English Test – Nancy Birdsall

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Nancy Birdsall

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English Test – Nancy Birdsall

Nancy Birdsall is the founding president of the Centre for global development. Prior to launching the Centre, Birdsall served for three years as a senior associate and director of the economic reform project at the Carnegie endowment for international peace. Her work at Carnegie focused on issues of globalization and inequality. As well as on the reform of international financial institutions.

From 1993 to 1998, Birdsall was executive vice president for the inter-American development bank, the largest of the regional development banks, where she oversaw a 30 $ billion public and private loan portfolio. Before joining the inter-American development bank, Birdsall spent 14 years in research, policy, and management positions in the World Bank, most recently as director of the policy research department.

Ms. Birdsall is the author, co-author, or editor of more than a dozen books and monographs. She has also written more than 75 articles for books and scholarly journals published in English and Spanish. Shorter pieces of her writing have appeared in dozens of U.S and Latin American newspapers and periodicals.

Comprehension

A/ are these sentences true or false? Justify (2 points)

  • Nancy is interested in the issues of globalization and inequality.
  • Nancy doesn’t speak Spanish.

B/ Answer these questions (4 points)

  • What is Nancy’s job?
  • How long was she the executive vice president of the inter-American development bank?
  • Where did Nancy work before 1993?
  • Where can we find Ms. Birdsall’s pieces of writing?

C/ find words which mean the same as (2 points)

  • creating (paragraph 1):_______________________
  • The writer (paragraph 2):________________

D/what do the underlined words refer to? (2 points)

  • The Centre (paragraph 1): ………………………
  • She (paragraph 2): ………………………

Grammar

A. Rewrite the sentences with the words given(3 points)

  • Leila speaks English

English ………………………

  • The organizing committee has included two African films in the competition

Two African films ………………………

  • All citizens knew the late Brown for his courage in the defense of human rights

The late Brown ………………………

B. Give the right tense of the verbs between brackets (5 points)

  • The fire ……………………… (already/reach) the roof by the time the firemen (arrive) ……………………… .
  • Joe Smith (go) ……………………… to prison because he ……………………… (steal) a lot of money.
  • My father bought the new car after he ……………………… (Try) it a few times.

C. Functions

What would you say in the following situations ( 2 points)

  • You forget to bring your friend’s book. Apologize to him or her

You: ………………………

Your neighbor is making a lot of noise at night. you decide to ask him to make less noise

You: ………………………

Writing

The emigration of skilled workers is a real problem for their countries of origin. Write an email to the editor of the website www.globaldebate.org in which you explain why these people emigrate and suggest ways to encourage them to stay in their own countries.

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