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Comunidad: Comunidad Valenciana
Convocatoria: Septiembre 2003
Modalidad: LOGSE - Todas
Ejercicio: C
Asignatura: Análisis de un texto en INGLÉS
Obligatoriedad: Común
Duración: 90 minutos
Baremo: Question 1: 2 points (1 point each); Question 2: 1 point (0.5 each); Question 3: 1point (0.5 each); Question 4: 2 points (0.5 each); Composition: 4 points

Part A. Reading Comprehension.

Read the following text:


The variety of races and different cultural values is now a reality in Europe. This presents a new challenge for the Spanish government who must aim to integrate, both socially and culturally, these new immigrants.

The growth of foreign resident population in Spain has gone beyond all expectations since 1998. Nowadays, the Balearics is the autonomous community with the highest percentage of foreign residents, compared to the national average, with 4.8%, followed by the Canary Islands with 3.4%. This increase in foreign population, which implies funds for special integration programmes, will mean additional funding to be negotiated because public administrations need sufficient means to provide services: transport, water, hospitals, schools, etc.

While the majority of Europeans come to Spain looking for "paradise" and a better quality of life, others, such as immigrants from Central America, Asia, and Africa come needing either to find a job and an escape from poverty, or to avoid political or religious persecution.

Unfortunately, however, in many cases this "paradise" becomes the struggle for survival, for their daily bread, and must accept all kinds of low-paid jobs where they have to work very long hours, and therefore it is very difficult for them to interact and mix local people.

"Legally registered foreigners", The Post, December 2002

I. Answer the following questions using your own words: (2 points: 1 point each)

  1. What does the Spanish Goverment have to do to accommodate the variety of races and cultures?
  2. Why do public administrations need extra funds when immigration increases?

II. Are the following statements true (T) or false (F)? (1 point: 0.5 point each)

  1. Immigration in Spain has decreased in recent years.
  2. All foreign residents are forced to accept low-paid jobs.

III. Find a word or phrase in the text which, in context, is similar in meaning to: (1 point: 0.5 point each)

  1. The estate or condition of being very poor.
  2. Effort, fight.

IV. Choose a, b, or c, in each question below. Only one choice is correct. (2 points: 0.5 each)

  1. The Balearic Islands have ...
    1. more immigrants than the rest of Spain.
    2. do not accept any more immigrants.
    3. have less immigrants than the less of the country.
  2. Extra funds for intregration are needed because ...
    1. immigrants do not have to pay any taxes.
    2. they are looking for paradise.
    3. more public services are required.
  3. In Spain ...
    1. all immigrants find "paradise".
    2. some immigrants are paid low salaries.
    3. all immigrants are forced to work in agriculture.
  4. Immigrants in Spain find it difficult ...
    1. to mix with other foreign residents.
    2. to mix with Spaniards.
    3. to interact with each other.

Part B. Composition (100-150 words approximately).

Choose one of the following topics:

  1. What are the advantages of immigration? Give reasons.
  2. Would you like to live abroad? Give reasons.

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