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Bounzou Zoubir Middle school Mark : Observations :

Date : Thursday, April 22nd, 2010.


Form: 4AM

English Test N°2


The Taj Mahal
In the city of Agra in northern India lies the mausoleum
(tomb) complex known as the Taj Mahal. Made out of white
marble and decorated with gemstones, the mausoleum is
considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.
In 1983 the Taj Mahal was designated as a World Heritage
site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and
Cultural Organization.

The Taj Mahal was built by a ruler named Shah Jahan as a monument and tomb for his
beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Jahan was the Muslim ruler of the Mughal Empire in India from
1628 to 1658. From the time of their marriage in 1612 to her death in childbirth in 1631, Shah
Jahan and his wife were near-constant companions.

Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632. Some 20,000 people from India, Persia, and
other countries worked for 22 years to complete the project.

The Taj Mahal has been affected by pollution from nearby factories as well as from motor
vehicles. However, steps are being taken to prevent further damage to the site. Some
factories have been closed, and vehicle traffic has been limited around the complex. In 1998
a research and restoration program was started in order to protect this important landmark.

Section One : Reading Comprehension


A/ Say true or false. Correct the wrong ones (3pts).
 The Taj Mahal is a famous hotel.
 It is located in southern India.
 The Taj Mahal is classified as a world heritage.
B/ Lexis:
 Match the word with its meaning (2pts).
Nominated *Shut
Heritage *United Nations Educational, Scientific, and
Cultural Organization
UNESCO *Historical sites
Closed *Designated
 Find in the text words that are opposite in meaning to the following
(1pts).
Opened =/=……………………………… Horrible =/=………………………………..
Section Two: Mastery of language.
A/ Supply punctuation and capitals where necessary.(2.5 pts)
india is situated in south asia its capital is New delhi.
B/ Finish these sentences with a tag question.(2 pts)
 The Taj Mahal is the nicest monument in the world,……………………….?
 Our neighbour went to India last summer,……………………………………?
C/ Pick out from the 3rd paragraph two words with consonant clusters at the
end. (1pts) ………………………………………. ……………………………………
D/ Write the verbs between brackets correctly.(2.5 pts)
 If he (go)………………… to India this year, he (visit)……………………… the Taj
Mahal.
 If he travelled to India, he (send)…………………………………….. a postcard.
 As soon as he (have)…………………. his passport, he (buy)…………… a ticket.
E/ Pick out from the third paragraph words with the following vowel
sounds.(3 pts)
/i:/ /æ/ /a:/ /ei/ /ɜ:/ / ɔ:/

Section three: Situation of integration


Your teacher asked you to write an article about one of the most famous
monuments in the world for the school magazine. Here are some examples:
the Tower Eiffel, the Statue of liberty, The Pyramids……

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