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READING
Task 3 (8 points)
Read the text and do the task. Fill in each gap with an appropriate paragraph from the list. Write the appropriate letter in the gap. There are more paragraphs than gaps. An example has been given (0).

He watched her walk down the hall, flicked a hand in response as she waved, and then he started to close the door, but it resisted for a moment. As the door opening narrowed, the current of warm air from the hallway, channeled through this smaller opening now, suddenly rushed past him with accelerated force. (0)   B    .
  
Turning, he saw a sheet of white paper drifting to the floor in a series of arcs, and another sheet, yellow, moving toward the window, caught in the dying current flowing through the narrow opening. As he watched, the paper struck the bottom edge of the window and hung there for an instant, plastered against the glass and wood. (1) 

He ran across the room, grasped the bottom edge of the window, and tugged, staring through the glass. He saw the yellow sheet, dimly now in the darkness outside, lying on the ornamental ledge a yard below the window. Even as he watched, it was moving, scraping slowly along the ledge, pushed by the breeze that pressed steadily against the building wall. (2)  Above the muffled sound of the street traffic far below, he could hear the dry scrape of its movement, like a leaf on the pavement.

The living room of the next apartment to the south projected a yard or more farther out toward the street than this one; because of this the Beneckes paid seven and a half dollars less rent than their neighbors. And now the yellow sheet, sliding along the stone ledge, nearly invisible in the night, was stopped by the projecting blank wall of the next apartment. (3)

He knelt at the window and stared at the yellow paper for a full minute or more, waiting for it to move, to slide off the ledge and fall, hoping he could follow its course to the street, and then hurry down in the elevator and retrieve it. But it didn’t move, and then he saw that the paper was caught firmly between a projection of the convoluted corner ornament and the ledge. He thought about the poker from the fireplace, then the broom, then the mop - discarding each thought as it occurred to him. There was nothing in the apartment long enough to reach that paper.

It was hard for him to understand that he actually had to abandon it - it was ridiculous - and he began to curse. (4)  From stacks of trade publications, gone over page by page in snatched halfhours at work and during evenings at home, he had copied facts, quotations, and figures onto that sheet. And he had carried it with him to the Public Library on Fifth Avenue, where he’d spent a dozen lunch hours and early evenings adding more. (5)

For many seconds he believed he was going to abandon the yellow sheet, that there was nothing else to do. The work could be duplicated. (6)  Even though his plan were adopted, he told himself, it wouldn’t bring him a raise in pay - not immediately, anyway, or as a direct result. It won’t bring me a promotion either, he argued - not of itself.

But just the same, and he couldn’t escape the thought, this and other independent projects, some already done and others planned for the future, would gradually mark him out from the score of other young men in his company. (7)  And he knew he was going out there in the darkness, after the yellow sheet fifteen feet beyond his reach.

By a kind of instinct, he instantly began making his intention acceptable to himself by laughing at it. The mental picture of himself sidling along the ledge outside was absurd - it was actually comical – and he smiled. (8)
 
 
(extract from ‘Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket’ by Jack Finney)
 
 A     
All were needed to support and lend authority to his idea for a new grocery-store display method; without them his idea was a mere opinion. And there they all lay in his own improvised shorthand - countless hours of work - out there on the ledge.
B
Behind him he heard the slap of the window curtains against the wall and the sound of paper fluttering from his desk, and he had to push to close the door.
C
With infinite care he brought out his other leg, his mind concentrating on what he was doing. Then he slowly stood erect.
D
It lay motionless, then, in the corner formed by the two walls - a good five yards away, pressed firmly against the ornate corner ornament of the ledge, by the breeze that moved past Tom Benecke's face.
E
They were the way to change from a name on the payroll to a name in the minds of the company officials. They were the beginning of the long, long climb to where he was determined to be, at the very top.
F
Then as the moving air stilled completely, the curtains swinging back from the wall to hang free again, he saw the yellow sheet drop to the window ledge and slide over out of sight.
G
Of all the papers on his desk, why did it have to be this one in particular! On four long Saturday afternoons he had stood in supermarkets counting the people who passed certain displays, and the results were scribbled on that yellow sheet.
H
He imagined himself describing it; it would make a good story at the office and, it occurred to him, would add a special interest and importance to his memorandum, which would do it no harm at all.
I
He heaved on the window with all his strength and it shot open with a bang, the window weight rattling in the casing. But the paper was past his reach and, leaning out into the night, he watched it scud steadily along the ledge to the south, half-plastered against the building wall.
J
But it would take two months, and the time to present this idea... was now, for use in the spring displays. He struck his fist on the window ledge. Then he shrugged.
  
Solution steps (Risinājuma soļi) will reveal the right answers and explanations for each position marked with numbers.
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Atsauce:
http://visc.gov.lv/vispizglitiba/eksameni/dokumenti/uzdevumi/2013/vidussk/12kl_eng.pdf
 

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