ELTAlgeri@Exams 2011

PART ONE : READING  (15 pts)


Read the text, then do the following activities    


                                                                                                                                                           September 2009

                                                                        Dear Adam,                                                

         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.
      I am a pet lover and have a dog, a cat, a canary, and two fish. They need a lot of attention. I play with my dog and cat every day. I feed my pets two times a day and walk my dog every evening. Music is my hobby. I love rock and pop music. My favorite singer is Justin Bieber. I have lots of CDs and I listen to them whenever I have some free time. I also like cycling. I wish I could ride a bike every day, but I usually have no time.
       I go to the 1st General Secondary school in Beverly Hills. I chose a biology class because I like biology and chemistry. I hate history because facts and dates are difficult to memorize. I also go to a music school. I play the violin and the piano twice a week. This is why I have little, if any, free time. At the moment I’m working very hard. A new school year has started and I have lots of books to read, hundreds of new English and French words to memorize, and many papers to write. I hope you're not as busy as me and can reply quickly.
                I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon,

                                                                                               Best wishes,




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.

Sender’s name






Father’s job


Mother’s job







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.

Positive points:             

-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               

Negative points

-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 night 

Topic Two: Imagine you are Adam, Michael‘s friend. Write   a reply to Michael’s letter.
                                                                                 November 201O                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Mrs Bouzir



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