Школьная олимпиада по английскому языку

6 класс

LISTENING (20 points)

Listen to the text “Travelling” and choose if the statements below are true or false.

  1. They decided to travel in autumn.

A True B False

  1. I took a pair of jeans.

A True B False

  1. I didn’t take the sun glasses.

A True B False

  1. The birds were looking for the fish.

A True B False

  1. Their neighbours were from Utah.

A True B False

  1. It took them a week to get to the seashore.

A True B False

  1. Tracy was also twelve years old.

A True B False

  1. It’s impossible to buy a newspaper at five o’clock in the morning.

A True B False

  1. Spike ran at the house.

A True B False

  1. Girls write letters to each other since there.

A True B False

READING (20 points)

Read the text and choose if the statements below are true or false.

Shopping Hours in Britain

Shopping hours in Britain are changing. Until a few years ago, shops were opened at nine o’clock in the morning and closed at half past five or six o’clock in the evening. Some also were closed for an hour for lunch. In many towns, shops were closed on Wednesday afternoons. On Sundays, nothing was open. But now some shops are opened for longer hours. Some big shops and many supermarkets never close! If you need a litre of milk or some bread at midnight, you can easily buy it.

For people who work long hours or people who often work at night or early in the morning, like doctors, the new shopping hours are good. If someone finishes work at five o’clock in the morning, they can go to the supermarket on their way home and buy some breakfast or a newspaper or anything else they may need.

But not everyone thinks the new shopping hours are a good thing. Some people say that Sunday is a holiday – who wants to work in a supermarket on a Sunday? But shops are very busy at the weekend and longer shopping hours are here to stay.

  1. Until a few years ago, shops were opened at ten o’clock.

A True B False

  1. In the past, some shops were closed at lunchtime.

A True B False

  1. A few years ago, shops were also closed on Saturday afternoons.

A True B False

  1. Some big shops and many supermarkets never close!

A True B False

  1. Today, all shops are opened for longer hours.

A True B False

  1. It’s easy to buy food in the middle of the night.

A True B False

  1. The new shopping hours are good for doctors.

A True B False

  1. It’s impossible to buy a newspaper at five o’clock in the morning.

A True B False

  1. Everyone likes longer shopping hours.

A True B False

  1. Sunday shopping hours are here to stay.

A True B False

USE OF ENGLISH (20 points)

  1. Open the brackets and put the verbs into the proper tense form.

  1. The children ……………… (to make) a snowman last winter.

  2. She ……………… (to clean) her room every day.

  3. They …………. already………… (to do) their homework.

  4. They ……………… (to go) to the zoo next Sunday.

  5. We ……………… (to have) dinner at 2 o’clock every day.

  6. Alice ……………….… (not to eat) her breakfast yet.

  7. The day ……………… (to be) nice yesterday.

  8. ………….. he …………….. (to be) on the lesson of Literature today?

  9. I ……………. (to go) to visit my grandmother tomorrow.

  10. …………. you ……………. ever (to be) to London?

  1. Read the article about the world getting hotter. Choose the best word (A, B or C) for each space.

The World is Getting Hotter

The world is getting hotter because (1) ……………… us! Our factories, cars, trains and planes (2) ……………… the air dirty. When (3) ……………… sun shines, everything gets hot and the dirt stops the hot air from going (4) ……………… to the sky. Because the hot air has nowhere to go, (5) ……………… gets hotter.

Already our world is (6) ……………… than it was one hundred years ago. Hot countries may become drier and the people who live there will not be able to grow enough food. Ice in cold areas (7) ……………… changing to water because of higher temperatures. When this happens, the seas become bigger. Some towns (8) ……………… the sea may have a problem soon.

We can help (9) ……………… we stop making the air dirty but we (10) …………….. do something fast!

1. A by B for C of

2. A make B making C makes

3. A a B the C an

4. A on B at C up

5. A everything B all C every

6. A warm B warmer C warmest

7. A are B be C is

8. A near B to C in

9. A so B if C but

10. A must B should C can

WRITING (20 points)

Your British pen-friend has written a letter to you. He wrote about his favourite dish, pizza. He wonders what traditional Russian dishes you like. What is your favourite dish? Do you eat fast food? Why? Write a letter back ( 70 words).

SPEAKING (20 points)

  1. Is it easy to be famous?

  2. What do you think is better for animals, to live in zoos or to live in wild animal’s park?




  1. Travelling

One beautiful spring morning right after my 12th birthday my parents and I decided to travel. My mom told me to pack up my things. It was warm and sunny and I decided to take a pair of jeans, a sweater, a couple of football shirts and the sun glasses, of course. We went to the seashore. It was a little windy there and I saw as great waves were coming on the beach. The birds were flying above the water, they were looking for the fish, I guess.

Later it was found out that we had neighbours. It was also a family from Utah. It took them a week to come there. Very soon I saw a girl of my age. She was walking with her dog. The girl’s name was Tracy. We liked to walk together with her dog, his name was Spike, he used to run along the beach and make a lot of splashes. Very soon we became friends.

