Учебные материалы

Учебные материалы по английскому языку

At the end of the nineteenth century, a metal object fell from the sky in the South of England and made a large hole in the ground. People came to learn, what had happened. They surrounded the hole, looking at the strange object. When one end of the object started opening, the watchers realized it was hollow. Was there anybody inside? But the creatures, which came out, were not homo sapiens… Gradually people began to realize that these creatures were from Mars. A small group of scientists and many other people who had come to see, were killed instantly. Later the second object landed and then the third one. Are the Martians trying to take our planet away? Is it true? And what are our chances for victory in the war against the civilization, whose development is for thousand years ahead. Moreover, the Martians become stronger in the atmosphere.

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Three of ordinary schoolchildren – Jerry, Jimmy, and Cathy had summer vacation. After tiring lessons children had finally obtained freedom and escaped to the countryside in searching of adventures. Soon they found a hidden cave behind the bushes. Children's interest and adventurism makes them go down to the hole. When they passed that they have found themselves in a strange place. Later they have found a huge castle, and opposite it there was stretching a maze of hedges. After they had found the centre of a maze, they met a girl. Schoolchildren took this girl for an enchanted princess, as well as the castle became enchanted for them. The princess invites them to the castle and begins to show the wonders inside it. They find a magic ring, but will it give them only good?

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Elizabeth, one of five unmarried daughters of a poor but respectable family Bennett. The main sense of her life Mrs. Bennet sees the marriage of their daughters. When the neighbourhoods have settled two eligible bachelors, Mr. Charles Bingley and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the life of each of the daughters Bennett has filled whirlwind of events. A fun and easy temper Bingley immediately have to appeal to all in the area, which can not be said about Darcy – an attractive, wealthy, educated, but reclusive and arrogant. Elizabeth has won the heart of a young aristocrat, but she rejected him in disgust: Darcy saw her too arrogant and complacent, he was scared a material difference in their social position. And the story also told by Mr. Wickhams cruel deed which had been done by Darcy to hate Elizabeth. Will Darcy get favours from a young lady or wrap up hatred to love?

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It is a quite unusual detective story where each character has a motive to commit a crime. The scene is laid in a fictional English village. The novel is narrated in the third person. Dr James Sheppard becomes an assistant of Hercule Poirot. This is he, who tells the story to the reader. Mrs Ferrars, a rich widow, died. The reason was the drugs overdose. The peasants believe it was a suicide. They say Mrs Ferrars killed her husband by poisoning many years ago. But then another widower died. He wanted to marry Mrs Ferrars. People started suspecting his sister-in-law because she had many debts. Her daughter Flora, major Blunt and many relatives of the late bridegroom are suspected. The bride of the prime suspect asks Poirot to investigate this difficult case and find the killer.

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What can be worse than war? Only the Civil War. Spain, May 1937. The first year of the Civil War is coming to end. Robert Jordan is a young teacher and socialist from America. He comes to Spain like many thousands others like him to help people who are his kindred spirits. The book describes three days of his life he spent at the front. Robert is a demolition man. He gets an order to blow up the bridge at the enemy's rear. This task is a part of the offensive operation of the Republican Guard. After getting to the right place, Robert meets the partisans who live in the mountains near the bridge. The partisans should help him even if it costs them their lives. There are brave men and cowards, kind and reliable, traitors among them. The novel «For Whom the Bell Tolls» is on the 8th place in the list «100 books of the 20th century».

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This exciting story will admire those readers, who like mythical stories about vampires. Mysterious creatures, which hypnotize their victims and drink blood. One autumn evening two friends Alfred and Elliot were sitting near the fire and having an interesting conversation about their thrilling adventures. Alfred is a journalist and he often has to deal with supernatural. His best friend Elliot helps him in his investigations. They have just come from an exciting but scaring travel in Norway, where they had a case with a ghost. An unexpected note interrupted their dinner. It seems that friends are going to face a new case: the note was from count Dracula. The next day Alfred and Elliot are meeting at the station and leaving for Romania.

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This is a romantic love story about fidelity, friendship and a ridiculous cruelty of war. Ada is a beautiful daughter of a priest. One day she meets a silent and thoughtful Inman. The civil war starts and their affair is suspended. Inman goes to the front. He promises to come back with the victory. The years are passing but the war isn’t stopping. Ada is waiting for her beloved. Is he alive? Does he remember her? The young woman hardly copes with the difficulties of a daily civil life. The memories about Inman, love and expectations give her strength to live. Inman realizes that his beloved Ada is exhausted, her heart is torn. She asks him to come back. Inman leaves the front and starts going home to cold Mountain and becomes a deserter.

