Ministry of Education
General Secondary Education Certificate Examination, 2012
[Second Stage - First Session]
First Foreign Language: ENGLISH (2) Time: 3 Hours

A- Language Functions

1) Respond to each of the following situations:
1- A friend says: "You look very cheerful today." Tell him/her why.

2- A person is u sing his mobile while crossing the highway. Warn him.

3- Your cousin is going out with you in a small boat. Advise him to wear a lifejacket.

4- You are on a crowded train, and there's only one empty seat. What do you ask the person sitting next to it ?


2-Mention the place, the speakers and the language function in each of the following two mini-dialogues:
1- A: I'd like to try on some rings, please.

     B: Do you prefer gold or diamond rings?

     A: Let me see the gold collection.

Place :………Speaker A:………Speaker B:………Function :…….


 2- A: Why are you getting out of water so quickly?    

      B: The waves are getting higher and higher.


Place :………Speaker A:………Speaker B:………Function :…….

B- Vocabulary & Structure

3) Choose the correct answer from a. b. c or d:
1-I've felt extremely tired today………….I went to bed early last night.

          a) because       b) however         c) although        d) so

2-The doctor recommends that you take two weeks to………….before going back to work.

          a) regain           b) recuperate     c) restore           d) recapture

3-I think one day every new book………….as an e-book.

          a) will publish    b) is published   c) will be published   d) is publishing

4-"It's rather late and it's time for you to go to sleep." The mother………….that the children are still awake.

         a) remembered       b) inquired        c) promised            d) complained

5-It is said he was a man………….to have the sight of an eagle and the courage of a lion.

          a) who appeared       b) he appeared        c) that appears          d) and appears

6-The world's ancient wonders are great………….about the glory of the past.

     a) cityscapes            b) landscapes          c) trademarks        d) landmarks

7-On my way to the station, I stopped………….about Fatma. 

     a) asking             b) ask           c) to ask           d) asked

8-Many people's jobs and businesses were affected by the economic ………….
     a) impression       b) depression     c) compression     d) submission

9- What I said yesterday upset my close friend; I wish I………….so.

     a) hadn't said        b) haven't said        c) didn't say      d) wouldn’t say

10-Oliver Twist is a………….character created by Charles Dickens in 1838.

     a) fictional         b) familiar         c) historical        d) critical

11-The kids' bedroom………….upstairs on the 2nd floor.

     a) it is             b) are               c) there are                d) is

12-Dr. Zewail is more than just a Nobel Prize winner; he's a/an………….in chemistry.

     a) investor           b) explorer         c) pioneer     d) politician

13-Ahmed asked me where………….the day before.

     a) I had gone          b) I went             c) had I gone           d) did I go

14-………….not only study storms but they also follow and understand them.

     a) Wind followers                     b) Storm chasers

     c) Weather forecasters           d) Climate researchers

15-It ………….very windy during the night. There are leaves all over the ground.

     a) must have been   b) must be     c) can't have been d) can't be

16-The company ………….training courses for its employees.

     a) qualifies         b) provides         c) promotes     d) practises


4-Find the mistake in each of the following sentences, then write them correctly:
1-The more people want to do something, the cheapest it will become.

2-Hassan is a football enthusiastic; he plays and watches football all the time.

3-If she had more information about Hany's situation, she helped him.

4-Greenmail is the act of forcing a person to pay money under threat.

5-Your face looks familiar. Haven't I seen you everywhere before?

6-After the criminal was arrested, he was sent to prison for death.

C- Reading

5 ) Read the following passage, then answer the questions:
Have you ever wondered how you would grasp the information taught in class? Our minds and bodies gather information in various ways. Then our minds process that information, organizing it and making connection to things we already know. This process can also work differently: do we think in pictures or words? Do we remember details or the big picture? To sum up, people have different learning styles.

         Psychologists have identified some basic learning styles: the linguistic type learns by using language skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing. Logical refers to people who learn by applying scientific principles. The visual type learns by seeing while musical people learn well when information is presented through music. The next type learns best by movement and physical activities. Finally, the intrapersonal learners associate new information directly with their own experiences while the interpersonal type learns well by working with others.

A. Give short answers to the following questions:
1-What is the main idea of the passage?

2-Which type of learners are you? Why?

3-How many learning styles are mentioned in the passage?

B. Choose the correct answer from a. b. c or d:
4-According to the passage, an effective teacher……………

     a) uses one teaching style.

     b) makes connections between mind and body.

     c) combines more than one teaching methods.

     d) discourages pupils to think critically.


5- The underlined word 'grasp' means.......................

     a) undertake            b) follow              c) misuse      d) understand


6) Read the following passage, then answer the questions:
        Brain drain, the action of having highly skilled and educated people leaving their country to work abroad, has become one of the developing countries' concerns. Many of them are heading for more developed countries, searching for higher wages and better working conditions.

        What makes those educated people leave their countries should be seriously considered and a distinction between push and pull factors must be made. The push factors include low wages and lack of satisfactory lifestyle. Social and economic unrest may also be determining causes. The pull factors, however, include intellectual freedom and enough money for research.

         Brain drain has undesirable effects on the sending countries. It reduces the number of creative people in developing countries. Similarly, with more investments abroad, these countries are missing an opportunity of wealth creation. This also has negative results on employment.


A) Give short answers to the following questions:

 1- Are you for or against the emigration of scientists? Why?

 2- Mention one way to solve the brain drain problem.

 3- What does the underlined word 'them' refer to?


B. Choose the correct answer from a. b. c or d:
4- According to the passage, brain drain…………….in the sending countries.

     a) increases the number of skilled people

     b) complicates the unemployment problem

     c) adds to the chances of wealth creation

     d) develops working conditions


5- The word 'distinction' may be replaced by………………

     a) similarity         b) difference          c) relation       d) likeliness


The Novel

7 )A. Answer the following questions:
1- Explain the two possibilities that caused the crack in the skull.

2- What did Leila discover on her way back to Acomayo?


B. Read the following quotation and then answer the questions:
                 "Forgive me because it's my fault that you are here."

1- Who do the underlined pronouns refer to?

2- Why did the speaker ask for forgiveness?


C) Complete the following to make meaningful sentences:
1- Leila did her degree in an Italian institute because..........

2- The lock of the safe was not broken, so the thief............

D- Writing

8.  Write a paragraph of about 100 words about......................

"Do today's young people show enough respect towards older people ?”


9.  A. Translate into Arabic:

Sports reinforce values important to society, like honest competition and teamwork. "There is no I in TEAM" is a good sports saying. It teaches us that success is achieved by putting the group above individual glory.


B. Translate into English:


1- ثبت علميا ان الشيكولاته لها بعض الفوائد الصحية للقلب.


2 - الماء اصل الحياة فلا تفسد البيئة بتلويث مياه النيل.







إعرف مستواك في الحال مع هذه الإمتحانات



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