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S. School of Benikhedache
End-of-term test No1
4 form Arts 3&4
Mr. Lassaad Elmahdhi
Duration: 2 hours
December, 2010
Name :………………………………………..……………Class :………………………….Nbr :……………
I – Reading comprehension: (15 marks)
1 – Tick the right alternative: (1 mark)
The text is:
A narration of a personal life experience
A narration of a famous person’s life experience
A narration of a fictional story
2 – The following statements are false; correct them with reference to the text. (3 marks)
A – Monica started travelling since her childhood.
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B – Visiting Egypt, Monica had no idea about the country.
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C – Monica fulfilled her dream of visiting her country of origin.
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3 – Fill out the table below with the right information from the text. (3 marks)
Countries
Main features
Egypt
Turkey
India
4 – Pick out four adjectives from the text to show that Monica’s travels were wonderful (2marks)
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5 – Tick the option that best explains the underlined expression. (1 mark)
+ It makes you catch your breath. (parag. 5)
Feel very tired and helpless
Feel dazzled and breathless
Feel disappointed and upset
6 – Which words in the text do have the same meaning as the following? (2 marks)
A – Queer (parag.1) = …………………………………………..
B – Very great (parag.7) = ……………………………………...
7 – What do the underlined words in the text refer to? (2 marks)
+ Their (parag.1) = ………………………………………….
+ We (parag.5) = ……………………………………………
8 – What do you think of Monica who visited several places in the world? (1 mark)
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II – Language: (10 marks)
1 – Choose the correct options from the lists on the right to fill in the blanks. (3, 5 marks)
Cultural differences between Japanese and American managers
have presented the biggest (1)………………………….to Japanese 1 – support / obstacle / precision
companies investing in America. A seminar for Japanese executives
working in America (2)……………………………………by 25 men, 2 – was attended / was performed / was
nearly
all
of
them
in
identical
dark
suits. influenced
(3)…………………………….the room’s stifling heating system, they 3 – Although / However / Despite
resolutely refused to remove their jackets. Their coffee break lasted
exactly the scheduled ten minutes. They did not ask any questions until
after
they
(4)……………………………….to
know 4 – would get / have got / had got
(5)…………………………..a bit better at lunch. They were usually 5 – each other / the other / one another
deferential and always polite.
A similar seminar for 25 Americans working for Japanese subsidiaries
in America included eight women. Several of the men removed their
jackets on entering the room. A ten-minute coffee break stretched
beyond 20 minutes. (6).............................................. asked questions and 6 – Participants / Contributors / Experts
several aggressively contradicted what the speakers had to say.
(7).................................................between
American
managers are possible at nearly every encounter.
and
Japanese 7 -
Misunderstandings / Problems /
Quarrels.
2 – Put the bracketed words in the correct tense and / or form. (3,5marks)
On September 21, 2004, the Smithsonian Institution’s newest museum opened its doors to the
public. In the early 1990s, museum curators and representatives of Native American nations throughout the
United States (to begin)......................................a dialogue on how the museum could best present an
(accuracy)........................................picture of the indigenous peoples of America. Their aim was to reach
beyond the stereotypes and (falsely)....................................held opinions of Native American culture still
prevalent today by (create)........................................an institution that “illuminates how Native Americans
(perception)........................................their place- spiritually, historically and physically – in the universe”. From
these talks emerged the concept of creating a “living” museum that is in harmony with nature and
(reflection).........................................the influence of nature on Native American culture. In keeping with this
idea, the design of the museum, prepared by a (collaboration)............................................architectural team of
Native Americans and others, was to include rich natural materials, colors, forms, imagery and symbols. The
final result is a state-of-the-art edifice featuring details and patterns that represent the Native universe and the
influences of the natural world that informed these cultures.
3 – Fill in the gaps with the correct words from the list below. (3 marks)
Backgrounds / opportunities / lifelong / luxury / suits / enabled / inseparable / delivered
In order to professionally advance and keep an edge, today’s working professionals have recognized
the necessity for.........................................learning. Satisfying the need for highest flexibility caused by busy
schedules and personal demands, distance learning programs have.................................students to construct
unique learning plans and study at a time and speed that ...................................them best. Distance learning is not
new, dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. As this venue has evolved, advances in technology and
communications have made cross-border educational..........................................a powerful force in education. The
latest iteration of this trend, online study, increases the availability of distance learning programs, uniting students
from different...........................................and geographies to deliver a richer experience. High quality online and
distance learning education.......................................by innovative institutions such as Swiss Management Center
brought upon a revolution in the European education landscape, igniting a change in our learning habits.
