PET Reading Part 4

Five sentences have been removed from the text below. For each question (1-5), choose the correct answer (A-H).
There are three extra sentences which you do not need to use.
  • April Fools' Day
  • The first day of April is known in England as April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day. The idea is to play tricks with other people, to try to make them believe things that are completely untrue. 1) Although most of the tricks are far from original or have been used for a long time, they succeed again and again.

    The simplest jokes can involve children who tell each other that their shoelaces are undone. 2) Sometimes people are told that their jackets have been torn or they are sent on a false business errand. 3) They produce sensacional news on television, radio as well as in the press. 4) Those who continue to play jokes in the afternoon are April fools themselves.

    Several theories have been put forward about how the tradition began. 5) So the origin of the "custom of making April Fools" remains uncertain and unknown.

  • A) Children stick paper fish to their friends’ backs.
  • B) The media also join in.
  • C) April Fools' Day is not a national holiday.
  • D) Both children and adults play all kinds of practical jokes then.
  • E) Why do we do this, and where did it start?
  • F) Unfortunately, none of them are very interesting.
  • G) Then they cry out “April Fool!” when the victims glance at their feet.
  • H) In the UK the jokes and pranks should stop by noon.