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Global English TEST N°11


Read the following text

Much has been said about how anti-social the internet and mobile phones are. The truth is however, according to new research, communication technology is bringing people closer together. A study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found family members were keeping in regular contact today more than ever before. And this is all due to e-mail, chat, our cellphones and SMS messaging.

It makes sense. Years ago, it took a long time to write a letter, then find an envelope and go to the post office to buy a stamp and post  it. Today we write  mails while we wait for our change in the convenience store and they are sent in an instant . Having free Internet telephone calls also helps us to stay in touch more often and for longer. Everyone is at it, from five-year-olds to tech-savvy grandparents.

According to the Pew survey, technology has a very positive effect on communication within families. Researchers asked 2,252 adults whether new technologies had increased the quality of communication with their family. Fifty-three per cent  said it increased communication with family members they did not live with, two per cent said technology decreased this. Numbers were similar for those living in the same house as their family.

The project director Lee Rainey said : " There's a new kind of connectedness being built inside of families with these technologies." Survey co-author Barry Wellman agreed: " It used to be that husbands went off to work , wives went off to a different job or else stayed home… and the kids went off to school … and not until 5.30, 6 o'clock did they ever connect," he said. 

COMPREHENSION   ( 15 points ).

BASE ALL YOUR ANSWERS ON THE TEXT.

A. Answer the follwing questions (  4 pts ).

  1. Find a suitable title to the text:    
  2. Why are  people getting closer together than before?
  3. How many people were questioned during the survey?
  4. What change has technology brought to people?

B. Are these statements true or false? Justify.

  1. Communication technology is reuniting  people
  2. More than half of the participants in the survey said that technology is negative
  3. In the past it took time to send letters 
  4. Barry thinks that family members need a lot of time to get connected

C. Complete the follwing sentences ( 2pts).

  1. Research has shown that tecnology ...
  2. Only two per cent of the interviewees said that technology...

D. Find in the text words or phrases that mean the same as ( 3pts).

  1. because of   (paragraph one): ………………. 
  2. quickly: (paragraph two) : …………………..
  3. linking : ( paragraph four ) : …………………

E. What do the underlined words in the text mean?  ( 2 pts).

  1. This:   
  2. They:

LANGUAGE  (  15 points ).

A. Fill in the blanks with the appropriatr words from the list . ( 3 points)             

         Involved – heterogeneous – look up – precious – look after – clustered.

  1. Refugee children are deprived of affection. That’s why we should ................   them. Many of them are already ...........................   in terrible wars.
  2. France has a .....................................society because many ethnic groups live there together.

B.  Put the words in brackets in the correct form ( 3 points ).

  1. “ Don’t forget to (signature) ....................... your application form before sending it” , my teacher said.
  2. This project concerns the (improve) .......................   of life in rural areas.
  3. “ Moussems ’ are important (culture) ........................  events in Morocco.

C. Put the verbs between brackets in the correct form ( 3 pts ).

  1. Experiments on animals should  (forbid)  ………………….
  2. Experts predict that the world population (double) ………………….  By the year 2060.
  3. You ought (go) …………….    To bed early if you feel tired.

D.  Rewrite the sentences beginning with the words given. (3 points ).

  1. Sociologists are conducting many research studies about immigrants in France nowadays.
  2. Many research studies.....
  3. “ I didn’t attend my philosophy class yesterday ”.
  4. I wish .....
  5. " I will apply for a scholarship at Oklahoma University , "  Jawad told his classmates.
    Jawad  informed his classmates……

E. Match the words that go together to make collocations ( 2pts)

1. Social
2. Non-governmental
3 Voluntary
4. Health
a. care
b. justice
c. organization
d.work

   F. Match the statements with what they express ( 1 pt).

1.I have been patient enough but you have been throwing rubbish into my garden. 
2.I am sorry I lost your book.
a. apology
b.Request
c.Complaint
d.Giving opinion  

WRITING   (  10 pts ).

Internet is a technological invention that has changed people's life either positively or negatively . Write an article to your English school  magazine and give your opinion .

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