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Вы услышите разговор двух подростков. Выберите правильный ответ на нижеследующие вопросы. Вы услышите запись дважды.
1) What kind of book was Alex reading?
1. It was a thriller.
2. It was a detective.
3. It was the classics.
2) What difficulties did Alex have reading his book?
1. Connected with understanding the plot.
2. Connected with understanding some words.
3. Connected with understanding the motives of crime.
3) Why was Nick fond of reading Agatha Christie’s books?
1. Because they were in Russian.
2. Because they had unexpected endings.
3. Because they were easy reading.
4) Alex’s reading preferences included
1. the most popular authors.
2. serious classical authors.
3. both Dickens and Christie.
5) Why did Alex read Agatha Christie’s books?
1. They were interesting for him.
2. They were translated into fifty languages.
3. They were original.
6) Alex thought Agatha Christie’s books
1. combined practical and entertaining aspects.
2. should be only read in the original.
3. should receive the highest honour.
1) – 3
2) – 2
3) – 2
4) – 3
5) – 1
6) – 1
Nick: What are you reading, Alex?
Alex: As you see, it is a book.
Nick: What’s the title of the book, I wonder?
Alex: It’s David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.
Nick: What do you think of it?
Alex: As a matter of fact Dickens is one of my favorite writers. I have read five of his novels in Russian. Now I am reading the book in the original.
Nick: Have you got any language problems?
Alex: To tell you the truth I sometimes have to look up some words in the dictionary.
Nick: I can’t say that Dickens is among my favorite writers. I prefer detective stories and thrillers.
Alex: Tastes differ. Don’t you like Agatha Christie?
Nick: I’m fond of her detective stories. Not long ago I finished her novel Evil Under the Sun.
Alex: What do you think of it?
Nick: It produced a great impression on me. As usual I tried to solve the murder mystery myself but couldn’t till the very end, because practically all the main characters had some motives to commit murder.
Alex: I fully agree with you. It’s so very interesting to find out that a murderer was a person you’ll never suspect. I advise you to read Death on the Nile and The Body in the Library and…
Nick: Wait. Who has just been talking about Dickens, serious reading?
Alex: But Agatha Christie is one of the most popular authors of all time. Her novels are classics. They’ve been translated into more than fifty languages. I know that in 1971 she received Britain’s highest honor and was named a dame of the British Empire. By the way, if you want to improve your English you should read her books in the original.
Nick: I’ll follow your advice. But tell me the truth. Have you read Agatha Christie’s books only to practice your language?
Alex: Of course not. I simply adore her books.
Nick: Oh! I see.