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On that day a young woman was walking with her dog on the bank of the river Thames. She was in deep thoughts about the future holidays with her husband. Suddenly something broke her dormancy. The dog was barking desperately at a swimming female corpse. The police inspector James Hudson discovered, that the dead woman had been the second victim of a serial maniac. The first one was killed four weeks ago, when the moon was full. The murderer sent to the police the weapon of his crime – a belt from the dress, which he used to strangle the girl. He also sent a note with a sign «Jack the Skipper». In that note he was laughing at the helpless policemen. The hard case is waiting for the inspector Hudson. First he has to find out the connection between the two victims.

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Button came into the world in far 1860, it was the last day of the War. He looked like an old, little man. His father was upset and wanted to kill him, but then he exposed him to the hospitage. People around thought that this man was born for suffering, but he had become one of the happiest people in the world. The nature’s anomaly had born him and given the great opportunity – Conversely live. He wasn't getting older like everybody, he was becoming younger the whole his life. He had a hard way, full of sense, friendship, and good people. And the most important – by love. Our hero got acquainted with the world around through communication with old people that’s why he avoided mistakes, which usual people always make.

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A sophisticated detective Poirot has to solve another tangled case. One evening he had an unexpected guest. A schoolgirl Julia Upjohn told about series of awful crimes at her school 'Meadowbank' – from kidnapping to murders. Such series of crimes couldn't be solved sitting on a chair, so Hercule rushed to mentioned school immediately. The investigation followed to the begging of the first offenses that started during revolution in the Palace of Ramat two months ago. Prince of Ramat and his private pilot were surrounded by rebels and were close to death. The only thing Prince wanted to save from Palace was a leather pouch full of jewels of value more than million pounds. In desperation Price gave such precious pouch to his pilot and asked him to get it out of the country. The confused pilot had found best solution was to hide treasure in his sister and daughter's own baggage.

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Everything happened in Alabama. Bill Driscoll and Old Hank thought they needed more money. They decided to kidnap a child. People in small towns love their children very much. In such places you can find lazy fat sheriffs who do not like investigating crimes. They found a boy in one of the courtyards. First thing the child threw a stone in the Bill’s eye. With great difficulty, they managed to grab the boy, even though he fought like a bear. The child was taken to a cave, not far from the town. There was already a small supply of food. When Bill returned to the cave, he saw a fire in front of it and the boy with feathers in his hair. Old Hank said they were playing Indians. And that was just the beginning. Bill realized that this child could cause more problems than any adult.

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King Henry VIII was an influential leader of his time. However, today he is mostly remembered for having six wives. He was known as a good king but a terrible husband. All his wives were very unhappy. There are many legends and rumors concerning Henry's life. This book allows the reader to get more insight into what was really happening in the King's palace. The story is narrated from the perspective of the sixth wife Catherine Parr. After her husband's death the woman goes back to the palace to collect her things. There she comes across a box with five letters. It turns out that the King kept one letter from each of his wives. Catherine reads these messages to her young maid Margaret. Together they discover the former Queens' true feelings and thoughts about King Henry.

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This is the mountain range called Cascade. It is located in the county seat of Seatal, Washington. At first glance, this is an extremely inappropriate place for an alien spacecraft to appear. But once a mysterious flying object is seen by the locals. No one believes in such nonsense. Aliens from another planet are in the United States? It is more like a cheap science fiction movie! Still the residents are excited by this news. Later the trinity of good inseparable friends and classmates — Barbara, Karen and Walter notice that one of the teachers in their high school is starting behaving extremely strange. Young, but extremely smart guys begin an independent investigation and soon they discover a very unexpected truth.

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In the South Pacific, folk tales, legends and stories are not forgotten, as in the rest of the world. There they are still remembered and transmitted from person to person. In the modern world, such stories lost their value, but not in Ole's house. The guy loves these folk tales and writes them down to save for the next generations. This is hard and slow work. He dreams of a typewriter. Once Ole felt that God wanted him to go on writing. That is why he does not give up. Some rumours of this reach the official Mr. Harold. Mr. Harold is quite interested. He even invites Ole to the party at an expensive hotel, where he praises the guy for his effort. Finally Ole can get money for help in his work. But everything is not so simple as it seems.

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Government agencies are similar in many cities and countries. There are good and nice officials who can help solve your problems quickly and easily. And there are other officials who want money for their assistance. These are the majority. This method is very popular. Bribes have always been given. These things already became normal. Marina Salcedo is a senior lieutenant. She is preparing to go to Manila. The woman has been working for the goverment for twenty years. In recent years, life has risen in price and she needs extra money for her youngest son. He is getting ready to go to college. Marina is not the person who got rich on bribes and built herself a huge house with other people's money. She has to work hard. Then in Manila she will receive an award that can make life easier. But what price it would cost?

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