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Ministerul Educaţiei, Cercetării şi Inovării

Centrul Naţional pentru Curriculum şi Evaluare în Învăţământul Preuniversitar

Examenul de bacalaureat 2009


Proba E/F
Proba scrisă la Limba engleză
L1 - Bilingv

• Toate subiectele sunt obligatorii. Se acordă 10 puncte din oficiu.


• Timpul efectiv de lucru este de 3 ore.

SUBIECTUL I (30 de puncte) Varianta 056

Read the text below and complete the following tasks.

The Hippies were characterised in an issue of the Guardian as “mainly white, mainly once
middle-class, who have chosen poverty as one of the ways of rejecting the values of the American
Way of Life.” In numbers they comprised a small element of American youth. They held no
unanimous and cohesive viewpoint (1) ... Estimates of their degree of significance vary from
“fractional and transitory” to “a highly colourful manifestation of the forces of change.”
But the dominant attitude of the hippy was one of social anarchy in favour of love and total
freedom. If you talked to a dedicated, hardcore hippy he would tell you he believed in the
dissemination of happiness and love, total permissiveness and freedom. (2) ...There is no doubt
that many of those youngsters genuinely believed they could solve the problems of the world
spreading a hedonistic gospel of love, flowers and music.
The demand for total permissiveness brought them into direct conflict with the law.
Borrowing, perhaps, the passiveness adopted by the non-violent movement of the 60s the hippies
offered flowers to the police instead of hurling abuse. (3) … But not all hippies withdrew entirely
from political activity. In the big San Francisco demonstration against the war in Vietnam, for
example, a contingent of hippies gave support.
The general happiness-dispensing, laissez faire attitude of the hippy makes one hesitate to
pin an evil label on his point of view, his passionate worship of mental experience and stimulation.
The hippy viewpoint (4) ... and some of its possibly creative influences on the arts are
perhaps its positive qualities.
But the advocacy of drugs, the insistence on the dubious freedom to be able to commit
what could amount to both mental and physical suicide is highly dangerous and must be deplored
and actively discouraged.
(I.A. Tenson, G.A. Voitova, Habits and Ways in Great Britain and the United States)

1. Four sentences have been removed from the text. Select the appropriate sentence for
each gap in the text. There is one extra sentence which you do not need to use. 4 points

A. which abhors the violence and destructive nature of modern society


B. much of the hippy language was expressive.
C. He also believed in the rejection of social customs and of the pressures of modern society.
D. This they designated as “flower power”.
E. They were not organised as a movement in any way.

2. Give the synonyms of the following words. 6 points

1. comprised
2. dissemination
3. genuinely

3. Sum up the text in about 50 words. 10 points


Ministerul Educaţiei, Cercetării şi Inovării
Centrul Naţional pentru Curriculum şi Evaluare în Învăţământul Preuniversitar

4. For the following questions, choose the answer (A, B, C or D) which fits according to the
text. 6 points

1. What were the “Hippies”?


A. A movement with a cohesive viewpoint.
B. A group of people whose dominant attitudes were love and total freedom.
C. A group of poor people.
D. A group of black, middle-class people.

2. What would a dedicated Hippy tell he believes in?


A. The death of happiness and love.
B. Modern society.
C. Social customs
D. The spreading of happiness and love, total freedom, rejection of customs.

3. What brought the Hippies into direct conflict with the law?
A. Their freedom.
B. Their rejection of customs.
C. Their solidarity.
D. Their hyperbolic language.

5. Comment on the following in about 100 words: The Hippies were characterised in an issue
of the Guardian as “mainly white, mainly once middle-class, who have chosen poverty as one of
the ways of rejecting the values of the American Way of Life.” 4 points

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