You will hear an interview with a singing teacher called Rosie

You will hear an interview with a singing teacher called Rosie Carnes, who is talking about her work. For
questions 1-7 choose the best answer (A, B or C) and write it on the answer sheet.
1) What difficulty for singers does Rosie mention?
A not hearing how they sound to others
B not fulfilling childhood expectations
C not knowing how to breathe properly
2) According to Rosie, which part of the body should singers warm up first?
A the spine
B the mouth
C the throat
3) Rosie says that a singer’s knees should
A remain tense
B be bent slightly
C be kept close together
To maintain a good voice, Rosie mostly recommends that singers:
drink water
suck sweets
breathe in steam
When learning the words of songs, Rosie often
imagines they have different meanings
gets a friend to help her practise them
repeats them while doing other things
Rosie advises people hoping to become singers to
consider how strong their ambition is
be careful not to damage their voice
take advantage of opportunities to perform
Rosie tells us about a friend who
avoids singing on recordings
prepares in her car before performing
suffers very badly from nerves on stage
For questions 8 to 19, read the text below and decide which answer (A,B,C or D) best fits each gap and write it
on the answer sheet. There is an example at the beginning (o).
O) A edge
B surround
C turn
D enclose
The Internet bus
In the desert areas that (0)………. Tuscon city, USA, students spend hundreds of hours on yellow buses each
year getting to and from the schools. But when mobile internet equipment was (8)………..on a yellow school
bus, the bored, often noisy, teens were (9)………. into quiet, studious individuals.
District officials got the idea during (10)………. drives on school business to Phoenix, two hours each way, when
they (11)….…. that, when they went in pairs, one person could drive and the other could work using a laptop
and a wireless card. They (12)…….. if internet access on a school bus could (13)………. students’ academic
productivity, too.
But the idea for what students call “the internet bus” really (14)……… shape when the district’s chief
information officer (15)…..…. across an article about having internet access in cars. He thought “What if you
could put that in a bus?”
The officials have been delighted to see the (16)……..… of homework getting done, morning and evening, as the
internet bus (17)…...….. up and drops off students along the 70- minute drive. (18)………..some students spend
their time playing games or visiting social networking sites, most students do make (19)……..…. of their travel
time to study.
A installed
B set
C included
D structured
A replaced
B exchanged
C switched
D transformed
A extraordinary
B occasional
C exceptional
D few
A believed
B acknowledged
C estimated
D realised
A thought
B imagined
C suspected
D wondered
A increase
B enlarge
C rise
D heighten
A formed
B took
C held
D did
A got
B looked
C came
D put
A total
B amount
C number
D measure
A brings
B picks
C rides
D catches
A Since
B Despite
C Although
D However
A progress
B work
C use
D part
You are going to read an article about an actor. For questions 20-27, choose the best answer (A, B, C or
D) which you think fits best according to the text. Write it on the answer sheet.
The most endearing thing about Aaron Green – and there are many – is his refusal to accept how
famous he’s about to become. “I can walk down the street and not be hassled, which is really nice. I
kind of hope that continues and I’m sure it will,” he says earnestly. How lovely if this turned out to be
true, but the chances are somewhere between unlikely and impossible, and he must know this. Aaron
has been cast as the hero in the latest fantasy blockbuster that will hit our screens next year. The first
photo of him in his costume was released last week to an Internet frenzy.
After an award nomination for his last film, Aaron is having the biggest year of his life, but it
line 8 hasn’t gone to his head. “It’s nice if your work is praised, but it’s all very new to me, this,” he says.
“I really like working in this profession and exploring its possibilities. Who knows what the
holds? We could dream about what might happen next, but there’s not much point. I’m
enjoying my job and want to do well in it in the future, but that’s kind of it, really. No big hassles.”
Of all the characters in his last film, which is based on a true story about a group of university students
who start an influential blog, Aaron’s character is the one who emerges as most likeable. But he insists
that the plot is not as straightforward as it might appear. “What’s wonderful about this film is that
everyone feels they are the good guy. I don’t think anyone in the cast felt they were playing the villain.
It was just a group of human beings that had different opinions.”
It’s a typically thoughtful answer from the 27-year-old, who seems to be a bit of a worrier and prefers
to avoid watching himself on screen. Doubtless he doesn’t care for interviews either, but he is so open
and engaging that you wouldn’t know it. He felt a “heightened sense of responsibility” playing a reallife person in his last film, but had no contact with the person concerned. “These people are living and
breathing somewhere – of course that has a great effect on the care with which you approach your
work. I kept wondering if he’d come and see the film, if he’d recognize himself in my performance or be
angered by it.”
His performance has a vulnerability about it that is almost painful to watch. Does he seek out those
parts or do directors see that quality in him? “I don’t know, I think it’s probably a bit of both. I certainly
have that unwillingness to lose naivety; to lose that childlike way of looking at the world. I find it a very
real and profound theme in my life and, talking to other people of my age, I think it’s universal.”
Born in Vancouver to an American father and Scottish mother, Aaron moved to Edinburgh with his
family when he was four. His rise has been swift, beginning at stage school; he got rave reviews for his
theatre work and TV parts before making his film debut. How does he react to getting them for his film
work too, perhaps even an award? “Luckily it’s not something I’ve given much thought to because I’m
so busy working on something else and don’t want to be distracted from that,” he says. This is Aaron’s
typically understated way of mentioning the fantasy epic.
