Text №15 ‘A laconic answer’.

There was a time when the people of Greece were not united but instead there were several states each of which had its own ruler.

Some of the people in the southern part of the country were called Spartans and they were famous for their simple habits and their bravery.

The name of their land was Laconia, so they were sometimes called Lacons.

One of the strange rules which the Spartans had was that they should speak briefly and never use more words than were needed.

A short answer is often called laconic that is such an answer as a Lacon would give.

There was in the Northern part of Greece a land called Macedonia. This land was at one time ruled by a king named Philip. Philip of Macedonia wanted to become master of all Greece. So he raised a great army and made war upon the other states, until nearly all of them were forced to call him their king. Then he sent a letter to the Spartans in Laconia and said: "If I go down into your country, I will level your great city to the ground."

In a few days an answer was brought back to him. When he opened the letter he found only one word written there.

That word was "If".

Билет №16

1. Прочитайте текст и ответьте на вопросы по тексту ‘A BROKEN VASE’.

2. Прочитайте текст и выскажитесь по проблеме, затронутой в тексте.


3. Разыграйте с учителем следующую ситуацию. Ваш зарубежный друг считает, что компьютер вреден для здоровья. Вы с ним не согласны. Докажите, что он ошибается. Приведите не менее двух причин в пользу использования компьютера.


The young man was going to marry a beautiful girl.

One day the girl said to him that the next day she would celebrate her birthday and invited him to her birthday party. The young man was eager to make her a present, so he went to a gift shop. There he saw many beautiful things. Of all the things he particularly liked the vases. But they were very expensive, and as he had very little money he had to leave the shop without buying anything.

Walking to the door he suddenly heard a noise: one of the vases fell on the floor and broke two pieces. A brilliant idea came to his mind. He came up to the counter and asked the salesman to wrap up the broken vase he wanted to buy.

The salesman got a little surprised but did what the young man had asked him to do.

The young man took the parcel and went straight to the girl's place. By the time he entered the room the guests had already gathered. Everybody was enjoying the party.

Some of the people were dancing, others were talking, joking and laughing. Saying "Many happy returns of the day", the young man told the girl that he had bought a small present for her. With these words he began to unwrap the parcel.

Suddenly he got pale and said. "I am afraid, I have broken it. There were so many people in the bus..." But when he unwrapped the parcel, he saw that the salesman had wrapped up each piece of the vase separately.

Билет №17

1. Прочитайте текст и ответьте на вопросы по тексту ‘A FUNNY STORY’.

2. Прочитайте текст и выскажитесь по проблеме, затронутой в тексте.

3. Разыграйте с учителем следующую ситуацию. Вы собираетесь в школе подготовить вечер, посвященный дню города, в котором примут участие ваши зарубежные гости. Посоветуйтесь с учителем, как и когда можно организовать вечер.


Once a man went to a shop and bought a pair of trousers. When he came home, he put the trousers on. Then he saw that they were too long for him.

So he went to his wife and said:

"Please make my trousers shorter, they are too long for me, I cannot put them on."

But the wife said: "I have no time now. I must wash the plates. It is late now, I shall do it tomorrow."

The man went to his daughter and asked her:

"Can you make my trousers shorter? I cannot put them on."

"No, I cannot," said the daughter. "I must do my les­sons now. I shall do it tomorrow".
The man went to his sister, but she could not help him. She said: "I must make my dress now. I shall do it tomorrow".
So the man went to bed and left his new trousers on a chair near his bed.

His wife washed all the plates, came into the room, took the trousers, made them shorter and put them back on the chair. When his daughter did her lessons, she came into his room, took the trousers and made them shorter. Late in the evening his sister came too and made the trousers shorter.

The man got up at 7 o'clock in the morning. His wife told him, "I have made your trousers shorter; you can put them on". But when the man put them on, he saw that they were too short for him and he could not wear them.

Билет №18

1. Прочитайте текст и ответьте на вопросы по тексту. ‘HIS FIRST MONEY’.

2. Прочитайте текст и выскажитесь по проблеме, затронутой в тексте.


3. Разыграйте с учителем следующую ситуацию. Вы собираетесь поехать в страну изучаемого языка на неделю в октябре. Узнайте у своего зарубежного друга, который там живет, какая пода в октябре, часто ли она менятся и что лучше брать с собой из вещей.

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