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Lycee Si-Tarek of Relizane
Second Year Pupils Scientific Streams
First Term Examination Text

PART ONE : Reading.                                                                                                          15 pts
Take your time watch this video first:
Now read the following passage carefully then do the activities below.
Without water, life could not exist. Because water is essential to all life, we must manage it intelligently and carefully. We think there is plenty of it – oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams. It may even seem as though we have more water than we need. Unfortunately, the reality is not the case.
Water is essential to people in more ways than you might think. We need water for cooking, bathing, transportation and recreation. We eat aquatic plants and animals. We use water to irrigate our crops, and to manufacture products.
Most of the water on Eath (97 percent) is salt water stored in oceans. Only about three percent of the Earth’s water is fresh water, and most of that is locked up in ice caps and glaciers.
There will never be more water on Earth than there is now. The same water is simply recycled over and over again. Just think – the water we are using now is the very same water the dinosaurs used to drink millions of years ago.
(Adapted from Forum, 1999, p48)

A – Comprehension : (8 pts)
I-Choose the best completion to the sentence and write it on the space provided. (02 pts)
         1-Water is essential because
II-Say whether the following statements are TRUE or FALSE. (3 pts)
1-Water is unnecessary for transportation and recreation. 
2-Most of the water on Earth is drinkable. 
3-The quantity of water on Earth is the same as it was in the past and will certainly be the same in the future.
III-Answer the following questions according to the text. (02 pts)
         1-Is there really plenty of water on Earth?
         2-Where can most of the fresh water on Earth be found?
IV-Choose the best title for the text. (01 pts)

B – Text Exploration: (7 pts)
I-Find in the text words or expressions whose definitions are the following. (1.5 pt)
         1-Very important and necessary:
         2-That lives and grows in the water:
         3-Kept in a closed and/or limited place:
II-Rewrite the following sentence starting as shown. (02 pts)
         1-We use water to irrigate the crops.
         2-Without water, life could not exist.
III-Ask questions for which the underlined words/phrases are the answers.(02 pts)
         1-Water is essential to people in many ways.
         2-Most of the water is locked up in ice-caps and glaciers.
IV-Fill Classify the following words according to the pronunciation of their finals” or “es”. (1.5 pts)
                   a-masses             b-conflicts           c-tensions

PART TWO: Writing.                                                                                                          05 pts
Write a composition on the following situation. (Write on a double sheet and hand it to your teacher when asked) (05 pts)
“Some people say that the environment is the air, water, and land on Earth, which can be harmed by man's activities. They also say that Water is getting scarce so we must do our best to preserve it.”
         What should be done to preserve that precious and strategic resource?
         (Start your composition by talking about the importance of water then use the following points to finish your writing.)
-         Build small dams to retain rain water.
-         Don’t throw rubbish in the rivers.
-         Water is life, don’t waste it.
-         Don’t leave the water taps in the home open.
-         Repair the leaking taps and pipes.
-         Water the garden when necessary.
-         Restrain the use of drinking water to a few hours a day when necessary.
-         Schools should make the pupils aware of the importance of water.  …/…