III – Writing: (15 marks)
1 – Use the following notes to write an advertisement about Benikhedache Festival. (5 marks)
March 23 - 25
Folklore
free attendance
exhibitions / discounts
Many visitors attend
variety of activities and traditional games
final show in the desert
drinks are served during the show.
fantastic / stunning / culture / discover
www.B.K-Festival.org.tn
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2 – Topic: (10 marks)
You English friend is planning to visit you to spend a fortnight in your country. Write him / her a letter to tell him
/ her about the program you prepared to make a tour in Tunisia’s most beautiful places.
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S. School of Benikhedache
End-of-term test No1
4 form sciences 1
Mr. Lassaad Elmahdhi
Duration: 2 hours
December, 2010
Name:..............................................................................................Class:........................................Nbr:...............
I – Reading comprehension: (12 marks)
1 – Tick the right option. (1 mark)
The text tackles the issue of:
+ lifelong learning
+ Virtual schools
+ University studies
2 – Fill in the table below with information about Brenda. (3 marks)
Her marital status
What she is doing
For which purpose
3 – The following statements are false; correct them with exact details from the text. (3 marks)
A – Brenda complains about lack of relationships online.
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B – Online courses are always free.
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C – Online learners cannot see their teacher while learning.
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4 – Find words in the text which have the same meaning as the following. (2 marks)
+ encompasses (parag.3) =..............................................
+ predicts (parag. 4) =...................................................
5 – What do the underlined words in the text refer to? (2 marks)
+ Their (parag. 3) =...................................................
+ She (parag. 4) =.....................................................
6 – What did Brenda achieve from her studies? (1 mark)
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II – Language: (6 marks)
1 – Put the bracketed words in the right tense and / or form. (3 marks)
The facts are shocking. An estimated 13 / of America’s 17-year-olds, and perhaps 40 / of minority
youths the same age, are functionally (not / literacy).............................................................. In the six years
since the federally (sponsor).........................................A Nation at Risk report warned of a “rising tide of
mediocrity”
in
U.S
schools,
average
combined
scores
on
the
Scholastic
Aptitude
Test
(to rise)...............................................only slightly, from 893 to 904. Despite a 46 / jump in the average amount
that local state and federal governments spend per pupil, the percentage of high school students who
(graduation)......................................has actually dropped from 73,3 / to 71,1 /. “We are standing still”
Education Secretary Lauro Cavazos said in May, as he unveiled a report showing a tenacious lack of progress in
public education. That dismal overall (assess).............................................., however, masks the success that
many states have had in (to boost)...........................................the quality of their schools. Since A Nation at Risk,
as many as 16 states have adopted major legislative packages calling for sharp spending increases and radical
restructuring of their schools.
2 – Fill in the gaps with the correct words from the list below. (3 marks)
Missing / regardless / effective / learning / enhanced / bustling / distance / career
Adult education has become the hottest market for online and............................................learning, as
working professionals require the flexibility afforded by this method in order to balance lifelong learning with
the
demands
of........................................and
been.........................................by
today’s
family.
speed
of
Asynchronous
communication-
and
the
self-paced
one
programs
element
have
that
had
been......................................in the past. Students can search for the most......................................and appropriate
curriculum........................................of location and scheduled class times. Swiss Management Center offers an
integral and internationally accredited business education through its state-of-the-art online learning system.
III – Writing: (12 marks)
1 – Use the notes below to write the biography of Charlie Chaplin. (4 marks)
+ Actor / comedy / famous / from England / film director
+ Date and place of birth: April 16th 1889 / London
+ 1910 / 1912: tour the United States with the Fred Karno troupe / participate in some films.
+ 1952: leaving the United States to Switzerland
+ December 25th, 1977: death in Switzerland.
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2 – Topic: (8 marks)
"We're increasingly becoming aware that learning is a prescription for a longer, healthier
life," says Constance Swank. What do you think? State your opinion in an argumentative article
about learning and its benefits.
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S. School of Benikhedache
Mr. Lassaad Elmahdhi
End-of-term test No1
Duration: 2 hours
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4 form sciences 1
December, 2010
The text:
1 - In early 1998, after she lost her husband of 38 years to leukemia, Brenda Andradzki
Elliott found a way to start a new life. She went online and began making friends and learning.
Elliott, now 58, would plug in at 3 a.m., when she couldn't sleep, and take an online course in a
subject that had interested her for some time, navigating the Web. "Older people sometimes think,
'What am I doing trying to learn something new at this age?'" Elliott says. "But I was looking to
keep my mind active, and I liked the companionship of others in the class."
