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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 go to a car show in Israel. The salesman says:


What is unusual about this new car?
(1) It can be flown in the air.
(2) It seats 10 people comfortably.
(3) It uses solar energy.
(4) It can be driven on land and in water.
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2. You hear this health report on Kol Yisrael:


What new fact did the scientists discover?
(1) It is better to fry vegetables in olive oil.
(2) It is better to cook vegetables in a little water.
(3) It is better to eat a lot of potatoes.
(4) It is better to eat meat than fish.
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3. Your Hebrew teacher is telling the class about a trip he took recently to Israel. He says:


What is special about this place?
(1) You can fly from there directly to the United States.
(2) You can play a variety of sports there.
(3) You can see many Israeli places in miniature.
(4) You can go scuba diving there.
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4. Your Israeli pen pal calls and is telling you about a party he attended in Israel. He says:


What did the people do after the meal?
(1) They watched a movie.
(2) They played football.
(3) They danced the Hora.
(4) They used their computers.
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5. Your Israeli friend is telling you about an article that she just read. She says:


Who inspired Frida Kahio to research her Jewish heritage?
(1) her brother
(2) her sister
(3) her father
(4) her mother
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6. You are taking a Hebrew test when suddenly you are interrupted by a fire drill. When you return to class after the drill, the teacher says:


What does the teacher announce?
(1) There will be no homework today.
(2) The test will be canceled.
(3) There will be no school tomorrow.
(4) The test will continue tomorrow.
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7. Your Hebrew teacher is telling you about two Hebrew magazines that are available in the United States. The teacher says:



What is one difference between “Hadoar” and “Lamishpaha”?
(1) “Hadoar” is more sports oriented than “Lamishpaha.”
(2) “Hadoar” contains more pictures than “Lamishpaha.”
(3) “Hadoar” is more humorous than “Lamishpaha.”
(4) “Hadoar” is written in more difficult Hebrew than “Lamishpaha.”
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8. You hear this news report on Israeli television:


Why are the students angry?
(1) The students will have to pay a higher tuition.
(2) There will be more days in the school year.
(3) The students will have to travel longer distances between classes.
(4) The library will be closed two days a week.
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9. Your Israeli friend Lavie is telling you about his dog Skippy. He says:


What does Lavie tell you about his dog?
(1) Skippy is a good watchdog.
(2) Skippy likes to eat a lot.
(3) Skippy chases cars.
(4) Skippy barks all the time.
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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 receive a telephone call from your friend in Israel. She tells you about a problem that she is having:


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11. Your Israeli friend Avi tells you about an activity lie likes to do. He says:


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12. You are watching Israeli television and the announcer says:


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13. Your Israeli friend Shai is telling you about his senior year of high school. He says:


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14. Miriam, an Israeli girl originally from Ethiopia, is a guest speaker in your Hebrew class. She says:


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15. You are listening to the radio in Haifa and you hear:


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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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4

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2

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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 major event took place in the eastern part of the United States?
(1) a heavy snowfall
(2) a strike
(3) an electric failure
(4) an earthquake
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22.


What are some of the ingredients of this salad?
(1) potatoes, peas, onions
(2) carrots, almonds, apples
(3) bananas, peaches, plums
(4) tomatoes, lettuce, celery
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23.


Where will this event take place?
(1) in a sports center
(2) in a museum
(3) in an iceskating rink
(4) in a theater
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24.


This advertisement is urging people to buy
(1) childrens summer shirts
(2) childrens summer pants
(3) childrens winter coats
(4) childrens winter shoes
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25.


What does the calendar show?
(1) places you can visit
(2) classes you can take
(3) television programs you can watch
(4) radio programs you can listen to
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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 did Ilan Ramon study before he entered the Israeli Air Force?
(1) medicine
(2) music and art
(3) electronic engineering
(4) literature
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27. What special activity did Ramon do on the space shuttle flight?
(1) He taught Hebrew to the astronauts.
(2) He conducted scientific research.
(3) He played backgammon.
(4) He floated outside the shuttle.
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28. Why did Ramon take a drawing aboard the shuttle?
(1) because of his grandfathers death in the Holocaust
(2) because of his conversation with the prime minister
(3) because of a suggestion from his family
(4) because of his training in Texas
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29. What did Ramon feel was his most important and most emotionally moving moment aboard the flight?
(1) talking by telephone with students in Jerusalem
(2) receiving a blessing from Prime Minister Sharon by telephone
(3) eating his Sabbath meal aboard the shuttle
(4) seeing the land of Israel from orbit
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30. What is the main point of this story?
(1) the process of training people for space travel
(2) the cost of communicating with a space shuttle
(3) the history and heroism of Ilan Ramon
(4) the interrelationship of astronauts in space
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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. Your Hebrew teacher has asked your Hebrew class for suggestions about a class trip. In Hebrew, write a letter telling him/her where you would like to go. You may wish to include:
• destination
• your reasons for making this suggestion
• dates or times for the trip
• method of transportation
• cost of the trip
• ways to earn money for the trip
• possible activities during the trip
• length of time that the trip will take
• number of people going on the trip
• who will go on the trip
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32. You have just found out that one of your friends is moving away. In Hebrew, write a journal entry expressing how you feel. You may wish to include:
• a description of your friend
• why this person is your friend
• how long you have known each other
• why you will miss your friend
• activities that you did together
• when your friend is leaving
• where your friend will be living
• how you can stay in contact with each other
• when you can visit each other
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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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