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    2nd-semester-language exam exemple

    Post by charradi myriam on Sat Mar 31, 2007 10:14 pm

    Language exam - principal session-2005/2006

    Comprehension


    The Jefferson Enigma

    -----What are we to make of Thomas Jefferson? Of all the founding fathers, he is the most enigmatic and the most fascinating.
    His virtues were richly American virtues; his flaws were deeply American flaws. That, perhaps, is why we can never let him rest. Every generation tries to plumb the man anew, and we are now in the midst of another such reappraisal. A magnificent new book, ‘American Sphinx’, by Josef J.Ellis, takes the measure of his character in a way that’s both sympathetic and unadoring. In “the Long Affair”, Irish scholar-diplomat Conor Cruise O’ Brien launches an intemperate attack on his sins and delusions. And Ken Burns, of ‘Civil War’ fame, has turned his lush documentary lens on Jefferson in a two-part television series that airs on PBS this week.

    -----By far the best of these accounts is “American Sphinx”. The Jefferson who springs from these elegantly written pages-Ellis, a history professor at Mt. Holyoke, has a Jeffersonian gift for language-is a study in counterpoint, a man “who combined great depth with great shallowness, massive learning with extraordinary naivete, piercing insight into others with daunting powers of self-deception.” He will always be revered for the principles he etched in the Declaration of Independence- “ all men are created equal,” “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”- and the words of reconciliation in his first Inaugural after the nation’s first transition of power from one party to another- “ we are all republicans, we are all federalists.” But his ideas soared so high into the heavens of idealism and that often lacked grounding in te realities on earth.

    -----In some ways his own life was a rebuke to his principles. To a modern eye, there is no more glaring contradiction than his attitude towards slavery. In his early years Jefferson was quite forthright in his opposition to slavery. But in the 1780s he subsided into a long public reticence on the subject. In a rare descent into hardheaded realism, he came to see it as a curse that could not be lifted from the country in his generation. He was, it must be said, what we would call a racist. He thought that blacks were probably mentally inferior to whites, and that the two races could not live together in harmony if the slaves were freed. He himself owned hundreds of slaves, and he led at Monticello would never have been possible without them. It was, as Ellis puts it “ a disconcerting from a psychological agility that would make it possible for Jefferson to walk past the slave quarters on Mulberry Row Monticello thinking about mankind’s brilliant prospects without any sense of contradiction.” To bring in more income-he was disastrously in debt till his dying day-he opened a small nail factory operated by slave bys ages 10 to 16, which as Ellis points out was “a graphic preview of precisely the industrial world he devoutly wished America to avoid”.

    Kenneth Auchingloss, Newsweek, February, 1997


    The Questions :

    A- Answer the questions in your own words. Out of ten.

    1- why was Thomas Jefferson seen by the author as the most fascinating of all the Founding Fathers?
    2- How did the American Sphinx describe Thomas Jefferson?
    3- Why were Thomas Jefferson’s principles unrealistic?
    4- Why was slavery seen by Jefferson as an avoidable American curse?
    5- Did Thomas Jefferson recover from his debts?

    B- Find antonyms or synonyms for the underlined words in Paragraph two. Out of five

    C- Summarise the text. Out of five


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    Post by charradi myriam on Sat Mar 31, 2007 10:14 pm

    Grammar

    1- Use the gerunds to replace the words in italics. Omit the words in parentheses (3p).
    Example: Mary spent a whole day in preparation for the party.
    Answer: Mary spent a whole day preparing for the party.

    a- They made a lot of money out of (the) repair and sale (of) old cars.
    b- Have you ever thought about retirement and life in the country?
    c- The wait outside in the snow and the walk all the way home made them ill.

    2- Turn into indirect questions (3p).
    a- ‘when did you make these cakes ?’, he wanted to know.
    b- ‘how often do you swim?’, I asked him.
    c- ‘Are you holding a party here tomorrow?’, they enquired

    3-
    Convert the imperative statements on the left below into indirect
    speech. Use infinitives and make any other changes when necessary (3p) .
    a- ‘Open the cupboard with this key’, he told me.
    b- ‘Do not behave like you did yesterday’, she warned them.
    c- ‘Don’t ring me up after nine O’clock’, he reminded her.

    4- Supply gerunds and infinitives for the verbs in parentheses to make good sense (4p)
    (Questions a to e : 025p each; question f:05p )
    a- Mr Green had ( pay ) the garage for ( repair) his car last week.
    b- Andrew thanked them for ( call) and invited them ( come ) again.
    c- If you need ( shorten ) the rope without ( cut ) it, you need to tie it like this.
    d- Have they thought about ( sell ) the house and ( use ) the money to buy a flat instead?
    e- By ( work ) hard and (live ) cheaply, he managed ( save ) a little money.
    f- You ought not ( expect ) anyone to reward you simply for ( be ) honest.

    5- Are the following nouns countable or uncountable? (2p)
    a- juice
    b- coffee
    c- egg
    d- butter

    5- Supply the definite, the indefinite, or zero article as appropriate (5p)

    Dear Sirs,
    ***I am writing in response to your advertisement in Sunday’s edition of The Times. I would like to apply forposition of Hotel Manager. I believe that I haveproper qualifications and experience forposition of Hotel Manager at your resort.
    ***I amgraduate of the Baron School of Tourism and my degree is inHotel Management. While atschool, I was the manager ofstudent-run
    restaurant. I assisted inmanagement of a twelve-member staff and kept record of...finances.
    ***I have enclosed my C.V and would be glad to supply and further information required.
    ***I look forward to meeting you to discuss employment opportunities atSunshine Resort.
    Yours faithfully,

    Andrew Adams.
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    Re: 2nd-semester-language exam exemple

    Post by charradi myriam on Sat Mar 31, 2007 10:15 pm

    Composition

    Use the following thesis statement to write a five-paragraph essay:

    Children in Third world countries are not provided with sufficient medical care due to a shortage of suitable medical infrastructure, very costly medical treatment and parents’ ignorance.
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    Re: 2nd-semester-language exam exemple

    Post by safa on Sat May 05, 2007 1:08 pm

    Thank you so so so much Mariem

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