I. Find the following words in the text and look them up in the dictionary.
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I. Find the following words in the text and look them up in the dictionary.



THE READER OF BOOKS

I. Find the following words in the text and look them up in the dictionary.

Revolting, twaddle, report, grasshopper, emerge, a sting, surface, get on, scab, to put up with, county, sensitive, nimble, half-witted, wrap up, chatterbox, household, to be hooked on, toddle, to be stunned, lap, spell, encourage, interfere, edition, watchful, seldom, all the same, reach, amazing.

 

II. Write derivatives of the following words.

 

Verb Noun Adjective

Imagine

Sufferance

Deep

Sting

Poison

Choosy

III. Give English equivalents to the following words.

Отпрыск, любопытный, кузнечик, органы слуха, продолжать, поверхность, ребенок, о котором идет речь; проворный, прочитать от корки до корки, ковылять, страшный, увлекать, вмешиваться, достижения, всасывать, слоняться.

 

IV. Find synonyms to the following words.

 

Disgusting, nonsense, unsuccessful, search deeply, extremely fond of, quick, for a short time, hungrily, to wonder about, enigma, surprise, considerate, on guard, fearful, meddle.

V. Find antonyms tо the following words.

Hatred, right, little, on the surface, clever, slow, vague, agree, upper, short, removed, discourage, full, cheerfully, often, noisy.

 

VI. Insert the right prepositions.

1. It’s a funny thing … mothers and fathers.

2. Your daughter Vanessa, judging … what she’s learnt this term, has no hearing organs at all.

3. The parents looked… Matilda as nothing more than a scab.

4. … the afternoon … the day when her father had refused to buy her a book, Matilda set… all by herself to walk to the public library … the village.

5. Mrs. Phelps looked … the shelves, taking her time.

6. … the next few afternoons Mrs. Phelps could hardly take her eyes… the small girl sitting … hour … hour … the big armchair … the far end … the room with the book … her lap.

7. It was pleasant to take a hot drink … to her room and have it … her as she sat … her silent room reading … the empty house … the afternoon.

 

VII. True or false?

1. Matilda’s family was a family of three.

2. Matilda had a younger sister.

3. Matilda’s parents showed no interest at all in their daughter.

4. Matilda’s parents had a wonderful library at home.

5. Mr. Wormwood agreed to buy Matilda a new book.

6. The library Matilda used to go to was very close to her house.

7. Matilda stayed in the library till late.

8. Matilda had read a few children’s books and then started to look for something else.

9. Mrs. Phelps didn’t want to give Matilda any new books to read.

10. Matilda started borrowing books from the library.

 

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CHAPTER II

Mr. WORMWOOD, THE GREAT CAR DEALER

I. Find the following words in the text and look them up in the dictionary.

 

Sawdust, gear, strap, jug, ignorant, boast, diddle, munch, drill.

 

II. Find English equivalents in the text.

1. Ее отец занимался продажей подержанных машин и, похоже, преуспевал в этом.

2. «Ни один честный человек еще не стал богатым», сказал отец, «Покупатели существуют для того, чтобы их обманывать».

3. Матильда за себя не ручалась и поэтому промолчала.

4. Матильда кипела от гнева все больше и больше и, ночью, лежа в постели, она приняла решение.

5. Необходимо помнить, что ей было лишь пять лет от роду, а для того, кто так мал, очень нелегко вести счет со всемогущими взрослыми.

 

III. Derive adjectives from the following words with the help of “LESS” suffix and translate them into Russian. Use the dictionary.

Shame, speech, brain, use, spot, root, help, point, power, sleep.

 

IV. Derive new words using prefix “DIS”, find the derivatives in the text and translate them into Russian. Use the dictionary.

Honest, cover, connect, appear.

 

V. Find one word to explain the meaning in each sentence, use the dictionary.

1. Dust or very small pieces of wood made by a saw in cutting.

2. To talk too proudly about your abilities, achievements, or possessions.

3. Lacking knowledge, education or consciousness, esp. of something one ought to know about.

4. A very dishonest person.

5. A dirty, untidy, or disorderly place. A place for dumping waste material.

6. A tool or machine for making holes.

VI. Find synonyms to the following words. Use the text.

 

Lying, uninformed, find out, separate, length, encourage, rudeness, chewing, emerge, adult.

