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Part  I:  Reading  Comprehension  
 
Read  this  passage  about  the  author’s  experience  in  Accra,  the  capital  city  of  Ghana  in  
Africa.  As  you  read,  look  at  the  questions  below  and  choose  the  best  answer.  
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I  think  it’s  the  cacophony  of  sound  that  makes  this  city  seem  so  chaotic  sometimes.  
 
Goats  wander  the  streets  aimlessly  and  bleat  constantly.  Drivers  sit  on  their  horns.  Bike  
bells  are  chiming.  People  are  yelling  in  one  of  the  47  languages  that  I  can’t  understand.  
10   When  I  do  hear  English,  it’s  often  a  voice  trying  to  sell  me  a  pen  drive  through  a  loud  
speaker.  
 
To  my  left,  a  middle-­‐aged  woman  with  matted  black  hair  and  tattered  clothing  extends  a  
calloused  palm  towards  the  window  of  the  dented  bus  where  I’m  sitting  at  Nkrumah  Circle,  
15   one  of  Accra’s  busiest  transportation  hubs.  
 
“Please,  please,”  she  says,  wiggling  her  fingers  at  me.  That’s  all  she  needs  to  say.  I  hear  her  
message  loud  and  clear  because  I’ve  heard  it  before.  She  begs  for  money  with  desperation  
oozing  from  tired,  red  eyes.  
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The  young  girl  to  my  right  can’t  be  more  than  ten.  With  tremendous  poise,  she  balances  a  
large  silver  pan  on  her  head,  selling  water  in  small,  clear  sachets.  
 
“Pure,”  she  yells.  “Yes,  pure.”  
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That’s  the  lingo  for  purified  water  here  in  Ghana,  where  cool,  clean  water  on  a  day  as  hot  as  
today  is  a  hot  commodity.  It’s  28  degrees  but  it  feels  much  hotter  to  me  waiting  on  the  bus.  
I’ve  been  roasting  in  this  seat  for  several  minutes.  I’ll  most  likely  cook  for  several  more.  I  
know  my  driver  has  no  intention  of  leaving  until  every  seat  on  this  tro  tro,  a  minibus  that  
30   serves  as  the  city’s  primary  public  transportation,  is  occupied.

Question:  
1. The  author  is:  
a. at  an  outdoor  market  
b. in  a  traffic  jam  
c. at  a  bus  station  
d. at  a  zoo  
 
2. To  say  something  or  someplace  is  chaotic  means  
that  it  is:  
a. peaceful  
b. disorganized  
c. dirty  
d. interesting  
 
3. The  woman  in  line  13  is  most  likely  a:  
a. Water  seller  
b. Friend  
c. Bus  driver  
d. Beggar  
 
   
Name:  ______________________________________     Date:  _________________________________  
 
4.  The  sentence  I  hear  her  message  loud  and  clear  because  I’ve  heard  it  before  (lines  
17-­‐18)  most  likely  means  that  the  author:  
  a.  knows  exactly  what  this  woman  wants  
  b.  can  hear  this  woman  because  she  speaks  loudly  
  c.  has  met  this  woman  before  and  knows  her  
  d.  wants  to  give  this  woman  what  she  wants  
 
5.  To  say  something  is  a  hot  commodity  means  that  it  is:  
  a.  expensive  
  b.  commonplace  
  c.  new  
  d.  in  demand  
 
6.  The  passage  I’ve  been  roasting  in  this  seat  for  several  minutes.  I’ll  most  likely  cook  
for  several  more  most  likely  means  that:  
  a.  the  author  is  eating  lunch    
  b.  the  author  feels  very  hot  
  c.  the  author  is  cooking  something  
  d.  the  author  is  checking  her  watch  
 
7.  This  article  was  most  likely  written  for:  
a.        a  news  article  about  a  new  bus  station  in  Ghana  
b. a  guidebook  about  how  to  travel  in  Ghana.  
c. a  magazine  article  about  poor  people  in  Africa  
d. a  magazine  article  about  a  trip  to  Ghana.  
 
