Exam: 21



Ministry of Education

General Secondary Education Certificate Examination, 2018

[First Session]

                                                                                  First Foreign Language: English (1)                  Time: 3 hours


1- Respond to each of the following situations:                                      (4 marks)

1. Your friend suggests going to the beach, but you would like to go to the cinema.

2. Your brother is climbing a ladder to get something from the top shelf. Warn him.

3. Someone says that the internet is a bad thing. Disapprove.

4. You don't know the meaning of the word "phenomenon" Ask your teacher.


2- Mention the place, the speakers and the language function in each of the following mini-dialogues:                                                                                      marks)



1. A: I can't breathe well.

    B: I'll examine you and see.


Place               : ………………….

Speaker A      : …………...……..

Speaker B      : ………………….

Function of A: ………………….




2. A: Welcome sir! Can I see your boarding 

card, please ?

    B: Sure.

    A: Your seat is 30c on the right.




lace               : ………………….

Speaker A      : …………...……..

Speaker B      : ………………….

Function of B: ………………….

3- Choose the correct answer from a. b. c or d:                                     (8 marks)

1. As we are living in the age of technology, man's……..of many planets is remarkable.

a) invention               b) indication                  c) invasion                 d) inspiration

2. Waves crashed and pounded at the……..of the cliff.

a) basis                    b) pace                         c) base                        d) peace

3. I worked hard all day round, but I had failed to ……..my goal.

a) find                    b) follow                    c) score                     d) achieve

4. Dr. Mostafa,………..books are distinguished, teaches at Zagazig university.

a) whom                      b) who                       c) whose                       d) that

5. Companies need highly qualified staff, so they…….them with many training courses.

a) pay                      b) provide                          c) afford                    d) offer

6. The naught boy promised the school principle……..well in class.

a) behaving                     b) to behave                c) behave                d) to be behaved

7. To be a successful computer programmer, you should have certain……... .

a) stitch                      b) skull                    c) sketch                      d) skill

8. When I was in Sharm El-Sheik, I………a lot.

a) have sunbathed            b) was sunbathing           c) would sunbathe            d) sunbathed

9. It was hard for me to ………my old friend who had been abroad a long time ago.

a) recognise                  b) know                  c) realise                   d) visualise

10. …………. Lava is formed when rocks exposed to high temperature.

a) Molten                    b) Moist                  c) melting                       d) preserved

11. Mother……..… the house work between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. tomorrow.

a) is doing                  b) will have done              c) will be doing               d) will be

12. …….reaching the airport, Ali found out that he had left on f his suitcases at home.

a) On                    b) While                        c) When                    d) Despite

13. He wanted to know where ……….his laptop.

a) did he put               b) he had put                  c) he puts                  d) had he put

14. Ten pounds ……….not enough to buy a pair of shoes.

a) are                    b) is                     c) has                         d) were

15. ……….he a proper plan, he wouldn't waste his time.

a) Had                   b) Were                       c) If                     d) Unless

16. The government does its best to reform the educational ……… .

a) procession               b) succession                   c) presentation                  d) system



4- Find the mistake in each of the following sentences, then write them correctly:                                                  (6 marks)

1. A fire is thought to break out a cigarette end yesterday.

2. Charitable organizations argue with  handicapped rights.

3. By the time Mohammed was 22, he is joining the military service.

4. Rubber is useful as it is used to remove paint.

5. Women content fewer crimes than men.

6. I have been reading three books this week.

7. Don't ask about my salary because this is a personnel affair.

8. She felt a strange texture of excitement and amusement.



5- Read the following passage, then answer the questions:                       (4 marks)

Garbage does not disappear when you toss it in a can. The average American throws away an estimated 1600 pounds of waste each year. Where does all that trash go? There are four methods to managing waste: recycling, landfilling, composting and incinerating. Recycling is turning waste into new materials. It can reduce pollution and energy consumption. Yet, some argue that it uses more  energy than it saves. Landfilling is burying garbage in a hole. Garbage is  compacted before it is thrown in the hole. So, more garbage can fit in each landfill, but it may pollute the water supply. Composting is when people pile up organic matter, producing compost which can be added to the soil. Yet, it is hard if  inorganic materials are mixed up with organic materials. Incinerating is burning the garbage. The heat produced can be used to generate power, but it pollutes the air. To conclude, the community where you live manages waste. The choice is yours.


