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.

It is (1) ________________ that the two (2) ____________________ cultures in Asia are China for its administration and India for religion and history.

The Ramayana is an epic Indian poem which tells the (3) ______________________ of Rama, a legendary prince, much (4) _____________
the Greek Odyssey and Iliad tell legendary tales about heroes. These myths are not just entertaining, but also offer moral (5) _________________ to the reader or to the listener.

Because the Ramayana spread across all of Southeast Asia, there are (6) __________________ in countries such as Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. When (7) _____________________ these countries, the tourist will see paintings, carvings, and references to this myth in (8) _________________________ and modern buildings. It is interesting to note that the story crosses religions: originally Hindu (India), then Buddhist (Thailand, Myanmar, Laos) and finally Muslim (Indonesia).

1. A. told       B. said    C. called     D. portrayed
2. A. dominating   B. dominated  C. dominant   D. domineer
3. A. story     B. secret   C. knowledge   D. picture
4. A. for         B. seen     C. like       D. to
5. A. guide    B. guiding  C. guided  D. guidance
6. A. versions B. ideas    C. types    D. limits
7. A. visitor      B. visiting  C. visits    D. visit
8. A. tall        B. recent      C. ancient   D. wild

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It is (1) said that the two (2) dominant cultures in Asia are China for its administration and India for its religion and history.

The Ramayana is an epic Indian poem which tells the (3) story of Rama, a legendary prince, much (4) like
the Greek Odyssey and Iliad tell legendary tales about heroes. These myths are not just entertaining, but also offer moral (5) guidance to the reader or to the listener.

Because the Ramayana spread across all of Southeast Asia, there are (6) versions in countries such as Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. When (7) visiting these countries, the tourist will see paintings, carvings, and references to this myth in (8) ancient and modern buildings. It is interesting to note that the story crosses religions: originally Hindu (India), then Buddhist (Thailand, Myanmar, Laos) and finally Muslim (Indonesia).

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