Олимпиадные материалы для десятиклассников. Задания олимпиад, проводившихся среди учащихся 10-х классов, начиная с 2012 года. 

Comment on the following extract.

Can Artificial Intelligence Replace the Real Human Intelligence?

They say   Artificial Intelligence (AI) will soon replace many blue collar and white collar jobs.  Artificial Intelligence   is exhibiting a slow but continuous influence on the value and availability of work  - in the form of wages and the number of adult workers with full-time jobs. The widespread disappearance of jobs would result in a social transformation unlike anything we’ve ever  imagined. We observe entirely a new phase in history, one characterized by a steady and inevitable decline of jobs. The newest industries  mostly related to computer software, and telecommunications and similar industries, are the most labor efficient and don’t require many people. If  we  run out of jobs, what will our society look like without universal work?

The next-generation manager will view intelligent machines as colleagues. The reason is that there will be need for high social intelligence to collaborate effectively in teams and networks to use digital technologies to tap into the knowledge and judgment of partners, customers, external stakeholders and role models in other industries. When technology enables many people to have more information about themselves and others, it’ll be  easier to take a clear and more mature view of the workplace. Self-assessment tools, particularly those that enable people to diagnose what they do and how they do it, can help employees pinpoint their own productivity issues. They have less need for the watchful eyes of a manager. One could easily imagine that the “the end of management” is in sight.

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СПбГУ, финал 2017/18, 10–11 классы.

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Comment on the story in pictures.

В задании не указывался предполагаемый формат ответа и его объем.

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Финал олимпиады СПбГУ 2017/18, 10–11 классы, вариант 1.

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Comment on the following statement:

«Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth»

(Aristotle)

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Babies are born able to produce all of the sounds of all the world languages and ready to speak any of them.

Write down your ideas on this statement.

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Give up to 10 examples of healthy nutrition and eating habits.

(1) Not to eat after 6 o’clock

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Compose a fairy tale based on oneof the given sayings:

  • A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
  • Revenge is a dish best served cold.
  • Too many cooks spoil the broth.

Use your imagination. Your fairy tale must have:

  • Title
  • Good and bad characters
  • Setting (when and where the story is taking place)
  • Plot (sequence of ordered events)
  • Morale (which supports the saying)

You should write 200–250 words.

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Compose a fairy tale based on oneof the given sayings:

  • A stitch in time saves nine.
  • You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
  • Rob Peter to pay Paul.

Use your imagination. Your fairy tale must have:

  • Title
  • Good and bad characters
  • Setting (when and where the story is taking place)
  • Plot (sequence of ordered events)
  • Morale (which supports the saying)

You should write 200–250 words.

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Compose a fairy tale based on oneof the given sayings:

  • When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
  • Once bitten, twice shy.
  • Every cloud has a silver lining.

Use your imagination. Your fairy tale must have:

  • Title
  • Good and bad characters
  • Setting (when and where the story is taking place)
  • Plot (sequence of ordered events)
  • Morale (which supports the saying)

You should write 200–250 words.

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Compose a fairy tale based on oneof the given sayings:

  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
  • Two blacks don’t make a white.
  • The darkest hour is just before the dawn.

Use your imagination. Your fairy tale must have:

  • Title
  • Good and bad characters
  • Setting (when and where the story is taking place)
  • Plot (sequence of ordered events)
  • Morale (which supports the saying)

You should write 200–250 words.

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Compose a fairy tale based on oneof the given sayings:

  • There’s no smoke without fire.
  • Waste not want not.
  • People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

Use your imagination. Your fairy tale must have:

  • Title
  • Good and bad characters
  • Setting (when and where the story is taking place)
  • Plot (sequence of ordered events)
  • Morale (which supports the saying)

You should write 200–250 words.

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Task A: Advertisement

Choose one of the products from the pictures below and write an advertisement describing this product. In your advertisement:

  • mention at least 3 special features of the product;
  • make the product look attractive for the potential customer.

Make sure that your description matches the picture you have chosen. 

Write 100–120 words.

Product 1: Pyjamas

Product 2: Electric Toothbrush

Product 3: Wireless Headphones

Task B: Letter of Complaint

Now imagine that you are a customer who read the advertisement written in Task A. You got interested in the product and bought it. However, the purchase was disappointing. Write a letter of complaint to the manager of the company. In your letter:

  • complain about the quality of the product, comparing its real qualities with those listed in the advertisement;
  • ask for a solution that will suit you.

Write 150–180 words.

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The newspaper you work for has asked you to cover the recent arrival of an alien ship. Write a news report in about 200–250 words.

Your news report should:

  • name the date and the place;
  • describe the event;
  • signify the importance of the event.

Make sure that all your descriptions match the picture below.

News Report встречался на олимпиадах «Покори Воробьёвы горы!» и «Ломоносов».

