Read the text and the instructions to the questions very carefully. Answer all the questions in English.
On Sunday, Tom’s grandmother died. On Monday, at school, he told them he had been tothe circus. “Yesterday, Dad took us to the circus. It was great, because my grandmother has been ill, but yesterday she was much better. He didn’t tell us where we were going, so I was excited. Wedrove for a long time.
“The circus tent was massive. I think it was white once, but it had turned dirty grey. And there were so many people. Dad kept me on one side and my grandmother on the other. Youcould smell the people and the animals.
“There were tigers,” said Tom. “Right in front of us. There were clowns. But the best thing was the trapeze. High up in the roof. So high it made your neckhurt to look up. And four acrobats in pink and gold clothes.
Then somebody said something to the audience: “Would anyone like to try the trapeze? Nobody did, because it was too scary. Then mygrandmother got up and said she would. The acrobats took my grandmother, and she climbed up the ladder to the top. Dad said she should come down, but I told him, “No, it’s OK”. And they took my grandmother andshe flew through the air. The other man caught her easily. She’s only small.”
“Thank you, Tom,” said Miss Atkins. “Who’s next?”
Afterwards, Billy Brown and Sarah said he was a liar because no-one’sgrandmother could get to the top of a circus ladder. At home, Tom’s house seemed strange without his grandmother in it. The only thing left of his grandmother was her book on the table, open at thepage where she had been reading it.
1. Write a summary of the text in English, including the most important points, using your own words whenever possible (maximum 50 words, 2 points).
2. Findwords or phrases in the text that correspond in meaning to the words and definitions given here (1 point).
a) Huge, very big.
b) Comic performers.
d) The group of spectators...