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Aug

PTE ACADEMIC MOCK TEST- LISTENING PRACTICE TEST 9

PTE ACADEMIC MOCK TEST- LISTENING PRACTICE TEST 9PTE ACADEMIC MOCK TEST- LISTENING PRACTICE TEST 9

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The Italian economy also fell into a deep ……………….. following World War I. Anarchists were endemic, Communist and other Socialist …………………. abounded among the trade unions, and many were gravely worried that a Bolshevik-style Communist revolution was ……………………

After a number of ………………. governments failed to rein in these threats, Italy’s King Victor Emmanuel III invited right-wing politician Benito Mussolini and his Fascist Party to form a government in 1922, following their largely ……………….. Marca su Roma (March on Rome). The …………………. maintained an armed paramilitary wing, which they employed to fight Anarchists, Communists, and Socialists. Within a few years, Mussolini had …………………dictatorial power, and Italy became a police state. On January 7, 1935, he and French Foreign Minister Pierre Laval signed the Italo-French agreements.

 

PTE ACADEMIC MOCK TEST- LISTENING PRACTICE TEST 9

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Czech representatives were not allowed at the …………………; their government strongly ………………… giving up the Sudetenland but they were powerless in the face of German military might and British and French …………………… to support them. A few months after that, in March 1939, the remaining Czech lands passed into German hands as well. March 14 Slovakia declared her independence, recognized by France, Britain and other important powers. The Slovak state tried to avoid nazification, but was finally …………… by Nazi-Germany in September 1944.

Italy, facing ………………. to its wars in Abyssinia (Ethiopia) from the League of Nations, forged an alliance with Nazi Germany, which had withdrawn from the League in 1933. In May of 1939, Italy and Germany thus formed the Pact of Steel, which deepened their ……………. and established a Rome-Berlin “Axis.”

PTE ACADEMIC MOCK TEST- LISTENING PRACTICE TEST 9

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…………….. other countries, however, were drawn into the ……………… at this time. By September 28, 1939, the three Baltic Republics felt they had no choice but to permit Soviet ………….. and troops on their ……………… Finland was invaded by the Soviets on November 30. This began the Winter War. After over three months of hard fighting, and heavy losses, the Soviet Union gave up the attempted …………………. In the Moscow Peace Treaty, March 12, Finland ceded 10% of her territory. The Finns were ………………………. over having lost more land in the peace than on the battle fields, and over the ………………….. little use of the whole world’s sympathy.

CHECK ANSWERS
1 slump, agitators, imminent, liberal, symbolic, Fascists, consolidated  2 conference, opposed, unwillingness, occupied, opposition, alliance 3  Several, conflict, bases, territory, invasion, embittered, seemingly

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