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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 100

Read the text below and complete the following tasks.

The 18th Century marked the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the depopulation of the countryside and the move to towns. The towns became places of mass employment in factories and offices. Today, many town dwellers wish to reverse this trend (1). Yet, a modern country existence is not without its problems; poor transport, lack of access to hospitals and education, and services found in towns such as large shops, banks and entertainment, aspects (2). The debate between town and country is meaningless these days, as so many people live in towns, and very few people are actually able to choose (3); this is dictated by their work or birth. The internet and other mass media have linked country areas to the world, providing access to information even to remote areas. If people are to be persuaded to stay in the countryside then, (4) (employment, healthcare and education). Conversely, the introduction of city parks and forests, and traffic free zones, has helped in bringing a little of the countryside to the city streets, in which we can breathe a less polluted air. However, there is an imperious need for strong links between town and countryside, because their mutual dependence upon each other is obvious. (British Council Magazine 2007) 1. Four sentences/groups of words have been removed from the text. Select the appropriate sentence/ group of words for each gap in the text. There is one extra sentence/group of words which you do not need to use. 4 points A. where they live B. which town people find impossible to live without C. and return to a slower pace of life D. whose importance is obvious E. other benefits of the city need to be available 2. Who/what do the words in bold refer to? 3. Give the antonyms of the following words. 1. beginning 2. employment 3. poor 4. able 5. strong 4. Answer the following questions. A. What did the 18th century mark? B. Why is the debate between town and country meaningless these days? C. What has helped in bringing a little of the countryside to the city streets? 5. Comment on the following sentence: The debate between town and country is meaningless these days. (50 words) 4 points 6 points 10 points

6 points