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Hebrew Language - New York Regents 2006 Exam

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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. Your Israeli friend Lavie tells you about a new business he has opened with his friend Dan. He says:



What do Dan and Lavie sell in their new business?
(1) computers
(2) airplanes
(3) photographs
(4) cars
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2. The president of the Hebrew Culture Club is discussing with you plans for the coming year:



What is one of the activities planned for this year?
(1) collecting money for the poor in Israel
(2) learning Israeli dances
(3) taking a trip to Israel
(4) organizing an Israeli fashion show
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3. You hear your classmate Miri speaking to your Hebrew teacher. Miri says:


What does Miri want the teacher to do?
(1) Organize a birthday party
(2) take them on a trip to Israel
(3) give them extra credit for a project
(4) give them more time to prepare for a test
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4. Your Hebrew teacher is telling about a holiday celebration. He says:



According to your teacher, how is this holiday celebrated?
(1) Fireworks are displayed.
(2) A parade is held.
(3) Gifts are exchanged.
(4) Special food is prepared.
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5. A radio announcer in Israel is discussing the latest business news. The announcer says:



What does the Israeli Castro Company intend to do?
(1) build new stores in other countries
(2) introduce a line of children’s toys
(3) reduce prices for foreign tourists
(4) appoint a new chairperson
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6. Your Hebrew teacher tells you about two Nobel Prize winners. Your teacher says:



In which field did these two Nobel Prize winners excel?
(1) medicine
(2) physics
(3) economics
(4) literature
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7. You hear this news report on Israeli radio:


What is one of the positions that Yitzhak Rabin held in Israel?
(1) Prime Minister of Israel
(2) Israeli Minister of Education
(3) United Nations Ambassador for Israel
(4) Israeli Supreme Court Judge
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8. Your Israeli friend calls you to postpone the trip to the desert that you had planned together Your friend says:


Why does your friend want to postpone the trip?
(1) because of the rain
(2) because of the snow
(3) because of the hot wind
(4) because of the flood
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9. Your friend Avi is an exchange student in Israel. He calls you and says:


What does Avi ask you to do?
(1) send him a package
(2) keep in touch with him
(3) visit him in Israel
(4) go to a birthday party
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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 are listening to a news report on Koi-Israei. The radio announcer says:
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11. Your Israeli friend Shai is telling you about his summer job. He says:


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12. Your Israeli friend is telling you about a hotel that she wants to go to. She says:


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13. Your friend is a student in Israel and is telling you about his life. He says:


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14. Your Israeli friend Eitan tells you about a problem that he had. He says:


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15. You are at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel and you hear this announcement:


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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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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 is this document?
(1) a diploma in philsophy
(2) a birth certificate
(3) a driver’s license
(4) a marriage license
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22.



What is the dessert on this menu?
(1) candy and chocolate
(2) peanuts and sunflower seeds
(3) fruit and cake
(4) ice cream and sherbet
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23.



In which of these subjects did the student receive the highest grade?
(1) English
(2) history
(3) literature
(4) French
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24.


What does this advertisement tell you about the “Café Bonjour?”
(1) The cafe opens daily at 11 a.m.
(2) The cafe has reopened under new management.
(3) The cafe has moved to a new location.
(4) The cafe offers live entertainment.
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25.


What is mentioned in this flyer?
(1) a communal singing session
(2) a folk-dance club
(3) a cooking class
(4) a political discussion
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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. Dr. Chaim Weizman was Ezer Weizman’s
(1) grandfather
(2) uncle
(3) father
(4) brother
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27. What was Ezer Weizman interested in when he was young?
(1) ships
(2) cars
(3) airplanes
(4) trains
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28. Why did the Egyptian president, Anwar Sadat, go to Jerusalem?
(1) to visit the Western Wall
(2) to meet President Clinton
(3) to attend an economic summit
(4) to make peace with Israel
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29. According to the passage, what did Ezer Weizman do after leaving the Israeli army?
(1) He became a politician.
(2) He became a member of the “Hagana.”
(3) He worked in El-Al Airlines.
(4) He traveled to London.
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30. What is the main idea of this story?
(1) Ezer Weizman’s contribution to the British army
(2) Ezer Weizman’s family life
(3) Ezer Weizman’s impact on modern Israel
(4) Ezer Weizman’s participation in the World Zionist Congress
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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. You recently visited a relative who lives in a distant city. Write a letter to your pen pal in Hebrew telling him or her about the visit. You may wish to include:
• who the relative is
• where the relative lives
• when you visited the relative
• how you traveled
• the purpose of the visit
• gifts that you brought
• activities during your visit
• how you felt about seeing your relative
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32. Write a journal entry for your Hebrew class describing your favorite place to spend time. You may wish to include:
• when you go there
• why you like this place
• a description of the place
• how you get there
• who else goes there
• what you do while you are there
• how much time you spend there
• how you feel after you have been there
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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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