 

VII. Fill in the prepositions.

 

1. The drill runs…a tremendous speed.

2. When I switch… the drill the mileage numbers… the speedo spin backwards… a fantastic rate.

3. I invented that all … myself.

4. They were in the living room eating their suppers … their knees … …the telly.

5. Mrs. Wormwood sat munching her meal … her eyes glued … the American soap opera … the screen.

6. But we are not … the table.

7. She could see the anger boiling … … her.

 

VIII. Answer the questions.

1. What kind of a house did Matilda and her parents have?

2. What did Matilda’s father do for a living?

3. Whom did Mr. Wormwood explain the details of his business to?

4. How did Mr. Wormwood manage to fiddle the numbers of the speedometer back?

5. What did he need the sawdust for?

6. Matilda’s mother supported her daughter in everything, didn’t she?

7. What was on TV that evening?

8. Matilda’s mother was very well built, wasn’t she?

9. How did Matilda react to her parent’s treatment?

 

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CHAPTER III

THE HAT AND THE SUPER GLUE

Find the following words in the text and look them up in the dictionary.

 

Skin, forehead, label, witch, windowpane, splutter, glare, swell, snap, chop.

 

II. Translate the following sentences into English. Use the text.

1 Матильда проскочила в гардеробную и завладела шляпой, которую ее отец носил каждый день.

2 С помощью палки она аккуратно повесила шляпу обратно на крючок.

3 Устроившись удобно на своем привычном стуле, Матильда наблюдала за “представлением”, глядя поверх книги.

4 М-р Вормвуд должен был сидеть в шляпе все время, пока ужинал перед телевизором.

5 М-р Вормвуд обнаружил, что самым неудобным в постоянном ношении шляпы является необходимость в ней спать.

6 Спереди, в том месте, где шляпа касалась лба, осталось множество коричневых точек, которых не могло смыть никакое количество воды.

 

III. Translate the following expressions into English. Use the text.

Носить шляпу набок; повесить шляпу на вешалку; встать из-за стола; приехать в гараж; снять шляпу; снять кожу со лба; так ему и надо; тебе придется обойтись без душа; вряд ли это тип мужчины, о котором мечтает женщина.

IV. Find synonyms to the following words. Use the text.

Fearless, tidily, mighty, not guilty, slender, move restlessly, cut.

 

V. Find one word to explain the meaning in each sentence. Use the dictionary.

1. Previously owned or used by someone else.

2. A hollow round pipe of metal, glass, rubber, etc., used esp. for carrying or holding liquids.

3. The natural outer covering of an animal or human body.

4. Increased beyond the usual size, often because of the presence of water or air inside.

5. A piece of paper or other material fixed to something, which gives information.

6. A woman who has magical powers, esp. one who can make bad things happen to people.

VI. Explain the difference between the following words. Use the dictionary.

 

Yell, scream, shout, snap at, splutter

 

VII. Write derivatives of the following words.

Verb Noun Adjective Adverb

 

Care

Arrive

 

Nest

 

Dream

Permanent

 

 

VIII. Answer the questions.

1. Where did Matilda get her father’s hat?

2. Why was Mr. Wormwood so proud of his hat?

3. What did Matilda do to her father’s hat and how did she do it?

4. Mr. Wormwood noticed straight away what Matilda had done to his hat, didn’t he?

5. How long did Mr. Wormwood have to keep his hat on?

6. Mr. Wormwood’s wife managed to get his hat off, didn’t she?

7. Who thought that Mr. Wormwood had done the trick with his hat on purpose?

8. How did Matilda’s mother remove the hat?

9. How did Mr. Wormwood’s head look after the hat had been taken off?

10. Did anyone suspect Matilda of playing this wicked trick on her father?

 

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CHAPTER IV

THE GOHST

I. Find the following words in the text and look them up in the dictionary.

Chasten, scarce, beyond, flood, fabulous, stagger, hiss, brandish, soot, poker, quake.

II. Translate into English. Use the text.

1.Существует много вещей, раздражающих мужчину, когда он приходит вечером домой с работы.

2. Матильда продолжала читать и по какой-то причине это вывело из себя ее отца.

