of Scotland. Even though the lighthouseis still in use, it does not have a keeper becauseeverything is automated. Rees rents the livingquarters and some of the storerooms, and theonly condition is that she has to allow access tomaintenance engineers any time they visit. This isno hardship, since they are rarely needed.R ees really appreciates the fact that she is livingclose to nature and far from city crowds. She loveswatching the local wildlife, and she is an artist,so she enjoys having time and opportunities forpainting. When she wants human contact, shesimply logs on to the Net. She also uses this toorder supplies from the nearest harbour, whichshe then collects using her own boat. Rees admits that her lifestyle would not suiteverybody, but claims that it is bliss for her.B Larry Hale has a boat that is both his home andworkplace rolled into one. He used to be a deepsea fisherman, but changed his lifestyle when itbecame clear that the fishing industry was in dangerof wiping out the oceans’ fish stocks. Fishing can bea dangerous but rewarding occupation, and Halehad made a lot of money over the years. However,he is now much less wealthy, so he has sold hishouse and kept the boat. Hale earns some moneyby taking people on whale watching trips or otherwildlife-related excursions. Now that everything he owns is on the boat, hehas to be very tidy, otherwise there would be noroom to move around in. He is used to living onhis boat, he says, though he does admit to findingit hard to cope with the cold on the worst winterdays. Nevertheless, he claims that the lifestylesuits him, especially the freedom to be whereverhe wants.102C Ruth Mars is an architect, and one of her mostamazing projects at the moment is her ownhouse. She originally wanted a chalet in themountains, but after buying a large plot on amountainside in a remote area, she discoveredthat she could not get official permission to builda house there. After a lot of discussion with theplanning authorities, she got a licence to build herhome in a cave that was in the mountainside. Professionally, this presented Mars with anenormous challenge. She would not have agreedif she had not been permitted to include somelarge windows in the design, and she is proudto report that this has been achieved without thewindows even being noticeable to casual visitorsto the area. Mars put a great deal of thought intohow she could make the best use of the spaceavailable, and is certainly pleased that the positionof the house in the earth and rock means that it iseasy to heat. What is more, she has won awardsfor her house, and is now getting some excitingnew projects to work on.D Karl Krenz is a professional housesitter. He isemployed by an agency that provides people to livein the holiday villas of wealthy people who do notwant to leave their properties unoccupied for longperiods of time. Usually, the important thing for theclient is that their house looks lived in. Obviously,the property needs to be kept clean and tidy, andsometimes the owner asks for skilled

Reading FCE Practice Exam Journeys B2 Teacher’s Resource Pack Part 2 A Swimmers have even been known to be joined by whales! B I, on the other hand, am much less interested in team sports. C They end up swimming in packs which can be quite a tangle of arms and legs when they turn at the buoys. D Although, on this occasion, the race took place .