Cambridge 18 General Reading Test 2

SECTION 1 Questions 1—8

Questions 1—8

Look at the seven reviews of sleeping bags, A—G.

For which sleeping bag are the following statements true?

Write the correct letter, A—G, in boxes 1—8 on your answer sheet.

NB You may use any letter more than once.

1 This sleeping bag is not very easy to pack up.

2 People can use this sleeping bag in any season.

3 This sleeping bag has been designed to ensure certain parts of the body are warm.

4 This sleeping bag contains a useful storage area.

5 People who do not want to spend much on a sleeping bag will find this one suits their needs.

6 This sleeping bag can also keep the user warm during the daytime.

7 People who wish to avoid carrying heavy weights should try this sleeping bag.

8 This sleeping bag contains two different types of material.

SECTION 1 Questions 9—14

Do the following statements agree with the information given in the text?

In boxes 9—14 on your answer sheet, write

TRUE if the statement agrees with the information

FALSE if the statement contradicts the information

NOT GIVEN if there is no information on this

9 Writers can submit an entry of fewer than 5,000 words for the Life Writing Prize.

10 Writers can choose to write about the life of a person they know.

11 People who have entered an earlier Life Writing competition without achieving any success may enter again.

12 Writers who are between 19 and 25 years old and in full-time education have won the prize in previous years.

13 Only one prize is awarded at the end of the Life Writing competition.

14 Previous winners of the Life Writing Prize have gone on to become successful published writers.

SECTION 1 Questions 15—27

Questions 15—21

Complete the notes below.

Choose ONE WORD ONLY from the text for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 15—21 on your answer sheet.

Encouraging employee health


  •  improved efficiency
  • less 15

Preventing problems

  • invite guests, e.g., a doctor, to give information
  •  provide vaccinations


  • make healthier options available to replace 16
  • have healthy food at meetings
  • offer 17 at no cost
  • provide a 18 for staff use


  • provide somewhere for employees to leave their 19
  • provide 20 for workers who exercise

Mental health

  • give managers appropriate training
  • find out how employees feel at work by using 21
  • do not tolerate bullying or other inappropriate behaviour

SECTION 2 Questions 22—27

Complete the sentences below.

Choose ONE WORD ONLY from the text for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 22—27 on your answer sheet.

22 Chefs' uniforms and must be washed for every shift.

23 Kitchen staff need to change the when they start chopping another kind of food.

24 All staff must make sure their hands are clean after handling .

25 Workers in the kitchen should not attempt to repair .

26 are required to identify any chemicals kept in the kitchen.

27 It is forbidden for kitchen staff to have drinks from the .

SECTION 3 Questions 28—40

Questions 28—31

The text has five paragraphs, A—E.

Which paragraph mentions the following?

Write the correct letter, A—E, in boxes 28—31 on your answer sheet.

NB You may use any letter more than once.

28 mention of Mawer's desire to oversee all the stages of her business

29 reference to changing employment patterns among the general population

30 the date when Clothkits was originally established as a product

31 the benefits of sewing a garment and then wearing it

SECTION 3 Questions 32—35

Choose the correct letter, A, B, C or D.

Write the correct letter in boxes 32—35 on your answer sheet.

32 in Paragraph A, the writer says that Kay Mawer was reminded about Clothkits by

33 What does the reader learn about Clothkits in the 1960s and 1970s?

34 Why did Clothkits close in 1991?

35 What point does the writer make in Paragraph E?

SECTION 3 Questions 36—40

Complete the summary below,

Choose ONE WORD ONLY from the text for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 36—40 on your answer sheet.

The early days of Clothkits

Clothkits was started by a designer named Anne Kennedy. Her clothing company specialised in selling 36 with a pattern printed on it. This came with 37, which meant that buyers were able to make their own garments.

The very first garment Anne Kennedy made was a multi-coloured striped dress with a 38 pattern. A 39 article led to many orders for this from around the world. As the company grew, she increased her workforce, and also sold 40 as part of her business. She exhibited her designs using her children as models.

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