After a week we came back home, but Tracy and I are still friends. Every week I write her a long letter and we often remember our spring holidays.


  1. B, 2) A, 3) B, 4) A, 5) B, 6) A, 7) A, 8) B, 9) B, 10) A

Use of English


  1. made 2) cleans 3) have done 4) will go 5) have 6) hasn’t eaten 7) was 8) has been

9) shall go 10) have been


  1. C, 2) A, 3) B, 4) C, 5) A, 6) B, 7) C, 8) A, 9) B, 10) B

Олимпиада по английскому языку

7 класс.

Listening (20 points)

Listen to the dialogue. Write down whether the following statements are true or false.

  1. The man is 43.

  2. He teaches English.

  3. He has a sister named Julia.

  4. The man has 2 children.

  5. He has a small flat.

  6. The man doesn’t like Salisbury.

  7. His friends live in Salisbury.

  8. He isn’t happy with his job.

  9. Salisbury is a historical place.

  10. He wouldn’t change his place of living.

Reading (20 points)

Read the text and do the tasks below.

The Travellers and the Bear.

It was a wonderful day. Through the thick leaves of the trees the sunlight played on the grass and flowers, on the bushes. But the two travellers who were walking through the forest were not happy at all. Their loud voices rang through the trees.

“Will you stop worrying?” cried one of the travellers in a loud voice. “Nothing is going to happen. I’ll look after you. Everything will be all right. So let’s try to enjoy the fine weather.”

His friend heard all this, but it didn’t help. He was so afraid that every little sound made him jump. He was sure that wild animals were waiting to jump at them.

A second later a great bear jumped out in front of the travellers. There was no time to think. It was too late to run away. The first traveller, who had promised so much, was light and quick on his feet. He climbed up the nearest tree as fast as he could and disappeared among the thick green leaves.

The second traveller was not so quick. When he saw that his friend had left him, he fell flat on the ground, held his breath, and lay very still.

The bear looked at him, quite surprised. This was something new and strange that the animal could not understand.

The bear moved slowly around the man, it sniffed him over, it touched the traveller’s ear with its nose. The traveller lay quite still, like a dead man. Was it true that bears didn’t touch dead bodies? Would the bear leave him alone?

Seconds passed. Each one seemed as long as a lifetime. At last the bear lifted its head. With an angry cry it left the man and ran off into the woods again.

The traveller in the tree climbed down. His face was white. “Tell me, my friend,” he said, ”what did the bear whisper in your ear?”

“He told me,” answered the other, “to be careful with a friend who runs away when danger comes.”

  1. Write down whether the following statements are true or false.

  1. The two travellers who were walking through the forest were talking loudly.

  2. The weather was fine.

  3. When a great bear had jumped out in front of the travellers, the first traveller climbed up the nearest tree as fast as he could.

  4. The second traveller disappeared among the thick leaves.

  5. The bear whispered:” Be careful with a friend who runs away when danger comes.”

  1. Answer the following questions.

1. Why were the travellers talking in such loud voices in the beautiful forest?

2. What was the weather?

3. Why did the first traveller forget about his promise to defend his friend?

4. Why didn’t the bear touch the second man?

5. Did the second man understand what kind of man his friend was?

Use of English (20 points)

1. Read the text below and choose the correct word for each space.

Cartoon Films

Cartoon films have very (1) limits. If you can draw something, you can (2) it move on the cinema screen. The use (3) new ideas and advanced computer programs means that cartoons are becoming exciting again for people of (4) ages.

By the (5) of the 1970s, the cinema world had decided that cartoons were only for children. But soon (6) , one or two directors had some original new ideas. They proved that it was possible to make films in which both adults and children could (7) the fun.

However, not (8) cartoon film was successful. The Black Cauldron, for example, failed, mainly because it was too (9) for children and too childish for adults. Directors learnt from this mistake and the film companies began to make large (10) of money again.

1 A few B any C little D much

2 A get B cause C wish D make

3 A for B of C with D by

4 A more B other C all D these

5 A end B finish C departure D back

6 A afterwards B later C next D then

7 A divide B add C mix D share

8 A every B both C any D each

9 A nervous B fearful C afraid D frightening

10 A amounts B accounts C numbers D totals

2. Open the brackets and put the words into the proper form.


Elephants are the biggest animals that live on land. Some whales are (1 big) than elephants but whales live in the sea. When born a baby elephant (2 weigh) about 91 kilograms. That is the weight of a (3 grow) man. It is about 91 centimeters high. When it (4 reach) the age of six years, it is about 183 centimeters high.

Elephants have very long noses which we call “trunks”. No other animals have trunks as (5 long) as elephants. The tip of its trunk can be (6 use) like a hand.

The elephant uses its trunk to feed (7 it). It likes to eat leaves, young (8 juice) branches of trees and fruit.

