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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 overhear Leah talking to her friend Rachel:








What does Leah say about her dog?
(1) Her dog is going to obedience school.
(2) Her dog only likes dry pet food.
(3) Her dog likes to sleep all day.
(4) Her dog goes for a walk every day.
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2. Your Israeli host tells you about the presidents in in Israel:











Who is the president of Israel now?
(1) Chaim Ramon
(2) Shimon Peres
(3) Uzi Adler
(4) Eli Yishai
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3. Your Israeli guest tells you about an unusual event that happened last year in Israel:











What unusual event took place in Israel last year?
(1) It rained for most of the summer.
(2) It rained for a full week in the summer.
(3) It rained for a full day in the summer.
(4) It rained for two minutes in the summer.
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4. The president of the Hebrew Club in your school tells you about an event that is planned for next week. He says:














Where will this event take place?
(1) in the cafeteria
(2) in the gymnasium
(3) in the Hebrew class
(4) in the library
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5. Your Hebrew teacher tells the class about a planned event. He says:










What does each student need to bring along on the trip?
(1) a book
(2) money
(3) a camera
(4) an umbrella
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6. You overhear your Israeli neighbor talking to her friend:













What is one of the new activities that the neighbor is planning to pursue?
(1) She plans to teach.
(2) She plans to buy a computer.
(3) She plans to travel.
(4) She plans to make pottery.
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7. While in a clothing store in Israel, you overhear a boy talking to a clerk. He says:








Why does the boy want to return the shirt?
(1) The shirt is the wrong color.
(2) The shirt is too small.
(3) The shirt is too expensive.
(4) The shirt is damaged.
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8. Your friend Avi caiis you from Israel and says:











To which joyous event does Avi invite you?
(1) his sister’s graduation ceremony
(2) his cousin’s bar-mitzvah
(3) his parents’ anniversary party
(4) his brother’s wedding
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9. You overhear Lavie talking to his friend. He says:











Where did Lavie find a job?
(1) in a veterinarian’s office
(2) in a bakery
(3) in a lawyer’s office
(4) in a gymnasium
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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. On Holocaust Memorial Day, your Hebrew teacher tells you this true story:


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11. Your friend Aryeh tells you about a project that he did for Hebrew class:


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12. Your friend Eitan tells you about his daily routine:


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13. An announcer on Kol Yisrael talks about an Israeli businessman. He says:


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14. You hear this report on an Israeli news program:


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15. Late one night, your friend Sarah arrives from Israel and comes to your office in New York. She 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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2

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1

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4

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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 one of the benefits that this tour company offers?
(1) It provides a free night’s stay in a hotel.
(2) It conducts tours in many different languages.
(3) It offers discounts to students. (4) It has one tour guide for every ten people.
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22.


Which physical activity is discussed in this article?
(1) horseback riding
(2) mountain climbing

(3) folk dancing (4) weight lifting
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23.



In what category did this professor receive a Nobel Prize?
(1) peace
(2) economics
(3) chemistry
(4) literature
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24.



According to the advertisement, these apartments are
(1) the most reasonably priced in the city
(2) centrally located
(3) equipped with a washer and dryer
(4) located in the tallest building in Israel
4

25.



What is this article about?
(1) the number of old people in Israel
(2) the number of students in Israeli universities
(3) the number of doctors in Israeli hospitals
(4) the number of teenagers in Israel
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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 the purpose of the gathering in Kibbutz Beeri?
(1) to celebrate a holiday
(2) to celebrate a birthday
(3) to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Kibbutz
(4) to celebrate a wedding anniversary
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27. How were each of the tables decorated?
(1) with red balloons on each table
(2) with silver tableclothes on each table
(3) with beautiful flowers
(4) with two bottles of water
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28. What did the guests see in the movie?
(1) Rachel at different ages
(2) a new swimming pool
(3) the printing machines
(4) animals in the zoo
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29. Where is Kibbutz Beeri located?
(1) in the Galilee
(2) in the Judean mountains
(3) in the Negev
(4) in the Golan Heights
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30. How do members of Kibbutz Beeri take care of the elderly?
(1) They prepare special food for the elderly.
(2) They provide extra money for the elderly.
(3) They plan special trips for the elderly.
(4) They have a special home for the elderly.
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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 found a lost pet. In Hebrew, write a letter to your pen pal telling him or her about what happened. You may wish to include:
• the kind of animal
• when you found it
• where you found it
• who was with you when you found it
• what you did when you found it
• how you feel about the animal
• your plan for the animal
• your reason for that plan
• where the pet is now
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32. Your family volunteered to host an exchange student last year. In Hebrew, write a letter to your pen pal telling him or her about this experience. You may wish to include:
• when and where the exchange student arrived
• how long the exchange student stayed
• where your family heard of this exchange student program
• where the exchange student was from
• a description of the student
• what preparations at home were made by your family
• what school arrangements had to be made
• what plans were made to celebrate the arrival of the exchange student
• what you did to make the exchange student feel welcome
• how you felt about hosting an exchange student
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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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