ELTAlgeri@Exams 2011

Dear Juliet

 

PART ONE: READING (15pts )

Read the text carefully and then do the activities.          

Dear Juliet

 Shakespeare’s romantic heroes, Romeo and Juliet, really existed. And 5,000 people write to Juliet every year asking for help with love problems!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Juliet Cappello (her real name) was born on 16th September 1284 in Verona, Italy. There were many legends and poems about her romance with Romeo, and in 1596, William Shakespeare wrote his famous play about the couple.

Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit Juliet’s house every year. Couples like to be photographed standing on the famous balcony where Juliet declared her love to Romeo.

On 16th September, there is a festival in Verona to celebrate Juliet’s birthday. In 1937, a letter arrived at Juliet’s tomb, addressed to “Juliet, Vernona”. It told a sad story of love. And people with romantic problems continue to write to Juliet from all around the world.

The Juliet Club is a group of volunteers organized by the city to answer the 5,000 letters per year. Manuela, a volunteer, explains, “A lot of letters are from mixed-race couples whose parents oppose their love.” And many writers are teenagers, like Juliet.

The volunteers try to offer advice. For Valentine’s Day, the club organizes a “Dear Juliet” prize for the best love letter received. Alice, another volunteer, says, “The Italians and French write the most passionate letters. But the French seem to have the most complicated romantic lives.”                   

                                                                                                   Easy going, autumn 2002

A.     COMPREHENSION (7pts)

1.       Choose the best answer

a.       Romeo and Juliet :

a)  existed in reality          b) were imaginary

b.      Couples like to be photographed :

a) on the famous balcony       b) in shakespeare’s house

 

a.       Letters to Juliet are from : a) volunteers         b) teenagers

b.      A “Dear Juliet” prize is organized on: a) Valentine’s Day       b) Juliet’s birthday

1.      Are the following statements true or false?

a.       Juliet was Italian.

b.      Shakespeare met Juliet in1596.

c.       Juliet’s birthday is celebrated each 20th September in Verona’s festival.

d.      The Juliet club helps couples with housing problems.

 

2.      Answer the following questions according to the text.

a.       Why do people write to Juliet every year?

b.      What is the Juliet club?

c.       Which problem do mixed-race couples face?

d.      How can the Juliet club help them?

3.      What do the underlined words refer to in the text?

a)      Whose : (§5)                                          b)    another volunteer : ( last §)

 

B.      Text Exploration (8pts)

1.      Find in the text words which correspond to the following definitions:

a.       A work written to be played by actors : ( §2)

b.      A husband and a wife from different races : (§5)

 

2.      Find in the text words opposite in meaning to the following:

a.       Unknown# (§3)                                 b) happy#(§4)

 

3.      Give the correct form of the verbs in.

a.       Last September people (celebrate) Juliet’s birthday.

b.      A few years ago Leonardo di  Caprio ( play) Romeo in an American movie.

c.       She (watch) the play of Romeo & Juliet” on TV when the light (go) out.

 

4.      Join the following sentences with “who”, “whom”, or “which”

a.   shakespeare was a playright. He wrote “Romeo & Juliet”.

b.   Shakespeare wrote many other plays. They were all very successful.

c.    He spoke about the heroes. He glorified them in his plays.

 

5. Classify the following words according to the pronunciation of their final "ed"

 Existed, photographed, declared, adressed

 /t/ /d//id/
   

 

6. Fill in th eblanks with the following words.

priest, single, soldiers, outlawed, wives,legend, death

According to a ……………….., Valentine was a ………………………. During the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that ……………..men made better……………… than those with ………………..and families. He ……………………….marriage for young men. Valentine was not happy and continued to perform marriages in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to …………………..

 

PART TWO: Written Expression (5pts)                                                                          

Choose one topic only  

Topic one: complete the following dialogue

A.    ……………………………………………………….?    

B. I’m reading a play.

B.     ………………………………………………………  ?  

B. No it isn’t a comedy but a tragedy.

A.    ………………………………………………………..?   

B. The title is “Macbeth”

A.      ……………………………………………………… ?   

B. The writer is Shakespeare.

A.    …………………………………………………………?   

B. No, he is a famous English playwright.

    You should read more!!!

Topic two: Write the biography of William Shakespeare

1564- Born in Stratford-upon-Avon/ father- a wealthy glove maker/ 1582-married Anne Hathaway/ 1583- birth of Susanna his first child/ 1585- birth of twins/ 1589- wrote his first play Henri VI / 1594- went to London/ became an actor/ 1599- Built his own theatre, The Globe / 1612 returned to Stratford –upon-Avon1613- The Globe burnt down/ 1616- died in Stratford-upon-Avon