A- Answer the following questions:

1- In what way is incinerating useful?

2- Why do you think that garbage must be compressed?

3- How much garbage does the American throw away each year?


B- Choose the correct answer from a, b, c or d:

4- The word "compost" in the passage means ………. .

 a) dust            b) organic fertilizer                c) mud                   d) pesticide

5- Two of the methods that can pollute the environment are ………. .

 a) recycling and incinerating

b) landfilling and composting

c) landfilling and incinerating

d) recycling and composting   


6- Read the following passage, the, answer the questions:                   (4 marks)

Philbrook and Michele Gran were married in 1979. Instead of taking a honeymoon cruise to the Caribbean, they decided to spend a week in a rural village in Guatemala, where they helped raise money for irrigation project. When they returned to their home, the local newspaper wrote a story about their unusual honeymoon. Soon, people started contacting them, asking how they could plan a similar trip, Philbrook said, "We knew there was a need in rural communities around the world, and now we were learning people wanted to do this."

In  1984, the couple founded Global Volunteers, a nonprofit agency for people  of all ages, who want to spend their vacations helping others. Now, this  organization sends about 2000 volunteers each year to community development programs in twenty countries. These projects are focused on helping children and their families. Volunteers work side by side with local people.

A. Answer the following questions:

1- In what way was Philbrook and Gran's honeymoon unusual ?

2- Find words in the passage which mean:

          a) established                   b) together

3- Why is voluntary working vacations essential ?


B. Choose the correct answer from a, b, c or d:

4- According to the passage, volunteers can be ………... .

a) of the same age             b) only single               c) married        d) of different ages

5- The moment the people read the story of the married couple they …....…… .

  a) started to set up their own projects

  b) travelled to one of the nearby cities

  c) were inspired by the couple's attitude

  d) decided to take their honeymoon in Guatemala



7- The Novel (9 marks)

A- Answer the following questions:                                                                 (4 marks)

1- Why was Rassendyll worried the moment he saw Antoinette de Mauban in Strelsau?

2- How did the doctor save the king’s life before being killed?

3- What mistake did Rassendyll make in Flavia’s palace? How did he justify it?

4- Money wasn’t the only motive that made Johann cooperate with Rassendyll. Illustrate.

B- Read the following quotation, then answer the questions:                    (3 marks)

“So no one can do anything! It’s a stalemate!”

1- Who was the speaker? To whom?

2- Why was it a real stalemate?

3- Where were they?

C. Find the mistake in each sentence and correct it:                                  (2 marks)

1- If Rassendyll was killed in the old part of the town, Sapt's position would be remarkable.
2- Flavia received two letters, one from Rose and the other from Michael.
3- The modern country house belonged to a neighbour of Fritz.



8- Write a paragraph of about 100 words on only one (1) of the following:                                      (6 marks)

A) Team work

B) Achievement you are proud of



A- Translate into Arabic:                                                                             (3 marks)

Throughout history, our Arab scientists have fascinated the world with their amazing contributions and discoveries. They  have  enriched  scientific  research. So, we should take pride in them and follow the footsteps.

R- Translate into English:                                                                             (2 marks)

·        يجب أن نغرس في أبنائنا حب العمل و الإنتماء و تشجيعهم علي الإبداع.

·        من الضروري اتخاذ الإحتياطات اللازمة لمواجهة مخاطر الأمطار الغير متوقعة.

·        تهدف المناظرات إلي تدريب الأجيال علي المشاركة و النقد البناء.



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