UNIVERSIDAD DE ANDALUCÍA
Ejemplo Prueba de acceso tipo Bachillerato, modelo año 2001
An Activity prepared by Francisco Jose Diaz Chicano
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rather uncommon spongiform encephalopathy which affects humans. It is a slowly progressive and ultimately fatal neurological disease. Unfortunately a small number of recent cases seem to have been caused by eating beef infected with BSE. This is the case of Karen Beavon who started complaining of a bad back but soon became confused and disoriented.
At first the doctors did not agree about the origin of her malady. Some guessed it was a psychological disorder or a side-effect of antidepressants. However some weird patterns of behaviour shocked the doctors. For example she tried to get into bed via the wardrobe, she became hypersensitive to touch and found any form of contact painful and she could hardly walk unaided. It took six months for the doctors to find out that Karen was suffering from the new variant CJD. They were quite certain but they suggested a brain biopsy to be totally sure. Karens family refused to cause her more stress and they could only witness the last stage of the illness. Even though there were moments where she showed lucidity she began to deteriorate rapidly. She became blind, deaf and incontinent and she lost the ability to speak.
COMPREHENSION (4 points)
ANSWER QUESTIONS 1-2 ACCORDING TO THE INFORMATION GIVEN 1N THE TEXT USE YOUR OWN WORDS
Why did some doctors believe that Karens illness was not a usual back ache
2. Why didnt her family want to make a final check about the disease that she suffered ?
ARE THESE STATEMENTS TRUE 0R FALSE? JUSTIFY YOUR ANSWERS WITH WORDS 0R PHRASES FROM THE TEXT
3. Karen suffered from BSE.
4. She became insensitive to pain.
5. Karen died lucidly.
6. The doctors needed six months to find out her illness because it is unusual.
USE 0F ENGLISH (3 points)
7. Change from active
The doctors could not find out her illness at first.
8. Change from passive to active.
A diary was being kept by her husband during her illness.
9.Complete the following conditional.
Doctors (not save) her life if they (discover) her illness before.
10. Find a question for the following answer:
It took 6 months to find her disease.
11. Find a synonym of period (n.) in the text.
12 Find the word which best fits the following definition:
"To express feelings of annoyance, dissatisfaction or unhappiness" (verb)
13. Write one more word with the same root:
14. Find the odd word out:
Blind, stress, deaf, disoriented
PRODUCTION (3 points)
(15) Write a composition (80-100 WORDS). Choose ONE of the following options. Specify your option
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