Arab Republic of Egypt
Ministry of Education
General secondary Education Certificate Examination, 2004
[First Stage- First Session]
First Foreign Language: English (1) Time: 3 hours
اللغة الأجنبية الأولى: الإنجليزية (1)
A- Language Functions
1- Supply the missing parts in the following dialogue:
A passenger is talking to the check-in official at the airport.
Passenger : Good morning. Is this the check-in for the Saudi-Arabia flight ?
Official : Yes, sir.
Passenger : (1) . ?
Official : Yes, it will be leaving at 11:15 instead of 10:20 because of the bad weather.
Passenger : I see. Ill just wait in the departure hall.
Official : Can I see your passport ?
Passenger : .(2) . .
Official : ..(3) . ?
Passenger : I have two suitcases. Can I take this handbag onto the plane ?
Official : ..(4) . .
Passenger : I dont think I have extra weight.
2- Supply the missing parts in the following mini-dialogues:
1-Nagwa and Mona are talking about mobile phones.
Mona : ..(1) .. ?
Nagwa : I think theyre practical but expensive.
2-Ahmed and Usama are talking about the two great films The Mask and
the Brave Heart.
Ahmed : Im crazy about The Mask. Its funny but Brave Heart is full of violence.
Usama : (2) .. .
3-Hassan is over busy and asks his friend Omar to post a letter for him.
Hassan : .(3) .. ?
Omar : ..(4) .. .
B- Vocabulary and Structure
3-Choose the correct answer from a, b, c or d:
1-He .the piano since he was eight.
a) plays b) is playing c) has played d) had played
2-No progress will be achieved, unless all the citizens .for the good of their country.
a) co-operated b) will co-operate c) co-operate d) co-operates
3-An .is someone who visits undiscovered places.
a) engineer b) archaeologist c) electrician d) economist
4- If he hadnt driven so fast, he that accident.
a) wouldnt have b) wouldnt have had c) didnt have d) hadnt had
5- ..of children are often seen in front of the lion cage.
a) Flocks b) Serpents c) Swamps d) Groups
6-The dogs barked when they saw .in the mirror.
a) itself b) its c) themselves d) their
7-Monuments should be protected ..........pollution because it eats away the outer
a) against b) by c) for d) of
8-Oh ! no, I havent got enough money for my bus .. .
a) fair b) fare c) fee d) frame
9-The intense competition in the Olympics led to the problem of drug . .
a) abuse b) dealer c) deal d) illegal
10-Bicycles .by the Germans.
a) was invented b) were discovered c) were invented d) invent
11-The function of the heart is .blood round the body.
a) to circulate b) circulated c) circulation d) circle
12- pupils came to the class today because it was raining heavily.
a) Many b) Little c) Much d) Few
13-Taking somebodys ..gives an idea about his heart beat.
a) blood b) temperature c) pulse d) valve
14-My mother says that we will have to our kitchen to meet our needs.
a) sterilize b) nationalize c) mobilize d) modernize
15-The boy does his best to make up for his .
a) loose b) loss c) lose d) lost
16-She has blue eyes and yellow hair .her other sisters.
a) whereas b) from c) unlike d) despite
4-Rewrite the following sentences using the word(s) in brackets without changing the
1- The custom officials search our luggage carefully. (Our luggage .)
2- He joined the university on his eighteenth birthday and he is still working there. (since)
3- Without having a study plan, it is easy to waste time. ( If )
4- Have you read Hard Times by Charles Dickens ? (He asked)
5- International trade helps all the countries to exchange goods and ideas
as well. (Not only)
5-Read and then complete the notes on the passage:
In many countries now seat belts are compulsory for front seat passengers. Most doctors believe that seat belts save people from being seriously hurt in a crash, but there are some people who still think that it is more dangerous to wear a seat belt.
They say that it may trap one in a burning car so that one is burnt to death. But others say that without belts, one may be thrown out of a car in a crash.
1- Some people say that seat belts are dangerous because .
2- Most doctors think that seat belts .. .
3- Seat belts are compulsory .. .
6-Read the following passage and then answer the questions:
The ancient Greeks always asserted that a healthy mind in a healthy body is the key to a well-balanced life. Nowadays many schools are decreasing the amount of time given to sports, and some schools are removing it altogether. Although academic subjects are certainly a very important part of the school curriculum, I am strongly opposed to the complete removal of sports.
Firstly, schools have a responsibility to educate children in all areas. For that reason, it is just as important to provide sports practice for the professional sportsmen and women of the future, as it is to provide academic training to those who will go on to university.
In addition, students these days spend long hours studying or working at their computers. Therefore, they need the opportunity to do some physical activity during school day. This will not only help to increase their level of fitness and make them healthier, it will also mean that they develop better social skills and are able to concentrate on their studies for longer, and thus achieve better results.
In conclusion, I strongly believe that sports should remain a key part of the school curriculum. All children have the right to get a balanced education, and they should not be deprived of the opportunity to learn how to play sports.
A) Answer the following questions:
1- Does the writer support or oppose the issue of increasing sport time at school ?
2- In your opinion, how could practicing sports at schools help students later in
university and at work ?
3- Why is it important to practice sports during the school day ?
4- What should not children be deprived of ?
B) Choose the correct answer:
5- Which statement is not true:
a) Sports encourage team spirit.
b) Sports give the change to be physically fit.
c) Sports help students become more successful.
d) Sports lead to overweight.
6- The ancient Greeks believe that:
a) There is a connection between intelligence and a strong body.
b) Well-balanced food is important.
c) There is a negative effect of sports on the body.
d) Studying is more important than sports.
7- The word Key means:
a) lock b) necessary c) clue d) guide
7-A) Answer the following questions:
1-Give some examples of Aymans bravery and intelligence in the search
for the female spider. (Two examples)
2-Why did professor Jones say to captain Ahmed that it is impossible to
destroy all the spiders ?
3-What was Aymans main bobby ? How did he make use of it in his life ?
B) Read the following quotation and then answer the questions:
Its like an underground city. A city of dead people.
1- Who said these words ? To whom ?
2- What is the place they are talking about ?
3- What is the importance of discovering this place in the novel ?
C) Complete the following sentences:
1-Dr.Fakhry was shocked and frightened while looking at the computer screen
when . .
2-The young officer was coughing badly and fell to the ground because . .
3-Although people in ancient Egypt burnt their town down to kill all the
spiders, . .
E- Writing (6.M)
8- Write a paragraph of eight sentences about:
Advertisements have become an important part of television in Egypt.
1-How important are advertisements ?
2-What are the things that you most like / dislike about them ?
3-Do you think that television advertisements in Egypt reflect the Egyptian culture ?
9- A) Translate into Arabic:
The three-day conference took place at the Bibliotheca (library) Alexandria. It was attended by 170 Arab businessmen and thinkers. Journalists were not allowed to enter so that ideas could be exchanged freely.
B) Translate into English:
الحضارة تزدهر أفضل في أوقات السلام.