Олимпиадные задания с решениями

Английский язык 5-6 классы, школьный (первый) этап, г. Москва, 2016 год

Part 1 «Listening» (10 minutes)

Maximum points – 5

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Listen to Matthew talking to his aunt about his friends. What hobby does each of Matthew’s friends enjoy? For questions 1–5, write a letter A–H next to each friend. There is an example for you. You will hear the conversation twice.

Example: 0 Christina G

1 Jason A cooking
2 Tania B cycling
3 Steven C drawing
4 Molly D emailing
5 Ivan E  music
F quizzes
G snowboarding
H volleyball

Part 2 «Reading»

Maximum points – 5

There are five gaps in the text below. Read it and decide which sentence A–E best fits each gap 6–10 in the text.

  • A. Soon I found I could not make enough money.
  • B. I sailed for three years and a half on that ship and made voyages to the Mediterranean Sea and some other parts of the world.
  • C. I walked nearly a mile in the water before I got to the shore.
  • D. For a long time the weather was fine.
  • E. I got into a boat with five sailors, but soon our boat was overturned by a great wave.

Gulliver’s Travels

My father had a small house in Nottinghamshire. I was the third of five sons. When I was seventeen years old, I was sent to Mr. James Bates, a well-known doctor in London, with whom I worked and studied for four years.

When I left Mr. Bates, I began to work as a ship doctor on  the Swallow.

(6)______ After that I decided to stay in London. I bought a part of a small house and married Miss Mary Burton. But life in London was not easy.  (7)______. I spoke to my wife and some of my friends, and decided to become a ship doctor again.

I agreed to go with Captain William Prichard, who was making a voyage to the South Seas on board the Antelope. We started from Bristol on the 4th of May, 1699. (8)_____. But when we were sailing across the Indian Ocean, a terrible storm began which carried our ship to the east for many days. Twelve of our sailors died of hard work and bad food, the others were ill. On the 5th of November which was the beginning of summer in those parts, our ship struck a rock.  (9)______ I cannot tell what became of my companions, and of those sailors who remained on the ship and on the rock, but I think that  they were all drowned. I swam where the wind and the waves carried me.

I was very tired, but just when I could swim no more, I felt the bottom with my feet. (10)______ I walked a little inland, but didn’t see any houses or people. I lay on the grass, which was very short and soft, and slept more than nine hours.

Part 3 «Use of English» (20 minutes)

Maximum points – 31

Task 1

Read the article about learning to snowboard. Choose the best word (A, B or C) for each space. For questions 11–18, mark A, B or C on your answer sheet. The first one is done for you.

Example: 0 A   a  B   one  C   the

 Learning to snowboard

If you want to learn to snowboard, (0) __________ first thing you need to do is book  (11) ________ lessons. It’s a good idea to have lessons with a snowboard school (12) __________ you need to learn the right way to snowboard. You will have much (13) __________ fun learning with other people as well.

Indoor snow schools usually  (14) ________ you a snowboard, boots and a helmet to wear on your head (15) ___________ lessons. The indoor centres are cold and use real snow, so warm clothes are important. It’s not a good idea to wear jeans because (16) _________ get wet easily.

If you learn outside on a mountain, you (17) ________ to take your own board and boots or rent them. You will  (18) __________ need sunglasses, gloves and a helmet.

11 each some any
12 or and because
13 more many most
14 given give giving
15 during among into
16 them their they
17 must have can
18 too quite also

Task 2

Read the text and put the verbs in brackets 19–31 in the correct tense. The first one is done for you.

Do you agree Happy Birthday to You (0)   is   (be) the world’s most famous song? It  (19) _____________ (recognise) by just about everyone. In fact somebody probably (20) ________ (sing) it somewhere in the world at this moment! But what are the origins of a tune which (21) __________ (become) so famous?

In 1893 two teachers Patty and Mildred J.Hill (22) ____________ (write) a song. They  (23) ________ (call) it Good Morning to You. They  (24)___________ (teach) it to their kindergarten pupils in Kentucky, USA. The children (25)___________ (find) the song easy to learn and sing.

The present song  (26)_________ (have) the same tune but different words. Millions of people  (27) __________ (sing) the song  in many different languages since those days.

Not long ago it  (28) __________ (be) my birthday. My guests  (29)________ (give) me many presents. And I (30) ___________ (hear) this wonderful song when I (31) __________ (blow out) the candles on the cake.

Example:0 – is

Task 3

There are British English and American English words mixed up in the box below. Find the pairs of words 32–41 that mean the same. There is an example for you.

underground  car park       fries   grade  gas

first   floor   rubbish  cabinet  sick   handbag   store

 petrol  purse  subway    form   parking lot

 ground floor  shop    garbage   wardrobe    chips    ill


British English American English
0 chips fries

Part 4

Maximum points – 15


Imagine yesterday you arranged to go to the cinema with your friend. Unfortunately, you couldn’t get to the cinema as you had to take your pet to a vet.

Write an e-mail to your friend.

In your e-mail you should:
greet your friend;
apologize for not getting to the cinema;
explain why you didn’t come;
suggest meeting another time;
suggest where you could go.


Write 80–100 words.

Remember the rules of e-mail writing.

 Total maximum points – 56

Transfer your answers to the answer sheet!


Part 1. Listening

1 2 3 4 5

Part 2. Reading

6 7 8 9 10

Part 3. Use of English

 Task 1

11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

Task 2

19 is recognised 26 has
20 is singing 27 have / ‘ve sung, have /’ve been singing
21 has / ‘s become 28 was
22 wrote 29 gave
23 called 30 heard
24 taught 31 was blowing
25 found

Task 3

British English American English
32 underground subway
33 car park parking lot
34 form grade
35 petrol gas
36 ground floor first floor
37 rubbish garbage
38 wardrobe cabinet
39 ill sick
40 shop store
41 handbag purse


Listening comprehension

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Listen to Matthew talking to his aunt about his friends. What hobby does each of Matthew’s friends enjoy? For questions 1 to 5, write a letter A to H next to each friend. You will hear the conversation twice. You have 20 seconds to look at the questions.

(Pause 20 seconds)

Now we are ready to start.

Woman: What’s your favourite hobby at the moment, Matthew?

Boy:  I don’t know, but Christina, she’s in my class, is in the mountains this week. She loves snowboarding.

Woman: That’s an exciting hobby! What about Jason, does he still enjoy drawing cartoons?

Boy:  It’s funny. He prefers being in the kitchen now! He loves making strange biscuits and things! Some of them taste terrible! Do you remember Tania?

Woman: Oh, the girl who played guitar at your party?

Boy:  That’s right. She spends hours practicing that.  She wants to be a real musician one day.

Woman: Mmm. And what about Steven? Isn’t he good at volleyball?

Boy:  No! He just loves sending messages to everyone on the computer.

Woman: Well I’m the same!

Boy:  Molly’s always out on one of her  bikes somewhere. She’ll help repair them too. If you’ve got a problem, she’ll know what to do.

Woman: That’s useful.

Boy:  And Ivan enjoys entering competitions. He loves difficult science questions most! He reads different science magazines online.

Woman: He must be very clever.

Boy:  Yes, he is!


Now you have 20 seconds to fulfil the task.

(Pause 20 seconds)

Now listen again.

(The recording is repeated)

Now you have 15 seconds to check your answers.

(Pause 15 seconds)

This is the end of Part 1.

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