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PROFESOR ANDREI ELENA COLEGIUL ECONOMIC BUZU OLIMPIADA LICEELOR TEHNOLOGICE I VOCAIONALE LIMBA ENGLEZ BUZU, APRILIE 2012

CLASA A IX-A SUBIECTE PROPUSE I. Itemi cu alegere multipl reading-comprehenshion 10 itemi (2 puncte*10 itemi) = 20 puncte A recent international study has shown some surprising and apparently contradictory results on the question of the priorities parents around the world have when raising their children. While the survey showed that some virtues are universally prized, interesting regional and national trends emerge when parents are asked to rate the importance of various qualities they wish to instill in their children. Parents around the world seem to agree that good manners, a sense of responsibility and respect for others are important qualities to teach their children. But while West Europeans give all three qualities more or less equal importance, East Europeans and North Americans rate a sense of responsibility as by far the most important, and relegate respect for others to fourth place. Interestingly, a sense of imagination ranked the lowest priority worldwide, although West Europeans gave the quality of flexible thinking twice the importance any other group did. The Italians stress the virtue of cultivating their youngsters' imagination more than most others surveyed, with the exception of Switzerland. The supposedly staid Swiss prize imaginative youth. Etiquette-minded Belgians, Spaniards and Greeks placed the highest premium on politeness, while the Danes and Swedes put good manners lowest on the list. The newly-capitalist Eastern bloc countries also rated good manners as relatively unimportant, perhaps because they are being confronted with commercial competition for the first time. Together with the Swiss and the Turks, on the other hand, they prized the ability to communicate with others. The virtues of tolerance and respect for others were most highly regarded in Scandinavia, France, Britain, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Spain. This was not the case in Greece and the former Eastern bloc nations, which rated these as being of lesser importance. Germans, Austrians and Swedes esteem personal independence, but the industrious French hold the quality of conscientiousness at work more dear than any other European nationals. The responses in the industrialized nations of Sweden and Britain showed, perhaps bewilderingly, that nationals of those countries gave little importance to conscientiousness at work. Polite Belgians answered that for them, obedience is among their paramount values; this sentiment is shared to a lesser degree by the British, Greeks and Irish. The Italians, according to their questionnaires, ranked this very low. 1

When rearing their children, the Greeks, Turks and Irish are alone in their emphasis on instilling strong religious beliefs. One of the primary difficulties the researchers faced was translating the questions as perfectly as possible in order not to distort the result. Imagination, for example, can be translated into Dutch as conceitedness; perhaps this explains why the Dutch appeared to give imagination a low priority. Also, some qualities are so ingrained in certain cultures that they are taken for granted, while others are given great emphasis because they are felt to be lacking in a particular society. 1. The survey shows that A some values are general and others vary. B no patterns emerged. C different nations contradict each other. D there are no clear results. 2. For the North Americans, a sense of responsibility is A more important than it is for East Europeans. B more important than respect for others. C as important as it is for West Europeans. D as important as respect for others. 3. A sense of imagination is A most important to the Italians B most important to the Swiss. C important to all except the Swiss. D equally important to the Italians and the Swiss. 4. Politeness is less important in the Eastern bloc because A they enjoy confrontation. B they are competitive people. C they are still getting used to capitalism. D they are relatively uncommunicative. 5. They in line 23 refers to A commercial competitors. B the Swiss and Turks C good manners. D Eastern bloc countries. 6. Tolerance and respect for others is A most important to the Belgians B most important to Scandinavia, France, Britain, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Spain. C important to all except the Swiss. D equally important to the Italians and the Austrians. 7. Personal independence is 2

A most important to the Germans, Austrians and Swedes B most important to the Greeks. C important to all except the French. D equally important to the Irish and the Belgians. 8. Although their societies are industrialized, the Brtitish and Swedes A are not conscious of it. B are bewildered by industry. C do not think hard work important. D do hot think their nationality important. 9. Instilling strong religious beliefs is A most important to the Greeks, Turks and Irish B most important to the British. C important to all except the Greeks. D equally important to the Dutch and the French. 10. The research was difficult because A the researchers made so many mistakes. B the results were distorted. C no one knew how to translate certain words. D it had to be conducted in so many languages II. Itemi care presupun schimbarea unor cuvinte vocabulary 10 itemi (2 puncte*10 itemi) = 20 puncte 1. On our we were greeted by the head of the department. ARRIVE 2. A person with an complex is generally quite shy. INFERIOR 3. It is amazing how she looks at her age! YOUTH 4. We had an day boating on the lake. ENJOY 5. He proved so stubborn that it seemed to me to insist. POINT 6. Snow lasts longer in regions. MOUNTAIN 7. He is very anxious about his sons of memory. LOSE 8. Romanian cuisine offers a great of dishes. VARY 9. I wonder what they expect from this INVEST 10. Lots of Americans to fight in World War I in Europe. VOLUNTARY III. Itemi de asociere/mperechere (1punct*10 itemi) = 10 puncte 3 vocabulary 10 itemi

