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Олимпиада по английскому языку

8 - 9 класс


Уважаемые участники! Выполняя задания олимпиады, вы вспомните и структурируете уже известные вам грамматические аспекты и познакомитесь с новой лексикой на тему «Celebrities and Papparazzi», которую в дальнейшем сможете использовать в общении. Кроме того, вы научитесь анализировать и делать выводы на английском языке.


Task 1. Rewrite the text in Past tenses.

Celebrities can avoid the media by staying at home.

Some celebrities want the publicity and choose to travel around for the publicity it creates from the media. People like Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and even Lindsay Lohan travel around where the media can get to them and therefore create publicity and money. If celebrities don't want to be chased everywhere by the paparazzi, a personal safety zone is not required. The only thing that is required by the celebrities is to stay at home. By leaving their homes', celebrities are just creating the paparazzi for themselves.


^ Task 2. Fill in the gap with a correct preposition.

- What's this photo?

- It's 1)…….. our New Year's Eve party.

- You look as though you're having a great time.

Who's the girl 2)……the front, the one 3)….. the shiny,

grey dress?

- She's a friend of my sister's.

- Is your sister 4)…… this photo?

- Yes, she is. She's the girl 5)……. the left, the one 6)…….

long, brown hair.

- Oh, yes. She looks a bit like you. Who's the guy

Standing 7)……. the back 8)……. the grey shirt?

- That's my cousin, Jeff.

- He looks nice!


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^ Task 3. Read the text about a famous couple. Write if the sentences under the text true or false.

Longest married couple celebrates 77 years of marriage.

Fred and Olive Hodges, who have been married for 77 years in April, are about to enter the Guinness Book of records as the UK’s longest married couple. The couple first met in 1915, then were separated by the First World War. They met again in 1919 and fell in love. They got engaged and married – but only after six years, when they had saved ₤600 to buy their first house.

The couple, who are both 102, met in their teens as they skated on a frozen river in Northampton in 1915. Fred had left school at 15 and started work for the local gas company; Olive had left at 14 and worked in a leather factory.

“I wasn’t really interested at the time, I just wanted to have fun on the ice,” said Olive. “Fred came up behind me and knocked me down. He told me years later that he did it because he wanted to pick me up.”

But, three years later, when he was 18, Fred joined the army and was soon fighting in France. Many of his comrades were killed. Fred published a book of his memories, Men of 18 in 1918, in 1988. In his book he described how a sudden silence signaled that war was over. “Now I knew I was going to have a life after all.”

Back home in Northampton, Fred renewed his friendship with Olive. The couple had a six-year engagement before their marriage. They had two children, John and Brenda. Fred became chief cashier at the gas company. Olive stayed at home while the children grew up. The couple now has 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren – the latest just two years old. Two years ago they had to leave their own home because of Fred’s poor health. They now live together in an old people’s home in Wellsborough, Leicestershire.

“We have lots of lovely memories but the birth of our two children is the most special,” said Olive. And the best decade for me was when Fred retired in the 1960s. His retirement just meant we could spend more time together. I love Fred so much. I don’t know what I would do without him.”

Their son, John, 73, a retired professor of genetics who lives in Austria, is full of praise for his parents. ‘They are completely devoted to each other,’ he said. ‘And my sister and I could not have more loving parents.’

‘My mother gave up her life for her family and home. Our parents opened doors of opportunity for us which they never had themselves and encouraged us to go through them.’


  1. Fred and Olive first met in winter.

  2. They were from Northampton.

  3. Fred joined the army in 1915.

  4. They got married in April 1925.

  5. They bought a house in Northampton.

  6. John and Brenda didn’t have children.

  7. Olive would like not to give up her life for her family and home.


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^ Task 4. Find in the text from exercise 3 the words according to their meanings. You have the number of letters in each word.


1) to be not together _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

2) to become a couple before the marriage; _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

3) weak (telling about health); _ _ _ _

4) information about past that people keep in mind; _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

5) period of time in people’s lives when they stop working; _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

6) a chance _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

^ Task 5. Read the text. Answer the questions following the text.