8.  From  this  article,  which  of  the  following  can  you  assume  is  true  about  Ghana?  
  a.  English  is  one  of  the  only  languages  spoken  in  Ghana  
  b.  Ghana  is  an  interesting  place  to  visit  
  c.  Ghana  is  a  hot  country  
  d.  Purified  water  in  Ghana  is  very  expensive  
 
 
 
Name:  ______________________________________     Date:  _________________________________  
 
Part  II:  Listening  Comprehension  
 
Section  A:  Interview  with  David  
John  is  an  English  teacher  in  Japan  who  has  a  radio  talk  show.  He  traveled  to  
Philadelphia,  on  the  east  coast  of  the  United  States,  to  visit  his  family.  Listen  to  him  
interview  a  family  member,  and  fill  in  the  blank  (_____________)  spaces  with  the  correct  
information.  You  will  hear  the  interview  twice.  
 
John  is  interviewing  his  ____________  David,  who  has  been  living  in  the  western  part  of  
the  United  States  for  about  ___________  years.  David  is  surprised  at  the  differences  
between  the  ________  and  the  _________  parts  of  the  United  States.  In  the  ___________,  
there  is  a  lot  more  ___________  and  people  have  a  much  more  ______________  lifestyle.  In  
the  ___________,  there  are  a  lot  more  ___________  and  people  live  in  a  much  ______________  
space.  Dave  also  says  that  it’s  easier  to  __________  a  __________  or  run  on  the  side  of  the  
road  in  the  _________  because  of  the  meter  of  space  between  the  side  of  the  road  and  a  
white  __________  called  a  ____________.    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Name:  ______________________________________     Date:  _________________________________  
 
 
Part  II:  Listening  Comprehension  
 
Section  B:  Young  Musicians  
 
Listen  to  the  news  story  about  James  and  Elaine,  a  group  of  young  musicians  from  
Sacramento,  California.  As  you  listen,  look  at  the  questions  and  circle  the  best  answer.  
 
 
What  is  the  name  of  James  and  Elaine  Hunter’s  band?  
a. One-­‐eyed  Rhino  
b. The  James  and  Elaine  Trio  
c. Creek  Week  
d. One-­‐eyed  Rhyno  
 
What  is  the  song  “The  Bird”  about?  
a. the  Gulf  oil  spill  
b. a  picture  dead  bird  
c. the  suffering  of  animals,  including  birds  
d. creeks  in  Sacramento  
 
What  caused  James  and  Elaine  to  record  the  song  “The  Bird”?  
a. a  picture  of  a  dead  bird  
b. Jack  Black’s  comedy  “School  of  Rock”  
c. The  Gulf  oil  spill  
d. a  festival  in  Sacramento  
 
James  and  Elaine  want  to  use  their  music  to:  
a. clean  up  the  Gulf  oil  spill  
b. preserve  the  environment  
c. save  birds  and  other  animals  
d. help  the  Student  Conservation  Association  
 
 

 
 
 
Name:  ______________________________________     Date:  _________________________________  
 
 
 
Part  III:  Written  Essay  
You  will  have  20  minutes  to  write  about  one  of  the  two  topics  listed  below.  If  you  do  
not  understand  the  topics,  ask  the  examiner  to  translate  or  explain  them.  
 
Write  about  1  to  2  pages.  You  do  not  need  to  use  all  the  space,  but  your  composition  
will  be  marked  down  if  it  is  extremely  short.  You  are  allowed  to  use  a  dictionary.  
 
Your  essay  will  be  judged  on:  
-­‐ clarity  (how  easy  it  is  to  understand)  
-­‐ topic  development  (using  relevant  information  to  support  your  ideas)  
-­‐ organization  
-­‐ range,  accuracy,  and  appropriateness  of  vocabulary  and  grammar  
 
Please  choose  one  topic  to  write  about:  
 
Describe  how  human  communication  has  changed  in  the  last  twenty  years.  
 
Explain  why  a  particular  adjective  describes  you  perfectly.  
 
 
 
Name:  ______________________________________     Date:  _________________________________  
 

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