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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 tells you about an unusual street crossing in Jerusalem. She says:










What is so unusual about this intersection in Jerusalem?
(1) Traffic flows continuously and pedestrians use an overpass to get across.
(2) Pedestrians are permitted to cross only twice a day during morning and evening rush hours.
(3) Pedestrians cross in twelve directions at once with all traffic at a standstill.
(4) All vehicles must take a detour around this intersection to allow free pedestrian movement.
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2. You take your Israeli guest Tzvi to his first professional baseball game. He says:








What question does Tzvi ask?
(1) Can a player jump into the stands to catch a ball?
(2) Can a player give the ball to a spectator as a gift?
(3) Can a spectator bring a ball to be signed by a player?
(4) Can a spectator catch a ball that was hit into the stands and keep it?
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3. You overhear Lavie talking to his friend. He says:






What does Lavie need?
(1) a driver’s license
(2) a car
(3) a passport
(4) a computer
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4. Shai is talking to you about his dog. He says:










What is the problem with this dog?
(1) He jumps on people.
(2) He eats too much.
(3) He sleeps all day.
(4) He chews on furniture.
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5. You are watching Israeli television and hear this announcement:











What is a disadvantage of this oil?
(1) It costs too much.
(2) It is dirtier than regular oil.
(3) It damages the motor.
(4) It has a strong odor.
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6. Your friend Dan is telling you about a change in his science class. He says:









What is the new homework system?
(1) Students have three days to complete homework assignments.
(2) Students must do homework on the computer.
(3) Students check each other’s homework.
(4) Students must keep all their assignments in a folder.
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7. You are visiting an eighth grade class in Israel. A guidance counselor speaks to the class. He says:











What subject is the guidance counselor discussing?
(1) physical education
(2) mathematics
(3) foreign languages
(4) economics
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8. You are on a tour in Tel Aviv. You hear the tour guide say:










Why do people come to the Bialik Museum?
(1) to see paintings
(2) to read poems
(3) to learn how to draw
(4) to listen to music
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9. You are watching television and hear this news report:









What did Prime Minister Olmert of Israel discuss with President Putin of Russia?
(1) the establishment of a cultural exchange program
(2) the building of an international sports stadium
(3) improvement of airline safety procedures
(4) the sale of military supplies to other countries
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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 have spent a year as an exchange student in Israel. As you are about to return to America, your Hebrew teacher in Israel says:


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11. You hear this report on Israeli radio:


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12. You are listening to an announcer on Kol Israel radio. He says:


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13. You are watching Israeli television and hear this announcement:


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14. You are an exchange student in Israel. Your friend Aharon calls you on the telephone and says:


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15. You are talking to your friend Rami in Israel. He says:


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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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1

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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.



On which day of the week does this folk dance session take place?
(1) Sunday
(2) Monday
(3) Tuesday
(4) Wednesday
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22.



What special service does this restaurant offer?
(1) an Internet connection
(2) a childrens menu
(3) free delivery
(4) coffee refills
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23.



In this crossword puzzle, clue 23 Across is about
(1) writing utensils
(2) musical instruments
(3) cooking utensils
(4) automotive tools
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24.



According to the advertisement, what does this bookstore offer?
(1) free shipping of merchandise
(2) a ten percent discount on orders over $100
(3) the largest selection of books in the city
(4) the lowest prices in the city
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25.



According to this article, when will the rain stop?
(1) on Sunday evening
(2) on Monday evening
(3) at the middle of next week
(4) at the beginning of next week
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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 of the passage, and identify its number. [10]



26. What was Simon Wiesenthal’s profession before the second world war (World War II)?
(1) teacher
(2) physician
(3) architect
(4) lawyer
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27. How did Simon Wiesenthal’s wife survive during the war?
(1) She changed her identity.
(2) She joined the resistance.
(3) She received help from her uncle.
(4) She fied to the United States.
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28. How did Simon Wiesenthal help the American army after the war?
(1) He helped the American army by enlisting as a soldier.
(2) He helped in teaching German to the soldiers in the American army.
(3) He helped in building a new military base in Germany for the American army.
(4) He helped the American army in capturing Nazi criminals.
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29. According to the passage, which Nazi criminal was captured and brought to Israel for trial?
(1) Josef Mengele
(2) Hermann Georing
(3) Adolf Eichmann
(4) John Demjanjuk
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30. In which American city is the Simon Wiesenthal Center located?
(1) New York
(2) Los Angeles
(3) Chicago
(4) Philadelphia
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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. The Hebrew Language Club in your school has decided to organize a surprise birthday party for one of the Hebrew teachers. In Hebrew, write a letter to the president of the language club suggesting some ideas for the party. You may wish to include:
• the name of the teacher
• why you think that this is a good idea
• the date and time of the party
• the location of the party
• who will be invited
• refreshments
• musical entertainment
• games
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32. You are going to be an exchange student in Israel next year. In Hebrew, write a letter to your host brother/sister introducing yourself You may wish to include:
• information about you and your family
• information about your personal interests and hobbies
• what you would like to do and learn in Israel
• why you want to be an exchange student
• questions about the host family
• questions about the host school
• questions about what you should take with you to Israel
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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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