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INSPECTORATUL ȘCOLAR JUDEȚEAN DOLJ

OLIMPIADA DE LIMBA ENGLEZĂ - FAZA JUDEȚEANĂ 2014


CLASA A VIII-A, 26.04.2014

S1. For questions 1-15, read the text below and decide which word A, B, C or D best fits each gap.

I always remember the toy plane that gave us so (0) much pleasure during a sunny summer holiday on the coast of
North Wales. We stood in a field (1) … the top of the cliffs, and time (2) … again we hurled the little glider towards
them, into the warm sea (3) … . It always took a similar flight path, curling upwards, looping the loop above our
heads and landing in the grass (4) … us. Gradually we became more daring. Each flight (5) … nearer the edge of the
cliffs, and the wind always (6) … our little plane back. Finally, standing right at the edge, I (7) … to hurl it seawards
with all the power I could muster. It (8) … out that I’d made the mistake of defying fate and the elements just once
too (9) …. This time the plane failed to return. It darted downwards towards the waves then levelled off a metre or
two above the spray. Seagulls flew close to examine it as it (10) … its unsteady way out to sea. And that’s the last I
saw of it. It (11) … into the distance, with only the flock of inquisitive birds to tell me that it was (12) … in the air. I
suppose it soon came down and got torn (13) … by the sea. Even so, our main (14) … as we turned for home was joy
at having (15) … such a glorious final flight.

0. A. good B. much C.great D.many


1. A. by B. at C.to D.up
2. A. or B. yet C.and D.but
3. A. wind B. draught C.water D.breeze
4. A. behind B. beyond C.nearby D.among
5. A. began B.was C.flew D.travelled
6. A. brought B.took C.landed D.returned
7. A. thought B.decided C.commenced D.tried
8. A. worked B.turned C.broke D.went
9. A. frequently B.much C.many D.often
10. A. journeyed B.floated C.flew D.made
11. A. hovered B.went C.departed D.disappeared
12. A. now B.staying C.still D.yet
13. A. open B. about C. apart D. up
14. A. idea B. attitude C. feeling D. sense
15. A. ended B. achieved C. made D. produced(15X1=15points)

S2. Complete the second sentence so that it means the same as the first, using the word in bold. Use between
two and five words. (10X2=20points)

1. How long ago did you move into your new flat? since
How long………………………………………….into your new flat?
2. “Is Liz coming to the party?” he asked. whether
He………………………………………….to the party.
3. They are building a new shopping centre on the outskirts of the town. built
A new shopping centre………………………………………….on the outskirts of the town.
4. Sarah said, “I’m sorry I forgot to post the parcel for you”. for
Sarah………………………………………….post the parcel for me.
5. There is hardly any rice left, I’d better make noodles instead. very
I’d better make noodles as………………………………………….rice left.
6. If we don’t go to the Chinese restaurant tonight, then we will go to the Thai one. either
We will…………………………………………. the Chinese or the Thai restaurant tonight.
7. I can’t find my shoes. knew
I wish …………………………………………. were.
8. Your brakes are faulty. wrong
There’s …………………………………………. brakes.
9. He took two hours deciding which seeds to buy. mind
He took two hours …………………………………………. which seeds to buy.
10. Please don’t eat in the classroom. you
I’d rather …………………………………………. classroom.

S3. Use the words in bold between brackets to form a word that fits the gap. (10X2=20points)

1. I leaned (for) ……………………………. because I couldn’t hear what she was telling me.
2. He kept trying and trying and in the end his (persist) ……………………………. paid off.
3. There is greater (aware)……………………………. about environmental issues these days.
4. The (account)……………………………. is coming in today to look over the books.
5. I think that they (estimate)……………………………. how difficult it would be to solve this problem.
6. The report was too complicated so I had to (simple) ……………………………. it.
7. You don’t have to wear a suit, it’s quite an (formal)……………………………. event.
8. The student hadn’t been able to do the exercise because she had (understood) …………………………….
the instructions.
9. I don’t think her behavior is (accept)…………………………….. She should apologise to everyone.
10. Alex is a very (progress)……………………………. teacher.

S4. Read the text and put a tick ( ), if a line is correct. If a line has a word which should not be there, write
the word down. (13X1=13points)

Since the introduction of the motor car at the beginning of 1 ………………


this century, our roads have become more and more congested 2 ………………
and our cities has increasingly polluted. In Mexico City, 3 ………………
for example, where there are over two million of 4 ………………
cars, children are quite used to smog alerts. 5 ………………
Seen from up the air, cities such as London and Los Angeles 6 ………………
appear to be covered in a blanket of cloud that is, in a fact, 7 ………………
the haze of pollution. Car manufacturers and city planners are 8 ………………
now hard working to try and control the number of vehicles and 9 ………………
improve the way they run to make them less bad polluting. One 10………………
major advance forward has been the development of the electric 11 ………………
car. Using batteries, these vehicles are able to move quietly 12 ………………
around cities creating very little of pollution. 13………………

S5. Put one suitable word in each space: (11X2=22points)

Every schoolgirl and schoolboy knows that (1) ………… was Alexander Graham Bell who invented the telephone
and Thomas Edison who invented the electric light bulb. But what (2)........... more modern inventions? Who, for
example, invented the silicon chip or the mobile phone, both of (3)...........have transformed our lives so suddenly and
so completely? Nowadays, inventions tend to be far (4)...........complex than a hundred or a hundred and fifty years
ago , and they are normally developed by teams of scientists or technologists working for large companies or
universities. Nobody in particular invented the mobile phone, (5)……. we can give credit to Ted Hoff for inventing
the silicon chip in 1971.Ted Hoff(6)...........been working for Intel, which in those days had about a dozen employees,
(7)...........about a year when he was asked by a Japanese customer to develop a chip for an adding machine.
(8)...........he came up with was a microprocessor on a single piece of silicon,(9)........... could be used for any number
of different tasks, depending (10)........... the software, (11)........... than one predetermined task. The computer
revolution had begun.

TIMP DE LUCRU: 2 ORE


TOTAL: 90 PUNCTE + 10 PUNCTE OFICIU = 100 PUNCTE