FCE_practise_test

Reading

Part 1

You are going to read an extract from a novel. For questions 1-8, choose the answer (A, B, C or D) which you think fits best according to the text.
I had never been married before so there was nothing in my past experience to go by but it was beginning to dawn on me that I was very nicely fixed. I am talking, of course, of material things. It would have been enough for me or anybody else to be paired with a beautiful girl whom I love and who loved me. I hadn't reckoned on the other aspects.
This business of studying my bomfort, for instance. I thought such things had gone out of fashion, but not so with Helen. It was brought home to me again as I walked into breakfast this morning. We had at last a,cquired a table - I had bought it at a farm sale and brought it home in triumpli tied to the roof of my car - and now Helen had vacated the chair on which she used to sit anhe bench and had taken over the high stool. She was perched away up there now, transpoiting her food from far below, while I was expected to sitcomfortably in the chair. I don't think I'm a selfish swine but there was nothing I could do about it.
And there were other little things. The neat pile of clothing laid out for me each morning; the clean, folded shirt and handkerchief and socks so different from the jumble of my bachelor days. Andwhen I was late for meals, which was often, she served me with my food but instead of going off and doing something else she would down tools and sit watching me while I ate. It made me feel like a sultan.
It was this last trait which gave me a clueto her behaviour. I suddenly remembered that I had seen her sitting by Mr Alderson while he had a late meal; sitting in the same pose, one arm on the table, quietly watching him. And I realisea I was reaping the benefit of her lifetime attitude to her father. Mild little man thoug~ he was she had catered gladly to his every wish in the happy acceptance that the man of the house was number one; and the whole pattern was rubbing off on me now.
In fact it set me thinking about the big question of how girls might be expected to behave after marriage. One old farmer giving advice about choosing a wife once said: 'Have 'a blooming good look '.'at the mother. first, lad', and I'm sure he had a point. But if I may throw in my own little word of counsel it would have to be, to have a p,assing glance at how she acts towards her father.
Watching her now as she got down and started to serve my breakfast the warm knowledge flowed through me as it did so often that my wife was the sort who just like,d looking after a man and that I was so very lucky.
And I was certainly blooming under the treatment. A bit too much, in fact, and I was aware I 'sliouldn't be attacking this plateful of porridge and cream; especially with all that material sizzling in the frying pan. Helen had brought with her to Skelton House a delicious dowry of fish, and these hung from the beams of the barn in an impressive array of cold-smoked kippers; a constant temptation. Some samples were in the pan now, and though I had never been one for large breakfasts I did not object when she threw in a couple of large brown eggs for company.
1 After his marriage, the writer started to realise
A ..how badly prepared he was for marriage.
B that there were more benefits to it than he expected.
C that he had made a mistake.
D how deeply he loved his wife.
2 What was the writer reminded of at breakfast that morning?
A He could now afford new furniture.
B He no longer had to do anything for himself.
C He had no control over his wife's behaviour.
D His wife always considered his comfort before her own.
3 The writer suggests to us that, as an unmarried man, he
A often missed meals.
B had fewer clothes.
C was more untidy.
D usually ate alone.
4 What did the writer realise about Helen's relationship with her father?
A She often worried about him.
B She was very close to him.
C She was afraid of him.
D She respected him deeply.
5 What does the writer mean by 'and the whole pattern was rubbing otT on me' in line 20?
A He was beginning to understand his wife's behaviour.
B Helen was now treating him as she had treated her father.
C He was becoming like his father-in-law.
D His wife's behaviour was beginning to annoy him.
6 How did the writer feel about the old farmer's advice?
A He partly agreed with it.
B It was unappreciated.
C He thought it was incorrect.
D He thought it was outdated.
7 What was Helen cooking?
A fish and eggs
B porridge and cream
C smoked meat
D a full English breakfast
8 All in aU; what is the writer's attitude towards Helen?
A He is grateful for what she has brought into his life.
B He believes that she is changing his character for the better.
C He feels that he doesn't deserve her.
D He wishes she was less like her father.