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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 are an exchange student and you overhear your host mother talking to her son. She says:


What is the mother explaining to her son?
1 how difficult it is to take care of a dog
2 how much money it costs to buy a dog
3 how to teach tricks to a dog
4 how to prepare a dog for a dog show
1

2. You are an exchange student in Israel. You walk into the kitchen and your host mother says to you:


Where does your host mother want you to go?
1 the post office
2 the laundry
3 the grocery store
4 the library
3

3. While you are watching television in Israel, your host father comes into your room. He says to you:


What advice does your host father give you?
1 learn different languages
2 read novels
3 do good work in school
4 read a newspaper daily
4


4. Your Hebrew class is touring Yeshiva University. The tour guide says:


Why was Erica Jesselson honored?
1 She helped build a restaurant.
2 She helped build a museum.
3 She helped build a library.
4 She helped build a university.
2

5. You hear this report on the Israeli news:


Why did the cost of fruits and vegetables go up?
1 There was a storm.
2 The drivers were on strike.
3 There was a serious drought.
4 The produce was not picked on time.
2

6. Your Israeli friend Shai tells you what happened Saturday night. He says:


What problem did Shai have?
1 He lost his money.
2 He was late for the movie.
3 He did not know which movie to see.
4 He lost his tickets.
1

7. Your teacher in Israel tells you about a l9th-century Hebrew poet who lived in Russia. Your teacher says:


What was the reason for the poet Gordon’s unhappiness?
1 He was disappointed with the work of other Hebrew poets like Yehuda Amichai.
2 His poems were not being published.
3 He thought he would be the last poet writing in Hebrew.
4 He would have preferred to write poetry in Russian, Latin, or Spanish.
3

8. You are visiting your Israeli friend. His grandfather says to you:


Which sad event did your friends grandfather tell you about?
1 the extermination of many Jews in Russia
2 the death of Stalin
3 the expulsion of the Jews from Germany
4 the burning of Jewish books
1

9. You are listening to the morning news on “Kol Yisrael.” You hear the announcer say:


Why does Moshe Safdi say that people will not recognize the city of Jerusalem in the future?
1 because of the heavy pollution
2 because of the increase in traffic
3 because of the high skyscrapers
4 because of the new shopping malls
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. Lavie comes into your Hebrew class. You hear him say to the teacher:


2

11. Your Israeli friend tells you about why lie came to class late:


4

12. Your Hebrew teacher says to you:



3

13. Your Israeli friend Gila tells you about a problem that she had yesterday:


2

14. Your Israeli friend Shoshana tells you what happened on her birthday:


1

15. Your Israeli friend tells you what happened last Sunday:


4



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]



16.

4

17.

2

18.

1

19.

3

20.

2


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.


What does this article, published several months ago, tell us about the late King Hussein?
1 He was in a Jordanian hospital.
2 He was being treated in the United States.
3 He had resigned because of ill health.
4 He wanted Israeli doctors to treat him for cancer.
2

22.


What event is described here?
1 Memorial Day
2 a wedding ceremony
3 Independence Day
4 a birthday celebration
1

23.


What does this advertisement want you to do?
1 join the Histadrut
2 learn the Hebrew language
3 buy a book about Hebrew culture
4 read the magazine "Hadoar"
3

24.


According to the advertisement, why would you want to subscribe to this newspaper?
1 It is easy to have the paper delivered every day.
2 It is much cheaper than buying the paper every day.
3 It is a way to feel closer to Israel when you are far away.
4 It is a convenient way to learn a foreign language.
3

25.


The purpose of this map is to direct you to a
1 bus station in the old city of Jerusalem
2 jewelry shop near the Western Wall
3 supermarket in the old city of Jerusulem
4 coffee house near the Western Wall Plaza
4


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.

2



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. The host mother of an Israeli exchange student in your school is having a birthday. The student does not know what to buy for her and is looking for suggestions. Write a note in Hebrew to the exchange student suggesting an appropriate present.
In your note, you may wish to mention why the present you suggest is appropriate, where the student can buy the present, approximately how much it will cost, and your willingness to help the student shop. Be sure to accomplish the purpose of the note, which is to suggest an appropriate present.

The salutation and closing will not be counted as part of the six required clauses.
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32. Your Hebrew teacher has given your class a homework assignment that is due tomorrow. However, you will be unable to complete it by then and want to request a time extension. In Hebrew, write a note to your Hebrew teacher requesting a time extension on this homework assignment.
In the note, you may wish to include the reason for the request (e.g., what you have to do tonight, why completing the homework is not possible), the length of time you need, and what you are going to do to complete the assignment (eg., work in the library, read more books, rewrite material). You may also wish to express your appreciation to your teacher for considering your request. Be sure to accomplish the purpose of the note, which is to request a time extension on the homework assignment.

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. You have just returned from a trip to Israel and have discovered that you left something in your host family’s home. In Hebrew, write a letter to your host family to request the return of the item.
You must accomplish the purpose ofthe letter, which is to request the return ofthe item.
In your letter, you may wish to mention how much you enjoyed your trip to Israel and staying at your host family's home. You may then want to mention that you left something at their home, describe the item, and explain why the item is important to you. You may want to suggest how the item should be returned to you and offer to pay for the expense. You may also wish to thank the family for their help in returning the item. You may use any or all of the ideas suggested above or you may use your own ideas. Either way, you must request the return of the item.

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