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Comunidad: Comunidad Valenciana
Convocatoria: Septiembre de 1998
Modalidad: LOGSE - Todas
Ejercicio: 1er Ejercicio B
Asignatura: Inglés
Obligatoriedad: Obligatoria
Duración: 60 minutos
Baremo: Reading comprehension: Open questions: 2 points (1 point each); Tue/False: 1 point (0.5 each); Find synonym:1 point (0.5 each); Multiple choice: 2 points (0.5 each); Composition: 4 points.

Part A. Reading comprehension

Read the following text:


The Internet represents a grave threat to traditional family life, according to a new study.

The report, by a leading American psychologist, says that parents and children who spend hours glued to a computer screen are at risk to retreating into insolation and losing their grip on reality.

In the study to be published this weekend, Dr Kimberly Young also argues that information on the Internet is too disorganized and unrelated to the school curriculum to be of great use in helping pupils archieve better results.

Dr. Young believes her research, involving 1,000 US adults and children, is equally applicable in Britain where the Government plans to link 32,000 schools to the "information superhighway" in a £100 million project by 2002.

The results outlined patterns of addiction, which have an impact on family life unseen since the advent of television in the 1950s.

The study, Caught in the Net, identifies warnings signs to look for in children, ranging from excessive tiredness and academic problems to belligerence, a declining interest in hobbies and a withdrawal from friends.

However, a spokesman for the Department for Education and Employment said teachers would supervised the use of the Internet in classrooms, and parents should do the same at home.

The Sunday Telegraph. March 29, 1998

I. Answer the following questions using your own words:

  1. Who is doctor Young?
  2. What's the name of this study?

II. Are the following statements true (T) or false (F)?

  1. According to this study, the Internet endangers family life.
  2. People who spend too many hours in front of a computer may set themselves apart from others.

III. Find a words or phrase in the text which, in context, is similar in meaning to...

  1. prestigious, famous, most important or influential
  2. a hostile conduct or manner

IV. Choose a, b, c or d in each question below. Only one choice is correct.

  1. Dr Young conducted a study on...
    1. the addiction to television in the 1950s.
    2. the impact of the Internet on family life.
    3. how to help pupils get better results at school.
    4. the role of the traditional family.
  2. According to Dr Young, the Internet provides information which is...
    1. not well organized, but connected to the school curriculum.
    2. neither organized nor connected to the school curriculum.
    3. organized and related to the school curriculum.
    4. organized but unrelated to the school curriculum.
  3. Dr Young investigated...
    1. one thousand American adults and children.
    2. one thousand British adults and children.
    3. one thousand American and British adults and children.
    4. one hundred American and British adults and children.
  4. One of the risk factors reported in this study is...
    1. an interest in hobbies and friends.
    2. academic success.
    3. friendly behavior.
    4. an extreme fatigue.

Part B. Composition (100-150 words approximately)

Choose one of the following topics:

  1. Living with technology: How can computers, robots, etc. change our lives in the next 25 years?
  2. Discuss the advantages/disadvantages of using computer technology for educational purposes.

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