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Test Paper - 8th grade

Name: Date:
Time: 45 min
*all subjects are compulsory, 1p granted.
1.Read the text and then answer the questions: (2.5p)
Whatever its original foundations, as laid down by Germanic tribes, the language was altered and
revised by repeated waves of invaders that crossed the Channel- the Jutes. Saxons, Angles,
Vikings and Normans. Today, English is classified as a member of the Anglo-Frisian group
within the western branch of the Germanic languages, a subfamily of the Indo-European
languages, but more than half of its vocabulary is of Latin origin (e.g. altar, mass, priest, psalm,
temple, pear), implanted for the most part either directly during the permanent Norman conquest,
or indirectly by borrowings from modern French, Spanish and Portuguese (alligator, sombrero),
Italian (cameo, violin). As a result of colonial expansion, notably in North America but also in
other areas of the world, many new words entered the English language.
1. What is the text about? (0.5p)
2. Where is English classified as a language? (0.5p)
3. Name some of the languages from which English borrowed words. (0.5p)
4. Why do you think so many people all over the world speak English? Give reasons to
support your opinion. (no more than 150 words) (1p)

2.Write conditional sentences using the words in brackets. (5x0.4- 2p)


1. Modelling can be a good career but don’t expect it to last forever. (as long as)
2. You won’t still be a successful model at thirty if you’re not extremely good looking.
(unless)
3. You can become a TV addict if you don’t limit your viewing time to a few programmes a
day. (unless)
4. In the TV programme, the Gladiators’ contenders can win, but they have to be very fit
and very fast. (as long as)
5. This camera is very simple. Your photos will be good if you don’t point the camera at the
sun. (provided)

3.Unscramble the sentences: (5x 0.2- 1p)


1. Had/Bob/shirt/old/put/scruffy/on/a.
2. Wearing/Nancy/long/dress/beautiful/silk/a/was.
3. Together/walking/street/twisting/along/narrow/they/were/the.
4. Met/old/they/mysterious/man/a.
5. Couldn’t/have/it/on/gone/bookshelf/the/why?

4.Complete the sentences with the correct form of the verbs in brackets (10x 0.15- 1.5p )
1. I put the five-pound notes into one of the books; but the next day it _________________
me ages to find it because I ____________________ which book I __________________
it in. (take, forget, put)
2. Mike: My son _____________________ work yet.
Ann: How long ____________________ at school?
Mike: He ____________________ there for six years. (not start, he be, be)
3. When I first met him he ____________________ architecture. (study).
4. They ____________________________ in Germany when we arrived a few days ago.
(already be)
5. While we ____________________ someone ____________________ into the house.
(fish, break)

5.Change to reported speech. (5x 0.4- 2p)


1. He asked:”Where have you been Tom?” __________________________________________
2. The teacher wanted to know:”Who discovered America?” ____________________________
3. The referee asked:”How many players do you want to substitute?” ______________________
4. Would you like to drive me home? (Jim) __________________________________________
5. Don’t touch the wire with wet hands!______________________________________________
Barem

Subiect 1
1 0.5p
2 0.5p - English is classified as a member of the Anglo-Frisian group within the western branch
of the Germanic languages, a subfamily of the Indo-European languages.
3 0.5p - from modern French, Spanish and Portuguese (alligator, sombrero), Italian ( cameo,
violin)
4 1p

Subiect 2 (5x0.4p-2p)
1. Modelling can be a good career as long as you don’t expect it to last forever.
2. You won’t still be a successful model at thirty unless you’re extremely good looking.
3. You can become a TV addict unless you limit your viewing time to a few programmes a
day.
4. In the TV programme, The Gladiators’contenders can win as long as they are very fit and
very fast.
5. Your photos will be very good provided you don’t point the camera at the sun.

Subiect 3 (5x0.2p- 1p)


1. Bob had put on a scruffy old shirt.
2. Nancy was wearing a beautiful long silk dress.
3. Together they were walking along the narrow twisting streets.
4. They met a mysterious old man.
5. Why couldn’t it have gone on the bookshelf?

Subiect 4 (10x0.15p- 1.5p)


1. took ; forgot; had put
2. has not started work yet.
how long has he been at school?
he has been there for six years
3. was studying
4. had already been
5. were fishing; broke

Subiect 5 (5x0.4p- 2p)


1. He asked where I had been.
2. The teacher wanted to know who had discovered America.
3. The referee asked how many players I/we/he wanted to substitute.
4. Jim offered to drive him/her home.
5. The electrician warned me not to touch the wire with wet hands.