3. Матильда в ужасе застыла.

4. На месте Матильды большинство детей разразились бы слезами.

5. Мистер Вормвуд побледнел.

6. Матильда вынесла клетку через черный ход и побежала с ней к дому Фреда.

 

VIII. True or false?

1. Mr. Wormwood kept boasting and bulling after the Superglue episode.

2. MR. Wormwood was pleased to see Matilda reading.

3. Mr. Wormwood ripped all the pages out of Matilda’s book.

4. Matilda burst into floods of tears on seeing it.

5. Matilda placed the parrot in the kitchen.

6. Matilda took the talking parrot from Mrs. Phelps

7. Matilda’s parents didn’t hear anything strange or frightening.

8. Matilda’s parents got very frightened on hearing somebody’s voices.

9. Matilda was a very good actress, wasn’t she?

10. Eventually the burglars were caught.

 

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CHAPTER V.

ARITHMETIC

 

V. Answer the questions.

1. What was Mr. Warmwood so proud of?

2. Whom did Mr. Warmwood ask to add up all the sums?

3. How many cars did Mr. Warmwood sell that evening?

4. What did Mr. Warmwood profit from?

5. Why was Mr. Warmwood so angry with Matilda?

 

VI. Combinations with «put». Put in the correct prepositions or adverbs. Use the dictionary.

 

1. We’ve invited them to dinner, but we’ll have to------------them----------because the baby’s sick.

2. We have some money---------------for a holiday.

3. They have----------------a plan for reducing the level of traffic.

4. If she is not in, can you------------- me ----------- to her secretary?

5. He --------------his glasses to read the letter.

6. I can’t ------------with your rudeness any more; leave the room.

 

CHAPTER VI.

THE PLATINUM BLOND MAN

CHAPTER VII

MISS HONEY

 

CHAPTER VIII

THE TRUNCHBULL

V. Translate into Russian

Pinch, bloodthirsty, arrogant, at heart, take on, viper, unload, beast, scorch

VIII. Answer the questions.

 

1. Why do you think that this time Miss Honey was determined to take on Miss Trunchbull?

2. How Miss Trunchbull’s appearance and clothing characterize her?

3. Did Miss Trunchbull know the Wormwood family? Under what circumstances did she get to know them?

4. Did Miss Trunchbull make an effort to listen to Miss Honey?

5. What did Miss. Trunchbull regret?

 

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CHAPTER IX

THE PARENTS

CHAPTER X

THROWING THE HAMMER

CHAPTER XI.

CHAPTER XII

LAVENDER

I. Look up the following words and expressions in the dictionary and find them in the text.

 

Swot, mull over, admittedly, foe, exploit, newt, wriggle, plop, thrash, damp, slide, fraction, culprit, quicksilver.

 

V. Phrasal words with «go».

1. It would go--------- my principles to work for a company that manufactured weapons.

2. Go--------, we are all listening.

3. Don’t go---- that old map; it might be out of date.

4. The standard of work has gone------.

5. I’ve set the heating to go---- at six o’clock.

6. She’ gone--- for a walk.

 

CHAPTER XIII

 

THE WEEKLY TEST

 

I. Look up the following words and expressions in the dictionary and find them in the text.

 

Assemble, expel, go round the bend, bellow, scare, swell, inflate, bug, peeve, rove, hesitation, stalk, twiddler, garbage, filthy.

 

CHAPTER XIV

 

THE FIRST MIRACLE

 

I. Look up the following words and expressions in the dictionary and find them in the text.

 

Bane of somebody’s life, porcelain, lizard, hatred, reluctantly, malicious, patch, tomb, desperately, to pin smth on somebody, reach out, get rid of smth

 

CHAPTER XV

 

THE SECOND MIRACLE

 

I. Look up the following words and expressions in the dictionary and find them in the text.

 

Bottle up, on the spur of the moment, confide in, riffle through, topple, vivid, expel, astound.

 

II. Translate into English.

 

1. Матильда сразу решила, что единственный человек, на которого она может положиться, это мисс Хани.

2. Ты говоришь, ты заставила стакан перевернуться?

3. Мисс Хани не думала, что Матильда хотела соврать.

4. Это удивительно, как часто у маленьких детей вспыхивают фантазии.

