Read the following passage and mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct word or phrase that best fits each of the numbered blanks
The next time you are watching a film and you see one of the characters jumping out of a plane, falling off a horse, or being blown through a window – spare a (24) ________ for the stunt artist. Lots of people think that stunt artists are just “extras” who play small, unimportant parts in films and television. Nothing could be further from the truth. A stunt artist must combine the skills of an actor with the physical abilities of a first – (25) _____________ athlete. He or she must be extremely fit, and highly trained in a number of activities like scuba-diving, horse riding, martial arts or parachuting.
It is not easy to get started in a career as a stunt performer. Film and television producers look for experience and proven ability, as it is unlikely that they will take on a complete newcomer. However, because of the (26) ____________ of their profession, stunt artists tend to retire early. This means that new performers must be employed, or there will be no one to take (27) ______________ when the present generation quits.
Even when a stunt artist becomes well-known, the work is not regular. It may sometimes be necessary to travel to the other side of the world for a job which involves long hours and great physical danger. It is not a glamorous occupation either. Unlike the famous actors for (28) ____________ they sometimes risk their lives, few stunt artists are recognized in the street by adoring fans.
Correct Answer: EASY
Consider the answers:
A. coin /kɔɪn/ (n): money, coin
B. sympathy /ˈsɪmpəθi/ (n): sympathy; empathy
C. minute /ˈmɪnɪt/ (n): minute, moment, moment
D. thought /θɔːt/ (n): to think; thought, thought
=> spare a thought for sb = think about someone who is in a bad situation
The next time you are watching a film and you see one of the characters jumping out of a plane, falling off a horse, or being blown through a window – spare a (24) thought for the stunt artist.
(Next time you’re watching a movie and you see one of the characters jump out of a plane, fall off a horse, or get blown through a window – think stuntman.)
Write an article about (24) ________ for the stunt artist.