As old as a brontosaurus
19. As we walked around the Prehistoric Park in Calgary, I had my six-year-old son, Jordie, pose for a picture with a brontosaurus
in the background. After I took the photo, I ______ help crying. CAN NOT
20. «What’s wrong, Mom?» Jordie asked. I explained that when I was his
age, my parents had taken my picture standing in exactly the same spot,
and I was feeling rather nostalgic. I added that perhaps one day he ______ his son’s picture here. TAKE
21. Puzzled, he looked several times from the brontosaurus to ______ . I
22. I And then came the ______ moment of my life. BAD
My son said, «But ... when you were a girl ... it was alive then, right?»
May 9 ______ , since on the night of the 8th/9th of 1945, CHOOSE
the Nazi Germany surrendered to the Soviet Union and the Allies in Berlin.
which was not ______ than fighting. They, too, are honoured on Victory Day. EASY
26. The United Nations (UN) has published its prediction about the size and age of the world’s population three hundred years
from now. This report can help environmental ______ and policy-makers SCIENCE
to understand dramatic changes in the world’s population in the future.
27. The report suggests that if the birth rates stay the same,
there’ll be a huge expansion of the ______ population. GLOBE
may be over one hundred and thirty trillion people.
The average age will be fifty while today it is twenty six.
will continue to be countries with the biggest population.
Stephen pulled up the collar of his coat as he walked along the platform. Overhead a dim fog clouded the station. He was 32 ______ trains move slowly, throwing off clouds of steam into the cold air. Everything was dirty and smoke-grimed. Stephen thought with revulsion: “What a foul country — what a foul city!” He had to 33 ______ that his first excited reaction to London — its shops, its restaurants, its well-dressed attractive women — had faded. Supposing he were back in South Africa now... To 34 ______ the truth, he felt a quick pang of homesickness. Sunshine — blue skies — gardens of flowers. And here — dirt, grime and endless crowds — moving, hurrying, jostling.
He got on a train and passed along the corridor, looking for a place. The train was full. It was only three days before Christmas. He 35 ______ to go to his parents for Christmas... And then, suddenly, he caught his breath, looking into a carriage. This girl was different. Black hair, rich creamy pallor, the sad proud eyes of the South... It was all wrong that this girl should be sitting in this train 36 ______ these dull drab looking people. She should be somewhere splendid, not squeezed into the corner of a third class carriage.
He was an observant man. He did not fail to 37 ______ the shabbiness of her black coat and skirt, the cheap quality of her gloves. 38 ______ splendor was the quality he associated with her. He thought: “I’ve got to know who she is and what she’s doing here.”
1) Never the less
2) Never more
4) There fore