There are many superstitions in Britain, but one of the most (31 )held is that it is unlucky to walk under a ladder even if it means (32)the pavement into a busy street! (33)you must pass under a ladder you can (34)bad luck by crossing your fingers and (35)them crossed until you have seen a dog. (36), you may lick your finger and (37)a cross on the toe of your shoe, and not look again at the shoe until the (38)has dried.
Another common (39)is that it is unlucky to open an umbrella in the house-it will either bring (40)to the person who opened it or to the whole (41). Anyone opening an umbrella in fine weather is (42), as it inevitably brings rain! The number 13 is said to be unlucky for some, and when the 13th day of the month (43)on a Friday, anyone wishing to avoid a bad event had better stay (44). the worst misfortune that can happen to a person is caused by breaking a mirror, (45)it brings seven years of bad luck! The superstition is supposed to (46)in ancient times, when mirrors were considered to be tools of the gods. Black cats are generally considered lucky in Britain, even though they are (47)witchcraft…… it is (48)lucky if a black cat crosses your path-although in America the exact opposite belief prevails. Finally, a commonly held superstition is that of touching wood (49)luck. This measure is most often taken if you think you have said something that is tempting fate, such as "my car has never (50), touch wood?" 31. A broadly B widely C quickly D speedily 32. A running from B jumping off C stepping off D keeping from 33. A If B As C Though D Unless 34. A erase B remove C avoid D ease 35. A keep B keeping C kept D to keep 36. A Consequently B However C Comparatively D Alternatively 37. A make B print C perform D produce 38. A label B symbol C mark D cut 39. A argument B superstition C opinion D idea 40. A loss B difficulty C tragedy D misfortune 41. A house B household C home D circle 42. A unwise B unintelligent C unpopular D unfortunate 43. A falls B arrives C drops D happens 44. A away B outdoors C indoors D far 45. A when B as C if D though 46. A have originated B be originating C be originated D originate 47. A concerned about B related with C associated with D connected in 48. A especially B specially C frequently D rarely 49. A as B for C in D of 50. A broken up B broken off C broken away D broken down