Read the following text and decide which answer best fits each blank.
It is only in America that cities are no longer regarded as the richest of man’s built environments. Urban decay is as old as (1) _____ but urban blight is something else again: it occurs when (2) _____ city economies are undermined by the flight of the middle class to the suburbs. This process has gutted many American cities in the period (3) ____ World War II. The suburbanites still depend on the city for their livelihood but no longer (4) _____ much to its sustenance. The creation of metropolitan governmental authorities encompassing a city and its suburbs would do much to balance the (5) _____ inequities which have arisen and help to assure the financial health of cities.
Choose the word or phrase among A, B, C or D that best fits the blank space in the following passage.
There are 21.900 households in an area of less than 100 hectares of the Old Quarter in Ha Noi. In many houses, an entire family may (1) _____ no more than a single room.
A house on Hang Ca Street (2) ________ in the 1940s originally belonged to one wealthy man and his wives, and now there are six households there with about 30 people. Many say the convenience of the Old Quarter (3) _______ compensates for the shortage of facilities. Tradition is also a(n) (4) _______ because some residents have (5) _____ houses elsewhere but no one wants to sell the old houses or rooms (6) ______ these are the houses of the ancestors.
The authorities of Ha Noi have had a plan to (7) _______ 25,000 of the Old Quarter’s 54.000 residents, beginning in 2009 when 1.900 households will go to a new development area, across the Red River.
However, people don’t want to live in a high-rise block because they (8) _________ to it. Authorities will take (9) ______ to find out what people will need to (10) _______ them feel comfortable in their new neighbourhood.
Read the following passage and decide whether each statement is true (T) or false (F).
Living in such a big city has a lot of advantages. There is a big offer how to spend free time. There are a lot of theatres, concerts and other ways of entertainment. There is always a lot to do and visit! There are a lot of possibilities of shopping. In various shopping centres and galleries you can buy whatever you want. What is more, there are a lot of working places in a city. Many big international companies have their locations in the cities, so it is much easier to find a job in a big city. Moreover, the public transport is developed quite well, so the commuting to work isn't a problem. On the other hand, there are some disadvantages of living in a big city. Cities are very crowded. Everywhere there are crowds: on the pavements and in the buses. What is more, the traffic is heavy and city's car parks are always very full. Sometimes it is very difficult to get from a given place to another. It may take hours! Moreover, the other disadvantage is the safety in a city, but actually the lack of safety. There is a big crime rates in cities. So you have to be very careful at nights when you leave your home.
Read the following text and choose the option A, B, C or D to complete the following statements.
Ho Chi Minh City is a metropolis where life is very busy and hasty. The best way to enjoy the balance in your mind in such a busy city is to sit on the balcony of one of the numerous coffee houses scattered throughout the city. In this way, you will be out of the crowd but able to look down on the street below. You will also be drinking the beverage that must be at least partly responsible for the kinetic energy that has transformed this city into one of the busiest commercial centres of Southeast Asia in just 20 years - it is coffee.
The classic Vietnamese coffee served in this city comprises strong coffee, dripped from a small metal filter into a cup containing a quarter as much sweetened condensed milk, then stirred and poured over ice in a glass.
Coffee was introduced to Vietnam by the French in the late 19th century, but the country quickly became a big exporter.
At Trung Nguyen Coffee - the Vietnamese equivalent of Starbucks, with a Chain of cafés across the city - the coffee menu stretched to five pages. The varieties of Vietnamese coffee produced by Trung Nguyen deserve exploration. They come with different bean combinations and recipes, and nice names such as “Success”, “Creation”, “Discover” and “Thought”. The “Passiona”, another brand of Trung Nguyen, has been promoted for women with the promise that drinking this type of coffee would maintain perfect skin and a life of “passion and success”.
- hasty (adj): vội vã
- scatter (v): nằm rải rác
- beverage (n): đồ uống
- commercial (adj): thuộc về thương mại.
- variety – varieties (n): sự đa dạng, phong phú