PART ONE : READING (15 pts)
Read the text, then do the following activities
I'm very pleased that we're going to be pen friends. It’s wonderful to have someone with whom I can share my opinions and experiences. In this first letter, I'll write a few words about myself and it would be great if you could do the same when you’ll be writing to me. I’m sixteen years old. I live with my family in Beverly Hills, a town in the western part of Los Angeles in the USA. My house is situated in the outskirts of the town and it takes a lot of time to get to the town centre by bus. Despite this disadvantage, I like my house very much because it’s spacious. My parents built and decorated it. My father has his own business and my mother takes care of the house. I also have a sister who lives in Vancouver, Canada. She is preparing her master in British literature.
A.COMPREHENSION / INTERPRETATION
1. The reading passage is:
a) a formal letter of invitation b) an informal letter of apology c) an informal letter of correspondence
2. Read the text then complete the table below. Copy the table on your answer sheet.
3. What or who do the underlined words refer to?
a) It (§1): b) They (§2): c) Me (§3):
4. Anwser the following questions according to the text.
a) Who are Michael and Adam?
b) Does Michael live alone?
c) How often does Michael go to the music school?
5. Find in the text synonyms to the following words.
a) Happy (§1) = b) fantastic (§1) = c) hope (§2) = d) dislike (§3) =
B. Text Exploration
1. Derive verbs from the following nouns
Invitation - choice - selection - apology
2. Find in the text words that are opposites in meaning to:
a) unhappy ( §1)≠ b) small (1st §1)≠ c) easy (§3)≠ d)free(§3)≠
3. Rewrite the following sentences using the expressions between brackets. Make any necessary changes.
a) My T.V set isn’t old. My computer isn’t old. ( Neither….nor)
b) I am saving money .I want to buy a new PC. ( so as to)
c) Muslims are obliged to do their prayer five times a day. ( must )
d) Kirsi is a high school student. Amel is a high school student. (both…..and)
4. Reorder the following words to make coherent sentences.
a) like –a message ?– you - leave – would – to
b) The/ in order to / switch / the central unit / and / on / computer / start / the monitor
5. Write in phonetic script the following words.
Monitor - screen - computer - printer
PART TWO: Written Expression (5 pts)
Choose one of the following topics
Topic One: Mobiles are very useful. A lot of people are using them nowadays. However, they are not completely safe. Use the following notes to write a paragraph discussing the positive and negative points of this invention.
-A good invention – change our life-different designs –different colors
- -use them to send messages, play games, talk to friends and relatives, listen to music
-parents buy mobile for their children –to check them-to help them
-businessmen use them when travelling –to work
-not safe-can heat up the head / bad for our memory-give cancer
-distract people from work and home work / cause troubles to people –disturbing at nightTopic Two: Imagine you are Adam, Michael‘s friend. Write a reply to Michael’s letter.
ALI MADOUI HIGH SCHOOL-BBA