Britney Spears

Singer Britney Spears has had so much trouble with the paparazzi in the last few years, that some have even blamed them for her troubles. When Britney had her 'breakdown' in February 2007 and shaved her head in front of the cameras, some say that she did it to get back at them. After all, it was the photographers who captured those scandalous images of the pop star driving recklessly with her baby on her lap. If nothing else, the constant monitoring could help keep this mother of two somewhat honest.

^ Lindsay Lohan

Actress/singer Lindsay Lohan quickly earned herself a reputation in Hollywood as one of the ubiquitous party girls. Before she even celebrated her 21st birthday, she had already been seen drinking to the point of collapse. How can we be so sure she was drinking? With the help of the paparazzi, we all saw those scandalous images of Lindsay passed out in her friend's car after a long night of partying. Not to mention the video of her throwing up outside the club. Call me cynical, but I'm just going to assume that it wasn't from some bad sushi. She's barely 21 and already has two DUI arrests under her Prada belt.

^ Paris Hilton

For a while there, singer/actress/model/criminal Paris Hilton was the most photographed and talked about celebrity. The paparazzi happily followed Paris around for years as she bounced from one LA club to another. That was until she decided to join the ever-growing celebrity DUI club. When Paris claimed ignorance on the fact that she wasn't allowed to drive on her suspended license, the cameras were on site to capture it all. After spending a measly 23 days behind bars, Paris claims to be a changed woman. Let's leave it up to the photographers to prove if that story holds any water.


1) Who is simultaneously a singer, an actress, a model and a criminal?

2) Who shaved her head in front of the cameras?

3) Who is thankful to the paparazzi?

4) Who has two arrests?

5) Who had trouble with the paparazzi in the last few years?

6) Who earned herself a reputation in Hollywood as one of the ubiquitous party girls


^ Task 6. Read the interview of Ken Sunshine, mach the questions (A-D) with the answers (1-4).

Why paparazzi are wrong

Ken Sunshine, a publicist who represents Hollywood stars Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake and Leonardo DiCaprio, says the paparazzi obsession with his clients is out of control and "It's got to stop."Sunshine sat down with "CNN Presents" to discuss his view of the paparazzi as part of a documentary "Chasing Angelina: Paparazzi and Celebrity Obsession."

^ 1 - SUNSHINE: They're totally out of control. It is crazy to have packs of people, whose full-time, quote, job, is to get the most embarrassing photo they can of a celebrity. How would you like to have a camera two inches away from your face, where the ... the stalkerazzi is daring you to push ... be pushed away?

^ 2 - SUNSHINE: There is just something weird about a human being whose livelihood, quote unquote, means living in the trees outside a celebrity's house. ... I think that the lack of respect for any degree of privacy that nobody in the public would want to tolerate in terms of the behavior of photographers, the behavior of press people ... those basic journalistic standards, is something that society should be reacting against. ...There are some obvious examples out there of celebrities who crave that attention, that want to be covered. That's their right, go for it. And these paparazzis can make as much money if they want. But there are a lot of celebrities that don't. And they should have the right to be protected from absolutely abusive behavior.

^ 3 - SUNSHINE: You're dealing with very personal parts of people's lives, where I think there ought to be some right to privacy at some level, particularly if it involves children. To me, I draw that line in the firmest way possible.

4 - SUNSHINE: There's something weird about somebody whose livelihood involves hiding in bathroom stalls. There's something weird about somebody whose living involves causing a ruckus at a shopping mall. ... There's something weird about literally playing chicken driving up or down the Hollywood Hills. ...There's something outrageous, illegal and immoral about all of that.

A – question: Are the paparazzi going too far?

B – question: Should celebrities' children be off limits?

C– question: Overall thoughts on the paparazzi?

D – question: Are the paparazzi invading celebrities' privacy?


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^ Task 7. Read the text in exercise 6 again, find the words according to their synonyms:

1) celebrities;

2) shameless;

3) personal space;

4) to guard, to defend;

5) hidden from public;


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^ Task 8. Read the text. Put the following sentences into the correct places.

(A) If a privacy zone would have been implemented, the paparazzi would have been more timid/less persistent in their pursuit of her car.

(B) The taking of pictures while on private property is definitively defined as 'illegal,' but most paparazzi ignore the law and pay only a minor fine if they get caught.

(C) Yet another reason for safety zones would be safety in public.


