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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 the health reporter on the news say:


What should you have in order to participate in this sport?
(1) a hockey stick
(2) walking shoes
(3) a bat
(4) goggles
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2. Your Israeli friend Shai is telling you about his summer plans. He says:


What does Shai plan to do this summer?
(1) travel
(2) spend time at the beach
(3) go to summer school
(4) earn money
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3. You hear the following commercial on Kol Yisrael:



What is now available on CDs?
(1) Hebrew language lessons
(2) famous songs of an Israeli singer
(3) Israeli dance music
(4) readings of Biblical poetry
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4. You are attending high school in Israel for the year. The principal of the school says:


What aspect of this trip is the principal discussing?
(1) the beautiful scenery
(2) the excellent food
(3) the computer pictures
(4) the accommodations
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5. You hear this report on the Israeli news:



What caused the schools in Jerusalem to be closed?
(1) snow
(2) heavy rain
(3) strong winds
(4) floods
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6. You hear this advertisement on Israeli radio. The announcer says:


What is special about this gift?
(1) It comes with tree shipping and handling.
(2) It was signed by the president.
(3) It has a personalized inscription.
(4) It comes in a wooden frame.
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7. You are attending a lecture by an Israeli professor. He says:


What significant change has occurred in the Hebrew language in the past 100 years?
(1) People have begun to read Hebrew again.
(2) People have begun to speak Hebrew again.
(3) People have begun to write Hebrew again.
(4) People have begun to translate into Hebrew again.
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8. You hear an Israeli radio announcer say:


According to this announcement, what will the government give new immigrant families?
(1) housing
(2) additional money
(3) food
(4) winter clothing
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9. Your friend makes the following announcement to the Hebrew Club. He says:


What did the students ask the Hebrew teacher to do?
(1) give them less homework
(2) sing in Hebrew
(3) dance the Hora
(4) bring flood and drinks
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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 hear an Israeli radio announcer describing the opening of a new park in China. The announcer says:


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11. You are studying in Israel for the year. Your art teacher is telling you about an upcoming school trip to the Israeli museum in Jerusalem:


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12. You overhear your friend Lavie talking to the Hebrew teacher. He says:


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13. Your Israeli friend Aharon tells you what he plans to do after school today. He says:


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14. You want to visit the Galil region in the north of Israel. Your Israeli friend Rivka offers this advice:


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15. You hear this news report on Israeli radio:


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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

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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.



What items are sold in this store?
(1) books and music
(2) plants and animals
(3) washers and dryers
(4) cell phones and computers
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22.



What does this advertisement claim?
(1) There are special prices for students.
(2) There are special prices for senior citizens.
(3) There are special fall prices.
(4) There are special winter prices.
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23.


This advertisement is about a
(1) high school
(2) museum
(3) grocery store
(4) library
3

24.


On which day of the week does this Israeli folk dance session take place?
(1) Sunday
(2) Monday
(3) Tuesday
(4) Wednesday
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25.


What is the professsion of the person in this advertisement?
(1) doctor
(2) lawyer
(3) accountant
(4) musician
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c Directions (26-30): After the following passage, there are five questions or incomplete statements in English. For each, choose the word or expression that best answers the question or completes the statement according to the meaning ofthe passage, and identify its number. [10]



26. What was Abba Eban’s most important role during the Six-Day War in 1967?
(1) He fought in the Israeli Army.
(2) He was an assistant to David Ben Gurion.
(3) He spoke on Israel’s behalf in the United Nations.
(4) He collected money for the war effort.
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27. What did Abba Eban learn from his mother?
(1) a love for science and mathematics
(2) a love for languages and Israel
(3) a love for music and art
(4) a love for wildlife and the environment
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28. Which important position did Abba Eban fill?
(1) ambassador to the United States
(2) prime minister of Israel
(3) president of Cambridge University
(4) director of “Voice of Israel”
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29. In which area did Abba Eban excel in the latter years of his life?
(1) the military
(2) transportation
(3) economic affairs
(4) television
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30. Which statement about Abba Eban is best supported by the passage?
(1) He inspired all Israelis with a love of music.
(2) He devoted his life to serving Israel and the Jewish people.
(3) He made everyone conscious of the importance of environmental issues.
(4) He opened Israeli tourism offices in England and South Africa.
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Part 4

Write your answers to Part 4 according to the directions below. No credit will be given for a response that is copied or substantially the same as material from other parts of this examination. [16]

Directions (31-33): Choose two of the three writing tasks provided below. Write your response to the two writing tasks you have chosen.
For each question you have chosen, your answer should be written entirely in Hebrew and should contain a minimum of 100 words.

Place names and brand names written in Hebrew count as one word. Contractions are also counted as one word. Salutations and closings, as well as commonly used abbreviations in Hebrew, are included in the word count. Numbers, unless written as words, and names of people are not counted as words.

You must satisfy the purpose of the task. Be sure to organize your response and to include a beginning, middle, and ending. The sentence structure and/or expressions used should be connected logically and should demonstrate a wide range of vocabulary with minimal repetition.

31. There are many activities or events of interest that occur at school and in your community. In Hebrew, write an article for your school’s foreigndanguage newspaper describing an interesting activity or event that took place in your school or community. After identifying the activity or event, you may want to include:
• what the activity or event was
• the reason for the activity or event
• where and when the activity or event was held
• how long the activity or event lasted
• a description in some detail of the activity or event
• the main attraction of the activity or event
• how many people attended or participated in the activity or event
• your opinion as to why people enjoyed this activity or event
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32. A group of exchange students from a Hebrew-speaking country will be passing through your community. In Hebrew, write a letter to the group of exchange students inviting them to visit your school. You may wish to include:
• what your classes are like
• what your language experience is
• what your favorite pastimes are
• a description of the area where you live
• when they might be able to come
• suggestions of possible activities
• a description of your school
• suggestions for meal arrangements
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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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