English Reading Tests

English reading for Japanese high school students: the Common Test for University Admissions in 2013 DAY 2

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Section 2A

In the following questions (Questions 1 to 10) [ 8 ] to [ 17 ], choose the most appropriate ones from 1 to 4.

No.1 If your muscles feel stiff and you want your body to be more flexible, I recommend [ 8 ] yoga exercises.

1. did
2. do
3. doing
4. done

No.2 I really hate to see food [ 9 ], so I always try to eat everything on my plate.

1. have wasted
2. to be wasted
3. to waste
4. wasted

No.3 I recently bought a coffee maker with a timer. It’s very convenient. Do you have [ 10 ] at home?

1. it
2. one
3. them
4. these

No.4 Any of these books will help you find the information you need. You are welcome to take [ 11 ] book seems most interesting to you.

1. what
2. which
3. whichever
4. whose

No.5 Our teacher is requiring us to write another report, and now I have two to finish by Friday. I [ 12 ] have finished the first assignment last week.

1. may
2. must
3. should
4. would

No.6 I [ 13 ] the employees of our president’s arrival.

1.conveyed
2.explained
3.informed
4.noticed

No.7 My daughter has been working as a nurse [ 14 ] she graduated from college.

1.from
2.since
3.until
4.while

No.8 I hesitate to take long trips because I have to leave my cats [ 15 ] , and I worry about them.

1.aside
2.away
3.behind
4.over

No.9 In recent years, weather forecasters have become more accurate when they [ 16 ] the weather.

1.predict
2.prepare
3.propose
4.provide

No.10 Brushing vegetables with olive oil and roasting them in the oven is a good way to bring [ 17 ] their delicious natural flavors.

1.down
2.in
3.out
4.up

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Answer

No.1 [ 8 ] 3

No.2 [ 9 ] 4

No.3 [ 10 ] 2

No.4 [ 11 ] 3

No.5 [ 12 ] 3

No.6 [ 13] 3

No.7 [ 14 ] 2

No.8 [ 15] 3

No.9 [ 16 ] 1

No.10 [ 17 ] 3

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Section 2B

In the conversation for the next question (questions 1 to 3), choose the ones that are most appropriate to be included in [ 18 ] to [ 20 ] from 1 to 4.

No.1
Takeo: I’m planning a surprise birthday party for Susan next Saturday evening. Can you come?
Ellen: Sounds great. [ 18 ]
Takeo: I’ll pretend I need her help with my homework and ask her over to my house.

1. Do you want me to tell her about the party?
2. Have you found out how old she’s going to be?
3. How are you going to keep it a secret from her?
4. Who else is going to come to the party?

No.2
Tomoko: I’m going to Seattle for the summer. What kind of clothes should I take?
John: In August it’s pleasantly warm and dry, not nearly as hot and humid as here in Tokyo. It hardly ever rains, but the mornings and evenings can be quite chilly.
Tomoko: [ 19 ]

1. I didn’t know it was going to be so hot and humid.
2. I didn’t know there were so many rainy days.
3. I guess I’ll need to pack my raincoat and umbrella.
4. I guess I’ll pack some long-sleeved shirts as well as T-shirts.

No.3
Kazuki: Sometimes I get a little irritated when I go out to eat with Kathy.
Cheryl: Why is that?
Kazuki: When the dishes are served, she’s always taking pictures of the food with her cell phone and sending them to her friends.
Cheryl: Yeah, I know. [20] It’s hard to enjoy the meal.
Kazuki: Maybe we could ask her to stop.

1. I look forward to her emails.
2. It kind of bothers me, too.
3. She’s not good at taking pictures.
4. Sometimes I wonder about the food.

Answer

No.1 [ 18 ] 3

No.2 [ 19 ] 4

No.3 [ 20 ] 2

Section 2C

In the next question (questions 1 to 3), rearrange the words below to make up the space, and complete the most appropriate sentence. Answer only the numbers that you put in [ 21 ] to [ 26 ].

No.1
Salesclerk: How about these tires? They’re on sale.
Customer: They’re OK, but the ones over there ____ [ 21 ] ____ ____ [ 22 ] ____, aren’t they?

1.are
2.eco-friendly
3.more
4.much
5.than
6.these

No.2
Hitomi: Eric! Long time no see!
Eric: Hello, Hitomi. It’s good to see you again, too. I really ____ [ 23 ] ____ ____ [ 24 ] ____ me.

1.all the way
2.appreciate
3.coming
4.to
5.to talk
6.you

No.3
Susan: Did you hike to the top of the mountain?
Jan: No. It began to rain heavily, so we ____ [ 25 ] ____ ____ [ 26 ] ____ to the campground.
1.but
2.choice
3.had
4.no
5.return
6.to

Answer

No.1 [ 21 ] [ 22 ] 4,5

They’re OK, but the ones over there are much more eco-friendly than these, aren’t they?

No.2 [ 23 ] [ 24 ] 6,5

I really appreciate you coming all the way to talk to me.

No.3 [ 25 ] [ 26 ] 4,6

It began to rain heavily, so we had no choice but to return to the campground.

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