^ The paparazzi constantly invade the privacy of celebrities for photos.

  • The paparazzi constantly invade and attack private lives of celebrities by trespassing on private property to get illegal and often defaming photographs. (1)… This fine is easily covered by the money they make from the photographs they manage to keep; this being so, there should be more strictly defined safety zones for celebrities which, if invaded, will yield major penalties. (2)… One instance in which the paparazzi were legally blamed for the death of a celebrity was the death of Princess Diana in which reckless driving and hounding pursuit of the car which the Princess was riding in at the time of her death. (3)…



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Task 9. Famous people both in Russia and America suffer from Paparazzi. Your next task is to write an essay in which you should answer the question: in what country Russia or America is easier to be a famous person. Don't forget about the rules of essay writing. Write your essay in 120 - 150 words.

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10 - 11 класс


Уважаемые участники! Выполняя задания олимпиады, вы вспомните и структурируете уже известные вам грамматические аспекты и познакомитесь с новой лексикой на тему «Feelings and emotions», которую в дальнейшем сможете использовать в общении.


^ Task 1. Complete the following extract using the verbs in brackets. Use the past simple, past continuous and past perfect simple tenses.

Sylvia's earliest memory.

It was about a week after my third birthday. My aunt 1_______ (give) me a new doll as a present, and while I 2______ (play) with it, I 3_______ (notice) that my other dolls were all quite dirty in comparison. I 4_______(decide) to give them a bath. When I 5______(wash) them all, I 6_______ (take) them outside and 7_______ (put) them on the grass. It was a warm day and the sun 8 _______ (shine). While I 9_______(wait) for the dolls to dry, I 10_______ (hear) a sound from inside, so I !!_______ (look) in through the window. Water 12_______ (pour) down from the kitchen ceiling onto the floor. I 13 _______ (not turn) the taps off in the bathroom. I remember that my dad was really angry because he 14_______ (decorate) the kitchen the previous week.


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Task 2. Complete the following sentences, choose the correct answer.


  1. “There were a lot of people at the party.”

“I know. But……… of them were strangers to me.”

A all B neither C either

  1. Mum, did you wash my blue shirt?

Well, I washed two shirts, but…….of them was blue.

A both B neither C either

  1. You can’t be lonely. You have lots of friends.

Yes, but…….. of them can come to visit today.

A all B both C none

  1. Did you read both of those books?

Yes, but I didn’t enjoy…….of them.

A all B neither C either

  1. Did you watch a comedy last night?

No. We watched two films, but……of them were comedies.

A both B neither C either


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^ Task 3. Use suffixes (-ment; -ion; -ness) to form nouns from the following

adjectives. Write the words…

1) (Disappointed) _______________

2) (embarrassed) _________________

3) (excited) ______________________

4) (sad) _______________________

5) (frustrated) ____________________

6) (homesick) ____________________

7) (irritated) ______________________

8) (nervous) _____________________

9) (confused) _____________________


^ Task 4. Complete the sentences using the words from Task 3.


1) Imagine my………….. when my trousers fell down!

2) Brett's favorite band was only playing one concert that

summer, so it was a big………….. when it was cancelled.

3) There was a lot of……………. over the technology

project because the instructions weren't clear.

4) You could see the ………….on the children's faces

when we told them about the holiday.

5) Do you suffer from ……..…when you're away

from your family?

6) They felt a deep ……..….. when their dog died.


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^ Task 5. Read the text. Put the paragraphs in the correct order.

Happiness, joy and love are not caused by events but by our attitude. We can learn to choose how we want to feel. Why not choose love and joy?

The world of feelings and emotions

by Walter Last

We all would like to live a happy, healthy and fulfilled life, yet few seem to be able to do just that. Why must we have so much suffering, failures and disappointments? We just want to be secure in a loving relationship and a satisfying job with a good income and enjoy ourselves.

C - I believe that there is a way out of this depressing jungle of negativity and disappointments. I actually believe that we can make a decision to have a happy, fulfilled life and then really do it. What I cannot promise is that it will be easy. It needs either willpower and determination or the help of good friends. But you have nothing to lose by trying and each step in the right direction is likely to bring some reward.

