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Time allowed: 60 minutes
Read the following article and choose the best answers to questions 1-5.
Se c r e t s o f t h e Fa c e
Is it really possible to judge someone’s character from their face? The Chinese seem to think
so. For over 2,000 years they have been practising Siang Mien, which is the art of judging
character and predicting fortune from an analysis of the face. It developed in the ancient
imperial courts of China and consisted of jealously guarded secrets that were hidden away in
special books which only a very few could look at.
These secrets cannot have been that well guarded and must have got out because practically
all Chinese practise some form of face analysis. Mothers tell their daughters that men with flat
noses and small ear lobes will make shy and rather dull husbands.
So how does this analysis work? Well, to start with, people’s faces can be classified according
to one of ten basic shapes, each of which has its own special name. A triangular face, for
example, is called a fire-face. One which is square is known as a wall-face, while one which
is diamond shaped is a jade-face. There are even bucket-faces!
Once the basic shape has been decided, then parts of the face such as the eyes, nose, chin and
mouth can be analyzed in their turn. People who have not got conventional or beautiful faces
should not worry, as ugly people tend to be lucky.
Anyway, let us see how Siang Mien works by using Princess Diana as a practical example. To
begin with, we can say that she has got a jade-face which means that she must be strong-
willed. This shape also belongs to people who are said to have had difficult chilhoods. As you
may know, the Princess’s parents were divorced when she was a child and this time must have
been a period of great unhappiness.
Turning to more specific features, we can see that one eye is a little larger than the other. It is
a known fact that people with eyes of different sizes are often brought up by stepparents. They
are also believed to be charming as well as being capable of great jealousy. We can see from
her photographs that the top of her ears goes above the line of her eyebrows. People who have
high ears such as hers are likely to become famous before the age of 30, while those who
combine this with eyes of different sizes will be lucky.
English test – B3