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PART ONE : READING SCORE : ( 13 / 20)

Read the following passage that describes Lebanon’s geography and climate ,
then answer the questions that follow :

1. Lebanon is a small country of only 10, 452 sq km along the


Mediterranean sea ; from north to south it extends 217 km and from
east to west it spans 80 km at its widest point . The country is bounded
by Syria on both the north and east and by Palestine on the south .
Lebanon’s landforms fall into four parallel belts that run from
northeast to northwest : a narrow coastal plain along the
Mediterranean shore ; Mount Lebanon that rises steeply from the
plain to dominate the entire country before dropping eastward ; a
fertile valley called Bekaa Valley ; and the ridges of the Anti – Lebanon
Mountains , shared with Syria . Lebanon highest peaks are Qurnat as
Sawda ( 3, 088 m ) , in the country’s north , and volcanic Mount
Hermon ( 2, 814m) at the southern end of the Anti – Lebanons . The
country’s name come from the old Semitic word laban , meaning “
white” , which refers to the heavy snow in the mountains .
2. The Lebanese climate is mostly Mediterranean,with warm , dry
summers ,and cool ,wet winters , although the climate varies
somewhat across the landform belts . The coastal plain is subtropical ,
with 900 mm ( 35in ) of annual rainfall and a mean temperature in
Beirut of 270 C in summer and 140 C in winter . In the Lebanese
Mountains , temperatures decrease and precipitation increases with
elevation : heavy winter snows linger well into summer , making the
Lebanon Mountains more pleasant in the summer than the humid
coast ; higher altitudes receive as much as 1, 275 mm ( 50 in ) of
annual precipitation . The Bekaa Valley and the Anti – Lebanon
Mountains are situated in the rain shadow of the Lebanon Mountains
and as result have hot , dry summers and cold winters with occasional
rain .
A .Comprehension Questions : ( 5 / 12)

1. Write a title for the above text .


2. What is the main idea of each paragraph ?
3. Name Lebanon’s four parallel belts .
4. Describe the Lebanese weather .
5. What is the origin of the word “ Lebanon “ ?
6. Name two Lebanese attractions .
7. Write ( T) if the sentence is true , and (F ) if it is false . Correct the false
ones . ( 2 points )
a) Lebanon is bounded by Palestine on both north and east and by
Syria on the south .
b) In the summer , mountains are more pleasant than the humid
coast .
c) The Bekaa valley and Mount Lebanon are shared with Syria .
d) Lebanon has only one highest peak named Qurnat as Sawda .

B. Vocabulary :

1. Pick words from the text which have the same meaning of : ( 1 point )

a) summit ( paragraph 1 )
b) Weather ( paragraph 2 )
c) Humid ( paragraph 2 )
d) Bordered ( paragraph 1 )
2.Pick words from the text which have the opposite meaning of : ( 1
point )
a) North ( paragraph 1 )
b) Lowest ( paragraph 1)
c) Dry ( paragraph 2)
d) Dull ( paragraph 2 )
Grammar :

1. Pick out from the text sentences that have : ( 1 point )


a. A comparative form of adjective
:…………………………………………………………………………………………………..
b. A superlative form of adjective
:…………………………………………………………………………………………………..
2. Correct the grammatical mistakes in the following sentences : ( 2
points )
a. Soccer is one of most popular sports in the world .
b. A monkey is intelligenter than a turtle .
c. The increasing in human population is the most great threat to all
forms of life on earth .
d. My grade on the test was worst from yours . You got a more better
grade .
3. Complete the table below : ( 3 points )
VERB NOUN ADJECTIVE ADVERB
difference
tour
beautiful
variably

PART TWO: WRITING SCORE: (7 POINTS )

Lebanon is an ideal tourist country due to many interesting facts.Write a


paragraph in which you discuss what makes LEBANON such an amazing
destination to be visited by tourists all over the world.

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