5. Матильда была бледна, как лист бумаги, она вся дрожала, глаза ее остекленели, она смотрела прямо перед собой ничего невидящим взглядом.

 

V. Find English equivalents

Полагаться на кого-либо, перелистывать страницы, исключать, изумлять, стекленеть (о взгляде), глазеть, изумленный взгляд.

VI. The following words occur in the story. The ones on the left are related in some way to the ones on the right. Make pairs. Explain what each combination means.

Riffle fancy

To tell look

Flights of through papers

Put a lie

Exalted an end

VII. Find these phrases in the text, and notice the way in which they are used. In each case suggest the best equivalent.

 

1. “to be bottled up”--------- be open for communication

----------to control(feelings) in an unhealthy way

-----------close bottles

2. “to topple over”--------become unsteady and fall down

-------- to move down

-------- run over by a car

3. “the eyes glazed”---the eyes shining

----gave out a gentle light

----the eyes became dull and lifeless

4. “on the spur of --- without preparation or planning

the moment” --- after a while

----at the most suitable moment

5. “I willed the ------I wanted the glass to tip

glass to tip” ------ I ordered the glass to tip

-------I told the glass to tip

 

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CAPTER XVI

MISS HONEY’S COTTAGE

I. Look up the following words and expressions in the dictionary and find them in the text.

 

Butcher, grocery, firework, phenomenon, pattern, thorn, dew, tray, profoundly, to stoop, embrace, embarrass, appall, scatter, on display, divine, conceit, cautiously, bowl over lack of smth.

 

CHAPTER XVII

MISS Honey’s STORY

 

I. Look up the following words and expressions in the dictionary and find them in the text.

 

Slice, exception, junk, tension, community, the next of kin, stiffly, terrific, fixed, awkward, alert, intently, probe, hunch up, bind, sip, tuck, shrug, pluck up the courage, snug, forge.

CHAPTRER XVIII

THE NAMES

I. Look up the following words and expressions in the dictionary and find them in the text.

 

Rotten, cautious, snippet, authority, ponder (on, over), take charge of smth.,

 

CHAPTER IXX

THE PRACTICE

I. Look up the following words and expressions in the dictionary and find them in the text.

 

Invisible, vital, intense, sheer, spark, band, lift, summon up, gasp, apply, settle.

II. Find synonyms in the text.

 

Unseen, carry out, raise, call for, resolve, flash, breath, absolute, strong, essential.

 

VI. Answer the questions.

 

1. What sort of plan was beginning to form in Matilda’s mind?

2. Where did Matilda practice?

3. What did Matilda use while practicing her powers?

4. Did Matilda get tired of her experiments?

 

CHAPTER XX

THE THIRD MIRACLE

I. Look up the following words and expressions in the dictionary and find them in the text.

 

Encounter, mangle, pluck, hover, surge, stammer, twinkle, resume, cheeky, apprehensive, slimy, tense, elated, sensational, triumphant, bewildered, invisible.

III. Fill in the blanks with articles and prepositions wherever necessary.

 

1. --- next day was Thursday, and that was ---day ---, which--- Headmistress would take charge of --- first lesson --- lunch.

2. --- exactly that moment Nigel, --- --- other end --- --- room, jumped --- his feet and started pointing exactly --- --- blackboard.

3. --- some reason everyone now looked --- --- Trunchbull.

4. --- chalk hovered --- --- few moments, then suddenly it dropped --- --- floor --- --- tinkle and broke --- two.

5. Nigel, always ready --- action, leapt --- and seized --- big jug --- water.

 

CHAPTER XXI

A NEW HOME

I. Look up the following words and expressions in the dictionary and find them in the text.

 

Inquire, investigate, do a bunk, turn up, reveal, call in, strive, pant, tip-off, solicitor, will, testament, frustrate, lawn,.

 

THE READER OF BOOKS

I. Find the following words in the text and look them up in the dictionary.

Revolting, twaddle, report, grasshopper, emerge, a sting, surface, get on, scab, to put up with, county, sensitive, nimble, half-witted, wrap up, chatterbox, household, to be hooked on, toddle, to be stunned, lap, spell, encourage, interfere, edition, watchful, seldom, all the same, reach, amazing.

 









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