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ENGLISH Franja Horaria ADVANCED LEVEL Practice Intermediate Reading Comprehension Texts Critical Reading Exercise NIGHT-CLUB CLOSING TIME The Greek Government has enacted legislation that will radically alter the nocturnal habits of the nation. Despite growing protests, the ruling Socialists have passed a law that enforces a 2p.m. closing time on all night-clubs and prohibits entry to anyone under 17. Any bar, disco or dance-hall which does not respect the new law will be heavily fined. The Soc
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  ENGLISHFranja HorariaADVANCED LEVEL Practice Intermediate Reading Comprehension TextsCritical Reading Exercise   NIGHT-CLUB CLOSING TIMEThe Greek Government has enacted legislation that will radically alter the nocturnal habitsof the nation. Despite growing protests, the ruling Socialists have passed a law thatenforces a 2p.m. closing time on all night-clubs and prohibits entry to anyone under 17. Anybar, disco or dance-hall which does not respect the new law will be heavily fined.The Socialists say their ambitious clean-up measure will also crack down on alarming ratesof crime, alcoholism and drug addiction among the younger generation. ASpecial police unitswill monitor night-clubs to see they=re not breaking the law. Too many young and drunkpeople die on our roads.@But night-club owners, who accept the age limit but reject the new hours, have threatenedto launch a war against it by closing their clubs altogether. AThe 400.000 of us who work inthis field will be ruined if we have to shut so early@, said a night-club owner. AGreeksnever begin their night before 11p.m.@.   QUESTIONS 1. Find words in the text that have the same or similar meaning to the following (2points) ã  To pay an amount of money as a punishment: ã Increasing: ã  Take a disciplinary action on: ã Start: ã Close:  2. Answer the following questions in your own words. (1.5 points) 1. Which have been the measures taken by the Greek Government, as described by thetext?waltermartin168@hotmail.com 1  2. Why have the Socialists decided to take these measures?3. What have been the reactions of people?  3. Complete the following sentences so that they become the type inbrackets. (1.5 points) 1. I do not like the English class (reason)2. I do not like the English class (time)3. I do not like the English class (contrast) 4. Put the following sentences into the passive (2 points)1. They say that Henry Crippen was the first murderer to be caught by radio.2. In most of Europe, they consider that capital punishment is barbaric.3. They said that Ruth Ellis, hanged in 1952, was in love with the man she murdered.4. They know that women commit 20% of all homicides in the USA.5. They claim, according to some studies, that each execution deters 8 murders.  5. Write your opinion about the following topic (80 words): Staying out late atnight. (3 points) waltermartin168@hotmail.com 2  Critical READING 2 TEENS WAITING LONGER FOR SEXTV SOAPS 'HAVE INFLUENCE'YOUNG people are waiting longer to have sex than ever before, says a survey.Just one in five lose their virginity under the age of 16, a drop of 12 per cent since 2002.And the average age that people first have sex has gone up from just over 17 to nearer 18.The poll dispels the myth that more British teenagers have become sexually irresponsible.Paula Hall, from the marriage guidance group Relate, said: The findings are veryheartening. They prove that young people are thinking about sex longer, not giving in to peer pressureandtaking it more seriously. The number losing their virginity at 14 or 15 has dropped from23per cent in 2002to 15per cent.And 84 per cent of adults say schools should teach sex and relationships beyond basicbiology.Paula said TV shows such as Hollyoaks and EastEnders were encouraging teenagers tobecomemore responsible. More shows are running story lines that promote better attitudes towards sex and areputting it inthe context of proper relationships which is important, she said. Significant numbers of young people regret losing their virginity because of the emotionalimpactand that issue needs to be addressed in the classroom. QUESTIONS1. Answer the following questions using your own words but taking intoaccount theinformation in the text. (2 points) a. What has TV got to do with teenage sex?b. According to the text, what should teenagers learn at school? 2. Are the following statements TRUE or FALSE? Identify the part of the textthatsupports your answer. (1.5 points) a. Some TV shows influence teenagers negatively on sex issues.b. Losing one’s virginity under the age of 16 is common.c. Paula Hall is a sex teacher in a school in England. 2waltermartin168@hotmail.com 3  3. Find a synonym for each of the four words below from these six options. (1point) SURVEY DISPEL GUIDANCE HEARTENING DROP REGRETa. Dissipate: __________________ b. Be sorry: __________________ c. Fall: __________________ d. Instruction: __________________  4. Choose a, b, or c in each question below. Only one choice is correct. (1.5points) 1. Nowadays, teenagersa. have their first sex experience later than years ago.b. have their first sex experience earlier than years ago.c. have their first sex experience while they are at school.2. Some TV programmes like Hollyoaks and Eastendersa. make teenagers less responsible about sex issues.b. make teenagers more responsible about sex issues.c. make teenagers totally responsible about sex issues.3. Paula Halla. helps married couples with problems.b. helps students with problems.c. helps students while they are at school. 5. Composition (130-150 words) Should sex and human relationships be onemore subject at a secondary school? (4 points) waltermartin168@hotmail.com 4
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