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National ExamsBaccalaureate National Exam 2017 July Sciences

Baccalaureate National Exam 2017 July Sciences

Baccalaureate National Exam 2017 July Sciences

[1] Lifeline Express is the world’s first hospital on a train. It started with a simple idea: take the hospital to people who do not have access to health care services in rural areas. An Indian foundation proposed the idea to the Ministry of Railways. Shortly after, the Railways and the foundation signed an agreement in which the Railways would offer a three-coach train, provide water and electricity while the foundation would provide medical
services.

[2] There are fewer than 10 doctors for every 10,000 inhabitants in India. Many people must travel hundreds of miles to reach the nearest hospital. So, the train hospital is their only hope for medical treatment. For 26 years, Lifeline Express has been traveling through India to bring health services to millions of Indians who are in need of healthcare. It has helped many patients with sight, hearing, or movement problems.

[3] The train hospital regularly camps in different parts of the country. Each camp lasts 35 days and involves treating patients, training local doctors, and raising health awareness among the rural population. Dr. Sarin, Lifeline Express chairman, said: Now, the train hospital is operating with only three coaches. Soon, two new coaches will be added. A lot of help comes from companies, individuals, and doctors across the country. But, we still need to improve our medical services. We need a blood bank and sophisticated equipment to do major surgeries. Hundreds of villagers are in urgent need of help.

[4] The train hospital is not only treating patients but changing their social lives as well. Dr. Nagda is a surgeon who has volunteered to work on the train for the last 16 years. He remembers receiving a wedding invitation from Sajida, a girl he once treated. When she came to me as a child, she had a foot deformity. I told her father that after treatment she would be able to go to school, but he was more worried about her marriage. After the surgery, she could walk normally. She even finished her studies and got married. The train hospital has saved over a million lives across the country and has
inspired similar experiences in many other countries.

I. COMPREHENSION (15 POINTS) BASE ALL YOUR ANSWERS ON THE TEXT.
A. CHOOSE THE RIGHT ANSWER. (2 pts)
The text is about
a. encouraging doctors to travel by train in India.
b. providing health care in train stations in India.
c. using a train to provide medical care in India.
The right answer is: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

B. ARE THESE STATEMENTS TRUE OR FALSE? JUSTIFY. (3 pts)

1. The idea of the train hospital came from the Ministry of Railways.

2. Sajida’s father was more concerned about her education.

3. Other countries have also followed the Lifeline Express example.

C. ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS. (3 pts)

1. Who provides water and electricity for the train hospital?

2. What are some of the health problems that Lifeline Express doctors treat?

3. What does the train hospital need according to Dr. Sarin?

D. COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES. (3 pts)

1. Lifeline Express offers training to. . . . . . . .

2. The train hospital gets support not only from the Railways but also from . . . . . . . . .

3. Thanks to Doctor Nagda, Sajida . . . . . . . . . .

E. WHAT DO THE UNDERLINED WORDS IN THE TEXT REFER TO? (2 pts)

1. the country (paragraph 3): . . . . . . . . .

2. he (paragraph 4): . . . . . . . . . . .

F. FIND IN THE TEXT WORDS WHICH MEAN THE SAME AS: (2 pts)

1. immediate (paragraph 3): . . . . . . . . . .

2. operation (paragraph 4): . . . . . . . . . .

II. LANGUAGE (15 POINTS)

A. FILL IN THE GAPS WITH THE APPROPRIATE PHRASAL VERBS FROM THE LISTS. (2 pts)

1. Lina is my best friend; I can always . . . . .. . . . . her.

look into – take after – rely on

2. The boys got scared and. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . when the dog started barking.

ran into – ran away – made up

B. JOIN THE PAIRS OF SENTENCES WITH THE LINKING WORDS GIVEN. (2 pts)

1. Samira is a hard-working student. Her brother Tariq is lazy. (whereas)

2. Neil couldn’t attend the wedding party. He was ill. (because of)

C. GIVE THE CORRECT FORM OF THE WORDS IN BRACKETS. ( 2 pts)

1. Did you read the (advertise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . for that summer job at Plaza Hotel?

2. Teachers have to be (tolerance) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and patient with their students.

D. PUT THE VERBS IN BRACKETS IN THE CORRECT FORM. (2 pts)

Salima (graduate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . from university four years ago, but she (not/find) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . a job yet.

