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Certificate for General Education, Elective English

CERTIFICATE for GENERAL EDUCATION
ELECTIVE ENGLISH
SEMESTER TWO — SECOND SESSION
TIME: 3 hours TOTAL MARKS: 70
This paper has 3 pages
READING 1 (Items 1 – 6)
Read this text, and then for each question, write a short answer (not more than
FIVE WORDS).
I knew it was going to be a bad day when, on the way to the airport, the taxi driver
took a wrong turning and got lost. He had to stop three times to ask the way.
I had booked my flight over the phone, so when we finally arrived at the airport, I
hurried to the reservation desk to pay for my ticket. However, the woman at the
desk told me that my name wasn’t on the passenger list. It took her ten minutes to
realize that she had spelt my name wrong! After correcting this mistake, she was
finally able to give me my ticket. Then she had the nerve to tell me that I’d better
check-in my luggage quickly or I would miss my flight! As it was, I was the last
person to get on the plane.
I found my seat and discovered that it was next to a small boy who had a bad cold
and kept sneezing all the time! I sat down and wondered if anything else could go
wrong. I must admit, I hate flying and always get very nervous, especially during
take-off, but the plane rose smoothly into the air and everything seemed to be OK.
Then, suddenly, there was a loud noise and everything started to shake. I looked
out of the window and saw smoke coming from the wing! All I could think was:
"The engine's on fire! We're going to crash! I’m too young to die!"
However, the captain spoke to us calmly and informed us that there was ‘a small
problem’ with one of the engines and that we needed to return to the airport. I was
terrified, but the crew were fantastic. They moved around the cabin, smiling and
telling us all not to worry. A few minutes later, the pilot made a perfect landing on
the runway. It was over. We were safe!
I took a taxi home, and when I closed the front door, I looked down at my suitcase
— but it wasn't my suitcase; it was somebody else's! Somehow, I had picked up
the wrong one! That day, I decided never to fly again…
1. What mistake did the taxi driver make? _____________________
2. What mistake did the woman at the reservation desk make? ___________________
3. On the plane, what was wrong with the person sitting next to the writer? ___________
4. What did the writer see that frightened her? _______________________
5. What did the pilot decide to do? _______________________
6. What mistake did the writer make at the end? ___________________
Certificate for General Education, Elective English page 2
Semester Two, Second Session, 2007 – 2008
READING 2 (Items 7 – 10)
Read each text. Then, for the numbered statement, write ‘True’ or ‘False’.
As soon as she saw the official-looking envelope, she knew that something was wrong.
With shaking hands, she tore it open. The first words she saw were: “Dear Mrs Henshaw,
we are sorry to inform you …”
7. The letter contains bad news. _________
The new film, “Nightmare”, is about a family whose car breaks down on a lonely road.
They find an empty house where they can spend the night. They do not realize that they
are in great danger — in the basement, a madman with a long knife is waiting…
8. “Nightmare” is a horror movie. _________
The Hamilton Sports Centre is in a pleasant location, has excellent facilities and its staff
are friendly and very professional. However, unfortunately, the membership fees are far
too high for most of our staff.
9. The writer recommends that his company should use the centre. _________
For people like me who live in Brookside, the annual festival is a complete nuisance. The
streets are full of noisy crowds and it’s impossible to get a parking space. The only people
I know who welcome all this are a few businessmen who make a huge amount of money!
10. The festival is popular with most local people. _________
WRITING 1
You are a reporter for a newspaper. Your editor has asked you to write
a NEWS REPORT about the discovery of a new species.
In your report, use ALL the information in the box. Your writing should be clear,
formal and well-organised. Include a Headline, an Introduction,a Main Body
and a Conclusion. Do not write your name.
*blue and white body/long tail *new species/ bird
*team/ German scientists *believe/ many more species/ not yet found
*discovered/ three weeks ago *forest/ hills/ south-west/ country
*main food/ insects *Uganda/ East Africa
*new species/ no name yet *press conference/ announced/ yesterday
Write your answers on your answer paper.
Certificate for General Education, Elective English page 3
Semester Two, Second Session, 2007 – 2008
WRITING 2
Complete the following task. Write at least 75 words.
Situation: Imagine that your friend Nasr/ Nasra has written a letter to you. He/She has a
problem. He/ She wrote: "I feel unhappy and depressed all the time, but I don't know
why."
Write a letter to Nasr/ Nasra. Give him/her advice about what he/she should do.
Your letter should be friendly and helpful. Do not write your address.
WRITING 3
Write at least 100 words on the following topic:
“In some countries, teenagers have part-time jobs while they are still students.
Do you think this is a good idea?”
— Answer the question. Give your reasons.
Your writing should be clear, lively and interesting.
Write your answers on your answer paper.

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