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BEC Preliminary Reading Exercises




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Find the option that is the closest in meaning for sentences below.


1. Large cigars have been smoked in Cuba since the sixteenth century, but only a few are manufactured for export.

A) Although large cigars have been smoked since the sixteenth century in
        Cuba, not many of them are produced for export.
B) Cuba has been exporting large cigars to foreign markets since the
        sixteenth century but nevertheless only a few people know this fact.
C) In the sixteenth century large cigars were produced in Cuba not only
        for inland use but also for export.
D) Cuba has been producing large cigars since the sixteenth century
        however they are not sold in export.
E) Although large cigars have been manufactured in Cuba for a very long
        time, it was not until the sixteenth century that they were introduced
        to foreign markets.


2. I have to say that I have never been as comfortable as my brother when telling people what I think.

A) I have never tried to be as comfortable as my brother in telling people
        what I think.
B) Both my brother and I are comfortable with frankly telling people what
        they need to know.
C) My brother is less comfortable than me in expressing himself and saying
        what he feels.
D) My brother has always been more comfortable than me telling people
        what he thinks about them.
E) I have noticed that my brother has never been comfortable when
        telling people what he thinks.


3. From time to time there are things we do even though we think they are wrong.

A) Sometimes we might do things that are considered wrong.
B) We often do things because we think they are the right things to do at
        the time.
C) It is not possible to do everything right in life.
D) We can never be sure if all the things we do are right.
E) Although we feel that the things we sometimes do are not right, we
        nevertheless do them.


4. Today there is hardly any time for storytelling in homes, whereas it was a life style in the past."

A) Unlike in the past, in our modern world, time is the scarcest value
        however people can still find time for story telling.
B) Today hardly anyone knows how important storytelling was in the past
        since everybody is busy with their own lives.
C) Storytelling, which once was a vital part of life, has become
        significantly less common in the modern era due to lack of time.
D) Although many people can hardly find time for anything other than
        work, storytelling is still as important as it was in the past.
E) Nowadays, storytelling has become a very important practice since it
        gives us ideas about the life in the past.


5. Sometimes what is best for society is not always good for an individual living in that society.

A) From time to time, there is a conflict between the benefits of a society
        and an individual living in that society.
B) Individuals not always seek for the best of the society they live in.
C) It is impossible for an individual to accept the rules of the society he or
        she lives in.
D) What is best for individuals is always suitable for the society they live
        in.
E) If everyone acted in his or her own best interest, there wouldn't be
        any conflict within the society.


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