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Classificao:

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English Test
May 2008

A Professora:
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9th grade Class: E

Name: _____________________________________ No.: ____


Date: ______________________________________________

O Enc. de Educao:
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I READ THE FOLLOWING TEXT CAREFULLY.

why volunteer?
Martin, Rachel and Cliff tell how their volunteer work made them feel good about
themselves. And, it was a great way to meet new friends.
Martin: A lot of kids my age... if you tell them...'Let's go volunteer', they will
give you a dirty look... they think volunteering is bad. But they're missing out on
5 helping people, and it can be rewarding.
I volunteered at the home of an elderly English lady and I was the only English
speaking person at the time. It was really good just be her friend.
Rachel: I started working at the Food Project when I was fifteen. I didn't really
know much about it, I just thought it was kids working on a farm doing hard work. I
10 was so against it. And one day I decided, 'Hey, why don't you just find out what it's
about?' And it was like this incredible program... to work for the community.
Right from the beginning I felt my confidence start to rise... what I was doing
was making a difference and that's enough to raise someone's confidence; that you
are not a waste product... you're doing something and you're helping people out.
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Cliff: When I first started to see... that I wanted to do volunteer work... work
with children and make a change and work for social justice, I was sixteen years old.
In the future I see myself definitely working.... in volunteer work... to give my
time to other people. I would love to keep working in social justice and working in a
non-profit organization... I would like to go to college to learn how to do that better.
www.volunteer.ca/works/why.htm (adapted)

A. Find evidence in the text for the following.[5x2=10%]


1. Id like to learn more about volunteering.
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2. My first job as a volunteer was to look after an old lady.
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3. I started working for social justice before I was seventeen.
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4. Young people have a bad opinion about volunteering.


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5. I felt I was useful.
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B. Complete the sentences. [3x3=9%]
1. Martin was the only person __________________________________________________
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2. When Rachel was fifteen she ________________________________________________
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3. Cliff is thinking of going to college to ___________________________________________
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C. Answer the questions. [2x4=8%]
1. Why do you think some young people volunteer?
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2. What do you have to do to find an organisation where you can work as a volunteer?
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D. Match the words/expressions on the left with their opposites on the right. [5x2=10%]
1. rewarding (l. 5)

a) insecurity

1.

2. hard (l. 9)

b) disappointing

2.

3. against (l. 10)

c) in favour of

3.

4. confidence (l. 12)

d) light

4.

5. rise (l. 12)

e) fall

5.

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E. Match questions for the following answers. [3x3=9%]


1. _______________________________________________________________________ ?
Ive been working as a volunteer for three years now.
2. ________________________________________________________________________ ?
I go to work on my bike.
3. ________________________________________________________________________ ?
No, my friends prefer playing computer games.
II VOCABULARY & GRAMMAR
A. Circle the odd-one-out. [4x1=4%]
1. a) which
b) whether

c) who

d) that

2. a) fridge

b) cooker

c) vacuum cleaner

d) MP3 player

3. a) diary

b) laptop

c) desktop

d) palmtop

4. a) advise

b) expect

c) agree

d) let

B. Prefixes: What is the verb? [4x2=8%]


1. not agree

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2. work too hard

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3. read something wrongly

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4. open again

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C. Add a question-tag to the following statements. [3x2=6%]


1. They work as volunteers, __________________________?.
2. Your mother is happy with your career, __________________________?.
3. Cars wont fly, __________________________?
D. Rewrite the following sentences starting them as suggested. [8x2=16%]
1. The employer will give her a bonus.
She _______________________________________________________________________
2. They volunteer because they want to help the people.
They volunteer in order to ______________________________________________________
3. You dont get a high salary but you get personal satisfaction.
Although ____________________________________________________________________

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4. I will go with you to your interview.


She said ____________________________________________________________________
5. Do you want to start work next week?
He asked me ________________________________________________________________
6. Mrs Smith is a volunteer. Her husband died some time ago.
Mrs Smith, __________________________________________________________________
7. I cant drive because I dont have a driving licence.
But if _______________________________________________________________________
8. If you dont work hard, you wont get good results.
Unless you __________________________________________________________________
III WRITING. Decide for one of the following topics and develop it in no less than 80 words.
[20%]
A. Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future? What will life be like in fifty yearstime?
B. Do you consider yourself an ordinary teenager? If so, say why. If not, what makes you
different from other teens?
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? Good luck! ? Your teacher, Clara Costa
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