Two of the elephant’s (9 tooth) are very strong. They (10 be) called “tusks”. Elephants may use their tusks and trunks to lift heavy logs of wood.

Writing (20 points)

Your friend from Great Britain has sent you a letter, where he describes his school. He would like to know what school you attend, what subjects you prefer to study and what uniform you wear. Write a letter back (100 words) and answer your friend’s questions.

Speaking (20 points)

  1. What sport events would you like to talk about as a TV sports journalist?

  2. What you think an ideal friend should be like.




  • …First, tell me something about yourself.

  • Well, I’m 44 years old, unmarried, and I teach English in a local secondary modern school. I own my own house-a smallish terrace house just outside the centre of the city, with three bedrooms and a small garden. I’ve got two younger brothers. One of them, Julian, also lives in Salisbury. He’s a teacher too, but he works in a private language school teaching English to foreign students.

  • One more question, Jerry. You’ve lived and worked in Salisbury for over 20 years. What keeps you here?

  • That’s a difficult one. My job, I suppose. I often complain, but who doesn’t? On the whole, though, I’m happy with it. The most of my friends live here or nearby. And the city itself; it’s a beautiful place, full of history, surrounded by amazing countryside and within easy reach of some of my favorite places. No, I wouldn’t change it.

  1. False, 2. True, 3. False, 4. False, 5. False, 6. False, 7. True, 8. False, 9. True, 10. True


  1. 1. True 2. True 3. True 4. False 5. False


1. They were afraid of wild animals.

  1. The weather was fine.

  2. He was afraid of the bear.

  3. The second man pretended to be dead.

  4. Yes, he did.

Use of English

  1. 1)A, 2)D, 3)B, 4)C, 5)A, 6)A, 7)D, 8)A,9)D, 10)A

  2. 1) bigger 2)weighs 3)grown 4)reaches 5)long 6)used 7)it 8)juicy 9)teeth 10)are

Олимпиада по английскому языку

8 класс

Listening (20 points)

Listen to the text

1) Choose the correct answer

1. Why couldn’t Mrs Melrose sleep?

  1. There was another woman in the compartment who didn’t let her sleep.

  2. She was afraid that someone might steal her expensive coat.

  3. The temperature was too low in the compartment.

2. Why did Mrs Melrose leave the compartment early in the morning?

  1. She was thirsty.

  2. She was hungry.

  3. She needed exercise.

3. Why did Mrs Melrose invite the guard to the compartment?

  1. She couldn’t find her coat.

  2. She asked him to take her and the other woman to the Central Police Station.

  3. She wanted him to make the other passenger return the coat to her.

4. What did the policewoman of the Central Police Station say she had found inside the coat?

  1. A plastic bag with a drug.

  2. A plastic bag with salt.

  3. A label with Mrs Melrose’s name and address.

5. Why was Mrs Melrose very upset?

  1. The policewoman had played a trick on her.

  2. She realized that she was in serious trouble.

  3. She realized that she would never get back her coat.

2) Write down whether the following statements are true or false

1Someone took Mrs Melrose’s coat while she was looking for the guard.

2The policewoman of the Central Police Station knew at once whose coat it was.

3The policewoman invited Mrs Melrose to examine the coat together with her.

4The other woman had put some drugs inside the coat.

5The policewoman returned the coat to Mrs Melrose.

Reading (20 points)

Read the text

Any list of the greatest thinkers in history contains the name of the brilliant physicist Albert Einstein. His theories of relativity led to entirely new ways of thinking about time, space, matter, energy, and gravity. Einstein’s work led to such scientific advances as the control of atomic energy, even television as a practical application of Einstein’s work.

In 1902 Einstein became an examiner in the Swiss patent office at Bern. In 1905, at the age of 26, he published the first of five major research papers. The first one provided a theory explaining Brownian movement, the zig-zag motion of microscopic particles in suspension. The second paper laid the foundation for the photon, or quantum, theory of light. In it he proposed that light is composed of separate packets of energy, called quanta or photons, that have some of the properties of particles and some of the properties of waves. A third paper contained the «special theory of relativity» which showed that time and motion are relative to the observer, if the speed of light is constant and the natural laws are the same everywhere in the universe. The fourth paper was a mathematical addition to the special theory of relativity. In 1916, Einstein published his general theory of relativity. In it he proposed that gravity is not a force, but a curve in the space-time continuum, created by the presence of mass.

Einstein spoke out frequently against nationalism, the exalting of one nation above all others. He opposed war and violence and supported Zionism, the movement to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine. When the Nazis came to power in 1933, they denounced his ideas. He then moved to the United States. In 1939 Einstein learned that two German chemists had split the uranium atom. Einstein wrote to President Franklin D. Roosevelt warning him that this scientific knowledge could lead to Germany developing an atomic bomb. He suggested the United States begin its own atomic bomb research.

