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Part 2
a Directions (1-9): For each question, you will hear some background information in English once. Then you will hear a passage in Hebrew twice and a question in English once. After you have heard the question, the teacher will pause while you read the question and the four suggested answers. Identify the best suggested answer. Base your answer on the content of the passage, only. [18]

1. You hear this agricultural report on Israeli television:


What did the report say about tomatoes in Israel?
1 The tomatoes are very large.
2 The tomatoes are inexpensive.
3 Israeli farmers are not growing many tomatoes.
4 Tomatoes available in Israel come from Jordan.
2

2. Your Israeli friend just returned from a trip to Morocco. He tells you:


What did your friend do in Casablanca?
1 He sent a card to his friend in Israel.
2 He heard Arab musicians playing Israeli songs.
3 He ate Israeli food in a hotel.
4 He made a film about Morocco.
3

3. You hear this weather report on Israeli radio:


Why are some people locking forward to this weather?
1 Israeli farmers need more rain.
2 This is ideal weather for vacations.
3 Israelis will be able to go swimming again.
4 Israelis prefer high temperatures.
1


4. Your friend Shai tells you about his summer plans. He says:


What is one of the things Shai is going to do this summer?
1 He is going to visit his aunt.
2 He is going on a trip.
3 H is going to go horseback riding.
4 He is going to see a show.
3

5. Your Hebrew teacher tells you about a special event that is taking place this year. Your teacher says:


What is the main reason that tourists will visit Israel in 1998?
1 to dedicate a new Holocaust museum
2 to attend the Israeli Olympics
3 to visit the new shopping malls
4 to celebrate Israel’s 5oth anniversary
4

6. You attend a lecture given by a visiting Israeli professor. He says:


Why is the Israeli professor impressed by Bellow, Malamud, Roth, and Ozick?
1 They are all Nobel Prize winners.
2 They wrote important works on Jewish themes.
3 They taught literature in a Boston university.
4 They contributed articles to the Hebrew Encyclopedia.
2

7. Lavie tells you about his plans for the weekend. He says:


What does Lavie plan to do Saturday night?
1 see a show
2 eat pizza
3 attend a meeting
4 go bowling
1

8. You are waiting in a long line outside a store in Tel Aviv. The person in front of you says:


Why are people standing in line?
1 to get free food
2 to buy special food
3 to learn how to cook
4 to get an autographed cookbook
2

9. You hear this news report on Israeli television:


Why did David Levy go to the hospital?
1 He went to visit a sick friend.
2 He broke his leg.
3 He felt chest pains.
4 His wife gave birth.
3


b Directions (10-15): For each question, you will hear some background information in English once. Then you will hear a passage in Hebrew twice and a question in Hebrew once. After you have heard the question, the teacher will pause while you read the question and the four suggested answers. Identify the best suggested answer. Base your answer on the content of the passage, only. [12]

10. You are in Tel Aviv. Your friend tells you about a news report she heard on the radio:


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11. You hear this report on Israeli television:


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12. You meet your friend who just returned from Israel. She tells you this interesting story:


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13. At the end of the morning news broadcast on “Kol Yisrael,” you hear the announcer say:


3

14. You are getting a haircut. You hear the girl next to you say to the hairstylist:


2

15. Your friend tells you why lie cannot go to the movies with you this evening. He says:


1



Part 3
a Directions (16-20): After the following passage, there are five questions or incomplete statements. For each, choose the word or expression that best answers the question or completes the statement according to the meaning of the passage, and write its number in the space provided below. [10]




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3

17.

2

18.

4

19.

3

20.

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b Directions (21-25): Below each of the following selections, there is either a question or an incomplete statement. For each, identify the word or expression that best answers the question or completes the statement according to the meaning of the selection. [10]

21.


Why is Herodotus quoted in this advertisement?
1 to prove that Jewish slaves built the pyramids
2 to show the brilliance of Greek historians
3 to encourage people to build new pyramids
4 to urge the public to attend an exhibit of Egyptian art
4

22.


The basic purpose of this letter centers on
1 education
2 charity
3 immigration
4 health
2

23.


What holiday is mentioned in this advertisement?
1 Independence Day
2 New Year's Day
3 Thanksgiving Day
4 Memorial Day
1

24.


Why would you go to this place?
1 to attend a basketball game
2 to buy a CD
3 to see a fashion show
4 to cat a good meal
4

25.


The person answering this advertisement would want to work as a
1 secretary
2 police
3 tour guide officer
4 teacher
3


c Directions (26-30): In the following passage there are five blank spaces numbered 26 through 30. Each blank space represents a missing word or expression. For each blank space, four possible completions are provided. Only one of them makes sense in the context of the passage.
First, read the passage in its entirety to determine its general meaning. Then read it a second time. For each blank space, choose the completion that makes the best sense. [10]





26.

3

27.

2

28.

4

29.

1

30.

3



Part 4
a Directions: Write one well-organized note in Hebrew as directed below. [6]
Choose either question 31 or 32. Identify the number of the question you have chosen. Write a well-organized note, following the specific instructions given in the question you have chosen. Your note must consist of at least six clauses. To qualify for credit, a clause must contain a verb, a stated or implied subject, and additional words necessary to convey meaning. The six clauses may be contained in fewer than six sentences if some of the sentences have more than one clause.

31. You just found something that belongs to your friend. You stop by to return it, but your friend is not at home. Write a note in Hebrew to your friend to explain that you have found something that belongs to him or her.
In the note, you may wish to tell your friend what you found, where you found it, and when it was found. You may also wish to suggest how your friend can get it back from you. Be sure to accomplish the Purpose of the note, which is to tell your friend that you have found something that belongs to him or her.

The salutation and closing will not be counted as part of the six required clauses.
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32. You and a friend had made plans to get together this weekend for outside activities. However, bad weather is expected all weekend. Write a note in Hebrew to your friend suggesting other activities that you could do.
In the note, you may wish to explain that bad weather is expected and tell how you leamed about it. You may then want to suggest inside activities that you could do together. Be sure to accomplish the purpose of the note, which is to suggest activities that you could do.


The salutation and closing will not be counted as part of the six required clauses.
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b Directions: Write below one well-organized composition in Hebrew as directed below. [10]
Choose either question 33 or 34. Identify the number of the question you have chosen. Write a well-organized composition, following the specific instructions given in the question you have chosen. Your composition must consist of at least 10 clauses. To qualify for credit, a clause must contain a verb, a stated or implied subject, and additional words necessary to convey meaning. The 10 clauses may be contained in fewer than 10 sentences if some of the sentences have more than one clause.

33. In Hebrew, write a story about the situation shown in the picture below. It must be a story relating to the picture, not a description of the picture. Do not write a dialogue.

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34. Your class recently participated in a community service activity. In Hebrew, write a letter to your pen pal telling him or her about this activity.
You must accomplish the purpose of the letter, which is to tell your pen pal about the community service activity.
In your letter, you may wish to identify the activity (helping out in a hospital, cieaning local parks, working with young children, etc.). You may want to mention how often you participate, teIl where you go and who eIse is involved with you in this activity, and tell why you like to participate in this activity. You may also want to ask if your pen pal has participated in a similar activity
You may use any or all of the ideas suggested above or you may use your own ideas.
Either way, you must tell your pen pal about the community service activity.

The dateline, salutation, and closing will not be counted as part of the 10 required clauses.
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