REPUBLIC OF IRAQ – Ministry of Education Sample Test 1
Examination in English for Intermediate Schools Time: 3 Hours
Note: Answer all the questions
Reading comprehension (25 marks)
Q1. Read the following texts and complete the exercises.
A- David Beckham was born in 1975 in England. He is very tall and good-looking, with very short blond hair. He prefers casual clothes, such as sweaters, T-shirts and jackets. Beckham was a talented footballer at school, and in 1992, he started playing for Manchester United. With United, Beckham won one European Champions League and a lot of other leagues and cups. However, Beckham did not play well for England in his first World Cup in 1998, but he did better in 2002 when he was captain. In 2003, Beckham moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid.
Answer the following questions. (15 M.)
1- Where was David Beckham born?
2- What kind of clothes does he like?
3- Which team did he start playing for?
4- When did Beckham perform badly?
5- What did Beckham do in 2003?
B- Trevor Baylis was born in London in 1937. When he grew up, he became a champion swimmer in Berlin. Then he went to college to study engineering. Later, he had his own company that built swimming pools. He also worked on TV as a special kind of swimmer. One day in 1991, Trevor Baylis was watching a TV programme about communication problems in South Africa. Baylis thought he had to do something to help. He worked for three years to build a wind-up radio that doesn’t need a lot of power, but no one believed his idea. In 1994, Baylis had his big chance on TV. He turned the handle for 2 minutes and the radio worked for 15 minutes.
Choose the correct answer. (10 M.)
1- Trevor Baylis was born in ............ . (South Africa – Germany – England)
2- His subject in college was ............ . (sports – engineering – communication)
3- His hobby was ............ . (swimming – travelling – presenting TV shows)
4- Baylis invented .......... . (the no-battery radio – a TV programme – swimming pools)
Aya: (4) ....................................... . How long are you going to stay?
Maha: (5) ....................................... . Shall we meet the day after that?
Aya: Sure, that’ll be nice.
Q5. Literature Spot (10 marks)
Answer the following questions about “The Fruits of Labour”.
1- What is the message of the story? (2 M.)
2- Match the words in the box with the characters from the story. There are two words for each character.
kind lazy experienced cunning wise sympathetic (3 M.)
Father: .................... ....................
Mother: .................... ....................
Son: .................... ....................
3- What does the father do to help his son become hard-working and responsible? (3 M.)
4- How does the story end? (2 M.)
Q6. Written Component (25 marks)
Choose ONE of the questions below and write a paragraph answer.
1- Your local computer shop is organising a competition. Write a letter addressed to the manager and
answer these questions to win the first prize: a computer.
a- What three things do you use a computer for most (surfing the net, emailing...)?
b- How have you used a computer to help you with your school work? Give examples.
c- Who else in your family uses a computer?
2- Write a leaflet about protecting the environment. Include illustrations advising people in your
community to save energy, reduce pollution and increase recycling
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Answer Key: Sample one
Q1. A- 1- David Beckham was born in England.
2- He likes casual clothes like sweaters, T-shirts and jackets.
3- He started playing for Manchester United.
4- Beckham performed badly in his first World Cup in 1998.
5- In 2003, Beckham moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in Spain.
B- 1- England 2- engineering 3- swimming
4- the no-battery radio 5- 1994
Q2. A- 1- for 2- to 3- with 4- about
B- 1- biggest 2- is reading 3- nothing 4- for
C- 1- Many traditional shops will disappear in the future.
2- There will be big shopping centres.
Q3. A- 1- c 2- e 3- d 4- a 5- b
B- 1- switch 2- get 3-turn 4- take 5- pick
C- 1- son 2- hear 3- on 4- write 5- buy
D- 1- six thousand Iraqi Dinars 2- fifteen pounds thirty
E- Have you ever been to Babylon? It’s a beautiful place.
Q4. A- 1- Excuse me 2- Could I have 3- Thank you 4- I’d like 5- please
B- 1- What about you? 2- are going camping on Saturday 3- What time are you leaving?
4- At 8 in the morning and we will be back on Sunday 5- A week
Q5. 1- The message of the story is about the value of hard work.
2- Father: wise – experienced Mother: kind – sympathetic Son: lazy – cunning
3- The father asks his son to earn money (not by depending on others but by working hard).
4- The son realises the value of hard work. (He becomes responsible and vows never to be lazy again. He eventually takes over his father's business.)
Q6. Student’s own answers (Refer to Written Assessment guidelines for marking criteria)