|EE–014f| C1: Advanced – Reading and Use of English [Part6]

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I have already worked on the C1: Advanced Part 1: Multiple-choice clozePart 2: Open clozePart 3: Word formation, Part 4 – Key word transformation and Part 5 – Multiple Choice. Today I bring to you Part 6 – Cross-text multiple matching.


Part 6: Cross-text multiple matching

In this part of the exam, there are four short texts with multiple-matching questions. You must read across all of the texts to match a prompt to elements in the texts. This shouldn’t be difficult, however, these kinds of texts are usually tricky, the texts and the answers provide similarities which makes us question: which is the correct answer?

There are 4 questions and 4 texts, each correct matching grants you 4 points. If you want to ace this exercise, you should work on your understanding and comparing opinions and attitudes across texts.

Here is a sample of the text you will face:


And here are the questions:


As you can see from the first question:

has a different opinion from the others on the confidence with which de Botton discusses architecture?

You cannot read each paragraph independently from the others. You have to read them all and underline important aspects, only then you can put them into different categories.

But I’ll give you some hints, let’s read these two paragraphs:

Alain de Botton is a brave and highly intelligent writer who writes about complex subjects, clarifying the arcane for the layman. Now, with typical self-assurance, he has turned to the subject of architecture. The essential theme of his book is how architecture influences mood and behaviour. It is not about the specifically architectural characteristics of space and design, but much more about the emotions that architecture inspires in the users of buildings. Yet architects do not normally talk nowadays very much about emotion and beauty. They talk about design and function. De Botton’s message, then, is fairly simple but worthwhile precisely because it is simple, readable and timely. His commendable aim is to encourage architects, and society more generally, to pay more attention to the psychological consequences of design in architecture: architecture should be treated as something that affects all our lives, our happiness and well-being.

In The Architecture of Happiness, Alain de Botton has a great time making bold and amusing judgements about architecture, with lavish and imaginative references, but anyone in search of privileged insights into the substance of building design should be warned that he is not looking at drain schedules or pipe runs. He worries away, as many architects do, at how inert material things can convey meaning and alter consciousness. Although he is a rigorous thinker, most of de Botton’s revelations, such as the contradictions in Le Corbusier’s theory and practice, are not particularly new. However, this is an engaging and intelligent book on architecture and something everyone, professionals within the field in particular, should read.

As you can see from the texts above, they both seem to share opinions about whether architects should take note of de Botton’s ideas. Which means that task number 38: C.

Now it’s your turn! Try to read all the text and match the letter to the number. And remember: not all the text must fit somewhere!

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PS: Answer key:

37 B
38 C
39 A
40 B

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