Choose the correct answer

1) Einstein’s primary work was in the area of

A chemistry.

B biology.

C physics.

D engineering.

2) Which of the following inventions is mentioned in the passage as a practical application of Einstein’s discoveries?

A Radio

B Automobiles

C Computers

D Television

3) According to the passage, Einstein supported all of the following except

A the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

B nationalism.

C atomic bomb research in the United States.

D the defeat of the Nazis.

4) What is «Brownian movement»?

A The zig-zag motion of microscopic particles in suspension

B The emission of electrons from solids when struck by light

C The motion of photons in light

D The basis of the theory of relativity

5) It is clear from the tone of the passage that the author feels

A Einstein’s work in physics was somewhat tarnished by his conservative political views.

B Albert Einstein was one of the most brilliant thinkers in history.

C Einstein’s work in physics, though theoretically impressive, led to few practical applications.

D Einstein’s theories have been consistently proven incorrect.

6) According to Einstein’s special theory of relativity,

A all properties of matter and energy can be explained in a single mathematical formula.

B light is composed of separate packets of energy.

C time and motion are relative to the observer.

D some solids emit electrons when struck by light.

7) In paragraph 3, the word «exalting» most nearly means

A elevation.

B criticism.

C support.

D elimination.

8) According to Einstein, light is composed of separate packets of energy called

A electrons.

B photoelectrons.

C quanta.

D gamma rays.

9) Einstein spoke out frequently against

A socialism

B nationalism

C revolution

D television

10) Einstein suggested the United States begin its own research

A atomic bomb

B engineering

C computers

D radio

Use of English (20 points)

I. Choose the suitable tense-form:

1. The last train (leave) at midnight.

a) will be leaving b) leaves c) has left d) had left

2. Let’s make a fire. It (get) cold.

a) is getting b) gets c) got d) had been getting

3. She hasn’t received any letters from home since she (come) here .

a) has come b) had come c) came d) comes

4. Nobody knew what (happen) to the dog.

a) has happened b) happened c) had happened d) was happened

  1. Don’t start doing this exercise until you (learn) the rule.

a) learnt b) learn c) will-learn d) will have learnt

  1. He said I would be safe and sound if I (take) his advice.

a) take b) took c) will take d) would take

  1. Andrew and Nora are happy. They (plan) to get married next month.

a) plan b) are planning c) will plan d) had planned

  1. It (snow) since early morning.

a) snowed b) will snow c) snows d) has been snowing

II. Choose the suitable word:

  1. She never drinks tea in the morning. She never drinks milk _____.

a) neither b) too c) either d) also

  1. I have nothing to write with. Can you _____ me your pen, please?

a) borrow b) let c) lend d) take

  1. I think, you must buy some _____ apples. They taste good.

a) else b) other c) more d) another

  1. _____ is not gold that glitters.

a) all b) everything c) anything d) something

  1. Dan _____ Micky to be more careful.

a) offered b) advised c) suggested d) proposed

  1. Do you know that teaching is _____ hard work?

a) a b) the c) — d) much

  1. I don’t like _____ strong, sweet tea.

a) a b) the c) — d) some

  1. They were _____ old friends and had a lot to discuss.

a) a b) the c) — d) many

  1. Jay makes _____ fire with only one match.

a) a b) the c) — d) any

  1. What happened _____ the poor fellow? He is crying!

a) with b) of c) to d) for

  1. Eugenie had changed _____ recognition.

a) over b) beneath c) above d) beyond

  1. I don’t care _____ grape juice. I like apple juice.

a) about b) of c) for d) in

Writing (20 points)

An English-speaking friend is coming to visit your city one day next month. Write a letter ( 100 words) to tell your friend about your plans for the visit. Describe where you plan to go, what you will do there, and say why you think your friend will enjoy it.

Speaking (20 points)

1. What are your favourite TV programmes & why?

2. Why would you like to take part in exchange programmes?






Mrs Melrose was taking the night train from London to Glasgow. It was three o’clock in the morning and she was trying to sleep but couldn’t. The heater wasn’t working. The compartment was very cold. Mrs Melrose had a very expensive fur coat. She wrapped it around her and curled up on the seat. There was only one other person in the compartment – a woman.

At about half past three in the morning Mrs Melrose left the compartment to get a drink. When she came back she got a nasty shock. The other woman was wearing her fur coat.

Mrs Melrose said, «How dare you! Give me back my coat at once, or I’ll call the guard!»

The other woman just smiled and said it was her coat. So Mrs Melrose ran out to get the guard.

The guard didn’t know what to do. He had no idea who was the real owner of the fur coat. He said, «When we get into Glasgow I’d better take you both to the police.»

An hour later Mrs Melrose and the other woman were in Glasgow Central Police Station. A young policewoman was trying to find out who owned the coat.

«It’s mine!» said Mrs Melrose. «Look inside and you will see my name and address on the label.»

When the policewoman looked inside the coat she couldn’t find any label. The other woman had taken it out.

