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					               Intermediate General Certificate Examination
                      English Language – Reset 2005
                              Time: 2 hours


Part 1: Listening
Question One:
A reporter goes to a health club to interview some people there. Listen to the
interview with a famous athlete and fill in the form below.

                           Marina Health Club
                                                                  P.O.Box 233
                                                                    Manama
                                                                    Bahrain
     Name: _______________(1) Zeidan
     Favourite sport: _______________ (2)
     Reasons (why?): _______________ (3) _______________ (4)
     He plays where? (in winter): _______________ (5)
     Equipment needed (mention 2 only):
          Court, volleyball kit, _______________ (6)
                _______________ (7)
     Other sports played: _______________ (8)
     _______________ (9)
     _______________ (10)




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Question 2:
You will hear five people talking about the Internet. Match the statements (a-f)
to the speakers (1-5). There is one extra statement.
An example (0) has been given.

                                 Statement                            Speaker
      e.g. The Internet stops people from talking to each other.        (0)
 a.   People don't write letters anymore. They only send e-mails.
 b.   The Internet saves time.
 c.   The Internet is a form of self-education.
 d.   The Internet is good for shopping.
 e.   The Internet makes people lazy.
 f.   The Internet is a good way to make friends.




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Part 2: Reading
Question One:
1. Read the text below


Modern life is the result of a long series of inventions and discoveries. Since the
beginning of history, Man has been inventing new devices, tools and machines to
meet his daily needs. These inventions have made our life easier. They have
allowed us to save much time and effort, but, on the other hand, they have made
us depend on the new machines and instruments.

In AD 100 Hero of Alexandria designed the early
steam engine, which laid the foundation stone for the
modern petrol-driven car that was built by Karl Benz
in 1885. The car is a real revolution in the field of
transportation in that it has shortened distances and
allowed people to travel much faster.

           The car is equipped today with a combination of other new
           inventions. For example, we use modern forms of the electric light
           bulb, which was invented by Thomas Edison in 1879, not only to
           give off light inside the car when necessary, but also, for headlights
           on the front and at the back to give signals. These lights are very
           important both for lighting and for safety reasons.

Computers are also used in cars. Different sorts of
computers control electronic devices, and can tell the driver
which way to go. The computer is the result of the invention
of the silicon chip produced by Texas instruments in 1958.


                        The first television set was invented by John Logie Baird
                        in 1926. TVs are seen in some big family cars. Kids enjoy
                        watching cartoon films on children's channels. Similarly,
                        adults enjoy watching football matches live on TV while
                        travelling for long hours. Both surely will have a nice time
with the help of this interesting device.


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A. Answer the following questions.

1- It is said "Need is the mother of invention". Write the sentence which means
the same.
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2- How have inventions and discoveries positively affected our lives?
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3- How have inventions and discoveries negatively affected our lives?
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4- Why is the car considered a real revolution in the field of transportation?
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5- What invention led the way towards the making of the petrol-driven car?
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6- Why are lights important for cars?
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7- What are computers used for in a car?
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b. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………


8- Why is a TV found in some cars? .
a. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
b. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………



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B- Now complete the following table. The first one is done as an example.

              Inventions & discoveries   Inventors/producers    Year
         0         Steam engine          Hero of Alexandria    AD 100
         1              Car
         2                                 Thomas Edison
         3                                                      1958
         4               TV

C. Choose the best title for the text.

  5 The History of the Car
  5 Inventions and Discoveries
  5 Life in the Future




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Question Two:
1. Read the text below

                               Soichiro Honda
                             Soichiro Honda was born in 1906 in a small village in Japan. It
                             was so it have electricity. His family was poor. Soichiro had
                             eight brothers and sisters. Sadly, five of died when they were
                             young because they did not have good medical care. When
                             Soichiro was eight years old, he saw a motorcar for the first
                             time. He was amazed by it. For the next, 50 years, he loved
                             machines on wheels.
                             When he was 15 years old, Soichiro left his Village to work at an
auto repair shop in Tokyo. It was then that Honda discovered motorcycles. He spent all of
his free time fixing and riding motorcycles. He returned to his village six years later to open
his own garage. Soon he owned several shops and had over 50 employees.
At the same time, he began to build and race motorcycles and cars. Honda loved to race, and
he became one of Japan's most famous drivers. In 1936 his racing car crashed while he was
driving at 100 miles per hour and he had serious injuries. It took him a year and a half to
recover. After this, his family begged him to stop racing. He looked for a less dangerous job
and finally decided to become a manufacturer.
At first, he manufactured engine parts. The Japanese
used a lot of his engine parts in World War. In 1948,
after the war, he started the Honda Motor Company. He
started the company with only $3,300. He made his first
machines from engine parts that the military did not need
after the war. These machines were not real motorcycles;
they were bicycles with motors. People bought them
because they needed a good form of transportation.
As Honda's business grew, he began to make different
types of motorcycles. By 1959 his motorcycles were
selling all over Japan. But, there were 50 other
motorcycle makers in Japan at the time. In 1958, Honda
designed a lightweight motorcycle called the Super Cub.
It was a huge success and Honda made a lot of money.
Two years later, Honda built the world's biggest
motorcycle factory in Japan.
By the 1960 the Super Cub was popular all over Asia. But Honda wanted the motorcycle to
be popular all over the world. In Europe, he put his motorcycles in difficult races to show
how good they were.
In the United States, he tried a different method. He used a magazine ad with the word "You
Meet the Nicest People on a Honda". Readers who had never ridden a motorcycle saw the
ad. The ad showed that motorcycles were not just for crazy young people who wore black
leather jackets. They were good for other people too. The company sold thousands of
motorcycles to new riders.

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Honda then started to put the ads on television. This was also very successful. For example,
he put an ad for his motorcycle on during the Academy Awards program. Millions of people
watched that program, and on the next day, sales of the motorcycle went up. By 1968,
Honda had sold 1 million motorcycles in the United States.
In 1963, his company started to make cars. In 1975, it produced the Civic; the next year, the
Accord; and then in 1978, the Prelude. Soon, the company was one of the leading companies
in the world.

A. What happened to Soichiro Honda in these years?
Fill in the chart with notes from the text.

                Year                           What Happened
                1906
                1936
                1958
A. Answer the following questions.

1. Why did five of his brothers and sisters die?
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2. Where did Honda first ride a motorbike?
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3. What was the first form of transportation that the Honda Motor Company started making?
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4. How did Honda make his motorcycle popular in Europe?
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5. What made the sales of Honda motorcycle's go up in America?
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b.…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………


6. When did Honda Motor Company start making cars?
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Part 3: Writing
Question 1:
Imagine that you are a tourist guide. Write an article of 120-150 words about
places of interest in your country.
In your writing describe what tourists in Bahrain can buy as gifts and types of
food they can eat.




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Question 2:
Look at the pictures. Write a story of 100-120 words about what happened to
George.




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