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Ministerul Educaiei, Cercetrii i Tineretului

Centrul Naional pentru Curriculum i Evaluare n nvmntul Preuniversitar






Examenul de bacalaureat 2008
Proba E/F
Proba scris la Limba Englez
L1 - Intensiv 3-4 ore

SUBIECTUL I ( 30 puncte) Varianta 034

Read the text below and complete the following tasks.

Most of us casually tune in to the weather forecast to find out whether we should take an
umbrella to work, or if we should go to the football match. But perhaps we should listen more carefully,
because the days weather could seriously affect how we feel. Of course, we mostly feel good when
the sun shines and subdued when it rains. But scientists and doctors are starting to realize (1) ... .
Growing numbers of people are being diagnosed as weather-sensitive, with some experts estimating
(2) ... .
The hazards of hot climates are well known. When we head for holidays in the tropics we know
(3) ... . It comes as a surprise to learn (4) ... . Weather-related symptoms can be far more severe than
those we traditionally associate with inclement weather, such as that one third of the population could
be adversely affected headaches and muscular pain. Of course, sufferers from rheumatism have long
complained. More dangerously a cold snap can bring on fatal heart attacks and strokes in the elderly.
In Britain there are far more death a week in the winter than in the summer. It is generally accepted
that low temperature are a causative factor in many cases.

1. Four sentences have been removed from the text. Select the appropriate sentence for each
gap in the text. There is one extra sentence which you do not need to use. 4 points

A. that they completely lose consciousness during thunder and lighting storms.
B. that one third of the population could be adversely affected
C. that we must protect ourselves against the harmful rays of the sun
D. that even temperate climates present a health risk
E. that cold weather can bring not just low temperatures but also depression and anxiety

2. Match the underlined words with their meaning. 6 points

A. of being stimulated or excited by external agents;
B. severe, rough, or harsh;
C. unusually quiet;

3. Sum up the text in about 50 words. 10 points

4. For the following questions, choose the answer (A, B, C, D) which fits according to the text.
6 points
1. Why do most of the people tune in to the weather forecast?
A. To see whether they should take an umbrella.
B. To make sure they are not going to catch a cold.
C. To find out what they are going to feel like in that particular day.
D. To see if they can expose themselves to the sun.



Ministerul Educaiei, Cercetrii i Tineretului
Centrul Naional pentru Curriculum i Evaluare n nvmntul Preuniversitar




2. What have scientists started to realize about cold weather?
A. That people experience headaches and muscular pain.
B. That winter is less dangerous than summer.
C. That cold weather can bring anxiety and depression besides low temperatures.
D. That a cold snap can bring on a fatal heart attack.

3. What do people know when they head for holidays in the tropics?
A. That they cannot expose themselves to sunlight.
B. That they must protect themselves against the harmful rays of the sun.
C. That weather-related symptoms are severe.
D. That they can experience headaches.

5. Comment on the following statement: The days weather could seriously affect how we feel.
(100 words) 4 points