Do Reading Test 3 Year 8 to develop your reading skills.

Task 1. Read the text.

Philip Pullman was born in England in 1946, and travelled all over the world during his childhood, settling in North Wales at the age of 11. He studied at Oxford University, graduating in 1968 and becoming a teacher. He then taught in middle schools, writing plays, later becoming a part­time lecturer in English at Westminster College, Oxford, with a speciality in storytelling.

The first novel he wrote was for adults, but much of his work is for children. His books include four novels in the «Sally Lockhart» series, three play adaptations, including «Frankenstein» and «Sherlock Holmes and the Limehouse Horror», and a book «How to be Cool», adapted and broadcast by Granada Television in 1988.

Are these statements true or false?

  1. Philip Pullman was born in Great Britain.
  2. The author travelled all over the world during his adulthood.
  3. He got his education at Westminster College.
  4. Philip Pullman mostly writes for grown­ups.
  5. The first novel he wrote was for children.
  6. Philip Pullman doesn’t write plays.

Task 2. Read the text. Make the sentences below the text true.

The town of Windermere and its lake are often the only stops made by many visitors to the Lake District. Lake Windermere is stunning that’s why the town is visited by many tourists. There is much more to see in the Lake District and those who visit only Windermere will miss the best that this area has to offer.

The countryside is a fine area for hiking and outdoor activity, but you need to be prepared for serious, overland walking.

By the way, the Lake District has been famous for many authors. Beatrix Potter is one of them. She made the area her home, as she lived in the village of New Sawrey.

1. Lake Windermere is strange.
2. If you visit only Lake Windermere, you’ll see all the best.
3. One famous writer lived in the area of the famous lakes.

Task 3. Read the text below. Match choices (A—G) to (1—6). There is one choice you do not need to use.

Cornelia Funke is a German writer. Her famous story «Inkheart» is a rich story centred around a twelve­-year­-old book lover 1 __ for bringing the world of books to life.

«Inkheart» was the first in a trilogy and Funke followed with «Inkspell» (2005) and «Inkdeath» (2008).

Before writing «Inkheart», she learns about booksellers, book collectors, book thieves and even book murderers 2 __. She then imagines the characters and the places they might go, 3 __ the first 20 chapters. Then, and only then — 4 __ — she writes the first sentence.

A novel will take her about a year to write. She always does her own sketches — 5 __ , she creates a picture of her own characters to help her write about them.

She married printer Rolf Funke in 1981. They have two children, Anna and Ben. Up until 2005 the Funke family lived in Hamburg, Germany, 6 __ . Sadly, in March 2006, Rolf died of cancer.

A. born in Germany
B. after about six months
C. whose father has a unique gift
D. when they moved to Los Angeles
E. writes down lines for
F. as well as reading about martens and fire­eaters
G. in pen and ink