This is B1 Reading Part 4 Set 2 of the Cambridge English B1 Preliminary Reading & Writing Section. It gives information about a zookeeper.
There are five multiple-choice questions with four options. In answering these questions, candidates will demonstrate whether they have understood the writer’s purpose, the writer’s attitude or opinion, or an opinion quoted by the writer, and both the detailed and global meaning of the text.
B1 Reading Part 4 Set 2
Read the text and questions below. For each question, choose the correct answer at the end of the text.
The zoo keeper
My name's Mark Porter. I've been interested in the natural world since I was very young. I used to keep insects and I spent a lot of time drawing them. After I finished school, I went to work in a pet shop - that was great fun but I knew I had to go to college if I wanted a better job. So I went to university to study Biology and then got a job in Florida working at a sea-life centre, looking after the dolphins.
While i was working there I saw an advertisement for my current job - a keeper for the fish department at a zoo in California - and applied. Although it was for the same money, I was pleased when they immediately offered me the job because there are lots of different activities I'm involved in here. As part of my job, I get to do research and I manage an education centre where I tell people of all ages about what they can do to protect fish and animals.
People think that my job is exciting because I go diving as part of my research work on sharks. However, I work long hours, and I worry if I have to call a medical specialist to come and look after a sick fish. Conditions at work can be uncomfortable too, as a lot of the fish I look after bite so I have to be careful. Then there are the visitors. Some are OK but some try to touch the fish or put sweet wrappers in the water - that makes me angry. However, my job is very rewarding and I hope that you'll think about working with animals, too.
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