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Ministerul Educaiei, Cercetrii i Tineretului Centrul Naional pentru Curriculum i Evaluare n nvmntul Preuniversitar

Examenul de bacalaureat 2008 Proba E/F Proba scris la Limba englez L1 normal L2 Toate subiectele sunt obligatorii. Se acord 10 puncte din oficiu. Timpul efectiv de lucru este de 3 ore. (30 puncte) Varianta 095

Read the text below and complete the following tasks.

Many years ago, the word 'literate' meant being able to communicate well in speaking, (1). Story telling was an important activity in the past and it still is today in some societies. Only a hundred years ago, in the United States, (2) if you could sign your name to a piece of paper. It was an important skill. You were not allowed to vote if you couldn't sign the voting register, so literacy was connected with political rights, (3). Nowadays we see reading and writing as being connected, (4). Many people could read, but not write. Writing was a skilled profession. If you needed something written then you paid an expert to write it for you. And of course, rich and important people have always employed people to write things for them. Important company bosses dictated letters to their secretaries or personal assistants. And now with new computer software you can dictate directly to your computer. Is literacy important? Being illiterate can have a big effect on people's lives. For example, a study in the UK showed that people who write and spell badly are seen as careless, immature and unreliable, and often unintelligent. So it is more difficult for these to find jobs, even when reading and writing are not necessary for the work. (British Council Magazine 2007) 1. Four sentences have been removed from the text. Select the appropriate sentence for each gap in the text. There is one extra sentence that does not fit. 4 points A. and many people were excluded from the democratic process. B. which is quite irrelevant C. you were considered to be literate D. in other words what we now call articulate E. but that wasn't so in the past 2. Who/what do the words in bold refer to? 3. Give the antonyms of the following words. 2. important 3. rich 4. employ 5. careless 4. Answer the following questions. A. What was the situation of literacy in the US a hundred years ago? B. How was literacy connected with political rights? C. What is the connection between illiteracy and employment? 5. Comment on the following sentence: Is literacy important? (50 words) 4 points 6 points 10 points

6 points