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Global English TEST N°8


This is global English test N°8

Comprehension (15 points)

Sleep

Kip, nap ,doze ,forty winks ,shut-eye and snooze are all expressions we use to describe that mysterious state, sleep. We all do it ,we can’t get by without it and by the time we reach old age most of us have spent 20 years sleeping .Yet ,nobody knows why we do it.

Most scientists reckon that by resting our bodies, we allow time for essential maintenance work to be done .Any damage that there is can be put right more quickly if energy isn't being used up doing other things . Injured animals certainly spend more time asleep than usual while their wounds are healing. And quite a few illnesses make us feel drowsy so our body can get on with curing us.

Sleep is controlled by certain chemicals .These build up during the day , eventually reaching levels that make us tired. We can control the effects of these chemicals to some extent .Caffeine helps to keep us awake while alcohol and some medicines make us sleepy.

By using electrodes ,scientists are able to study what goes on in people’s heads while they sleep .They have discovered that when we first drop off everything slows down. The heart beats more slowly and our breathing becomes shallow. After about 90 minutes our eyes start to twitch and we go into what is called REM sleep. REM stands for Rapid Eye Movement ,and it’s a sign that we’ve started to dream .

You have dreams every night ,even if you don’t remember them.There are all sorts of theories about why we dream .One is that it gives the brain a chance to sort out the day’s activities , filling everything away in the right place. Another is that the brain gets bored while we’re asleep and organizes its own entertainment - a sort of late - night cinema !

A lot of people say they have to have eight hours ‘ sleep every night while others seem to manage on a lot less . One thing’s for sure , we all need some sleep and going without it can have some very strange effects .An American disc-jockey ,who stayed awake for 200 hours to raise money for charity ,thought things were bursting into flames all around him after 120 hours without sleep .He survived the ordeal but was depressed for three months afterwards.

Humans are unusual in the way they sleep. Most animals have a sleep during the day and tests have shown that a siesta can be beneficial for us too. It’s even been recommended that airline pilots should have a nap during long flights so that they are more alert for the tricky business of landing.

So next time you nod off after Sunday lunch in front of the telly ,don’t feel embarrassed about it .Science ,after all, is on your side .  

(Base all your answers on the text )

A.Choose the best answer : (1 pt)

The text is :    

a.  a report
b. an article
c. a narrative

B.Are these statements true or false ? Justify (4 pts)

 1.Human beings can go without  sleep……………………………………………………
 2.Body chemicals that cause tiredness are not fully controllable. ………………………
 3.The heart beats increase noticeably while sleeping…………………………………..
 4.During dreams ,the brain is said to list the day’s events in a disorderly way. ……….

C.Answer the following questions : (3 pts)

 1.When do wounded animals need much sleep ?.........................................................
 2.How can scientists know about the brain’s reactions during sleep ?.........................
 3.What happened to the American D.J ?

D.Complete these sentences : (2pts)

 1.According to scientists we start to dream ……………………………………………….
 2.Pilots on long distance flights would be more attentive to landing if………………….

E.Find in the text words meaning almost the same as :(4pts)

 1. permit :……………………………….. / 2. diseases :………………………………….
 3. find out :……………………………… / 4. strange :………………………………….

F.What do the underlined words in the text refer to? (1pt)

1.Another :……………………………(parag.5)
2.They :……………………………….(parag.7)

Language (15 points)

A.Rewrite these sentences as recommended : (2pts)

 1.They have promised Kathy a post in the accounting department .
  Kathy……………………………………………………………………………
 2.”Our benefits have gone down last month”.
  The manager revealed……………………………………………………….

B.Give the correct form of the verbs in brackets :(3 pts)

 1.In twenty years ‘time ,the temperature of the globe (go)……………………up by three degrees.This  will threaten the planet as well as the species.
 2.Ryan (teach)……………………in Brazil before he (go)……………….back to his home country.

C.Write the words between brackets correctly: (2 pts)

 1.I can’t stand (watch)………………………..genocides diffused on T.V.
 2.The committee has agreed (compensate)……………………for the damages caused by the periodic floods.
 3.Most (literate)………………………Moroccan women are striving to learn and become productive citizens in society.
 4.Overseas firms are highly encouraged to (investment)…………………..in Morocco.

D.Fill in the blanks with the correct phrasal verbs from the list(3pts)

1.Last week ,I……………………..amazing old coins in my grandfather’s drawer.
2.The Mayor ……………………Tom’s project to recycle trash as he wasn’t professionally convincing.
3.The orphan was…………………………by his rich aunt  who took charge of him after his parents ‘death.
( Carry on, bring up , turn down , turn off ,come across , bring about )

E.Fill in the blanks with the right linking words from the list:(2 pts)

 1.The tennis match was cancelled ……………………heavy rain.
 2…………………………her hard training ,her performance is still unsatisfactory.
(however, due to , because ,despite ,as a result)

F.Match the following words to form collocations : (2pt)

1.renewable
2.nuclear
3.non-profit
4.common

a.good
b.organisations
c.energies
d.threat

G.What do you say in the following situation ?(1 pts)

Your friend : I am having an awful headache these days. What do you think I should do ?
You :…………………………………………………………………………...(give advice)

Writing (10 points)

Your friend is suffering from insomnia .S/he can’t sleep and keeps awake all night. S/he is asking for your advice .
Write him /her a letter suggesting ways to fight this problem.

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