The policewoman said, «I must take this coat away and examine it.»

She left the room and came back a few minutes later. She looked at both the women and said, «I am afraid the owner of this coat is in very serious trouble. When I was examining the coat I found this inside the lining.»

The policewoman held up a small plastic bag full of white powder. She said, «This is a very dangerous drug. The owner of this coat may go to prison for a long time.»

When she heard this, the other woman stood up and said, «Oh… well… perhaps I was wrong. It wasn’t my coat after all.» Then she left the police station as fast as she could.

Mrs Melrose was very upset. She said, «This is my coat. But I don’t know anything about those drugs. That woman must have put them in the lining.»

The policewoman handed Mrs Melrose her coat. She smiled and said, «Don’t worry, Mrs Melrose. I am sure you are the real owner of this coat. And by the way I didn’t find anything in the lining. This is a packet of salt I borrowed from the canteen.»


1-C ,2-A,3-C,4-A,5-B,





Use of English.

1/ 1-B,2-A,3-C,4-C,5-B,6-B,7-B,8-D.

2/ 9-C,10-C,11-C,12-A,13-B,14-C,15-C,16-C,17-A,18-C,19-D,20-C.

Олимпиада по английскому языку

9 класс

Listening (20 points)

Write down whether the following statements are true (T) or false (F)

    1. Dave enjoys his work.

    2. Dave decided on his career at an early age.

    3. His first publication was a short story collection.

    4. Dave started writing crime stories to entertain his friends.

    5. Dave writes in different genres.

    6. Dave thinks that life stories are well paid.

    7. He thinks every page of a crime novel should be full of events.

    8. Dave has published 4 crime novels and 2 young people’s novels.

    9. He dislikes the idea of making a film based on his novels.

    10. He loves watching detective films on TV.

Reading (20 points)

Read the text and do the task below

My Holidays

On New Year’s Eve a few years ago, I decided to go skiing for the first time with two friends. They are the complete opposite of me in that they are really brave and fearless — they’ve been skiing and diving all their lives, whereas I’m a bit of a coward. Surprisingly, however, I enjoyed it very much and the second we went I felt much more confident and decided to move away from skiing on the nursery slopes. I was doing really well and skiing down quite a steep slope when I heard one of my friends say, «Wow, Barbara, you’re moving fast» I thought, «Yes, I am, am not I — but how do I stop?» Suddenly all my confidence left me and I fell very badly. I didn’t break anything but I twisted my knee. The rest of the holiday was spent sitting on top of the mountain, looking after everybody’s bags and coats.

If I’m honest, I prefer going somewhere hot and sunny for a holiday. I love going to Thailand, for example, and staying in one of the beautiful resorts on the coast. The people are extremely friendly and in one hotel we stayed at we got to know the chef quite well and he would take us round the market with him. And one of the waiters took us to visit his uncle who owns a coconut farm. It’s only in ways like this that you begin to get a feel for the country and its people, as these kinds of opportunities are not available for the average tourist.

I’m not a rough kind of person: I did enough of that when I was younger. The trouble with me is that I have a genuine problem with mosquitoes — they abso­lutely adore me! If I get bitten, the bites turn into mini-balloons all over my body. Once when we were travelling by jeep during the monsoon season, the rain was so heavy that we stopped in a village. A young Thai boy noticed this huge bite on my arm, which was going a funny colour, and looked as if it might be infected. He picked some leaves of a tree and made a mixture of them using some salt and a little alcohol and then rubbed the mixture into my arm. You could see the infection disappear: it was amazing, it was like letting the air out of a balloon.

I am an actress and generally, after I’ve finished a run of performances in a play, I feel exhausted, but not too tired to escape! All I want to do is to find a hotel with a fantastic view, a beach, a good book and a mosquito net. My needs are very simple, really, and I just want the opportunity to refresh myself. Sometimes I might consid­er a holiday in a completely different environment, like visiting a friend in a country cottage or staying in a small bed and breakfast place and walking in the sur­rounding hills. It’s good for my soul.

Task 1. Decide if the sentences 1-5 are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Barbara likes her first trip to the mountains.

  2. Barbara’s friends are just like her.

  3. Barbara prefers mountains for her holidays.

  4. People in Thailand are not very friendly.

5.She gave a balloon to a Thai boy.

Task 2. Decide which of the phrases marked with letters a, b, с or d best completes the sentences 6-10

6. How did Barbara feel about going away with her friends for the first time?

  1. Very surprised;

  2. rather afraid;

  3. not bothered;

  4. really terrific

7. What did Barbara hurt?

  1. She twisted her ankle;

  2. she broke her knee;

  3. she broke her leg;

  4. she twisted her knee.

8. What does Barbara like most of all in her trips to Thailand?

a) Weather;

b) meeting people;

c) monsoon season;

d) travelling by jeep.

