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Multiple Choice - (B2) First Certificate of English

For Questions 1-8, read the text below and decide which answer (A, B, C or D) best fits each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).

The history of writing (1)

The (0) DEVELOPMENT of writing (1) ............ a huge difference to the world and we might see it as the beginning of the (2) ............. Pieces of pottery with marks that are probably numbers have been (3) ............ in China and these surprisingly date from around 4000 BC. Hieroglyphics and other forms epicure writing' developed in the (4) ............ around Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq), where the (5) ............ Sumerian civilization was based, from around 3300 BC onwards. However, the first (6) ............ alphabet was used by the Phoenicians around 1050 BC. Their alphabet had 22 letters and it is (7) ............ that it lasted for 1000 years. The first two signs were called 'aleph' and 'beth', which in Greek became 'alpha' and 'beta', which gave us the (8) ............ word 'alphabet'.

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