Internet Fanatics

Internet Fanatics

NB: This global test covers units 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 from Ticket 2 English 2

An English report has recently revealed that children are becoming so fanatical with the Internet that really half prefer their computers to their friends. It claimed that a generation is growing up using the internet at an early age.

Forty-six percent of British parents believe their children are so busy playing with computers that they spend less time with their friends. At the same time, 55 percent of parents fear their children will become info-addicted.

The report cites the example of Alexander Feldman, 13, from west London, who switches on his P.C. as soon as he returns from school, often spending several hours, staying up late to take part in chat groups on the Internet.

Alexander said: «There’s so much interesting information on the Internet that it is sometimes hard to switch off. It is an easy way to make friends and stay in touch with people I know in different countries.» But he denied that he was addicted to the Net. « I could stop but I would be frustrated and upset about it because I have friends all over the world and like to communicate with them.»

Author Mark Griffiths, a psychology lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, claimed the report showed that information is becoming “the drug of the third millennium.” He added: “Have we become fact-fanatics and info-junkies? There is a very fine line between having enough information and getting too much. As well as computer skills children should be able to relate to each other, communicate and get the physical exercise they need to develop.”

The survey of business people found that 53 percent longed for electronic information and 5 percent got a « high» when they found what they wanted. Sixty-one percent believed they were victims of information overload while 80 percent of managers gather more facts than they use.

The Express. December 2006

I. COMPREHENSION: (15 points)

Base your answers on the text

A. Are these statements true or false? Justify. (6 points)
1. All British parents worry about their sons playing with the computer for a long time.
2. Alexander refused to say that he was obsessed by the Internet.
3. The survey found that few Internet users suffer from information excess.

B. Fill in the chart with the right information from the text. (3 points)

Cause Effect
…………………………………… Children prefer their computers to their friends
children are buzy playing with their computers …………………………………………
there is so much information on the net ………………………………………..

C. Choose the right answer from the list given. (1 point)
a. Third-millennium invention.
b. An electronic means of information.
c. A modern addiction.

D. What do the underlined words in the text refer to? (2 points)
1. It (paragraph 1): …………………………………..
2. I ( paragraph 4): …………………………………..

E. Find words in the text meaning approximately the same as (3 points)
1. excessively enthusiastic (paragraph 1): ……………………………..
2. defeated or disappointed (paragraph 4): ……………………………
3. collect (paragraph 6): ……………………………….
II- LANGUAGE (15 points)

A. Give the right form of the words between brackets. (2 points)
1. When using the Internet we should tolerate the (believe) _________of others.
2. We should have a good character with positive and (ethics) _________ traits.

B. Fill in the blanks with the right phrasal verbs from the list given. (2 pts)

(put off – take off – pick up – look up – back up)

1. You should always _________ important files and documents so that you won’t lose all your work if something goes wrong with your computer.
2. Young children ________ the web jargon quickly and easily.

C. Match the words that go together to make appropriate collocations. (2 pts)

1. Psychological

2. Economic

a. growth

b. opinion

c. criticism

d. test

D. Rewrite these sentences as suggested (2 points)
1. “Have we become fact-fanatics and info-junkies?”
– Author Mark Griffiths questioned ……………………………………..
2. Alexander missed an audio chat with his friend because he didn’t log in on time.
– Alexander wishes………………………………….

E. Join the pairs of sentences with the suggested words. (4 points)
1. Children have good computer skills. Their websites are attractive. (whose)
2. Net users select educative information. They are conscious. (who)
3. Alexander is addicted to the net. He does his homework regularly. (Despite)
4. 60% of children are victims of information overload. 5 % benefit a lot from the net. (whereas)

F. Functions: What do these sentences express? (3 points)
1. If only I had revised my lessons!
2. I went to the market in order to buy some vegetables.
3. My deepest sympathy is with you.

III- WRITING ( 10 points)
Some parents think that when children are using the Internet they spend less time with
their friends while others fear their children will become info-addicted.
Write an article for your school magazine about the advantages and disadvantages of
children using the Internet

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