9. What effect did the mixture have on Barbara’s arm?

  1. It changed colour;

  2. it became better;

  3. it became infectious;

  4. it turned into a balloon

10. What does Barbara mainly want from a holiday?

  1. The chance for her to build up her energy;

  2. the chance to visit somewhere fresh;

  3. the possibility of relaxing on a beach;

  4. the opportunity to stay with friends.

Use of English (20 points)

  1. Put the words in brackets in the correct form

Paul Anthony Samuelson, a Nobel Prize Winner in Economics

Paul Samuelson (1 born) on May 15, 1915, in Gary, Indiana. He (2 educate) at the University of Chicago in Illinois and at Harvard University.

In 1947, Samuelson (3 write) “Foundation of Economic Analysis” in which he (4 use) the language of mathematics to explain the world of economics.

In 1948 he published “Economics” which is considered to be (5 important) economics text of our time. “Economics” (6 publish) in new editions today.

Samuelson (7 give) the 1970 Nobel Prize in Economics for doing “more than any other contemporary economist to raise the level of scientific analysis in economic theory”.

Samuelson says that he finds the (8 great) pleasure in solving problems of economics and it is the mathematical work.

But while he (9 do) it, he thinks about the real-world problems. Samuelson’s life work has been to use economics in the service of humanity. He (10 do) more than anyone of his time to influence government policy at the highest level.

  1. Form a word that fits in the space

The King’s New Dress

Many years ago, there was a King who spent all his time and money on dressing up. He loved riding round in his (1 expense) garments so that everybody could see him. His wardrobes contained clothes of (2 differ) patterns and designs. One day two (3 honest) men appeared at the palace and said they could make (4 beauty) clothes which had (5 magic) properties. Only clever people would be able to see them – but they would be (6 visible) to anyone who was stupid or not good at their job.

The King thought this was an (7excellence) opportunity to find out who was wise and who was foolish in his (8 king).

The two men were given gold and silver thread and two (9 wonder) weaving machines and they started to work. After several weeks the King decided to send an old and honest minister, who was (10 certain) clever and good at his job, to visit the two men. Can you guess what he saw?

Writing (20 points)

You have received a letter from your English pen friend Simon who writes that his parents don’t understand him. Write him about the relations in your family and how you solve your problems.

Which of the members of your family do you appreciate most and why?

Speaking (20 points)

    1. If you had a chance, what would you change in the place you live in?

    2. If you were to make a list of the most outstanding Russians, what names would you include in it?




Interviewer: Some people climb mountains, some run marathons, some people write books. Why a book?

Dave: Well, I think it’s because I’ve had an ambition to write since I was very young. I’ve always read a lot. My parents ran a bookshop in the town we used to live in.

I’ve always wanted to write. It’s quite pleasant and enjoyable, if things work.

I had been doing short stories for a while, but didn’t publish anything. When I got older I took this writing business more seriously. I thought I might write some sort of crime novel. And so I did.

Interviewer: But why crime?

Dave: It’s a lot easier to publish a genre novel like crime or science fiction…They are always a commercial success.

Interviewer: What do you like about it?

Dave: A bit of action…, reality and unexpected turns in the plot.

Interviewer: Have you ever tried anything else?

Dave: Well, I’ve published four crime novels and one…young people’s novel… which is maybe for age 12 and above…

I’ve written another book, which is a life story… It’s about my father but I haven’t published it yet. I don’t know if I will…as it won’t make any big money, I guess.

Interviewer: What do you think is the key to a good crime novel?

Dave: Mostly you have to keep your reader’s interest with a lot of action. But that doesn’t mean that you should have it on every page. You need an original idea, a vivid setting and real characters to move the plot forward. It always works…

Interviewer: Would you like to screen your novels?

Dave: Well, I haven’t thought about it. Probably not. I’m not a great fan of TV crime serials…

1) T 2) T 3) F 4) F 5) T 6) F 7) F 8) F 9) T 10) F



1) T 2)F 3)F 4)F 5)F


6) b 7) d 8)b 9)b 10)a

Use of English

1. 1) was born, 2) was educated, 3) wrote, 4) used, 5) most important, 6) is published, 7) was given, 8) greatest, 9) is doing, 10) has done.

2. 1) expensive, 2) different, 3) dishonest, 4) beautiful, 5) magical, 6) invisible, 7)excellent, 8) kingdom, 9) wonderful, 10) certainly

Олимпиада по английскому языку

10-11 класс.

Listening (20 points)

Listen to an interview with 5 passers-by.

1) Match the topics (A-F) with the speakers (1-5). There is one extra topic.

A Cycling 1 Speaker 1

B Reading newspapers on the train 2 Speaker 2

C A famous TV show 3 Speaker 3

D Travelling by plane 4 Speaker 4

E Driving a car 5 Speaker 5

F Tourism

2) Decide if the following statements are true (T) or false (F).

