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Write the Perfect Crime Novel

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Read the text given below. Match the headings (A–F) with the parts (1–6) of the text.

AThe first students

BStaying at the universities

CNo married teachers

DAn exciting competition

EWomen students

FAncient universities

The towns of Oxford and Cambridge have some of the finest buildings in Britain. They are famous for their universities, the oldest in England. All the students live and study in colleges. Cambridge has 31 colleges and Oxford has 39. Oxford’s first college started in 1249. Cambridge’s first college opened in 1281.

Before the 12th century, people who wanted a good education went to the Sorbonne in Paris. Then, in 1167, all English students in Paris moved to Oxford. Some people say King Henry II told them to move. Others say the French threw them out! The students went to study in Oxford monasteries and that was the beginning of Oxford University.

The Church was very important in Oxford and Cambridge for many years. For example, until the 19th century the university teachers were almost like priests and they couldn’t marry.

Women started studying later than men. The first women’s college at Cambridge opened in 1869 and at Oxford in 1878. Today, three Cambridge colleges and one Oxford college are for women only. Men and women study together in the others.

Every year the universities compete in a rowing race over 7 kilometres of the Thames. The first race was in 1829 and it became a yearly race in 1839. All the students really want their university to win!

People can stay in rooms at Oxford and Cambridge when the students are on holiday. Some rooms are modern but the older rooms are more interesting (and more uncomfortable!). They often have low ceilings, small windows and a view of the square in the middle of the college. Imagine sleeping in the same room as an ex Prime Minister or eating at the same table as Lawrence of Arabia!


Read the text and then select the correct answer, A, B, C or D.

Write the Perfect Crime Novel

Most people are born with the natural ability to tell stories, but only a rare few have the determination to become professional authors, and even fewer have the joy of seeing their novels top the (1) ... of bestselling books. Some of the world's famous crime writers have achieved the (2) ... success of all. Who can deny the appeal of famous detectives like Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot? Even if you haven't read the (3) ... books you will have seen them in films or on the TV.

If you have an ambition to become the next Agatha Christie what should you do? The best starting (4) ... is to read lots of examples of crime fiction written by good authors. You will need a notebook to carry around with you or, even better, some loose (5) ... of paper that you can (6) ... notes on and then file into a folder. After all, the most everyday situation - for example, watching a woman get (7) ... a train - may be the inspiration for your first bestseller.

Like any good recipe you have to know the main (8) ... of a successful novel. These are: an original story, strong characters and a memorable setting.


  A B C D
1. queue list row line
2. largest greatest highest prime
3. first initial early original
4. spot tip point mark
5. stripes sheets layers pieces
6. complete do fill make
7. out down off from
8. parts ingredients pieces sections

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