UNIVERSIDAD DE ANDALUCÍA
Ejemplo Prueba de acceso tipo Bachillerato,
modelo anterior al año 2001
An Activity sent by Paco Acuña
THE DAY BASKETBALL WAS INVENTED
One winter's day in 1891, a class at a Training School in Massachussets, USA, went into the gym for their daily exercises. Since the football season had ended, most of the young men felt they were in for a rather boring time. But their teacher, James Naismith, had other idea. He had been working for a long time on a new game that would have the excitement of American football.
Naismith showed the men a basket he had hung at each end of the gym and explained that they were going to use a round European football. At first everybody tried to throw the ball into the basket, no matter where he was standing. "Pass, pass!." Naismith kept shouting, blowing his whistle to stop the excited players. Slowly, they began to understand what was wanted of them.
The problem with the new game, which was soon called "basketball", was getting the ball out of the basket. They used ordinary fruit baskets with bottoms, and the ball, of course, stayed inside. At first, someone had to climb up every time a "basket" was scored. It was several years before
someone had the idea of removing the bottom of the basket and letting the ball fall through. There have been many changes in the rules since then, and basketball has become one of the world's most popular sports.
COMPREHENSION (1 point each)
ANSWER THE QUESTIONS ACCORDING TO THE INFORMATION GIVEN IN THE TEXT USE YOUR OWN WORDS
1. What did Naismith do to entertain his pupils?
2. Did the boys know how to play basketball? Explain why.
3. What was the matter with the basket?
VOCABULARY (0.5 point each)
a) Explain in English
the meaning of gym (line 2).
b) Find a word in the text for the following definition:
"instrument for producing a clear shrill sound"
c) Match each of the following words with a synonym in the text:
WORK-OUT; ATTEMPT; COMMON.
d) Match each of the following words with an antonym in the text
GRAMMAR (1 point each)
Write sentences similar in meaning with the word given:
a) "I only
bought it a few days ago", replied the boy.
The boy replied that ...
They have told her that she must leave.
COMPOSITION (3 points)
Write a composition (80-100 WORDS) about SPORTS
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