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PART A: GRAMMAR

Section 1: Read each sentence and decide if it is grammatically correct or not.

1. Water is boiling at 100 degrees Celsius.

2. Outsourcing has both advantages and disadvantage.

3. She is one of the most well-known actor of her generation.

4. The amount of information available on the internet is amazing.

5.Children spend far too much time to watch television.

6. Police have arrested 45 suspected terrorists in countrywide raids last weekend.

7. Martina Navaratolova played professional tennis at the top level until her fifties.

8. He was retired from professional football in 1965.

9. Air pollution can be define as the addition of something harmful to the air at a faster rate than it can absorb.

10. The global warming is partly caused by the burning of fossil fuels.

11. People are becoming more aware for the dangers of smoking.

12. Each applicant is given a equal opportunity to compete in the race.


  

Section 2: Fill in each blank with the correct option 
 
The Story of the Internet 

Until the evening 13. of 4 October 1957, the US president, Dwight D. Eisenhower, was 14. confident that he led 15. the world's greatest nation. But the news that the Russians 16. had gone to space shook America's belief 17. in itself. The President turned to his Secretary of Defence. That single act 18. led to 19. the most important invention of the late twentieth century. On January 1958, ARPA  20. was formed that would control all of the government's high-technology work.

Bob Taylor, the man in charge of ARPA's computer projects in 1966, began his career as 21. a scientist  22. working on brain research. But he was also interested in computing, even before computer science 23. existed as a separate area of study. Larry Roberts, the manager of the project, thought packet switching sounded perfect for ARPAnet.

Packet switching is a very 24. efficient way to send data electronically. Each 25. message,   26. is broken down into pieces or 'packets'. The 27. packets are then sent out into 28. the communications network. Each packet 29. finds the best route to 30. its destination. When all the packets have arrived, they are put back together again 31. to form the original message. Packet switching also 32. takes advantage of the fact that data 33. used by nearly all computers is 'digital', which 34. makes it easy 35. to copy , break down and reassemble.

In 1972, a programme was invented which allowed a message 36. to be carried from one computer and 37. added to a mail-box of another machine. Each mail-box address had the sign @ 38. in it. Other networks began to appear but they could not talk to each other. It 39. was suggested that a kind of 'gate' 40. would be needed that would tell each network how 41. to communicate with others. The World Wide Web 42. was created 43. in 1989, which made the Internet easy to use, because of 44. the system of addresses - URLs - and 45. the new computer language, HTML. 

It is impossible to say what the Internet 46.will be like in the future, or how it will change people's lives. As more and more people 47. use the Internet, and as it 48. becomes cheaper and faster and 49. easier to use, there will be new things on the Internet that we cannot imagine today. But perhaps some of the more surprising events that 50. have happened recently can give us 51. a taste of the future.

Text source:Bryant, S. (2000). The Story of the Internet (Penguin Reader, level 5). London: Pearson. (Modified)Text 


  
 

Part B: Paragraph Writing

Write a paragraph  (150 - 200 words). Use an academic style, and a range of sentences and vocabulary. Check your work for grammatical accuracy.

For this task, follow these instructions

Start your paragraph by completing ONE of the following topic sentences:

           1  One of the most attractive features of iPods is their....

           2  One of the problems facing international students at Auckland University is ......

           3  One of the issues facing (society/name of your country) today is....

 

OR write a response (you may agree or disagree or discuss both views) to ONE of the following statements:

           4  Computers have changed the way people live, work, and spend their leisure time.

           5  Poverty is the mother of crime.

 

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