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English Test 8th Grade

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Read the following text:

If you think boxing is for boys, thing again! Meg Scott, 14, loves her gloves.

Boxing has always been popular in our family. My mum used to box, and even my three-year-old

brother, Liam, cant wait for a pair of gloves! But it was my Aunt Marian, who runs a boxing club, who

introduced me to it when I was 12.

The first time I went to one of her classes, I absolutely loved it. We started with stretches to

warm up and circuit training, before putting on gloves and practising punches on pads. Afterwards, I

was full of energy. Boxing became my number 1

hobby.

Frustration

I was bored doing traditional girls sports like

netball boxing is much more exciting! Boxing is like

working out.

Its always really good to get your frustrations out on the pads or punch bag. When I have a bad

day at school, I always feel loads better after boxing! It doesnt make me feel aggressive, just really

relaxed. Im not a violent person and I certainly dont have fights outside the ring.

Boxings definitely a sport for girls. Its excellent self defence, and it keeps you fit. Its good for

keeping your body in shape.

A mans sport?

My step-dad thinks my boxing hobby is great. He and my mum have been really supportive.

I havent had a proper boxing match yet, but Ive been in the ring with a couple of girls. We have

to wear headgear and chest pads, so its not like I can get really hurt. The only time Ive been hurt is

when I got hit in the neck once.

My friends were surprised when I first got into boxing, but theyve been really supportive. Some

boys I know dont agree with girls boxing. Look out of her, they joke when they see me. Theyre always
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telling me that boxing is a mans sport, but thats not true girls can do any sport boys can! Anyone who

says they cant is just being ridiculous and selfish.

in Sugar Magazine (abridged and adapted)

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A. Find evidence in the text for the following sentences.
1. Boxing runs in the family.
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2. Meg started boxing two years ago.
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3. In her opinion the so-called girls sports arent exciting.
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4. Boxing doesnt make her violent.
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5. Boxing equipment protects her.
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6. Boys and girls can do the same sports.
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B. Answer to the following questions, using your own words, as far as possible.
1. Meg has an unusual hobby. How important were her mum and aunt in her choice?
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2. How did Meg begin boxing?
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3. What equipment does she need to do boxing?
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4. What opinion do some boys have about her?
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5. In your opinion can girls do boxing? Explain.
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A. Fill in with the correct preposition.

1. Im interested ________ having a new friend.

2. All my friends are keen __________ rappelling.

3. Meg said my interests in sports were similar _______ hers.

4. Theres something wrong ________ this sport. Its very dangerous.

B. Complete the following sentences. Use the adjective in brackets to make an


adverb.

1. They were ______________ (extreme) tired this morning.

2. The students always work ______________ (happy) in class.

3. Read the text _______________ (careful) before you start answering the questions.

4. I cant understand what youre saying. Could you speak ___________ (loud), please?

C. Complete the following text about a teenager problem, putting the verbs in
brackets in the correct tense.

I _______________________ (never/ to feel) so embarrassed in my life as on that day! My mother

_________________ (to give) me a lift to school. She _______________ (to be) a very modern woman, as

you ______________________ (to know), and she ____________________ (to look) particularly young in her

summer dress. I _________________ (to be) quite tall now, so I _________________ (to look) older than

my age. When she _________________ (to open) the car door for me, I ___________________ (not/ to go)

out immediately, I ____________________ (to kiss) her and _________________ (to say) goodbye first.

One of my pals, who ____________________ (to sit) on his bike just in front, ___________________ (to

begin) whistling and shouting: Hey, Tom, your girlfriend ________________ (to be) gorgeous! Hehe! I

_______________ (to lose) my temper with him and almost _________________ (to break) his nose!

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Think about a friend who has been an important part of your life. How did you
become friends? Think about when you met, what you did, and how your
friendship grew.
Write a text (80 100 words) about this friendship.

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