Mar 21, 2016

ЕГЭ по английскому языку (аудирование №20: детальное понимание текста)

7 cards
, 21 answers
  • Вы услышите рассказ о том, как извержение вулкана в Исландии повлияло на отпуск одной семьи. В заданиях А8–А14 обведите цифру 1, 2 или 3, соответствующую выбранному вами варианту ответа. Вы услышите запись дважды.
    • The Volcano
      The Volcano

      Altogether, we were 5 adults and 3 children (5 to 16 years old). I’m Lucy Brown, the 16 years old. The rest of the group consisted of my parents — Gordon and Mary. Before you ask — my Dad isn’t the Prime Minister! Also with us were Uncle Bob, Aunty June and their kids — Alice (aged 1and Robin (aged 5) and finally Grandma — who refuses to tell me her age and seems to think she’s still a teenager! We were enjoying an end of season visit to Courcheval, in the French Alps, when on 14th of April, 2010, we saw a news report about a volcano in Iceland.

      At first we were simply impressed by the power of nature and happy to hear that there weren’t huge numbers of people killed. Dad told me that there was a Volcano in Iceland in 1783 called Laki, which directly or indirectly killed 2 million people through sulfur dioxide poisoning. So we watched the TV and were quietly glad that the volcano was so far away. It couldn’t possibly trouble us, could it?

      By the weekend, more than 63,000 flights had been canceled in 23 European countries. The TV broadcasts were discussing the implications for the global economy and millions of travelers were stranded — including us!

      Because no new holiday makers arrived in Courcheval, our accommodation was still available. We were sharing a 6-bedroom chalet. Dad and Uncle Bob went to see the owner, who told them that she couldn’t afford to let us stay for free. The chalet was normally rented for one week at a time for 1400 Euros. But she kindly agreed to a daily rate of just 100 Euros for every day that we were stranded.

      It thought it would have been nice to stay a bit longer — but by that weekend no one knew how long the disruption would last. All the adults were supposed to be at work on Monday. Aunty June’s a Primary School teacher and Mum’s a nurse. There would be problems if they couldn’t get back. My cousins and I needed to be back at school — especially me, with exams coming up. Only Dad and Uncle Bob were alright as they both had laptop computers with Wi-Fi and could work remotely; but the inevitable decision was taken — we had to get home.

      We had already booked a 12-seater taxi van to take us to Geneva on Saturday, from where we were supposed to fly to Birmingham (we live in Wolverhampton and Birmingham is our nearest airport). We were at Geneva airport for about an hour. During that time, we learned that there would be no flights over the weekend and no guarantees as to when they would resume. Also — when the services did start again, we would have to wait until there was flight with 8 available places! The rest of our delay in Geneva was for the negotiation with our taxi van driver. In the end a price was agreed of 2200 Euros to take us to Calais. From there we would get a Ferry to Dover and a train home.

      I thought about the volcano (whose name I couldn’t pronounce) quite a bit on the way home. It seems to me that the planet we live on is still quite young, rather than old: Probably it has as much future as it has past and that both the distant past and the future are as impenetrable as the ash cloud pouring from the volcano.

      Apart from Lucy, the number in her holiday group was  . . . 
      1. seven.
      2. sixteen.
      3. five.

    • A9
      When the holiday makers first heard about the volcano they were  . . . 
      impressed by the power of nature.
      1. impressed by the power of nature.
      2. worried it might be like the 1783 eruption.
      3. certain it would not affect their home country.

    • A10
      By the weekend, Lucy’s family understood  . . . 
      that they were trapped.
      1. that they were trapped.
      2. that more than 73,000 flights were cancelled.
      3. much more about the global economy.

    • A11
      The owner of the chalet let Lucy and her relatives stay for  . . . 
      half price.
      1. free.
      2. a whole week’s price.
      3. half price.

    • A12
      Which is TRUE about Lucy’s Mum and Aunty Jane?
      1. They could work remotely with Wi Fi if needed.
      2. They thought it would be nice to stay a bit longer.
      3. They urgently needed to be home by Monday.

    • A13
      At Geneva Airport Lucy and her relatives learned that  . . . 
      there would be no flights that weekend.
      1. flights would probably resume later in the week.
      2. the next flight to Birmingham had 8 available places.
      3. there would be no flights that weekend.

    • A14
      On the journey home, Lucy reflected that  . . . 
      the planet was still quite young.
      1. in the future, international travel could be unpredictable.
      2. the ash cloud made it hard to think about the past and the future.
      3. the planet was still quite young.

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