UNIVERSIDAD DE ANDALUCÍA
Prueba de acceso de junio de 2003
MORALLY HARMFUL SPORTS
In Uzbekistan billiards was prohibited because it is "morally harmful." It is not known who prohibited it, but local authorities enforced it anyway. The true reason might have to do with organised crime or maybe just someone "important" lost a game. As the country has no free press, no one will find out what exactly happened. A spokesman of the Tashkent city council said that places with smoke, where alcohol is sold, can't be good for sports and should therefore be closed.
The country's Billiard Federation is very frustrated: they had planned to take part in many international competitions, but now they are not allowed to practise any more. "What would the authorities do if something like "peeball" were practised here?" wondered a spokesperson of the Billiard Federation.
Peeball is the "New Urinal Sport" that is a big success in Britain.
The game is easy to play: put a peeball at the base of a urinal and try to disintegrate
it with your pee. The faster you are, the more points you make. You can play
it alone or in a group. The balls can be found in pubs, music stores and clothes
shops; they are yellow and cost one pound, Morally harmful? The new sport is
sponsored by the Prostate Cancer Society in Britain and the money collected
with the sale of peeballs will go to the charity.
(A) COMPREHENSION (4 points)
a) ANSWER QUESTIONS 1 -2 ACCORDING TO THE I NFORMATION GIVEN IN THE TEXT.
YOUR OWN WORDS. (1 point per answer)
1) What were the reasons for the prohibition of billiards in Uzbekistan?
2) What do you have to do if you want to play "peeball"?
b) ARE THESE STATEMENTS TRUE OR FALSE? JUSTIFY YOUR ANSWERS WITH WORDS OR
PHRASES FROM THE TEXT. (0.5 points per answer)
3) It is easy to be a journalist in Uzbekistan.
4) The Billiard Federation does not agree with the prohibition.
5) Billiards is played only in Uzbekistan.
6) Peeball is popular in Uzbekistan.
(B) USE OF ENGLISH (3 points)
7) Find in the text one synonym for permit (verb). (0.25
And one opposite for failure (noun). (0.25 points)
8) Find in the text the word which has the following definition: (0.25 points)
"make something disappear." (verb).
9) Give an adjective with the same root as reason (noun). (0.25 points)
10) Turn the following sentence into the passive voice: (0.5 points)
They can sell alcohol in pubs.
11) Use the words in the box to make a meaningful sentence. (0.5 points)
people | alcohol | the | buy | ordered | to | authorities | not
12) Turn the following sentence into reported speech: (0.5 points)
The spokesman said: "I can't understand why billiards has been prohibited."
13) Give a question for the underlined words.
The balls cost one pound. (0.5 points)
14) WRITE A COMPOSITION (80-100 WORDS). CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS.
SPECIFY YOUR OPTION.
a) Are prohibitions necessary? Why?
b) Would you like to cooperate with a Non-Governmental Organization?
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