2 - Elliott, who went back to school and got a bachelor's degree in psychology at 39 and
then a master's in social work at 44, is the kind of person that people mean when they use the
phrase lifelong learner. And she's not alone — in an American Association of Retired Persons
study published in July, 9 of 10 adults ages 50 and over said they wanted to actively seek out
learning opportunities to keep current, grow personally and enjoy the simple pleasure of mastering
something new. "We're increasingly becoming aware that learning is a prescription for a longer,
healthier life," says Constance Swank, director of research at A.A.R.P. And while the oldfashioned ways of learning something new — reading a book or taking a class at a local college —
are still popular, many older adults are embracing a new way of going to school: doing it online.
3 - Online education includes everything from learning a foreign language to
mastering investing to creating a Web page. Courses can be free or cost up to several thousand
dollars. Students typically log on from a home computer to receive lecture notes, suggested
readings and critiques of their work, and to turn in assignments and participate in a chat-room or
message-board discussion. More and more classes are being offered in real-time streaming media,
meaning that students log on at a designated time and can see their instructor in live video on their
computer.
4 – Fathom company is a for-profit online partnership of Columbia University, the
London School of Economics and Political Science, the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of
Natural History and other institutions, and will offer online classes taught by prominent
academics. The site launches this fall. Ann Kirschner, CEO of Fathom, envisions a scenario in
which older adults will use Fathom courses to indulge lifelong passions and reinvent themselves
for new careers. "It's as if, all of a sudden, everybody lives on a college campus," she says. "So
many retirement communities are built near college campuses for just this reason. Now anyone
anywhere will be able to take courses from the top person in a field."
Time: September 9, 2000
The text
1 - Warren Buffett, who is the world's second wealthiest man, won't be so for long. He
announced yesterday he is to give the bulk of his £24billion fortune to charity. The 75-year-old who is considered the greatest stock market investor of all time - is handing his money over to the
philanthropic organization set up by Microsoft founder Bill Gates. The chief executive of the
American investment firm Berkshire Hathaway told the U.S. magazine Forbes: "I was wired at
birth to allocate capital - now all concerned can't wait to get started, particularly me."The father of
three added: "I would argue that when your kids have all the advantages in terms of how they
grow up and the opportunities they have for education? It’s neither right nor rational to be
flooding them with money."
2 - Starting this month, Buffett will begin to swing his stock in Hathaway over to the
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which funds the fight against diseases such as malaria, Aids
and tuberculosis."What can be more logical, in whatever you want done, than finding someone
better equipped than you are to do it?" said Mr. Buffett. "Who wouldn't select Tiger Woods to take
his place in a high-stakes golf game? That's how I feel about this decision." Mr. Gates, who tops
the global rich list, announced last week that he is to stand down from his executive position with
Microsoft to concentrate on his charity role.
3 - Despite his enormous wealth, Buffett has a famously unpretentious lifestyle. He still
lives in the house he bought in Nebraska for £17,000 in 1958, before his rise to the top, and pays
himself a salary of just £54,000. He made his first stock purchase at the age of 11 and, as a
teenager, saved money from his paper rounds to buy 40 acres of Nebraska land he then let to
tenant farmers. He has long indicated his money would go to philanthropy after his death but
decided to bring the process forward after his wife Susan - from whom he was separated - died of
a stroke two years ago."She and I always assumed that she would inherit my Berkshire stock and
be the one who oversaw the distribution of our wealth to society, where both of us had always
said it would go," he said. His golden giveaway will see five-sixths of his wealth transferred to the
Gates Foundation and the rest to smaller charitable funds that are run by the Buffett family. The
stock market genius said his children Susie, 53, Howard, 51, and Peter, 48, supported his decision.
4 - Howard serves on the board of Berkshire Hathaway and has also served in elected
office in Nebraska. He operates an 840-acre farm and has written books on conservation, wildlife
and the human condition. Peter is a composer who has written music for Coca-Cola commercials
and films including the western Dances with Wolves. In the 1970s, his father - who he describes as
being "about as good as you can get" - gave him stock in Berkshire Hathaway that today would be
worth around £27million. Susie spends most of her time on her charitable work and is a board
member of a youth organization which encourages girls to be "strong, smart and bold". When she
was born, her parents had so little furniture that they put her to bed in their mice-infested
apartment in a chest of drawers.
Daily Mail: June 26th, 2006
By Jacqui Goddard
S. School of Benikhedache
Mr. Lassaad Elmahdhi
End-of-term test No1
Duration: 2 hours
3rd form Arts 1
December, 2010
Name:..................................................................................Class:...............................Nbr:........................
I – Reading comprehension: (15 marks)
1 – Tick the right main idea of the text. (1 mark)
+ A famous philanthropist who urges people to donate money for the needy.
+ A poor person who has benefited from philanthropists’ donations.
+ A wealthy person who devotes his entire budget to philanthropy.
2 – Fill out the table below with the right information from the text. (4 marks)
Philanthropist
Decision
Name of the foundation
Purpose of the foundation
3 – Correct the following false statements with reference to the text. (3 marks)
A – Mr. Warren is classified the richest person in the world.
