BACK


1.When asked, people often claim that they care about the provenance of food. Some 76%
2.of UK shoppers agree or strongly agree that buying local or regional food – that is, food
3.produced in the UK – supports jobs and boosts the economy. But according to research
4.published this month by a major supermarket trade magazine, the provenance of food is
5.the fifth most important issue for customers after price, taste, quality and brand.

6.The problem seems to be that in the public mind "good" British food is the rare-breed,
7.artisanal stuff: forgotten pear varieties, heritage sows, veiny cheeses and delicate ales.
8.It's sourced (not bought) from farmers' markets and small producers rather
9.than supermarkets, and it pointedly isn't staples such as sliced bread, ordinary milk or
10.butter. The French and Italians, and to a lesser extent the Spanish, simply assume that
11.most of their food will be better than any other country's, but the bulk of British food does
12.not and has not had the reputation for quality that it often deserves, and as a result,
13.customers rarely bother to seek it out.
14.The advantages of buying British food are many. When you buy British meat you're
15.signing up to much higher standards of animal welfare. We avoid growth hormones in
16.this country and our chickens tend to have far lower rates of salmonella than other EU
17.chickens. Buying British usually means fewer food miles and a greater respect for the
18.seasons, and it supports British farmers who have suffered a great deal in recent
19.decades.
20.But it can also be more expensive.


21.Current labelling rules only worsen the situation. The common European market means
22.that governments are prevented from issuing labels that encourage customers to buy
23.goods because they come from a specific country.

24.There are clear advantages to buying food produced in this country and many of us
25.claim to recognise them, but how many of us make an effort to seek it out wherever
26.possible?


I * COMPREHENSION(4 points: questions 1-3, 1 point each; 4-5, 0.5 points each)
ANSWER QUESTIONS 1-3 ACCORDING TO THE INFORMATION GIVEN IN THE TEXT. USE YOUR OWN WORDS.
1 -Why do shoppers think that the buying of regional or local food are favorable?


2-What are the advantages of buying British food?


3-Who produces origin British food?

ARE THESE STATEMENTS TRUE OR FALSE? JUSTIFY YOUR ANSWERS WITH THE PRECISE WORDS OR PHRASES FROM THE TEXT, OR USE YOUR OWN WORDS.

4-The French and Italians, and to a lesser extent the Spanish, simply assume that most of their food are poor quality and need products from other countries.

5-Food produced in UK has many advantages but people usually prefer others for different reasons.



II * USE OF ENGLISH(3 points; questions 6-9, 0.25 points each; 10-13, 0.5 points each)


6-FIND IN THE TEXT ONE OPPOSITE FOR ``improve´´(verb).


7-FILL IN THE GAP WITH A CORRECT PREPOSITION: “I am looking forward ...... finishing this exam”.


8-TURN THE FOLLOWING SENTENCE INTO REPORTED SPEECH:``We avoid growth hormones in this country´´


9-TURN THE FOLLOWING SENTENCE INTO THE PASSIVE VOICE:``You are signing up to much higher standards´´


10-WHICH WORD IS NOT AN ADVERB?: Often / Quite/ Awake / Halfway.


11-FIND IN THE TEXT ONE SYNONYM OF ``usual´´


12-FIND IN THE TEXT THE WORD WHICH HAS THE FOLLOWING DEFINITION:``rule that you have to satisfy ´´


13-FILL IN THE GAP WITH A CORRECT FORM OF THE VERB IN BRACKETS: “By this time next year, I ...... (finish) my studies”.


III * PRODUCTION(3 points)


14-WRITE A COMPOSITION OF APPROXIMATELY 120 WORDS. CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS.


a)-Do You make some effort to buy products from your country?.What efforts do you do? or why not?


b)- What would you do to use the British products more?