A Cardboard Bike

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A cardboard bike is an exercise for the B2 First Use of English Part 2 set at an Upper Intermediate Level of English. It explains about the invention of the cardboard bike.

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B2 First Use of English Part 2 Set 2 (A Cardboard Bike)

This exercise consists of a text about the invention of a cardboard bike in which there are 8 gaps. Each gap represents a missing word or phrase.

For questions 1-8 read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only one word in each gap.

If you're looking for a cheap new bike for Christmas, you may want (1)   think about buying Stephen Jones' amazing eco-friendly bicycle. Can you guess (2) it's made of? You might be surprised to find out that it is made of cardboard! And, just in case if you're wondering, it is water-resistant too!

The inventor came (3) with the idea after reading about a boat made of cardboard which was designed by students at Cambridge University. Stephen's biggest challenge was creating a bike that was strong (4) to be ridden by someone at almost any size. After experimenting (5) several options, he discovered that if he folded the cardboard in a particular way, it could carry (6) weight of a rider.

Most cyclists need to be able to use their bikes in wet weather, especially in the UK, so his next challenge was to work out ways to protect the bike from the water. It (7) him a while to get this right, but he found he could spray it with a special waterproof substance. In the end, the result is a smart bike that looks and feels (8) it's made of lightweight plastic. Steve's next project is to create a plane out of cardboard too.

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