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B – Mr. Warren leads a highly comfortable lifestyle.
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C – Mr. Warren’s children did not agree with their father’s decision.
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5 – Tick the option that best explains the underlined expression. (1 mark)
+ It is neither right nor rational to be flooding them with money. (parag. 1)
+ To spend too much money on them.
+ To give them enough money for their education.
+ To save money for their future life.
6 – Find in the text words which have the same meaning as the following. (3 marks)
+ Showing generosity and help toward other people (parag. 1) =.................................................
+ Very Great (parag.3) =........................................................
+ Bequeath (parag.3) =...........................................................
7 – What do the underlined words in the text refer to? (2 marks)
+ Them (parag. 1) =......................................................
+ Our (parag.3) =.........................................................
8 – If you have Mr. Warren’s money, how shall you spend it? (1 mark)
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II – Language: (10 marks)
1 – Fill in the gaps with the right words from the list below. (3 marks)
Activism / courage / motivate / segregation / protest / leader / give up / boycott
On a cold evening in December 1955, a simple act of....................................gave way to a new era of
the civil rights movement. It was on that day that Rosa Parks, weary from her job as a seamstress, was ordered
to.........................................her bus seat to a white passenger. Her refusal to move to the back of the bus
demonstrated not only her....................................but her defiance of society’s injustices. Her subsequent arrest
sparked a 381-day bus....................................and earned her recognition as the “mother of the civil rights
movement”. Rosa Parks was undaunted by the fact that affiliation with any social work was dangerous for her
during this time in history. In 1943, Rosa Parks joined the NAACP and became secretary of the Montgomery
chapter, where she met Edgar Daniel Nixon, president of the state branch. From the beginning of her
social........................................, Parks worked hard to..........................................the young people of Mississippi.
That has remained important and constant in the 87-year-old’s life to this day.
2 – Put the bracketed words in the correct tense and / or form. (4 marks)
Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman, (active)................................., and prominent
leader in the African-American civil rights movement. He is best (know).................................for being an iconic
figure in the (advance)............................................of civil rights in the United States and around the world,
using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. Dr. King is often presented as a heroic
leader in the history of modern American liberalism. A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights participant
early in his career. He (lead)......................................the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the
Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president. King's efforts resulted in the
1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his I Have a Dream speech. There, he expanded American
values to include the vision of a color-blind society, and established his reputation as one of the
(greatest)......................................orators in American history. In 1964, King became the youngest person to
receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end (race).........................................segregation and
(discriminate).......................................... through civil disobedience and other nonviolent means. By the time of
his death in 1968, he had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and stopping the Vietnam War. Dr. King
(to be / assassinate).......................................................in Memphis Tennessee and he was posthumously
awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004; Martin Luther
King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. national holiday in 1986.
3 – Circle the right alternative in the paragraph below. (3 marks)
We empower poor children and families, by (help / helping / to help) them to find practical and
sustainable ways of lifting themselves out of (poverty / generosity / assistance). Our expertise in
implementing microfinance programs is (well-organized / organized-well / good-organized) by bodies
such as the United Nations. We also work with local partners providing access to credit and savings for
(poverty-stroke / poverty-strike / poverty-stricken) families in numerous countries. In acute or
emergency situations, we provide emergency relief to vulnerable children (whom / who / whose) basic
needs are not being met. We operate cash-for-work programs to provide (incomes / budgets / charity) to
poor families. Under these schemes, parents are paid for valuable clearing and reconstruction work which
benefits their local community.
III – Writing: (15 marks)
1 – Re-insert the missing parts in their appropriate places in the paragraph. Write only letters. (3 marks)
Even within one culture, the different generations often have.................. For example in Britain
some older men don’t help their wives............... But many younger men cheerfully assist their wives in
their home, and some men actually enjoy cooking. Similarly, many older women don’t go to pubs with
their husbands.......................
The missing parts
A – but younger ones feel no embarrassment about such visits.
B – with cooking or housework.
C – different ideas about suitable behaviors.
D – men and women usually don’t understand each other.
2 – In the paragraph below, there are two grammar, and two spelling mistakes; find them out
and correct them. (2 marks)
The UNICEF mainly helps out in the most poor regions of Africa although it have done charity
work all over the world. The UNICEF is currently focused on five primacy priorities: child survival and
developpment, basic education and gender equality, child protection from violense, exploitation and abuse.
Mistakes
Grammar
Spelling
Correction
3 – Topic: (10 marks)
In Palestine, in some African countries, and in many other places in the world a staggering number
of people are still suffering from extreme poverty and very miserable life conditions. Write an article in
which you describe their lives and you explain the ways people can help them.
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