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The early railway in Britain

In 1830, there were under 100 miles of public railway in Britain. Yet within 20 years, this (0)…….
had grown to more than 5,000 miles. By the end of the century, almost enough rail track to (1) the
world covered this small island, (2) ...the nature of travel for ever and contributing to the industrial
revolution that changed the (3) ... of history in many parts of the world.
Wherever railways were introduced, economic and social progress quickly (4) ....... In a single day, rail
passengers could travel hundreds of miles, (5) ........previous journey times by huge margins and bringing
rapid travel within the (6) of ordinary people. Previously, many people had never ventured (7)…….
the outskirts of their towns and villages. The railway brought them (8) ........freedom and enlightenment.
In the19th century, the railway in Britain (9)……..something more than just the business
of carrying goods and passengers. Trains were associated with romance, adventure and,
frequently,(10)…… luxury. The great steam locomotives that thundered across the land were the jet
airliners of their (11) ........, carrying passengers in comfort over vast distances in unimaginably short
times. But the railways (12) .........more than revolutionise travel; they also (13)……. a distinctive
and permanent mark on the British landscape. Whole towns and industrial centres (14)……. up
around major rail junctions, monumental bridges and viaducts crossed rivers and valleys and the
railway stations themselves became (15)……. places to spend time between journeys.

0 A amount B figure C sum D quantity
1 A revolve B enclose C encircle D orbit
2 A altering B amending C adapting D adjusting
3 A route B way C line D course
4 A pursued B followed C succeeded D chased
5 A cancelling B subtracting C cutting D abolishing
6 A reach B capacity C facility D hold
7 A further B over C beyond D above
8 A larger B higher C bigger D greater
9 A served B functioned C represented D performed
10 A considerable B generous C plentiful D sizeable
11 A date B stage C day D phase
12 A caused B did C produced D turned
13 A laid B set C settled D left
14 A jumped B stood C burst D sprang
15 A preferable B liked C desirable D wanted

Driving from Beijing to Paris

Every (0) ... begins with a single step.` We might (1) ......this proverb for the 16,000 km Beijing
to Paris car rally, and say that every rally begins with a (2) .......... of the wheel. From China, several
hundred courageous men and women will (3) ...out for Paris in pursuit of what, for many, is
likely to prove an impossible (4) ... .Everybody is prepared for the worst and expects a high
drop-out (5) ... , especially on the rally`s difficult first (6) ... across central China and over the

high mountain (7) ...of the Himalayas .`If twenty-five cars (8) ... it to Paris, we`ll be doing well,`
says Philip Young, the rally organiser.
Now planned as an annual event, the first Beijing-Paris car rally took place in 1907. It was won
by Prince Borghese, an Italian adventurer, who crossed the (9) ... line just a few metres (10) ...
of the only other car to complete the race. Nowadays, not many people know about Prince
Borghese, but at the time his achievement was (11) ... as comparable to that of Marco Polo,
who travelled from Venice to China in the thirteenth century. According to the (12) ... , all the
cars in the rally must be more than thirty years old, which means that the (13) ... roads and high
altitude are a (14) ...test of both the cars and the drivers. A sense of adventure is essential.
One driver said,`Our (15) to have a good time, enjoy the experience and the magnificent
scenery - and
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