Образец ответа

Seattle receives extraterrestrial guests

A large alien spaceship appeared in the sky above Seattle, Washington, yesterday evening. After remaining stationary for several hours, it flew away, leaving no trace behind. More than 300,000 people witnessed the event.

Mr Cruncher, one of the first witnesses, reported having seen the spacecraft at about 6:15 p.m.: "It was an unusual shadow that caught my attention. I looked up — and there it was, enormous and intimidating!". The object, a grayish-white disc, about 200 meters in diameter, hung still in the air for nearly 5 hours. It was monitored constantly by 9 helicopters, sent by the local government.

In spite of close surveillance, very little information was gathered, since the interior of the ship was impenetrable. Neither was it possible to take samples of the materials composing the vessel (presumably, they are an alloy of steel and nickel). The ship showed no signs of working engines, therefore it remains unclear what kind of power it uses to travel throughout space. Another grey area is whether the spaceship was manned or controlled automatically.

The event received worldwide attention both in scientific communities and among ordinary people. This is the first time that the existence of aliens has been publicly witnessed and carefully documented. Scientists predict further visits which will throw new light on the event. "We finally know that we're not alone in the Universe, and further contacts are bound to be established", commented Mr. Daniel Flumpengo, a paranormal research expert in Stanford University.

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Imagine that this is the year of CULTURAL HERITAGE in Russia and all over the world and you, being a news reporter, have to write a news article (200–250 words) describing the two pictures below. Your correct answer gives you 40 points.

Follow the plan:

  1. Name the date and the places.
  2. Describe the places in the pictures.
  3. Signify the importance of these places.
  4. Make up some special events held there.

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Imagine that this is the year of CULTURAL HERITAGE in Russia and all over the world and you, being a news reporter, have to write a news article (200–250 words) describing the two pictures below. Your correct answer gives you 40 points.

Follow the plan:

  1. Name the date and the places.
  2. Describe the places in the pictures.
  3. Signify the importance of these places.
  4. Make up some special events held there.

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TASK 4. WRITING (60 points)

(40 minutes, 250-300 words)

Your school magazine has a weekly column called "Get to Know Teenagers Better". As part of their investigation into behaviour, habits and preferences of modern teenagers, they have asked you to write a report based on the results of your own survey demonstrated in the graph below.

Write your report. Follow the format and the style of report writing.

In your report say:

  1. how you conducted the survey;
  2. if there have been any changes since 2010;
  3. what could cause such changes;
  4. how the situation might develop in the future.

Report 8 Chart 1

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TASK 4. WRITING (60 points)

(40 minutes, 250-300 words)

Your school magazine has a weekly column called "Get to Know Teenagers Better". As part of their investigation into behaviour, habits and preferences of modern teenagers, they have asked you to write a report based on the results of your own survey demonstrated in the graph below.

Write your report. Follow the format and the style of report writing.

In your report say:

  1. how you conducted the survey;
  2. if there have been any changes since 2010;
  3. what could cause such changes;
  4. how the situation might develop in the future.

Report 8 Chart 1

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TASK 4. WRITING (60 points)

(40 minutes, 250-300 words)

Your school magazine has a weekly column called "Get to Know Teenagers Better". As part of their investigation into behaviour, habits and preferences of modern teenagers, they have asked you to write a report based on the results of your own survey demonstrated in the graph below.

Write your report. Follow the format and the style of report writing.

In your report say:

  1. how you conducted the survey;
  2. if there have been any changes since 2010;
  3. what could cause such changes;
  4. how the situation might develop in the future.

Report 12 Chart 1

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Imagine that your colleague has conducted an experiment on people's ability to detect changes. 50 people participated, and their results are presented in the chart below. 

Study the chart, watch the video and write a report about the experiment in about 250–300 words. In your report speak about:

  • what the experiment was like and how it was conducted;
  • the purpose of the experiment;
  • the results of the experiment. 
Source of the video: Colour Changing Card Trick.

Report 13 Chart 1

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You won the most prestigious English Language Olympiad and came back home with an idea of organising a training course for those who want to prepare for language competitions.

Write a proposal report to the local authorities, outlining your project. Make sure to include the following points:

  • what you intend to do;
  • what kind of support you expect from the authorities;
  • why your project will benefit the local area.

Write about 250–300 words.

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You have 45 minutes to complete the task.

You recently attended an English language course. At the end of the course you were given the following letter:

We hope you have enjoyed studying with us. In order to plan future courses we would be grateful if you could write a short report giving us your views of the course covering:

  • the quality of teaching;
  • the use of modern technological equipment;
  • the variability of textbooks;
  • dining facilities;
  • the convenience of the timetable.

We would also like to hear your suggestions on the possible changes and improvements to be made.

Thank you in advance.

Mrs Galway

The Principal

Write your report for the Principal (around 200–250 words).

Remember to:

  • include a title and subtitles;
  • use appropriate style;
  • organize the information logically.

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