1 Speaker 1 believes that BMWs are the safest cars.

2 Speaker 2 has never taken part in a TV show called “The Wheel of Fortune”.

3 Speaker 3 has visited Stonehenge once.

4 Speaker 4 found it very difficult to get used to riding a bike in Holland.

5 Speaker 5 travels to work by train.

Reading (20 points)

Read the text and do the tasks below

A Climb That Wasn’t Fun

Imagine a snowstorm close to the summit of a 6,000-meter peak in the Andes. On the descent, your climbing partner slips in dangerous conditions. His leg is badly broken. For hours you struggle to lower him down the mountainside. The cold is unbearable, and you must battle fatigue and dehydration. Then disaster strikes afresh: tied to the rope, your friend slips over an unseen cliff. The sound of his cries is lost in the blizzard. As he dangles below, you cannot know whether he is alive or dead, but his weight is pulling you certainly to the edge. Without prompt action, you will die. Do you cut the rope?

It’s the stuff of nightmares – and now a powerful film as well. The British-made documentary, “Touching the Void” recreates the ordeal of two young British climbers, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, who were trapped on the side of a forbidding Peruvian peak, back in 1985. So how was the moral crisis resolved? The thousands who read Simpson’s best-selling book, also called “Touching the Void” will already know: Yates cut the rope.

But the full force of both the book and the movie lies in the sequel to that decision. Against all odds, Simpson survived a 50-meter plunge into a crevasse. Unable to climb out, he crawled down into the depths in search of a route back to the daylight. His luck held. Driven by stubborn determination, he hopped and crawled down the mountainside for two agonizing days, reaching base camp in a state of delirium just as Yates was preparing to leave.

Actors and stuntmen play out the story on the mountainside. But the most of the narrative comes from Simpson and Yates themselves, speaking directly to the camera against a neutral background. Simpson, in particular, tells an articulate tale – but don’t expect tortured self-analysis or lyrical description. Mountaineers, especially British ones, are shy of gut-spilling.

So much the better. The dispassionate style throws into relief the horror of the events described and the awesome savagery of the Andes backdrop. Yet the calm delivery is deceiving, neither man has quite escaped psychological scarring. Simpson has told how he suffered posttraumatic stress after revisiting the Andes with the film crew. And since filming ended, Yates has broken off all contact with the director. He’s reportedly unhappy with the film.

Simpson survived, but what about his friendship with Yates? The relationship between the two main characters did survive their ordeal. As the movie makes clear, Simpson never questions Yates’s decision to cut the rope. Indeed, among his first actions on regaining base camp is to thank Yates for his help after the original accident. One reason Simpson chose to publish his memoir was to remove the blame from Yates, who came under attack for breaking a taboo of the mountaineering brotherhood. As a climber, Simpson understood the need for realism in moments of crisis. He summarizes his own attitude with heroic understatement. Climbing was “fun” he says. “But sometimes things went wrong, then it wasn’t fun’ For proof just watch “Touching the Void”

Read the statements and circle the correct letter a, b, c or d:

1) The movie “Touching the Void” is …

a) a fictional story based on a nightmare of the producer;

b) based on the memoir of Simpson;

c) based on the novel by Yates;

d) an American documentary about two climbers.

2) Simpson’s nightmare begins when…

a) he falls into a crevasse;

b) Yates cuts the rope attached to him;

c) he breaks his leg;

d) he loses his way in a blizzard.

3) The setting of this adventure is…

a) a mountain in Peru;

b) a mountain in Germany;

c) the mountains of Nepal;

d) Mount Denali in Alaska.

4) The moral crisis of this story is about…

a) Yates’ decision to help his injured friend down the mountainside;

b) whether Yates can get Simpson to base camp;

c) whether Yates should let his friend fall when his own life was also at risk;

d) whether Yates should help his friend out of the crevasse.

5) Simpson survived because he…

a) was determined to find his way out of the crevasse and back to base camp;

b) wanted revenge after Yates left him for dead;

c) really hadn’t broken his leg;

d) knew Yates would be waiting for him.

6) The first thing Simpson did when he saw Yates was to…

a) tell him that he had broken the rules of mountaineering;

b) thank him for helping him when he was injured;

c) ask him why he had left him;

d) discuss the idea for the movie.

7) When the crisis occurred, Yates took action based on…

a) a code of honor in which climbers help each other to the death;

b) a book of rules that governs all climbing expeditions;

c) a need to make a decision for self-survival;

d) what he believed the public would think of his actions.

8) The best description of the relationship between Yates and Simpson is…

a) a friendship based on respect and understanding of the dangers of climbing;

b) a strong distrust of each other;

c) based on the need to change the laws of mountaineering brotherhood;

d) based on the need to produce the movie.

9) The main lesson learned from this story is…

a) never trust a friend;

b) trust yourself when no one else can help you;

c) only climb where no crevasses are present;

d) always sacrifice everything for a friend.

