English Reading Tests

English reading for Japanese high school students: the Common Test for University Admissions in 2014 DAY 1

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Part 2A

Choose one of the following (1) to (4) for each of the following questions (questions 1 to 10), the most appropriate one to put in [8] to [17]. However, for [15] through [17], choose the most appropriate combination to put in ( A ) and ( B ).

Question 1: When I looked out of the window last night, I saw a cat [8] into my neighbor’s yard.

(1) is sneaked
(2) sneaking
(3) sneaks
(4) sneak

Question 2: Ever since they first met at the sports festival, Pat and Pam [9] each other.

(1) are emailing
(2) emailed
(3) have been emailing
(4) will email

Question 3: My mother asked me [10] we should go out for lunch or eat at home.

(1) that
(2) what
(3) whether
(4) which

Question 4: My wife wanted to have our son [11] dinner for us, but I ordered a pizza instead.

(1) cook
(2) cooked
(3) cooks
(4) to cook

Question 5: I took it for [12] that we were free to use the school gym on Saturdays.

(1) demanded
(2) granted
(3) natural
(4) truthful

Question 6: Could you [13] me who is planning Dan’s birthday party?

(1) say to
(2) talk to
(3) teach
(4) tell

Question 7: We were shocked when the cashier added [14] the bill and the total was 20,000 yen.

(1) at
(2) from
(3) off
(4) up

Question 8: The ( A ) of treatment at the hospital is much lower for ( B ) who have health insurance. [15]

(1) A : cost B : them
(2) A : cost B : those
(3) A : fare B : them
(4) A : fare B : those

Question 9: Even though I ( A ) spent two years in the US, I’ve never ( B ) to the Grand Canyon. Maybe I’ll go next year. [16]

(1) A : ever B : been
(2) A : ever B : visited
(3) A : once B : been
(4) A : once B : visited

Question 10: My mother is trying very hard to ( A ) ends meet, ( B ) she never lets me buy anything unnecessary. [17]

(1) A : get B :but
(2) A : get B : so
(3) A : make B : but
(4) A : make B : so

Answer

Question 1 [8] (2)
Question 2 [9] (3)
Question 3 [10] (3)
Question 4 [11] (1)
Question 5 [12] (2)
Question 6 [13] (4)
Question 7 [14] (4)
Question 8 [15] (2)
Question 9 [16] (3)
Question 10 [17] (4)

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Part 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).

Question 1

Martha: What do you want to do this afternoon?
Ed: Well, how about going to that new movie?
Martha: Sure. It starts at three o’clock, doesn’t it? I’ll be ready.
Ed: On the other hand, we haven’t played tennis for a long time.
Martha: Oh, come on! [18] Either is fine with me.

(1) Change your mind.
(2) Make up your mind.
(3) Mind your manners.
(4) Open your mind.

Question 2

Yukie: Jean, you look really tired. What’s wrong?
Jean: Well, I went out with Sally last night. We started talking about baseball and she wouldn’t stop.
Yukie: Were you the first to mention baseball?
Jean: Well…. Yes, I was.
Yukie: Oh, dear. [19] You know she never stops talking about her favorite team.
Jean: Right. I know that now.

(1) You couldn’t have listened to her.
(2) You mustn’t make her so angry.
(3) You shouldn’t have done that.
(4) You’d better not leave her alone.

Question 3

Mother: Jack, I just finished washing your school uniform, and found your cellphone in the washing machine. It’s broken!
Jack: Oh, no. I have to call Bob now.
Mother: That’s not the point! I just bought it for you last week!
Jack: Oh, yeah. I’m so sorry. But Mom, how am I going to call him?
Mother: [20] We’ll talk about your carelessness later.

(1) Buy him a new phone.
(2) I’ll call you soon.
(3) Just use my phone.
(4) Tell him to wait for me.

Answer

Question 1 [18] (2)
Question 2 [19] (3)
Question 3 [20] (3)

Part 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].

Question 1

Dan: How did your health check go?
Mike: Not bad, but the doctor ____ [21] ____ ____ [22] ____.

(1) advised
(2) exercise
(3) get
(4) me
(5) regular
(6) to

Question 2

Ken: Do you think your parents will let you study abroad?
Peg: I’m not sure, but I ____ [23] ____ ____ [24] ____ it.

(1) can
(2) hope
(3) I
(4) into
(5) talk
(6) them

Question 3

Kazuki: Penny, I have to work late tonight, and I may not get back until 10 p.m.
Penny: It’ll rain tonight. Don’t ____ [25] ____ ____ [26] ____ an umbrella.

(1) caught
(2) get
(3) in
(4) rain
(5) the
(6) without

Answer

Question 1 [21] (4) [22] (5)

Not bad, but the doctor advised me to get regular exercise.

Question 2 [23] (3) [24] (6)

I’m not sure, but I hope I can talk them into

Question 3 [25] (1) [26] (4)

Don’t get caught in the rain without an umbrella.


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