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Read the following text:

In April 1912, the Titanic, the biggest ship ever built, left Southampton on its maiden voyage to New York. On the night of 14th April in the icy waters of the North Atlantic, the ship hit an iceberg. 1,513 of the 2,300 people on board were killed.

In 1985, film director James Cameron saw a television documentary about the Titanic.

The documentary made by oceanographer Robert Ballard, contained images of the ship lying on the bed of the North Atlantic. Ten years later, he put together a script idea which would combine the real disaster with a fictional love story between characters from completely different backgrounds.

Cameron presented his idea to 20th Century-fox in March 1995. The director had already spent an enormous 125 million on his film "True Lies", starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis and told the studio that he estimated "Titanic" would cost no more than 80 million. Studio bosses were interested and offered Cameron a contract to make the film.

Next, Cameron decided that he needed footage of the actual wreck itself, and chartered the "Akademmik Mstislav Keldysh", a Russian scientific vessel equipped with underwater vehicles. The brilliant underwater images impressed the studio, and in May 1996, they told Cameron that he could proceed with the movie. Cameron told them that the costs had increased and would now be about $125 million, an increase of 50% more than his original estimate. The studio chief objected and told him not to let the costs get out of hand.

I. According to the text, what do the names/years/figures refer to:

1. April 1912,........................................

4. James Cameron,..

125 million,

6. March 1995, .

7. Jamie Lee Curtis, ..

8. May 1996, .

II. Answer the following questions using no more than 12-15 words:

1.Where did Titanic hit an iceberg?

2. How much money did Cameron spend on his film "True Lies"?

3. How many people survived when the Titanic hit an iceberg in 1912?

PART II- Use of English

Supply the correct form of the verbs in brackets:

  1. Liz (think)___________of going on a trip to Italy next summer and (try) ___________ to persuade some of her friends to join her.
  1. "The line (be)________very bad! I (not hear) ______________what you (say)______________."
  1. Why you (watch)_____________TV instead of (do)____________your homework, yesterday afternoon?
  1. I would go on a trip if I (not be)____________so busy these days.
  1. If I had had money I (buy)_____ _______ ______ ______ that book yesterday.

Complete the sentences below and make the necessary changes:

Someone broke my flat while I was away.

My flat__________ ______ ____ __________ ______ ____ ______________

What has happened this morning?

They inquired about__________ ______ ____ __________ ______ ____ ____

I haven't seen such a good play for years.

It's years__________ ______ ____ __________ ______ ____ _____________

Mike hasn't spoken English for ages.

It's ages__________ ______ ____ __________ ______ ____ ______________

"Who are they?", he asked her.

He asked her__________ ______ ____ __________ ______ ____ ___________

PART III - Writing

Your name is Jane and you write a letter to your penfriend John who has never visited Romania. Try to convince him it is worth visiting. Include the following points:

Romania's position on the map.

Relief features.

Climate characteristics.

Attractive places worth visiting.

Your letter must be dated today (August/18/2004) and should not be shorter than 12-15 lines, that is around 100-150 words.

Write the letter bellow:

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