уровня IELTS по английскому языку. № 30.
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с 1 по 5 выберите лучший ответ: a, b или c.
the text below. For questions 1 to 5, choose
the best answer, a, b, or c.
is the third time we've tried to visit the
Statue of Liberty,' complained Frances Scott
of Leicester. 'Five years ago, my husband
fell ill. Two years ago the subway wasn't
working.' Yesterday it was a French stuntman
in an orange-red parachute. His attempt
to land on the statue's torch was unsuccessful
for him and a disappointment for Mrs Scott
and many others.
The man, who was identified by the police
as Thierry Devaux, was rescued and immediately
arrested by the police. His actions obliged
the authorities to evacuate hundreds of
tourists from inside the statue.
Mr Devaux jumped from a plane over New York
Harbour at 9:30 am Using a parachute above
his head, he tried but failed to land on
the platform at the bottom of the torch.
He circled around again, only to crash into
the top of the flame.
There he remained, unable to free himself
for a half-hour. 'People were waving up
at him,' said Mr Delaney of Houston, Texas,
'but he wasn't waving back.' It took four
police officers to rescue Mr Devaux, who
remained strangely silent. 'He didn't seem
to know what was going on,' said Sergeant
Janelle about Mr Devaux, who hit his head
during the rescue.
Mr Devaux, a 41-year-old Frenchman, has
a habit of getting into trouble in high
places. His resume includes bungee jumps
from the Eiffel Tower and the Golden Gate
Bridge. But he is obviously fascinated most
by the Statue of Liberty. In 1994, he was
arrested after spending the night hidden
inside the statue. Last year, the police
said, he tried to land on the torch but
missed and had to make an emergency landing
in a nearby golf course in Bayonne, NJ.
Mr Devaux had come well prepared. 'He had
a bungee cord and some climbing equipment.
He was wearing a T-shirt with the statue
on it, and he had a business card on him
that showed him flying around the statue,'
said Cynthia Garrett, the acting superintendent
of the Statue of Liberty National Monument.
The authorities believe there was a camera
crew in the plane recording the jump.
Jeremy Orden, Mr Devaux's lawyer, described
his client as a performer whose chosen medium
was the bungee cord. 'He does this because
he must do this to express himself,' Mr
On the ground, Mr Devaux's disaster caused
confusion and disappointment. After being
locked out of the statue, visitors like
Mrs Scott were unable to leave Liberty Island
for up to three hours before the ferryboat
service resumed. Boatloads of tourists who
had planned entire trips around a visit
to the statue were told that it was being
repaired and had to be content with a visit
to Ellis Island next door. As they waited,
Mrs Scott tried to comfort her angry six-year-old
'Never mind, dear,' she said, 'we'll try
again in a few years.'
Mrs Scott felt particularly angry because…
a) her husband couldn't be with her.
b) she thought Mr Devaux's actions were
/ c) she had felt this disappointment
When he was rescued, the stuntman…
a) thanked the police.
/ b) did not say anything.
c) almost fell off.
The main purpose of the jump was… a) to make a film about
b) to show how security should be improved.
c) to test new equipment.
Mr Orden believes his client should be… a) seen as an artist.
b) ignored by the media.
c) compared to an ordinary businessman.
People who could not visit the Statue of
a) unable to do anything else.
/ b) not told the truth.
c) invited to come back another day.
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