Part 1 of the C1 Advanced (CAE) Paper is called ‘Multiple Choice Cloze‘. You read a text with eight gaps and choose the best word from four options to fit each gap
- Read the text, ignoring the gaps, to get a general understanding.
- Only one of the options is correct
- Check the words before and after the gap, ¢.g. some words can only be followed by one preposition.
- Some questions focus on linking words and require an understanding of the whole passage.
- If you are not sure which word to choose, eliminate the options you know are wrong.
- When you have finished, read your completed text again and check that it makes sense.
C1 Advanced (CAE) Multiple Choice Cloze: Tests
Read the text and choose the correct answer. Click on a gap and a choice of words will appear.
Studying black bears
After years studying North America’s black bears in the conventional way, wildlife biologist Luke Robertson felt no closer to understanding the creatures. He realised that he had to win their trust. Abandoning scientific detachment, he took the daring step of forming relationships with the animals, bringing them food to gain their acceptance.
The insight this has given him into their behaviour has allowed him to dispel certain myths about bears. Contrary to popular belief, he contends that bears do not care as much for fruit as previously supposed. He also disputes claims that they are ferocious. He says that people should not be misled by behaviour such as swatting paws on the ground, as this is a defensive, rather than an aggressive, act.
However, Robertson is no sentimentalist. After devoting years of his life to the bears, he is under no illusion about their feelings for him. It is clear that their interest in him does not extend beyond the food he brings.
In cities around the world a wide range of schemes is being instigated to promote environmental awareness. ‘It’s just as easy to dispose of litter properly as it is to drop it on the streets’ says city councillor Mike Edwards, who has called on the government to mount a concerted campaign to deal with the problem of litter. ‘It’s just a matter of encouraging people to do so as a matter of course.
Once the habit is ingrained, they won’t even notice they are doing it. After all, think what we have achieved with recyclable waste in the home. Sorting paper, glass, aluminium and plastic waste and then depositing it in the appropriate container outside is hardly a great chore any more. People have become accustomed to doing this, so it doesn’t occur to them that they are spending any additional time in the process. Only if they have to carry this waste for some appreciable distance to find a suitable container do they feel they are inconvenienced.
Most people know they should behave in a responsible way and just need prompting to do so. So a quirky, lighthearted gimmick might be enough to change behaviour. With this in mind , the city of Berlin is introducing rubbish bins that say ‘danke’, ‘thank you’ and ‘merci’ – Berlin is a cosmopolitan city – when someone drops an item of rubbish into them. It might just do the trick in this city, too.
Historical view on alcohol consumption
A history of beer must comprise much more than simply an account of the nature of the product itself and the technology surrounding its production. Eating and drinking, and even more particularly, the consumption of alcohol are usually very strongly embedded in socio-cultural ideologies since they tend in most societies not to be solitary activities but social ones performed in a social context.
Even in the rare societies in which alcohol is known but abstained from, it still remains a societal concern and is never altogether ignored. Anthropological work has also revealed that there is a surprisingly great diversity in the various cultural ideologies concerning the consumption of alcohol. Since any person or group of people can be readily categorized as a follower of such an ideology or as a deviant, drinking becomes a marker of identity and alterity (or ‘otherness’), establishing boundaries of inclusion and exclusion, both within a culture as well as between cultures. In this way cultures are not simply objectively identiﬁable groups of individuals, but self-identiﬁed groups which impose upon themselves markers of identity and alterity.
C1 Advanced (CAE) Multiple Choice Cloze: Tips & Strategy
- Read the title and the whole text quickly to understand its general meaning before you attempt the task.
- Check the words before and after the gap.
- Choose the best option.
- When you have finished, read the text again with the words inserted to check that it makes sense.
Nothing prepares you for this test better than reading. Read a lot. Candidates who often read in English (for work, for fun) find this part of the test manageable, while those who never read tend to find it very hard.
If you are 100% sure that two of the 4 choices are completely identical, then neither can be the answer. There is always only one word that fits grammatically and has the right meaning.
The correct option may be:
– part of a fixed phrase or collocation.
– a phrasal verb.
– a connector.
– the only word that fits grammatically in the gap.