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Writing Test February 2, 2015

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WRITING TEST A Part One Read the texts and match each of the numbered gaps with one the following options a) stop   b)colon  c)semicolon  d)comma My sister went to the cinema with her boyfriend  (1)  t/They saw a really good film  (2) t/The salt Of The Earth (3)a/After the film (4) w/We met for a drink and they persuaded me to watch it, which I did, and found it great too. a) stop   b)colon  c)semicolon  d)comma One day, back in Spain in 2015, some activists decided to forget their demonstration (5) t/The government had made it illegal  (6) t/The new law said that,  if someone recorded a policeman beating up a peaceful demonstrator, the recording would be penalised with a hefty fine (7) t/Those were the days of the new Security Law (8) n/Now  happily abolished. a) stop   b)colon  c)semicolon  d)comma Back in the eighties, nobody thought that Europeans would vote for the destruction of their own welfare state (9)  W/who would destroy  free schools and free hospitals voluntarily? It seemed impossible in what was then called the unassailable fortress (10)h/However (11) t/the media manipulated people to do exactly that (12) v/very much in the same way that medieval churches taught people how unchristian behaviour would lead them to hell. Part Two Choose one option and write 150/200 words (for the school magazine). A)Write a biography, real or imaginary, of an overrated character. B)Describe an interesting  historic event  or a scientific breakthrough. WRITING TEST B Part One Read the texts and match each of the numbered gaps with one the following options a) stop   b)colon  c)semicolon  d)comma People often forget that September 11 was not only the attack of the twin towers in NY (1) i/It was also the coup staged against Chilean President  Allende in 1973 (2) m/Many scholars regard Pinochet’s attack on democracy as the starting point of neoliberalism (3) t/The beginning or a new era in which corporations became the real governments making the real decisions for the nations (4) e/Even if no one had voted for them. a) stop   b)colon  c)semicolon  d)comma Corporations control the media, deciding what news is repeated ad nauseam and which stories never get reported (5) f/For example (6) s/Some political parties only get attention when there is something negative to say (7)a/And never get glamorous pictures of their leaders. Such is the case of small parties with radical alternative ideas (8) a/Anticapitalist, environmentalist, feminist and so on. a) stop   b)colon  c)semicolon  d)comma Susan’s life had revolved around her husband’s (9) outings with the children, trips to snowy mountains and traditional meals elaborately cooked (10) w/When they got divorced (11) she felt as if there was no ground under her feet (12) s/She had to create a new identity and start a new life. Part Two

Choose one option and write 150/200 words ( for the school magazine)

A)Write an email to Agony Aunt (*) describing the sibling rivalries in your family and asking for help. B)Write a report of an experiment in human behaviour or about the relationship between happiness and equality. (*) A psychologist or similar who answers readers’ letters giving them advice about the personal problems they write about.

MODEL C

Part One Read the texts and match each of the numbered gaps with one the following options:

a) stop   b)colon  c)semicolon  d)comma

That summer was tragic (1) w/When she got home one early July evening (2) s/She found him on the floor(3) n/Nothing you could tell her was going to heal that deep sadness only mourners know(4) t/That hole which nobody can fill.

a) stop   b)colon  c)semicolon  d)comma

The old school looked exactly the same as half a century ago(1) r/Red brick, yellow flowers and white walls (2) a/A great relief for the forty year olds (3) w/Who expected modern, alienating changes (4) i/It was so comforting to sit on the old playground benches chatting away about the good old times with her former schoolmates!

a) stop   b)colon  c)semicolon  d)comma

The exam was quite easy (1) n/Nobody failed it (2) o/One person (3) w/Who left too soon (4) t/The teacher gave them permission because they were ill.

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