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Sep

 PTE READING MOCK TEST FOR PRACTICE 20

PTE READING MOCK TEST FOR PRACTICE 20PTE READING MOCK TEST FOR PRACTICE 20

1

At first, the 10th ………….. itself to the terrain and weather. Patrols on skis and snowshoes probed toward enemy lines. One night, American Olympic ski racer Steve Knowlton was on a ski-mounted patrol when the Americans ………….. a German, also on skis. Thinking the Americans were his kameraden, the German nonchalantly waved, only to be greeted by a ……………… of fire. Turning quickly, the German schussed down the hill only to crash into a grove of trees and ………… both legs. “The bullets didn’t stop him, but the trees did,” Knowlton remarked.

 


Cessation, volley, break, met, acclimated, encountered


 PTE READING MOCK TEST FOR PRACTICE 20

2

In the weeks and months to come, the 10th ……………. the Fifth Army drive out of the mountains and into the Po Valley. The Germans were now ……… for the safety of the Alps and doing everything within their power to stall the 10th’s pursuit. But the 10th would not be denied. The mountaineers …………. across the Po while under enemy fire; they were the first American division to cross this river. Up along the shores of Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake, rolled the 10th, and then across the lake in amphibious DUKWs, where they ………. former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini’s ……….. villa.


Restrained, fleeing, abandoned, paddled, free, spearheaded, occupied


 PTE READING MOCK TEST FOR PRACTICE 20

3

Through no fault of their own, the 10th Mountain …………. was a Johnny-come-lately to combat. Yet, the division had performed brilliantly, never losing a battle or giving up an inch of ground. But the cost of victory was high. In only 114 days of combat, the 10th lost nearly 1,000 men killed and over 4,000 wounded.

The division’s contribution to victory did not pass…………… . Mark Clark wrote, “The 10th Mountain Division, which entered the line only last January, has performed with outstanding skill and strength.” General Hays, the 10th’s commander, told his men, “I am proud indeed that the knockout ………… has been spearheaded by the 10th Mountain Division—–When you go home, no one will believe you when you start telling of the …………. things you have done. There have been more heroic deeds and experiences ………….. into these days than I have ever heard of.”


Division, crammed, Union, thrust, power, unimpressive, unnoticed, spectacular


CHECK ANSWERS
1- acclimated, encountered, volley, break 2- spearheaded, fleeing, paddled, occupied, abandoned 3- Division, unnoticed, thrust, spectacular, crammed