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According to a recent Health Authority survey, eating habits among the great majority of teenagers are changing for the better. However, the habit of eating too many sweet foods still persists.
The report found that a third of 11-year-old boys and two-thirds of 11-year-old girls are on a diet. However, two out of three boys still eat fried food at least every other day, although a surprising seventyfive per cent now prefer to eat healthier cereal and wholemeal bread for breakfast. In addition, almost all young people appear to be cutting down on food such as hamburgers and sausages. Nevertheless, over half of those interviewed still eat meat every day.
The report concluded that, despite much more awareness of healthier eating among the 11-16 age group, sweet snacks are still the weakness for most young people. Four out of five teenagers still find fizzy drinks, crisps and chocolate irresistible, and hardly any of the teenagers said they would give them up.
From: Intermediate Matters. Jan B. R. Gower, Longman, p. 109. (adapted).
Despite the changes, some bad eating habits still persist among teenagers. What are some of these BAD eating habits, according to the text? Choose the CORRECT proposition(s) to complete the following sentence:
Young people find it difficult to stop eating …
According to the text, the eating habits of many teenagers are changing for the better. What are some of these GOOD changes? Choose the CORRECT proposition(s) and mark the correct alternative:
1 – We’re waiting to take trips to outer space. When will this happen? According to individuals in the growing field of space tourism, it may be in five or 50 years.
2 – Space Adventures is taking reservations for the spaceflights. The trip will cost $90,000, with a $6,000 deposit required. More than 200 people have made reservations, said Sarah Dalton, the company spokeswoman.
3 – John Spencer of the Space Tourism Society says that a more realistic estimate for regular space travel is 50 years. Questions of expense, difficulty, and danger must still be resolved. Oh yes – a reusable vehicle must also be invented.
4 – There have been only a few studies to determine the public’s interest in space tourism, but they all conclude that a majority of people would like to visit space and would agree to pay good money for it.
5 – According to expert Patrick Collins, between 5 million and 20 million people will head for space by 2030. He also predicts 100 flights a day leaving Earth.
6 – It would be necessary to have more than 100 space hotels in Earth’s orbit, a few more orbiting the moon, and a few on the moon’s surface. These hotels would employ more than 100,000 people, who would work month-long shifts.
7 – Each hotel would have a service station. Such service stations would provide oxygen, water, and hydrogen. They might also ship environmentally safe electric power back to Earth. If all the issues can be resolved, Collins says that space tourism could one day become a $1 trillion industry.
From: Strategic Reading 1. J.C. Richards & S.E. Didier Cambridge University press, 2003. 3.
Match each word with its meaning, according to the text.
resolve (paragraphs 3 and 7)
reusable (paragraph 3)
conclude (paragraph 4)
head for (paragraph 5)
ship (paragraph 7)
Select the correct alternative about the text.
What does the text say about the space hotels?
I’m a feminist but Mr. Adam Woodley, Chairman of Omicron Industries, makes me angry. I don’t like employing women, he says in this week’s Business News’, because they are emotional, unreliable and take too much time off. What nonsense! What’s wrong with having emotions? Who says women are unreliable? And why do they have to take time off? To look after the children and have babies, I suppose. And who’s responsible for that?
It’s incredible, isn’t it? Mr. Woodley must think he is still in the nineteenth century. What does his wife think about this, I wonder? He is married, of course. I looked up his biography in Who’s Who. And he has seven children! How typical! Who’s Who says his hobby is golf.
So who looks after the children when he is playing golf? Does he trust his wife to do it or is she too emotional and unreliable? Does she take time off when the children are ill? Of course he may employ a male nurse, a male housekeeper and a male cook. What a perfect masculine paradise! But I don’t think so.
I rang Mrs. Woodley. I wanted her to tell me her side of the story. But she refused to speak to the press while her husband was away. What a pity! And how depressing! She must live in the nineteenth century, too.
I’m a journalist. There are thousands of women like me in Britain. They may be emotional but they are efficient. Most of them have to work harder than men and they look after their children, too. We deserve more responsible people in charge of our big companies. We want our bosses to live now, not a hundred years ago.
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