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For questions 1-8, read the text below and think of the word which fits each gap. Use only one word in each gap. EXAM DESCRIPTION

Cats

Cats of all kinds are present in the legends, religion, mythology, and history of (1) ... different cultures. Cave paintings created by early humans display different types of wild cats (2) ... are now extinct, or no longer around. Many of these great beasts saw humans as food, but were hunted by humans in return. Cats similar (3) ... the ones kept as pets today started showing up in artwork thousands of years ago. For example, the ancient Egyptians believed cats were the sacred, or special, animal of a goddess named Bast. They believed that Bast often appeared as a cat, so many ancient Egyptians respected and honoured cats and kittens. (4) ..., other cultures feared cats or thought that they brought illnesses and bad luck. Today, with millions kept as pets in homes around the world, cats have become important members of many families. No one knows for sure when or (5) ... cats became very popular household pets. It's possible that people noticed how cats hunted mice and rats, (6) ... they set food and milk out to keep the cats near their homes. This helped to prevent (7) ... many of these rodents (8) ... coming into homes and eating people's food or spreading sickness.

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englishrevealed

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GAP 1 ... mythology, and history of many different cultures. Cave paintings ... ↑_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _↑ MANY => DETERMINER

MANY => a large number of people or things.

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GAP 1 ... mythology, and history of (1) ... different cultures. Cave paintings ... ↑_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _↑ DETERMINER + NOUN

Which determiner should be used in this gap?

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GAP 2 ... different types of wild cats which are now extinct, or no longer ... ↑_ _ _↑ WHICH => RELATIVE PRONOUN

WHICH => used after a noun to show what thing or things you mean.

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GAP 2 ... different types of wild cats that are now extinct, or no longer ... ↑_ _↑ THAT => RELATIVE PRONOUN

THAT => used after a noun to show what thing or things you mean.

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GAP 2 ... different types of wild cats (2) ... are now extinct, or no longer ... ↑_ _ _↑ You will need a RELATIVE PRONOUN!

Which relative pronoun are you going to use in this gap?

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GAP 3 ... in return. Cats similar to the ones kept as pets today started showing ... ↑_ _ _↑ SIMILAR + TO => ADJECTIVE + PREPOSITION

SIMILAR TO => almost the same.

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GAP 3 ... in return. Cats similar (3) ... the ones kept as pets today started showing ... ↑_ _ _ _ _↑ ADJECTIVE + PREPOSITION
Which preposition collocates with similar?

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GAP 4 ... honoured cats and kittens. However, other cultures feared cats or ... ↑_ _ _ _ HOWEVER => ADVERB

HOWEVER => despite this.

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GAP 4 ... honoured cats and kittens. Nevertheless, other cultures feared cats or ... ↑_ _ _ _ NEVERTHELESS => ADVERB

NEVERTHELESS => despite this.

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GAP 4 ... honoured cats and kittens. (4) ..., other cultures feared cats or ... ↑_ _ _ _ You will need to use an ADVERB!

You are looking for an adverb that means despite this.

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GAP 5 ... No one knows for sure when or how cats became very popular ... ↑_ _ _ _ HOW => ADVERB

HOW => used to ask or talk about the way in which something happens or is done.

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GAP 5 ... No one knows for sure when or where cats became very popular ... ↑_ _ _ _ WHERE => ADVERB

WHERE => in or to what place or situation.

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GAP 5 ... No one knows for sure when or (5) ... cats became very popular ... ↑_ _ _ _ You will need an ADVERB here!

Which adverb do you need to complete the gap?

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GAP 6 ... how cats hunted mice and rats, so they set food and milk out to keep ... ↑_ _ _ _ SO => CONJUNCTION

SO =>used to say that someone does something because of the reason just stated.

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GAP 6 ... how cats hunted mice and rats, (6) ... they set food and milk out to keep ... ↑_ _ _ _ You will need a CONJUNCTION!

Which conjunction must be used in this gap?

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GAP 7 ... to prevent too many of these rodents from coming into homes ... ↑_ _ _↑ TOO + MANY => ADVERB + DETERMINER

TOO => more than is required, desirable or suitable.

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GAP 7 ... to prevent (7) ... many of these rodents from coming into homes ... ↑_ _ _ _↑ ADVERB + DETERMINER

The adverb you are looking for means 'more than is required, desirable or suitable'.

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GAP 8 ... to prevent too many of these rodents from coming into homes and ... ↑_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _↑ VERB + PREPOSITION

PREVENT sb FROM (doing) sth => to stop sb doing sth or sth happening.

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GAP 8 ... to prevent too many of these rodents (8) ... coming into homes and ... ↑_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _↑ VERB + PREPOSITION

Which preposition collocates with prevent?

FCE Part 2 - Open Cloze

Task Type: Open cloze.
Focus: Grammatical/lexico-grammatical.
Format: A modified cloze test containing 8 gaps.
Number of questions: 8.
How many marks are there: One mark for each correct answer.
What is testing: General Advice: