The Bagpipe

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For this exercise about the bagpipe, you have to read the text and choose the best word to fit the gap. It provides practice for the reading section of the Cambridge English B1 Preliminary exam.

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Before attempting to answer the 10 questions, you should read through the whole text to establish its topic and general meaning. After this, you should go back to the beginning of the text and consider the example. Then you should work through the 10 questions, trying to select the correct word to fit in each space.

B1 Preliminary Part 5: The Bagpipe

Read the text below and choose the correct word for each space.

The bagpipe is a musical instrument that (1) played in Scotland during cultural festivals (2) celebrations. It is considered Scotland's national instrument. (3) , it is believed to have originally come from the Middle East

It uses reeds and a bag to create (4) sound. The sound is produced (5) blowing into a blowpipe to make a sound that comes out of the three drones that come (6) of the top of the bag.

There are over thirty different types of bagpipe, but (7) one used in Scotland is the Highland Pipes. They are part of Scottish life and they are used on special occasions. All Scottish Army regiments have a piper to play the bagpipes (8) they go on parade.

They are an important feature in (9) songs, stories and poems as they represent the cultural heritage of the Scots. One of the most popular songs played (10) the bagpipes is Scotland the Brave.


 

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Part 1 - Read five real-world notices, messages and other short texts for the main message.

Part 2 - Match five descriptions of people to eight short texts on a particular topic, showing detailed comprehension.

Part 3 - Read a longer text for detailed comprehension, gist, inference and global meaning, as well as writer’s attitude and opinion.

Part 4 - Read a longer text from which five sentences have been removed. Show understanding of how a coherent and well-structured text is formed.

Write about 100 words, answering the email and notes provided.

In addition, we add listening and speaking exercises in order to practise for this part of the B1 Preliminary test.

Available February 2020.

The B1 Preliminary Speaking test has four parts and you take it together with another candidate. There are two examiners. One of the examiners talks to you and the other examiner listens.

The more words you encounter and understand, the broader your day-to-day vocabulary will become. Our word games and puzzles are an excellent way to help to reinforce spellings in your mind.
Especially helpful are exercises that are focussed on a theme or topic as these provide word retention practice so you can be confident to read, write, speak and listen successfully.

Cambridge English Examinations:

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