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2ème Bac. S.H. | Nov. 2015 | 55 minutes.

Reading Test

            The manager asked Johnny to give a presentation to the workers explaining a very serious matter concerning their company. So, Johnny was afraid the workers wouldn't follow him because of the complexity of the topic. It was really a very tough situation for him. So he thought of incorporating some witty jokes in his presentation. This way, he could make the workers understand it quite well.

            However, amusing the workers in order to make them understand a hard subject like this one is not as simple as it seems. Only talented humorists can do that. It is really complicated to use humour unless you have a good sense of humour, and you practice a lot. So, when he started his presentation with a funny story in relation to the subject, the workers got interested and started paying attention.

            Finally, Johnny was happy, and the manager said, "As I see it, Humour has a wonderful effect". They were almost sure that if the audience remembers the droll stories and jokes, they will remember all or a great part of the presentation. Humour is a powerful communication tool, isn't it?


I.     COMPREHENSION   

            A.     Answer these questions   

  1. Where does Johnny work?

  2. What is Johnny required to do?

  3. How did Johnny feel after the presentation?

  4. Give a title to the text.


            B.     Are these sentences True or False? Justify    

  1. Everybody can use Humour.

  2. The workers listened carefully to what Johnny had to say.

  3. Humour can help the audience remember what Johnny said.

  4. Humour is very important for connecting people.


            C.     What do the underlined words in the text refer to ?    

  1. "him" (1.line 3)  
  2. "it" (1.line 4)  
  3. "them" (2.line 1)  
  4. "They" (3.line 1)  


            D.    Find in the text words or phrases which mean the same as.    

  1. difficulty (1)
  2. including (1)
  3. entertaining (2)
  4. gifted (2)
  5. result (3)
  6. funny/witty (3)


            E.    Pick out a sentence from the text expressing opinion.    


I.     WRITING   

Write a paragraph describing a person you admire.


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