E. REWRITE THESE SENTENCES BEGINNING WITH THE WORDS GIVEN. (3 pts)

1. Robert edited the magazine in two days only.

The magazine. . . . . . . . . .

2. The kids didn’t go to the seaside. They didn’t get their parents’ permission.

If the kids had got their parents’ permission, they. . . . . . .

3. “You should return the books in two weeks’ time.”

The librarian told me. . . . . . . . . . .

F. MATCH EACH EXPRESSION TO ITS APPROPRIATE FUNCTION. (4 pts)

  • Expressions 

1. “For me, skiing is an exciting sport.”

2. “Could you help me with my English project, please?”

3. “I’m really sorry for not attending the meeting yesterday.”

4. “I am afraid I didn’t get your point.”

  • Functions

a. apologising

b. making a request

c. expressing lack of understanding

d. expressing opinion

e. complaining

1 . . . . . 2 . . . . 3 . . . . . 4 . . . . 

III. WRITING (10 POINTS) DO TASKS 1 AND 2

TASK 1: Complete the paragraph using the information given. (4 pts)

University of Al Quaraouiyine

  • Founder: Fatima El-Fihriya
  • Date of foundation: 859 AD
  • Location: Fez/Morocco
  • Subjects of study: Islamic studies, philosophy, mathematics, astronomy, and languages
  • Open to male and female students between 13 and 30
Al Quaraouiyine is the oldest university in the world. . . . . . . . . 

TASK 2: (6 pts)

Write an article to be published in ‘Health and Welfare’ magazine explaining what young people should do and shouldn’t do to stay healthy.

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I. COMPREHENSION (15 POINTS)

Testees should not be penalized for spelling and grammar mistakes in the comprehension section.

A. THE RIGHT ANSWER: (2 pts) 

(c) using a train to provide medical care in India.

TRUE / FALSE  (3 pts) (1pt each: 0.5 pt for the correct choice and 0.5 pt for a

justification. Consider the justification ONLY if the choice is correct. Quotes from the text are acceptable)

1. False – an Indian foundation proposed the idea../ from the foundation/.

2. False – he was more worried about her marriage.

3. True – it has inspired similar experiences in many other countries.

B. ANSWERING QUESTIONS: (3 pts; 1 pt each)

1. The Ministry of Railways/the Railways /the train company.

2. . . . sight, hearing and movement problems.

3. . . . a blood bank and sophisticated equipment to do major surgeries/ improve medical services…

C. SENTENCE COMPLETION: (3 pts; 1 pt each)

1. . . . (local) doctors.

2. . . . companies, individuals and doctors across the country.

3. . . . could walk normally/ finished her studies / got married

D. WORD REFERENCE: (2 pts; 1 pt each) 

1. India 

2. Sajida’s father

E. WORDS MEANING: (2 pts; 1 pt each) 

1. urgent 

2. surgery

II. LANGUAGE (15 POINTS)

A. GAP FILLING: (2 pts; 1 pt each) 

1. rely on 

2. ran away

B. JOINING SENTENCES (2 pts, 1 pt each)

1. Samira is a hardworking student, whereas her brother Tariq is lazy / Whereas Samira is…, her brother is… ../…etc

2. Neil couldn’t attend the wedding party because of his illness./ Because of his illness, Neil. . . …../ …etc

C. WORD FORMATION: (2 pts, 1 pt each) 

1. advertisement /ad/advert 

2. tolerant

D. TENSES: (2 pts ;1 pt each) 

graduated – hasn’t(has not) found

E. REWRITING SENTENCES: (3 pts; 1 pt each)

1. The magazine was edited in two days only.

2. If the kids had got their parents’ permission, they would/could have gone. . .

3. . . . to return the books. . ./that I should return the books . . .

F. FUNCTIONS: (4 pts; 1 pt each) 

1. d. (expressing an opinion) 

2. b. ( making a request)

3. a. (apologizing) 

4. c. (expressing lack of understanding)

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