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 Technicum Si-Tarek Of Relizane

 Third Year Students

 Technological Streams 2003/2004

 Count Alessandro Volta:

Read the following text carefully then do the exercises below.
John: Hi friend! I haven’t seen you all this week long. Where have you been?
Tom: Hello John! I’ve been to the university to attend a conference about a great scientist.
John: Oh! Who is it? Could you tell me more about him? That may be interesting for my class.
Tom: Yes of course! The conference was about Count Alessandro Volta. He was an Italian physicist who was born in 1745. He was famous for his pioneering work in electricity. Volta was born in Como and educated in the public schools there. In 1774 he became professor of physics at the Royal School in Como, and in the following year he devised the electrophorus, an instrument that produced charges of static electricity. In 1776-77, he applied himself to chemistry, studying atmospheric electricity and devising experiments such as the ignition of gases by an electric spark in a closed vessel. In 1779, he became professor of physics at the University of Pavia, a chair he occupied for 25 years. By 1800, he had developed the voltaic pile, a forerunner of the electric battery, which produced a steady stream of electricity. In honor of his work in the field of electricity, Napoleon made him a Count in 1801. The electrical unit called the “volt” was named in his honor. It was a big loss for science when he died in 1827.
John: I suppose this is not all what you learnt about this great man during a whole week, is it?
Tom: Certainly not. There were many lectures and plenty of information about him that I should sum up for my coming courses.
John: That’s a good idea! Would you mind if I helped you with it so that my students can benefit from it too?
Tom: No, I don’t mind at all. It would be a pleasure to share what I learnt with you.
John: Thank you very much. It will be an honor for me too.
Adapted from Microsoft (R) Encarta. Copyright (c) 1994 Microsoft Corporation. Copyright (c) 1994 Funk & Wagnall's Corporation.
SECTION ONE: Comprehension
1.     How many polite requests are there in the text?
2.     Find in the text words whose definitions are  the following:
a.     Invented or worked something out =                   
b.     Tests made on something to see how it works =  
c.      An important teaching post at a university =        
3.     Find in the text words that are opposite in meaning to the following:
a.     unknown   =/= 
b.     private      =/=  
c.      past          =/=
4.     What do the underlined words in the text refer to:
a.     … schools there     -->
b.     … battery, which produced      -->
5.     Answer the following questions according to the text:
a.     Who are John and Tom?
b.     What did Volta, Alessandro teach in the Royal School in Como?
c.      Why did Napoleon make Volta, Alessandro a Count?
SECTION TWO: Mastery Of Language.
1.     Supply capitals and punctuation where necessary.(Re-write the sentence)
the amazon forest is the world’s largest one it covers a large part of brazil
2.     Put the word in brackets in its correct form.
a.     It was (delicious)  meal I have ever eaten.
b.     Our last holiday wasn’t (interesting) as the one before.
c.      My brother wakes up (early)  me.
3.     Match each word with its opposite. (Write a, b or c in the box)
a.     Hazardous           1-dry   
b.     Close                   2-far   
c.      Wet                    3-safe 
4.     Correct the verbs in brackets so that the sentence makes sense. (2)
Since he left school Rachid (practise)  gymnastics, but now he (try) himself to a team sport. He (prefer) handball rather than rugby. He (think) it is less violent.
5.     Fill in the table with 03 irregular verbs from the following list and give their past forms. (1.5)
Stay – stand – drive – follow – fill – stop – throw
Irregular Verb
Past Simple
Past Participle

SECTION THREE: Written Expression

Fill in the following table with complete information from the reading passage.?>


Date of birth

Date of death

Place of birth



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