10)The title of the movie and book is “Touching the Void”. This title refers to…

a) Yates’ sense of loss when his friend falls into the crevasse;

b) the mountaineering community’s condemnation of Yates’ action;

c) the blizzard conditions on the mountain when the accident occurred;

d) Simpson’s fall as he ”touches” the empty space when falling into the crevasse.

Use of English (20 points)

1) Form a word that fits in the space

Recently I decided to take up (1 photograph) as a hobby. I have always taken snapshots, but I have never been very (2 skill).

My snaps were either a complete (3 fail) for technical reasons, or were just not very (4 imagine).

First I decided that to be (5 success), I would have to buy new equipment.

Just then I had an (6 expect) piece of good luck.

A friend who works in a camera shop said she could sell me a (7value) camera.

A customer had left it at the shop to be repaired, but there had been a (8 understand), and it was actually for sale.

I thought this was a rather (9 belief) explanation and so I asked her some more questions.

It turned out that she had had a (10 agree) with the customer and he had thrown the camera at her in anger because she had disliked his photos!

2) Put the verbs in brackets in the correct tense.

When you visit Rhydyronnen in Wales, you (1 get) a very friendly welcome from James and Tina Flanagan, who (2 operate) this unusual project for many years. It (3 include) an inn, restaurant, shop and post office as well as three cottages. Several years ago the National Trust (4 restore) the property, which (5 be) unused for a number of years. Now it (6 be) once more an important part of village life. The self-catering cottages (7 furnish) in nineteenth-century style, but with modern conveniences included. Rates (8 start) at 140 pounds a week. More information and maps of Wales (9 can) (10 order) from James and Tina Flanagan, Rhydyronnen, Cwmdu, Llandeilo, Dyfed, Wales S A19 7DY.

Writing (20 points)

Write an essay on the topic: ”Actions speak louder than words” (a surprising adventure which has made you change your mind about a person you used to dislike).

Speaking (20 points)

    1. Young people have now got an opportunity to study abroad. Describe advantages and disadvantages of studying in a foreign country.

    2. Imagine your country in the eyes of a foreigner who comes here for the first time. What will they find surprising, annoying, amusing? Describe problems that foreigners usually face when staying or travelling in your country.




“The Wheel”

Interviewer: Excuse me, what’s the first thing that you associate with the word “wheel”?

Speaker 1: Well, the will? It’s about cars, I guess. I simply love driving my car. It’s brand new. I haven’t traveled much in it but it’s amazing – it can reach the speed of 180 km per hour. It’s quite comfortable. My best friend says I’m going to crash it one day if I keep speeding like this. But he’s wrong. He thinks that only BMWs are safe. I don’t agree. Why doesn’t he try my Opel instead, I wonder?

Interviewer: OK – let’s ask a second person. Excuse me, what’s the first thing that you associate with the word “wheel’?

Speaker 2: Oh, obviously “The Wheel of Fortune”. You have heard the name, I’m sure. I watch this TV competition every Friday with my family. My dad especially is crasy about it. He knows a lot of words and he particularly good at guessing the final category phrases. Once I told him to take part in it, but he said he wouldn’t guess a single word. I don’t believe him. I’m sure he would do well!

Interviewer: And now for a third person. Excuse me, what’s the first thing that you associate with the word “wheel’?

Speaker 3: Well, I associate this word with something round. Let me think. Oh, yes. Last year I visited Stonehenge. It’s a popular tourist attraction in Wiltshire. It consists of a group of very large, tall stones arranged in circles. As far as I know, they were put there in pre-historic times perhaps as a way to study the sun, the moon and the stars. It’s incredibly beautiful and has its own character. I’m going to go there again this summer.

Interviewer: Let’s ask someone else – number four. Excuse me, what’s the first thing that you associate with the word “wheel’?

Speaker 4: Wheel, you say? Of course, I’d say two wheels as I’m thinking about my bike. I lived in Holland for a few years. It’s normal for people there to travel around the city by bike. I got used to riding it so much that I’d find it very difficult to live without it. I don’t have a driving licence so my bike makes my life much easier.

Interviewer: And one last person. Excuse me, what’s the first thing that you associate with the word “wheel’?

Speaker 5: Are you asking me about means of transport? Well, I prefer trains. I live far from the city centre. No car. No direct bus either. The only way of getting into town is by train. But it’s so time-consuming. I don’t like it but at least I have time to go over an article or two, so that before I get to work I know what’s going on in the world.

    1. 4A, 5B, 2C, 1E, 3F

    2. 1F 2T 3T 4F 5T


1b 2c 3a 4c 5a 6b 7c 8a 9b 10d

Use of English

1) 1photography, 2skilful, 3failure, 4imaginative, 5successful, 6unexpected, 7valuable, 8misunderstanding, 9unbelievable, 10disagreement

2) 1 will get, 2 have been operating, 3 includes, 4 restored, 5 had been, 6 is, 7 are furnished/have been furnished, 8 start, 9 can, 10 be ordered.


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