English Daily Workout: Multiple Choice Cloze: FCE Use of English

Multiple Choice Cloze: FCE Use of English

 The Use of English paper tests your knowledge in vocabulary and grammar. This is a sample of the first part of the paper -Multiple Choice Cloze. (More FCE - Free Practice Tests here) .

Read the text below (it is also in the quiz) to get a general idea of what it is about. Then do the quiz.


            Life was once simpler than it is today, although it was also harder and life (0)..........  was shorter. Early human beings lived by (1)........... food, hunting and fishing.  About 11,000 years ago, agriculture (2)........ in what is now the Middle East.  Crops were grown, animals reared and (3)......... homes built. The landscape began to change, although at first it was hardly (4) because the world's population was so (5)......... It has been (6) ........ that, 10,000 years ago, there were only about eight million people, and even 2,000 years ago there was still only about 300 million.

             As the world's population (7) ............, the countryside was changed by farming, mining, and the (8)........... of larger settlements.  During the late 1700s, the industrial revolution began in Britain.  Machines replaced hand labour  and steam replaced animal (9) ........... . Coal was used to make iron, which (10) ..........  steam-powered machines to be built.  Factories increased in (11) .......... . and cities grew in (12) ............. Industrialization gradually (13) ........... to other countries.  Improved (14) .......... of farming led to big increases and the world's population began to grow at a rapid (15) .........., from 900 million in 1800 to over 5,000 million at the end of the twentieth century.