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Open Cloze - (C1) Advanced Certificate of English

For questions 1-8, read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only one word in each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).

How memories are made

We don’t normally collect souvenirs for (0) ANY great significance they might have in themselves. Nor (1) ............ we collect them for practical reasons. (2) ............ than to brighten them up some empty shelf. When (3) ............ comes to it, as the word suggests, the real reason we buy souvenirs is for the memories we associate with them. Some tourists buy cheap mass-produced goods and others will only buy handmade folk art. But (4) ............ both sets of travelers have (5) ............ in common is that for them the object acquires sentimental value, even on those occasions they feel they (6) ............ kick themselves for having paid too much. How often do we all wish we hadn’t parted with our precious money so easily! However, for some people collecting can become a serious passion. A few years ago, the writer Paul Bassati was in a market in California when he saw a nineteenth-century glass painting. ‘All I did was stop and admire it’, he says. ‘I don’t know (7) ............ it should be, but when I tried to move away, I realized that I had to buy it.’ Now, wherever he travels, he goes looking for glass paintings, almost as (8) ............ he were hunting for treasure.

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