He was unveiled for the role by the film corporation at an industry event in California, stepping on
line 36 to the stage with a bemused expression, as if he didn’t know quite why he was there. He loved the
fantasy novels as a kid himself and is aware how much the role means. “I don’t need anyone else to
tell me what a big deal it is because I’m the character’s biggest fan.” He seems genuinely to believe that
the job won’t change his life. “There’s nothing fascinating about my life, and there’s absolutely no
reason why that should start happening.” You can only wish him well.
20) In the first paragraph, the writer suggests that he thinks Aaron
A has a sensible attitude towards fame
B seems confident that he can deal with fame
C seems unaware that he’s about to become famous
D has unrealistic ideas about what it’s like to be famous
21) The phrase “hasn’t gone to his head” (line 8) suggests that Aaron is
A modest about his achievements
B used to receiving so much praise
C doubtful whether he will win an award
D unsure whether he deserves so much attention
22) What does Aaron say about his last film?
A There are clear heroes and villains in it
B The story is not as simple as it may seem
C He knows why people liked his character best
D There were often disagreements between the actors
23) What makes the writer think that Aaron is an anxious person?
A He has no wish to watch his own films
B He obviously doesn’t like giving interviews
C He feels responsible for the character he plays
D He thinks carefully before answering a question
24) What does Aaron say about playing a real-life person on screen?
A He was disappointed that he never met that person
B He was sure that person wouldn’t want to see the film
C He was concerned that the person might easily be offended
D He was pleased that the person approved of the fact he was playing it
25) What does Aaron suggests in the sixth paragraph?
A He only plays parts that suit his own personality
B He lets the director decide how a part should be played
C He’s not such an immature person as he may appear
D He shares certain feelings with lots of other young people
26)When asked about the prospect of winning an award for his film work, Aaron
A admits it’s more exciting than other awards he’s been up for
B explains why he prefers not to think too much about it
C compares the film with his current project
D suggests that it’s mostly a matter of luck
27)The word “bemused” in line 36 means that Aaron seemed to be
A proud of himself
B happy to be there
C scared of something
D unsure about something
Grammar and vocabulary
For questions 28-52 choose the correct answer A, B or C and write it on the answer sheet.
28 John was deeply ……… when he failed to win the motorbike race.
A disappoint
B disappointed
C disappointing
29 My sister didn’t …………… me borrow her clothes when we were younger.
A let B allow C make
30 Dave’s parents said they ……………….. my parents before.
A were meeting
B had met C met
31 My boss wanted to know how ………. the solution to that problem.
A did we work out
B we worked out
C have we worked out
32 I look forward …………….from you in the near future.
A hearing
B to hear
C to hearing
33 Harrry…………….a job yet .
A has find B didn’t find
C hasn’t found
34 They ……………….at the cafe opposite the newsagent’s at 10.00.
A meet
B are meeting
C will meeting
35 I …………… late or I’ll miss the train.
A needn’t
B mustn’t
C don’t have to
36 The trip was fantastic and we had ……………….. weather.
A a so beautiful
B such a beautiful C such beautiful
37 I ………….. an old letter in the attic the other day.
A came across
B came into
C took on
38 He……………..for an hour in the sun. That’s why he’s sweating.
A ‘s running
B ‘s been running
C runs
39 These pills …………twice a day.
A must taken
B must take
C must be taken
40 Peter left without telling…………….where he was going.
A someone B anyone C none
41 Peter doesn’t eat as ………………………as Diana.
A quick
B quickly
C quicker
42 Please call me as soon as you……………….
A can
B ’ll be able
C could
43 He tried to ………………..Murray to go to the exhibition.
A persuade
B advice
C suggesting
44 You wouldn’t be so tired today if you ………………. to bed when I told you.
A went
B had gone
C had been
45 I’m afraid we’ve…………. petrol. We’ll have to walk now.
A run off
B run out of
C run out
46 I’m sorry, I interrupted you. Please, …………on.
A get
B say C go
47 He hated party games and nobody could persuade him to……..
A stand out
B join in
C stand by
48 I can’t believe it. You must ……..!
A have joking
B be joke
C be joking
49 She’s always complaining. I can’t……………her!
A stand B bother C annoy
50 This room is a mess! What have you been ……………?
A up to
B on C in
51 The noise of the cassette player is …………... on my nerves!
A getting
B giving
C staying
52 Would you mind ………………more slowly, please? I don’t understand.
A speaking
B to speak
C speak
Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca
Facoltà Scienze delle Formazione
Corso di Laurea in Scienze della Formazione Primaria quinquennale
Esame di Lingue Inglese Livello B2 31.03.2016 answer sheet B
Cognome……………………… Nome……………… Mat …………email campus…..………………
Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca
Facoltà Scienze delle Formazione
Corso di Laurea in Scienze della Formazione Primaria quinquennale
Esame di Esame di Lingua Inglese Level B2 31.03.2016
1 A
21 A
41 B
2 A
22 B
42 A
3 B
23 A
43 A
4 A
24 C
44 B
5 C
25 D
45 B
6 C
26 B
46 C
7 B
27 D
47 B
8 A
28 B
48 C
9 D
29 A
49 A
10 B
30 B
50 A
11 D
31 B
51 A
12 D
32 C
52 A
13 A
33 C
14 B
34 B
15 C
35 B
16 B
36 C
17 B
37 A
18 C
38 B
19 C
39 C
20 D
40 B