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2º BAC.

ABAU TEXT February 2018

Name ............................................................................................................

Read the text and the instructions to the questions very carefully. Answer all the questions in English.

Judy loves coffee. However, lately she’s been trying hard to decrease the number of cups she drinks, because she’s
heard that coffee is addictive and unhealthy.

Judy will be pleased to learn that she needn’t quit her coffee habit. Thousands of studies in the past few years
suggest that coffee isn’t the terrible health hazard that most of us have been led to believe. Research has shown
that coffee can reduce the risk of several serious diseases.

One example is a study led by Frank B. Hu and Jo Ann Manson of Harvard University in the United States. Hu and
Manson monitored 125,000 participants to see which of them developed diabetes during a period of eighteen
years. The results were both remarkable and unexpected. Compared with people who did not drink coffee at all,
men who drank six cups or more each day lowered their risk of diabetes by 54%. For women, the danger was
reduced by 30%.

At least six additional studies indicate that people who drink several cups of coffee every day are 80%
less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, have a 50% lower chance of getting liver cancer, and reduce
the risk of colon cancer by 25%. Coffee has also been found to stop headaches, help manage asthma and
even prevent dental cavities.

This is good news for coffee drinkers, although more research needs to be done before our doctors
actually recommend that we raise the amount of coffee we drink to six cups a day. But meanwhile,
there is no doubt that those who can’t live without the delightful flavour of their morning cup can now
relax and enjoy themselves.

QUESTIONS

1. Write a summary of the text in English, including the most important points using your own words
(approximately 50 words; 1 point)

2. Mark the following sentences true or false (T / F) according to the text. Then write the part ( and
ONLY the part) of the text which justifies your answer.(1 point; 0.25 each)

a. It is necessary for Judy to give up her coffee drinking habit.


b. It has been proved that coffee minimize the chance of important diseases.
c. Apart from liver cancer or colon cancer, coffee can also prevent other illnesses.
d. Nowadays doctors recommend that we drink as much coffee as we want.

3. Find words or phrases in the text that correspond in meaning to the words and definitions given
here. (1 point; 0.25 each)

a) surveys b) controlled c) outstanding d) caries

4. Pronunciation (1 point; 0.25 each)


a) Write the word where the combination "ea" sounds differently
dear learn heard earth
b) In which of the following verbs is the ending -ed pronounced /t/ ?
cleaned ended enjoyed stopped
c) In which of the following words the ending (-s /-es) is pronounced /iz/
opens cups houses Jim´s
d) Which of these words have the schwa /ǝ/ sound?
coffee danger more cup
5. Rewrite the following sentences without changing the original meaning (1.5 points; 0.5 each)

a) She not only speaks English well but also she knows the culture.
Not only ...
b) They were angry because you didn´t apologize
If you ...........
c) It is possible that he thought about following a career in dance.
He ...

6. WRITING. Choose ONE of the two options (Approximately 120 words; 3 points)

A) Retell the story of an interesting film or book you enjoyed.

B) Write about a significant event in your life or a frightening / exciting experience that you had in the
past.