Why Some Don’t Care About Their Appearance

Despite the extremely superficial nature of this society there are still people who are able to avoid the notion that you have to adapt to a particular standard of beauty mainly because they are comfortable in their own skin. To outsiders it might appear that these individuals don’t care at all what they look like when the reality is that they simply have different priorities, and so even if their appearance doesn’t feature very highly on their list it doesn’t mean that they give no consideration to their appearance whatsoever.

For some individuals appearance is extremely important because it gives them an edge. They may already feel confidence when they are with colleagues and friends, but looking good gives them the extra boost they need.

Other people don’t attribute that much importance to appearances, especially if they have a laid-back attitude, are confident in themselves, and don’t have a job which requires power-dressing. This doesn’t mean they don’t care about their appearance; just that they have better things to do with their time than dressing up when all they are going to do is sit behind a desk all day.

Some people do care about their appearance, although it may not look that way to others. There are individuals who possess their own unique sense of style, which might entail showing off their tattoos and piercings, as well as wearing clothes which don’t seem to go together and look rather scruffy. However, these individuals may well belong to their own ‘tribe’ and this is their uniform. As far as their fellow ‘members’ are concerned they are one of them, and are dressed to reflect this. The rest of the world might think these individuals don’t care about their appearance, but usually the opposite is true.

Of course, there are those who really don’t care what they look like, and usually justifiably so. If you’re homeless, have a drink or drug problem, or a mental health issue, you can be forgiven for not making your appearance a priority.

Unfortunately, everybody is judged by their appearance in this society, so that if you don’t fit in with what is expected you are usually written off as being a bit weird. Everybody has their ups and downs, though, and surely nobody spends every second of their life trying to look their best. There are occasions when you’re sick or are grieving and feel down, so that the last thing on your mind is your appearance. Only the people closest to you are able to judge if you are ‘yourself’ or not, though, since strangers see you for a split second without comprehending how you are feeling at any given moment.

Most people do care about their appearance when they are in good spirits and things are going well in their life because they want to demonstrate that they belong to this society, which generally means conforming to certain standards in terms of their appearance. There may be some who decide to ignore convention, but these tend to be in the minority, while very few individuals don’t care at all what others think about the way they look.

A 7 Some people don’t care about their looks as they find it unimportant.

1) True 2) False 3) Not stated

A 8 For some people good appearance means additional points in their salary.

1) True 2) False 3) Not stated

A 9 There are people who think dressing up is useless for their job.

1) True 2) False 3) Not stated

A 10 Tattoos and piercings can be taken as a sign of haut couture.

1) True 2) False 3) Not stated

A 11 Some people don’t look proper but the same as their friends.

1) True 2) False 3) Not stated

A 12 Men are usually preoccupied by bigger problems than appearance.

1) True 2) False 3) Not stated

A 13 Only strangers can make a just decision about your look.

1) True 2) False 3) Not stated

A 14 Few people are inattentive to the norms of appearance in society.

1) True 2) False 3) Not stated

Раздел 3. (задания по грамматике и лексике)

Прочитайте приведённый ниже текст. Преобразуйте слова, напечатанные заглавными буквами в конце строк, обозначенных номерами. В4–В12 так, чтобы они грамматически соответствовали содержанию текста. Заполните пропуски полученными словами. Каждый пропуск соответствует отдельному заданию В4–В12.

В4 В5 B6 В7 В8 B9 В10 B11 B12 How to Change Your _______ Name and Appearance ________ your character’s appearance, open the console by pressing ~, which ______ in the top left corner of standard North American keyboards. ______ showrace menu in the console and hit Enter. This will pull up the character creation screen that you saw when you first ______ your character. Press the ~ again to close the console so that you can start _______ changes. You can change anything about your character’s appearance, ______ your gender, but you can’t change your character’s race without _______ your stats (Magicka, Health, Stamina, skills, and sometimes your level). When you are done, just select ‘Done’. You _______ to re-enter your character’s name and the game will resume. CHARACTER CHANGE LOCATE TYPE CREAT MAKE INCLUDE MESS UP PROMPT

Прочитайте приведённый ниже текст. Преобразуйте слова, напечатанные заглавными буквами в конце строк, обозначенных номерами В13–В18 так, чтобы они грамматически и лексически соответствовали содержанию текста. Заполните пропуски полученными словами. Каждый пропуск соответствует отдельному заданию В12–В18.

В13 В14 В15 В16 В17 В18 There’s a lot of truth to the old ______, “Beauty is only skin deep.” When they are in their prime, physically beautiful people often have no trouble attracting opportunities. They are often the envy of their peers, who perceive that they live _____ lives and don’t have to deal with the problems that more ordinary-looking people do. But the cruel fact of the matter is that a person’s appearance is always changing, and usually not for the better. For that reason and several others, I think a person’s _______ is ultimately much more important than their appearance. However, that doesn’t mean that maintaining one’s appearance is not important. Being good looking and taking pride in one’s appearance can be very worthwhile. I don’t think it’s ever a bad thing for a person to pay attention to their ______ and dress, particularly when their aim is to impress someone. There’s no doubt that being attractive and _______ will help a person get noticed and make it more likely that they will be given that chance to impress. Many people are turned off by those who are dirty and ______, or obviously don’t take any pride in their appearance. SAY CHARM PERSON GROOM APPEAL KEMPT

Раздел 4 (задания по письму)

Для ответа на задание С1 используйте бланк №2. При выполнении задания С1 особое внимание обратите на то, что ваши ответы будут оцениваться только по записям, сделанным на бланке №2. Никакие записи черновика не будут учитываться экспертом. Обратите внимание также на необходимость соблюдения указанного объёма письма. Письма недостаточного объёма, а также часть текста письма, превышающая требуемый объём – не оцениваются.

You have 30 minutes to do this task.

You have received a letter from your English-speaking pen friend Maurice.

…I was watching a TV show and was surprised to see an ugly man as a host. I’ve always thought that beautiful people should be on TV… By the way I am having a party. I’m going to invite Mike, the most handsome guy in our school. What should I wear? What music should I use at the party? Shall I ask mum to let us have champagne?

White a letter to him and answer his 3 questions.

Write 100–120 words. Remember the rules of letter writing.


Раздел 2

Задание В3

8 – extra

Тексты A B C D E F G

Задание А7–А14

A7 –1; A8 – 3; A9 – 1; A10 – 2; A11 – 1; A12 – 3; A13 – 2; A14 – 1.

Раздел 3

Задание В4–В12

B4 – Character’s;B5 – To change; B6 – is located; B7 – Type; B8 – created; B9 – making; B10 – including; B11 – messing up; B12 – will be prompted.

Задания В13-В18

B13 – saying; B14 – charmed; B15 – personality; B16 – grooming; B17 – appealing; B18 – unkempt.

Раздел 4

Задание С1

Dear Maurice,

I’m happy to receive a letter from you. I hope everything’s ok. It may be right to show only beautiful people on TV as you think. They really look attractive and may enlarge the audience of the programme. But it may turn out that good looks are the only thing they have. But that is not enough for a good show to be the best.

As for your party it is a chance for you to check whether appearance is everything or not. Anyway you should wear something you find beautiful, some smart dress, but no champagne. It can only spoil everything.

See you soon,