A - Where do we find the beliefs we want? It is not sufficient trying to believe that we will be happy ever after. Our proposed new beliefs must be believable to be acceptable to both, our conscious and our subconscious mind. It must be something that gives meaning to our life that makes sense of it all. Meaning is the opposite to the inner emptiness that many of us try to fill with pleasure seeking and power games, causing so much emotional trouble in the end and depression if we fail. My solution is a spiritual philosophy of life that turns emptiness into meaning.

B - We can be happy or at least accepting in adversity and unhappy when we seem to have everything. What decides how we will react and how we will feel inside? It is no secret to psychologists that we are programmed since earliest childhood by everything that went on around us, but especially by the way our parents talked to us and to each other, by the way they felt and reacted and by the interactions with our siblings. We became programmed by observing and imitating our role models.

C - Where do we find the beliefs we want? It is not sufficient trying to believe that we will be happy ever after. Our proposed new beliefs must be believable to be acceptable to both, our conscious and our subconscious mind. It must be something that gives meaning to our life that makes sense of it all. Meaning is the opposite to the inner emptiness that many of us try to fill with pleasure seeking and power games, causing so much emotional trouble in the end and depression if we fail. My solution is a spiritual philosophy of life that turns emptiness into meaning.

D - Therefore, we must be clever and beat the subconscious at its own game. We must throw the old program out and devise a new one that allows us to be as we really want to be. However, it is not sufficient just to work with our feelings and emotions because these do not arise out of a vacuum. Our emotions are conditioned by our beliefs. We react more to our beliefs than to facts or anything else. Therefore, we must adopt an appropriate belief system.

E - If we were lucky and grew up in a happy and loving family, we probably have an inner program that makes it easy for us to lead a happy life in a loving relationship. If, on the other hand, there was much worry, anger, resentment and other negativity in our childhood, chances are that we will have a hard time being happy and loving as adults. That probably applies to most of us; we are victims of negative programming, during childhood.

F - If we really want to change, there is only one thing to do: we must change our subconscious programming from a negative outlook on life to a positive one. Unfortunately, we cannot simply decide that from now on we will be happy and loving. Such conscious decisions on their own have little influence on our subconscious programming. In fact, if there is a conflict between our subconscious programming and our conscious will, the subconscious will always win.

G - Instead, our relationships turn sour all too soon, we have a job that we do not like or we do not have one at all, there is never enough money and generally there is not much joy to be found anywhere. As a result we feel resentment, hopelessness, depression, perhaps also anger and hatred. Where and why did it all go wrong?


In addition, there is also a strong influence of physical factors on our emotional life, such as nutrition and tense muscle structures. Therefore, in order to heal our emotions properly, we must work on all four levels of our being, the biological, the emotional, the mental and the spiritual level.


^ Task 6. Read the letter and complete the text using the words below.


  1. friendly b) spectacular c) boring d) fantastic e) wonderful f) delicious g) enjoys


Dear Rachel,


I am having a (1)………… time here! We are on a lovely island in the Cyclades, called Santorini. The hotel we are staying at is nice. It’s got a lovely swimming pool.

The weather is hot and sunny. Right now, I am sitting outside the (2)……….. café by the sea. Paul is snorkeling in the clear water, as usual. He is looking for some shells to take home. Dad is visiting some ancient ruins in the island. He (3)……….. visiting old places – but I think they’re (4)…….. . Mum is buying souvenirs at the market.

We go to restaurants nearly every night for dinner. My favourite one is by the sea. Mum and Dad always order seafood but I never do – it’s horrible. I order souvlaki – it’s so (5)………..! The sunsets are (6)…………… and the local people are really (7)………….. I love it here so much, I never want to leave.

Oh well, that’s all for now. See you next week.

Love,

Suzanne


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Task 7. Read the text. Put the sentences below into the correct places.
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Curious People


I’ve always wanted to use the words “never” and “always” or “everybody” and “nobody” together in one short sentence.

But that’s me. As a writer I’m intrigued by language. I also spend a lot of time thinking about how things work and why.

My wife, on the other hand, is a people person. She’s always thinking about relatives and friends, how they feel, what they need or would like, what’s new in their lives.

I like people, too, but I don’t ruminate about them as she does because there’s something unsolvable about them. I mean, I can’t figure out why some people do the things they do.

