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LANGUAGE – MULTIPLE CHOICE




Virgin Voyage to the Bottom of the Ocean

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

a. A group of virgin sailors are heading to the bottom of the ocean. T / F
b. A submarine will explore the deepest part of the ocean. T / F
c. The deepest part of the ocean isn’t as deep as Mt. Everest is high. T / F
d. The boss of the submarine project hopes to attract sightseers one day. T / F
e. The submarine project boss became rich by opening record stores. T / F
f. The boss has also funded other record-breaking attempts. T / F
g. He said there isn’t much left to discover in the ocean.. T / F
h. He doubted if he’d find new species of ocean life. T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

1. boss a. do
unveiled b. runs
3. conduct c. well known
4. vessel d. animals
5. wealthy e. chief
6. famed f. clearly
7. limit g. craft
8. operates h. showed off
9. obviously i. maximum
10. creatures j. rich

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

1. unveiled his a. on deep sea dives
explore the deepest b. the dives himself
3. the trench is deeper than c. much to explore
4. He plans to pilot one of d. parts of the ocean
5. take wealthy passengers e. some fascinating creatures
6. He started off by f. latest adventure project
7. pushing things g. mankind
8. There is just so h. to the limit
9. come across i. Mount Everest is high
10. useful for j. selling used music

LISTENING – Listen and fill in the gaps

From http://www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com/1104/110407-virgin_submarine.html

The boss of the Virgin group Richard Branson has _____________________ adventure project. He plans _____________________ parts of the ocean in a high-tech submarine. Virgin Oceanic will conduct five test dives over two years. His team plans to explore the deepest part of any ocean – the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench. At _____________________ 11,000 metres, the _____________________ Mount Everest is high. Branson showed the specially-built vessel to reporters at a news conference in California. He _____________________ the dives himself. Branson also said he hoped Virgin Oceanic would one day take wealthy passengers _____________________ explore the ocean depths.

Branson is _____________________. He started off by selling used music records at university, which led to his opening of the Virgin Records stores. He has since become well known _____________________ the limit. He has used his wealth _____________________ as hot-air ballooning around the world and has set sailing records. As well as his Virgin airline company, he also operates Virgin Galactic, which will allow _____________________ space. He told reporters: "There is just so much to explore, so much to discover. We are _____________________ come across some fascinating creatures and learn some fascinating things that will hopefully be _____________________."

LANGUAGE – MULTIPLE CHOICE

The boss of the Virgin group Richard Branson has (1) ____ his latest adventure project. He plans to explore the (2) ____ parts of the ocean in a high-tech submarine. Virgin Oceanic will (3) ____ five test dives over two years. His team plans to explore the deepest part of any ocean – the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench. At a (4) ____ of almost 11,000 metres, the trench is deeper than Mount Everest is high. Branson showed the specially-built (5) ____ to reporters at a news conference in California. He plans to pilot one of the dives himself. Branson also said he hoped Virgin Oceanic would one day take (6) ____ passengers on deep sea dives to explore the ocean depths.

Branson is a (7) ____ entrepreneur. He started off by selling used music records at university, which led to his opening of the Virgin Records stores. He has (8) ____ become well known for pushing (9) ____ to the limit. He has used his wealth to finance such feats as hot-air ballooning around the world and has (10) ____ sailing records. As well as his Virgin airline company, he also operates Virgin Galactic, which will allow tourists to fly into space. He told reporters: "There is just so much to explore, so much to discover. We are going to (11) ____ come (12) ____ some fascinating creatures and learn some fascinating things that will hopefully be useful for mankind."


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