Cambridge Reading Part 1 - Choose the correct word

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The first part of the Cambridge Reading Test consists of a reading section with missing words.


You do not need to have any special knowledge in order to complete the reading, even if the subject might be historical or technical. The reading is usually around 150 words, with 8 - 10 words missing.

Silk is (1) _____________  by a caterpillar, named the silkworm caterpillar (Bombyx Mori). It (2) ____________ originally from ancient China, with the earliest examples of silk dating to over 9000 years ago.

Wild silk also exists, but the Chinese developed a (3) ______________ of raising silkworms and (4)  _________ began the first silk industry. At (5)________________, most silk was made for, and given to, the rich, because it is (6) ________________ expensive to make than other fabrics such as cotton and linen.

Silk is used for a (7) _____________ of different finished articles. Not (8) _________________ in clothes, but also in medical and industrial applications.

1. A. product             B. produced           C. producing       D. production
2. A. starts                B. lives                   C. comes            D. parts
3. A. way                  B. concept              C. time                D. knowledge
4. A. has                  B. such                    C. than               D. so
5. A. end                  B. now                     C. then                D. first
6. A. most                B.  more                  C. least               D. as 
7. A. name              B. lot                        C. piece               D. type
8. A. only                 B. even                   C. now                D. really

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Silk is (1) produced by a caterpillar, named the silkworm caterpillar (Bombyx Mori). It (2) comes originally from ancient China, with the earliest examples of silk dating to over 9000 years ago.

Wild silk also exists, but the Chinese developed a (3) way of raising silkworms and (4)  so began the first silk industry. At (5) first, most silk was made for, and given to, the rich, because it is (6) more expensive to make than other fabrics such as cotton and linen.

Silk is used for a (7) lot of different finished articles. Not (8) only in clothes, but also in medical and industrial applications.


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