1. series a. a film based on life in the west of America 2. talk show b. a short programme made up of brightly coloured animated drawings for children 3. sitcom c. ongoing programme about the day-to-day lives of a group of people 4. drama d. story told over more than one programme 5. film e. a comedy series based on characters in a funny situation 6. documentary f. a game programme to test ones knowledge 7. western g. play for TV, radio or theatre 8. cartoon h. programme in which famous people are invited to talk informally 9. soap opera i. a complete story in one showing 10. quiz show j. programme which gives factual information about a subject IV. Itemi de ordonare grammar 10 itemi (1,5 puncte*10 itemi) = 15 puncte 1. used , The, eat, it, is, not, food, as, people, as, to, be, today, good 2. few, the, ago, price, Computers, they, are, were, half, years, a 3. down, food, thought, harder, on, than, Cutting, is, I 4. fit, take, than, Getting, you, will, think, longer 5. is, to, small, too, house, a, big, My, party, have 6. the, have, sat, summer, in, We, garden, since, not, last 7. came, sister, visit, My, a, ago, month, to 8. The, he, was, time, called, a, month, me, ago, last 9. I, not, got, answer, have, yet, an 10. been, have, I, Paris, once, only, before, to V. Itemi cu alegere dual grammar 10 itemi (1,5 puncte*10 itemi) = 15 puncte 1. is a long time since we last went on a trip together. a) It b) There 2. It was obvious that the lamb had been a) stolen b) stealed 3. I from Harry since he went back to war a) havent heard b) didnt hear 4. The children are throwing snowballs one another. a) at b) to 5. The kidnappers were seen round the corner in their old blue car. a) disappearing b) having disappeared 6. It is Ive been telling about. a) she b) her 7. You will fail you work harder. a) unless b) if 8. We managed to arrive just time for the play. a) on b) in 4

9. Where New Years Eve? a) do you spend b) are you spending 10. Is Marcia at the coffee? a) still b) yet VI. Itemi de recunoatere a greelilor grammar 10 itemi (2 puncte*10 itemi) = 20 puncte 1. He could still remember back having to walk to school. 2. They had to send each member a personal copy of the report. 3. He couldnt avoid from hitting the tree as the road was so narrow. 4. She expected for an immediate answer from the company. 5. The boss wasted of so much money on advertising. 6. I will always remember my first day at the school. 7. A one strange coincidence happened the other day. 8. My mothers lost cousin suffered from amnesia after the accident. 9. The new hospital ward was opened by the Prime Minister. 10. The most biggest sports centre was built in the city centre.

CHEIA EXERCIIILOR I. 10 itemi (2 puncte*10 itemi) = 20 puncte 1 A; 2 B; 3 C; 4 C; 5 D; 6B; 7 A; 8 C; 9 A; 10 B II. 10 itemi (2 puncte*10 itemi) = 20 puncte 1. arrival; 2. inferiority; 3. young; 4. enjoyable; 5. pointless; 6. mountainous; 7. loss; 8. variety; 9. volunteered III. 10 itemi (1punct*10i temi) = 10 puncte 1 d; 2 h; 3 e; 4 g; 5 I; 6 j; 7 a; 8 b; 9 c; 10 f IV. 10 itemi (1,5 puncte*10 itemi) = 15 puncte 1. The food people eat today is not as good as it used to be. 5

2. Computers are half the price they were a few years ago. 3. Cutting down on food is harder than I thought. 4. Getting fit will take longer than you think. 5. My house is to small to have a big party. 6. We have not sat in the garden since last summer. 7. My sister came to visit a month ago. 8. The last time he called me was a month ago. 9. I have not got an answer yet. 10. I have only been to Paris once before. V. 10 itemi (1,5puncte*10itemi) = 15 puncte 1 a; 2 a; 3 a; 4 a; 5 a; 6 b; 7 a; 8 b; 9 b; 10 a. VI. 10 itemi (2 puncte*10 itemi) = 20 puncte 1. back; 2. ; 3. from; 4. for; 5. of; 6. the; 7. one; 8. lost; 9. ; 10. most