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Global English TEST N° 18


I –COMPREHENSION: (15 points)

While voices are rising constantly for the protection of Planet Earth- the natural habitat of the human race- from various ecological threats, these same voices seem to show an amazing tolerance for a form of pollution that is a growing problem: noise. Airplane traffic is increasing by five percent a year. Urban noise is doubling every ten years and is getting increasingly diverse as city life becomes more dependent on technology and robotics. By air, land and sea, we are facing an onslaught of noise that is threatening our ability to survive safely in this world.

     We have granted ourselves the right to make noise. But what about our responsibilities? Have we developed a sense of acoustic responsibility? The evidence suggests that we have not. Many people seem to believe they have unlimited liberty to make noise with cars and motorbikes and with loud music at home and in the street. In some countries, measures have been taken to force people to produce less noise. In Britain, for example, a law has been passed preventing people from disturbing their neighbors with music at night. But though these measures constitute one step towards recognizing noise as a shared environmental concern, they still address the issue only partially and don’t allow for a concrete change to take place.

     It is widely accepted now that we should deal with our rubbish in a responsible way; and many people have started to demonstrate awareness of this conventional form of pollution. Noise is in reality a particularly insidious form of rubbish. It destroys community life, pursues us into our homes to spoil our tranquility, keeps us from sleeping and is the cause of many stress-related illnesses, as well as hearing loss.

     Our acoustic environment is property to us all. Everyone has the right to use it, but no one has the right to abuse it. Let’s start using it sensibly.

BASE ALL YOUR ANSWERS ON THE TEXT

ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS. (4 pts)

  1. Why is our world becoming more difficult to live in?
  2. How can noise affect our lives?

ARE THESE SENTENCES TRUE OR FALSE? JUSTIFY. (4 pts)

  1. Nowadays, people seem to be as concerned with acoustic pollution as they are with the other conventional forms of pollution.
  2. British law protects people from all forms of acoustic pollution.

COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES. (2 pts)

  1. People have given themselves the right to make noise, but they have not .. .
  2. Although some countries have taken important measures that will make of noise a public responsibility, ...

CHOOSE THE RIGHT ANSWER FROM THE LIST GIVEN. (2 pts)

TICK ( ) THE APPROPRIATE BOX.

1. The level of noise produced in towns and cities:
  1. is less greater after every 10 years.
  2. is twice as high now as it will be after ten years.
  3. is twice as high now as ten years ago.
2. Many people think that
  1. they have the right to use motorcycles and cars noisily.
  2. motorcycles and cars are not noisy.
  3. motorcycles and cars are disturbing.

FIND IN THE TEXT WORDS OR EXPRESSIONS THAT MEAN THE SAME AS:   (3 pts)

  1. strong attack (paragraph 1) :
  2. dangerous (paragraph 2) :
  3. to use in an improper manner  (paragraph 4) :

II. LANGUAGE (15 POINTS)

MATCH THE WORDS WITH THE CORRESPONDING SYNONYMS. (2 pts)

1. merriment
2. affluent
3. equity
4. violate
a. wealthy
b. jubilation
c. disobey
d. justice

GIVE THE CORRECT FORM OF THE WORDS BETWEEN BRACKETS.   (2 pts)

Many consumers believe that satisfaction lies in buying more, but, ironically, the more things consumers buy, the less (valuable) ... they give to any of them. People pursue the myth that this thing, or that activity, will somehow provide the pleasure they desperately seek, and they often forget that it is better to have less but (enjoyment) ...  it more.

CHOOSE THE BEST ANSWER.  (1 pts)

  1. After months of campaigning and serious work, the activists were very upset about (get- to get- getting)... very limited popular support.
  2. My long stay in Kenya helped me (pick up - take up - bring up)... many words and expressions from the Swahili language.

CORRECT THE UNDERLINED MISTAKES. (3 pts)

  1. Surveys indicate that an estimated 61% of U.S. citizens aged 20-74 are either overweight or obese. By the year 2015 this number (will grow, will have grown, is going to grow)... by 1.5 %.
  2. Simon went to the tennis club yesterday, but he couldn’t handle the racket well because he (hasn't practiced, hadn't practiced, didn't practice)... for so long.
  3. Dalila: I’ve heard you’re going on holiday to Malaysia next month. You (can’t, must, should, couldn't)... be looking forward to it.
    Naoual: Oh yeah. I’m really excited to see that wonderful part of the world.

REWRITE THE SENTENCES BEGINNING WITH THE WORDS GIVEN. (3 pts)

  1. A notice at the door says that visitors can’t use flash cameras inside the museum.
    A notice at the door says that flash cameras...
  2. “How many job opportunities will the new production unit create?” Asked the journalist.
    The journalist asked the project manager...
  3. I can’t take part in the mountain climbing race because I don’t have the proper safety equipments.
    If only...

JOIN THE PAIRS OF SENTENCES WITH THE LINKING WORDS GIVEN. (2 pts)

  1. Many emerging tourist countries have started to offer low-cost holiday services. They want to attract more middle-class clients. (in order to)
    ...
  2. Communication technology has simplified the exchange of information. It has expanded our ability to go farther with our restricted senses. (not only …. but also)
    ...

COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING DIALOGUE APPROPRIATELY. (2 pts)

Jamal:  .............. , but the lights keep me awake. I can’t sleep while   they’re on.
Ahmed: ........... I didn’t realize that. I’ll move to the other room right away and finish my work there.
Jamal: Thanks for understanding.

III. WRITING (10 POINTS)

You are interested in the job offered in the advert bellow. Write an application letter to the General Manager of the company giving him/her the relevant details about your education and qualifications and explaining your motivation for this particular job. (Approximately 200 words)

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