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.

Folk Music

Music has (1) ____________________ for as long as human beings have been alive. One of the (2) ________________ styles of music is what is now called "folk music", or the music of the people. Usually folk music has its (3) __________________ in local music styles and is performed on simple instruments.

In the United States, folk music was (4) _____________________ music that immigrants brought with them from their home countries, in particular music sung in (5) ______________________ from England, Ireland and Scotland. This music was the music people sang at home or in gatherings with friends but was not considered good enough for recording when recording started in the 1940s and 1950s.

In the early 1960s, individuals and groups (6) _________________ playing folk music and people began going to small venues such as coffee (7) __________________ to hear groups play. Radio picked up the songs, usually a small ensemble or a single player, made recordings of their songs, and folk music became popular and folk artists became (8) ______________________. 

1. A. exist     B. existed     C. exists     D. existing
2. A. older    B. old            C. oldest    D. more old
3. A. origins  B. original    C. origin      D. originals
4. A. country  B. authentic  C. traditional  D. classical
5. A. English   B. dialects   C. accents      D. Celtic
6. A. begin    B. begun      C. begins        D. began
7. A. housing  B. houses   C. house        D. housed
8. A. know      B. knew       C. known       D. knows

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Music has (1) existed for as long as human beings have been alive. One of the (2) oldest styles of music is what is now called "folk music", or the music of the people. Usually folk music has its (3) origins in local music styles and is performed on simple instruments.

In the United States, folk music was (4) traditional music that immigrants brought with them from their home countries, in particular music sung in (5) English from England, Ireland and Scotland. This music was the music people sang at home or in gatherings with friends but was not considered good enough for recording when recording started in the 1940s and 1950s.

In the early 1960s, individuals and groups (6) began playing folk music and people began going to small venues such as coffee (7) houses to hear groups play. Radio picked up the songs, usually a small ensemble or a single player, made recordings of their songs, and folk music became popular and folk artists became (8) known

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