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OLIMPIADA DE LIMBA ENGLEZA 2017-2018

ETAPA SECTOR v1
CLS. A-VIII-a

Subject I (50 points):

A. (2px10=20 points) Read the text and fill in the gaps with the correct verb forms. Write your
answers on the Answer Sheet.

When it 1)________ (get) darker, I began to see things and soon I fainted. I woke up in the nursery
and saw the doctor’s face. ‘How long 2)________ (I/be) here?’, I asked. The doctor didn’t answer my
question but assured me I 3)________ (be) ok soon and added ‘Perhaps it is time you 4)________
(leave) this place and 5)________ (go) to a special school.’ Several days later, as I 6)________
(look) out of the window, a carriage arrived. ‘Who 7)________ (can) this be? 8)________
(they/come) to take me?’. Then I 9)________ (show) the things I could take with me and I heard
someone saying ‘Make sure that by 5.30 she 10)________ (pack) everything.’

B. (2px10=20 points) Read the text and fill in the gaps with the appropriate word A, B, C or D.
Write your answer on the Answer Sheet.

‘Egyptomania’ is a new art exhibition which has opened at the Louvre Museum in Paris. It shows just
how many images of Egypt have emerged through the (1)________ and examines why this ancient
culture has continued to have such powerful influence on the western imagination. It has (2)________
all of the arts, from opera and cinema to architecture and furniture design. It (3)________ five years to
prepare the exhibition, which includes more than 300 items, many of which are on (4)________ from
international museums as far (5)________ as Australia. It has generally been thought that European
(6)________ in Egypt started with Napoleon Bonaparte’s military campaign which lasted from 1798 to
1801, but the exhibition shows that this is not the (7)________.
There are examples of Egyptian influence (8)________ back to the early 17th century. Queen Marie
Antoinette, well known for her (9)________ of strange and exotic things, played an important role in
starting the (10)________ for Egyptian art in France.

1 A. periods B. ages C. times D. history


2 A. moved B. directed C. impressed D. influenced
3 A. took B. needed C. used D. was
4 A. credit B. advance C. loan D. gift
5 A. from B. away C. along D. abroad
6 A. interest B. attention C. attraction D. curiosity
7 A. situation B. event C. state D. case
8 A. moving B. turning C. going D. coming
9 A. affection B. love C. care D. like
10 A. custom B. style C. convention D. fashion

C. (1px10=10 points) Read the text below and use the words given in capitals at the end of the
row to form words that fit in the gaps. Write your answers on the Answer Sheet.

1. CORRECT; 2. ENVIRONMENT; 3. SIMILAR; 4. POWER; 5. FRIGHTEN; 6. LONG; 7. ABLE; 8.


STRONG; 9. LIKE; 10. PEACE

The Sabre-toothed cat, often (1)________ called the Sabre-toothed tiger, was commonly found in the
grassy plains of North and South America. It became extinct about 10,000 years ago as a result of
(2)________ changes after the last Ice Age. It shared many (3)________ with the modern-day lion. It
was about the same size, but it was more (4)________ built. They were known as (5)________
predators due to their two enormous teeth which could grow up to 20 cm in (6)________. With front
legs powerful enough to (7)________ them to spring up on prey, they had no difficulty finding food.
However, the Sabre-toothed cat’s bite was only one third of the (8)________ of a lion. In addition,
Sabre-toothed cats were social animals. They lived and hunted in groups, (9)________ other cats that
are solitary hunters. But their life was not always (10)________. They often fought over food or mates
as lions do today.

Subject II (5px5=25 points) Read the text and choose the correct answer (A, B, C or D) to the
questions. Write your answers on the Answer Sheet.

I’m a scientist and I arrived here in Antarctica three months ago in December. The temperature is cold
but not unpleasant yet. Since arriving, I’ve worked with about 60 other people getting everything ready
for the Antarctic winter. It’s been a lot of hard work, but it was fun too. However, a few days ago the
ship left taking most of the staff with it, and it won’t be back to fetch us until next December. So the
hardest thing to get used to is that there are now just fourteen of us because I’m used to working in a
large company.
I’m living on the same work station I was on ten years ago. It was new then and it’s still in good
condition and unchanged. The dried food we get is also the same - you forget what real food tastes
like after a few weeks. The people working here with me are all different from then, but I’m always
happy getting to know new people. Ten years ago, we were able to send faxes to friends and family
once a month, but today we can send e-mails and talk on the phone, so we don’t feel so far away.
Last week we went out exploring for a few days. We slept in our very thick sleeping bags to keep the
cold out. We always have to wear the right clothes and boots for walking on ice and snow. We were
joined together by a rope all the time in case we fell into any holes in the ice. They’re too deep to climb
out of. The skies were clear, and I was reminded how lucky I am to be here. Soon we will get amazing
sunsets, too.

1. What is the writer trying to do? 4. What particular danger was there when
A. persuade people to work in Antarctica they were exploring?
B. complain about his life in Antarctica A. the cold
C. describe his own experience in Antarctica B. the holes in the ice
D. suggest ways of improving life in Antarctica C. getting lost
D. slipping on the ice
2. What is difficult for the writer at the 5. Which of the following e-mails did the
moment? writer send to a friend?
A. He is working with a small number of people. A. I’m getting used to being in Antarctica.
B. There is too much work to do. Although people had told me what it was like, it’s
C. The weather is too cold. still a shock to experience it myself.
D. The ship won’t return for months. B. There hasn’t been much to do here yet, so I’ve
spent the time getting to know my colleagues
and relaxing.
C. It’s good to be back here. I’d forgotten how
beautiful it is. I’m looking forward to seeing some
wonderful sunsets.
D. I’ll send you my news as often as I can. It
won’t be long till I’m home, as I’ve already been
here nearly a year.
3. In the writer’s opinion, what has improved
since ten years ago?
A. The living accommodation is better.
B. The food is tastier.
C. Communications have improved.
D. His colleagues are easier to work with.

Subject III (25 points) Write a narrative essay ending like this:

After such a horrendous day, I was happier than ever to reach the safety of my home. As I poured
myself a cup of tea, I closed my eyes for a moment and asked myself: ‘Why did this have to happen to
me?’

Write your story in 150-180 words (15-18 lines) and give it an appropriate title. Pay attention to
the following:
 you don't need long descriptions;
 use dialogues only if they are relevant for your characters or events;
 you should use this plan:

1. Introduction (paragraph 1 - set the scene)


2. Main body (paragraph(s) 2/3 - develop the story)
3. Conclusion (paragraph 4 - end the story)

Don’t count the words given in the ending.

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SPAŢIILE NECOMPLETATE. TIMP DE LUCRU: 90 MINUTE. NU SE ACORDĂ PUNCTE DIN
OFICIU.