For Questions 1-12, read the text below and decide which answer A, B, C or D best fits each space.
Example: (0) A situation B place C position D site
Earth is the only (0) … we know of in the universe that can support human life. (1) … human activities are making the planet less fit to live on. As the western world (2) … on consuming two-thirds of the world’s resources while half of the world’s population do so (3) … to stay alive we are rapidly destroying the (4) … resource we have by which all people can survive and prosper. Everywhere fertile soil is (5) … built on or washed into the sea. Renewable resources are exploited so much that they will never be able to recover (6) … We discharge pollutants into the atmosphere without any thought of the consequences. As a (7) … the planet’s ability to support people is being (8) … at the very time when rising human numbers and consumption are (9) … increasingly heavy demands on it.
The Earth’s (10) … resources are there for us to use. We need food, water, air, energy, medicines, warmth, shelter and minerals to (11) … us fed, comfortable, healthy and active. If we are sensible in how we use the resources they will (12) … indefinitely. But if we use them wastefully and excessively they will soon run out and everyone will suffer.
1 A Although B Still C Yet D Despite
2 A continues B repeats C carries D follows
3 A already B just C for D entirely
4 A alone B individual C lone D lonely
5 A sooner B neither C either D rather
6 A quite B greatly C utterly D completely
7 A development B result C reaction D product
8 A stopped B narrowed C reduced D cut
9 A doing B having C taking D making
10 A natural B real C living D genuine
11 A hold B maintain C stay D keep
12 A last B stand C go D remain