Билет 11


1. Read the article and say in 2—3 sentences what It is about.

The article is about of Pythagoras’s life. Today Pythagoras is still a mysterious figure and we know little about his achievements. Pythagoras was a mathematician, an astronomer, and a-philosopher.

2. Where did Pythagoras go to learn mathematics and astronomy? Read aloud the extract which says about it.

Pythagoras was well educated. Ha learned music and poetry and had three philosophers to teach him who Introduced Pythagoras to mathematics and advised him to travel to Egypt to learn more about mathematics and astronomy.

3. Why did Pythagoras go to Italy?

When Pythagoras returned to the Greek island of Samos he founded there a school. But the people of Samos did not appreciate the teaching methods of Pythagoras and they treated him rudely and improperly. They wanted to involve Pythagoras in local politics against his will. For these reasons, he went to Italy.

4. What are the three types of men according to Pythagoras?

His beliefs were that there are three types of men: those who love wisdom, those who love honor and those who love wealth.

2. Аудирование

1. How old is Mr Cansler?

He is ninety-nine. His birthday is in two weeks' time.

2. What kind of life did he have when he was young?

He was one of ten children in his family. He was happy if he had enough to eat. He works on the farm hard and spent all days outdoors. He lost one brother and one sister quite early.

3. What does he recommend listeners to do?

He recommended listeners to be as active as possible and have a positive attitude. You can do anything to guarantee a long life.

3. Тема Mass media

Mass media play an important role In the life of society. They inform, educate and entertain people. Everyday a huge amount of information is given by newspaper articles, TV news and radio. For us it is to choose what me truth Is and whets not. A wide range of different shows, films and other kinds of programs are created just for our pleasure. We are fed up with various kinds of entertainment. Mass Media add spice to our lives. They make us laugh and cry. As for me I’m not a TV fan. But my parents still watch TV. My mother enjoys watching lifestyle programs, talk shows, soaps, drama and sitcoms. My father prefers news and sports programs. To tell the truth, I’m not really interested in any traditional media. Instead I enjoy using the internet, which unites all media sources nowadays. So I can easily watch the same films or channels online. Besides, sometimes I use the internet for communication with my friends who live far away from me. The Internet is a great source of information and entertainment for many people. I am sure that the internet has changed my life for the better, because it s the easiest and quickest way to stay informed. But there are always those who prefer going to the cinema or reading a good book to surfing the Internet. I can’t live without my mobile phone. I use it every day to come In touch with my friends oк to get information.