UNIVERSIDAD DE ANDALUCÍA
Ejemplo Prueba de acceso tipo Bachillerato,
modelo anterior al año 2001
An Activity sent by Paco Acuña
A GORILLA IN NEW YORK
A lawyer has been hired to represent the interests of Timmy, a 90-kilogram 33-year-old gorilla at the Cleveland zoo. Officials plan to ship Timmy to the Bronx zoo to mate with four female gorillas as part of an interzoo programme to preserve endangered species. But Timmy already has a significant other, an infertile female named Kribi Kate, and animal rights advocates say that separating the pair could be emotionally devastating. They hired Cleveland lawyer Gloria Homolak to block the move, and 1220 people have signed petitions to keep Timmy in Cleveland.
In truth, no one has asked Timmy whether he wants to try other partners.But observers say that Timmy was depressed and rejected the females before Kate arrived last year. Now they act like lovers, coupling frequently and sleeping in each other's arms.
Zoo officials dispute that animals have such feelings. "We have to be cautious in attributing human feelings to them," they say..
(NEWSWEEK, October 21, 1991)
COMPREHENSION (1 point each)
ANSWER THE QUESTIONS ACCORDING TO THE INFORMATION GIVEN IN THE TEXT USE YOUR OWN WORDS
1. What kind of interzoo programme is Timmy into ?
2. Can you think of the reason/s why Timmy was "depressed and rejected the females before Kate arrived"?
3. What "human feelings" do the zoo officials talk about ?
VOCABULARY (0.5 point each)
4) Explain the meaning of the word ADVOCATE/S.
5) Give the English word, in the text, for a formal, often written, request to do something.
6) Match each of the following words with a synonym in the text: SEND CAREFUL APPEAL
7) Match each of the following words with an antonym in the text: HARDLY EVER UNIMPORTANT
GRAMMAR (1 point each)
8. Change these sentence into the passive.
"... 1220 people have signed petitions to keep Timmy in Cleveland".
9. Link these sentences using "IF".
"Nobody asked Timmy about a new partner, so that he rejected all the females before Kate arrived".
COMPOSITION (3 points)
10. Write a composition (80-100 WORDS) about LOVE.
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