(1)… I’m not saying hunting is wrong or should be banned or anything like that. It’s just that I don’t understand the sport. I tried it once—shot an unarmed squirrel. I had this awful feeling that I’d just broken something that couldn’t be fixed. “He didn’t even know he was in the game,” I thought. Okay, so I’m a jar of jelly, but couldn’t hunters get just as much satisfaction by shooting paint balls at the animals, or maybe throwing custard pies at them?

I’m perplexed by people who say that they’re voting for the lesser of two evils. This has been a voter lament since George Washington refused a third term. And yet we live in the most powerful and prosperous nation ever to exist. Surely we haven’t been governed all this time by evil to a lesser degree.… (2)

I don’t understand people who buy bottled water. Maybe I’m naive, but can’t you get this stuff for free? Was I supposed to be putting coins in those drinking fountains at the mall? I don’t think so. (3) ……Do you think they would buy cylinders of compressed Rocky Mountain air?

Then there’s the driver who uses his middle finger to communicate frustration or anger? I’m pretty sure that this same person in the supermarket would probably just say “darn” or “oops.” There’s something about being isolated in a powerful machine that seems to relax civility. How do you reply to this crude gesture? If you think about it, a finger pointing skyward could be interpreted to mean “go to heaven.” I just give the “OK” signal and a wink.

(4)…..Somebody must be—because they keep calling. Hey, whoever you are, stop it! As long as you’re nice to these alien voices they’re going to continue to bug us all. Instead, tell them to “go to heaven” as crudely as possible and hang up. I’m kidding, of course, but I do wonder who’s rewarding those “tele-phoney” salespeople.

I shake my head at people who write hateful letters to the editor—the ones with trigger words like fascist or red-necked or demeaning names like Slick Willy or King John. Will insulting labels or name calling really change any reader’s opinion? We all know it won’t, yet people keep doing it. I guess what they’re really saying is “I’m mad as hell and I gotta tell someone besides my spouse.”

I’m puzzled by car owners who drive around with those frames dealers put over license plates. I haven’t seen one that wasn’t plain ugly. And often they cover up part of the plate numbers or expiration month—which is illegal, by the way. These same people often have dealer emblems stuck on the trunk as well. I don’t understand it—advertising without getting paid. But it must be me who’s odd because I don’t like wearing commercials on my clothes either.

(5)……These are the lambs who are awed by politicians, and think they have no say in government policy. I personally believe everyone some time or another is important in this world, not in the Warhol 15 minutes of fame sense, but important to other people, to friends or family, and especially to our democracy on election day. In other words, everybody is never always nobody/


^ A - I wonder, are these the same people who bought pet rocks years ago?

B - I think if these people want to be cynics they should say they’re choosing from the better of two performers.

C - And I wonder about people who think they are nobodies—particularly those who think their votes don’t count on election day

D - For example, I wonder about people who hunt animals.

^ E - I wonder who are the people who listen patiently on the phone as telemarketers give their spiel.


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Task 8. Read the text and fill in the gaps.
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Cheryl Cole being confused with Sheryl Crow


Cheryl Cole's plans to conquer the US are being scuppered 1 - ….. the fact her fans keep thinking she's Sheryl Crow. The 27-year-old singer wants a role 2 - …… the new judging panel of the American version of The X Factor 3 - ……. it launches later this year. But it's claimed her name is so similar to that of country star Sheryl Crow that fans think people are talking 4 - …… her. US singer Jennifer Hudson is currently in the UK and, when asked what she thinks of Cole, she said: "Sheryl Crow?" When told about Cole, she added: "No, I'm not familiar 5 - ……… her." But fans are not impressed 6 - ……… the confusion. According to UK newspaper The Sun, one fan said online: "It's really an insult for a talent like Sheryl Crow to be confused with the dreadful Cheryl Cole."

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2) a) of b) by c) on d) as

3) a) while b) when c) as d) that

4) a) about b) with c) to d) by

5) a) to b) with c) at d) about

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Task 9. Famous people both in Russia and America suffer from Paparazzi. Your next task is to write an essay in which you should answer the question: in what country Russia or America is easier to be a famous person. Don't forget about the rules of essay writing. Write your essay in 150 - 170 words.






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