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Speaking Comprehension Test for 11th Form Students

1. Imagine that you have been chosen to serve as king or queen for a year. What would you do during the year of your rule?

* What rules or laws would you create, repeal or change?

* Some people believe that power corrupts or changes those who wield it. How do you think being king or queen would change you?

* What qualities make a king or queen good? Do you think you have such qualities?

2. James Baldwin said, “The most dangerous creation of society is the man who has nothing to lose.” Do you agree or disagree with this quote?

* How might a person with nothing to lose be dangerous?

* What things that are important to a person affect their behavior? How?

* How do things that are important to you affect your behavior?

3. Antiheroes, or main characters in literature, film, or television that lack the traditional traits of archetypal heroes, have proven to be popular leading characters recently. Some examples of antiheroes include Dr. House, Dexter Morgan, Jay Gatsby. What traits do you think make a traditional hero? What traits make an antihero?

* Do you prefer a traditional hero or an antihero? Why?

* What is so appealing about antiheroes to audiences in general?

* What does a preference for antiheroes over traditional heroes say about a society?

4. The Internet and television have made that world a much smaller place, and virtually everybody is aware of pop culture icons like Paris Hilton and Lady Gaga. * Is it important to keep up with pop culture? Why or why not? * If you stopped paying attention to pop culture how would your life be different? * How does pop culture create similar interests in people throughout the world, regardless of nationality?

5. In today’s world, taking care of your body has become very important as more and more people choose not to smoke, exercise regularly, and are very careful about the types of food they put in their body. Becoming a vegetarian is an increasingly popular lifestyle decision all over the world.

* What is the effect of consuming meat on our bodies? * What is the effect of consuming meat on the environment? * What are challenges of being a vegetarian in Ukraine? How do Ukrainians typically view vegetarians?

6. How would you explain diversity to a person who has lived in a homogenous society where everyone looks the same? * What examples can you give to explain this? * Is it important to live in a place where there is diversity? * How does living in a society influence a person’s worldview?

7. Standardized tests, such as the IQ test, have been used to measure individual’s intelligence. Do you think such tests can ever accurately measure all of the aspects of an individual’s intelligence? Why or why not?

* If you had a chance to take a test that would assign you a numerical representation of your intellect, would you take it? Why or why not?

* In your opinion, what qualities constitute intelligence?

* Do you think that intelligence is the most important quality in an individual? Why or why not? Which other qualities may or may not be equal to or more important than intelligence?



8. Multimedia has become extremely advanced within the last decade. What is your view on media in the 21st century? * Is it good that people can have access to almost anything through the Internet? Why or why not?

* In your opinion, what are the benefits of the advances in media? * What do you imagine media will be like by the year 2025?

9. In today’s world, taking care of your body has become very important as more and more people choose not to smoke, exercise regularly, and are very careful about the types of food they put in their body. Becoming a vegetarian is an increasingly popular lifestyle decision all over the world.

* What is the effect of consuming meat on our bodies? * What is the effect of consuming meat on the environment? * What are challenges of being a vegetarian in Ukraine? How do Ukrainians typically view vegetarians?

10. The writer Oscar Wilde once said, “When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.” However the artist Marc Chagall said, “Work isn’t to make money; you work to justify life.”

* Do you think it is more important to have a job that makes you happy or a job in which you earn much money?

* What might be the advantages of a well-paid but unsatisfying job? What might be the advantages of satisfying but poorly-paid job?

* Do you believe that work should be a primary focus of a person’s life? Why or why not?

11. Parents often have certain expectations of their children regarding their education, career and life choices. * Do you think it is more important to listen to your parents or follow your heart? * How do parental expectations affect the lives of children? * What societal factors shape parental expectations?

12. Journalism is a vital and challenging profession.

* Why is journalism important? * If you were a journalist, what kind of news stories would you enjoy reporting about? * Who would be the first person you would interview and why?

13. Globalization describes the process by which regional economies, societies and cultures connect through communication, transportation, and trade. This process has sped up greatly over the last two decades. * What advances in communication caused globalization to speed up? * What roles have travelling played in the globalization of world economies? * How can globalization positively affect different countries? How can it negatively affect them?

14. Websites, magazines and television shows are free to say almost anything about celebrities and public figures – even if it’s not true. * Is this practice fair? * Why is the public so fascinated with the private details of famous people’s lives? * Would you agree to trade privacy for fame? Explain your reasons.

 

15. Social networking websites like Vkontakte and Facebook are incredibly popular, but some are concerned that young people are being too free with their personal information. * What information about yourself are you comfortable with sharing on the Internet? * Do you think people are being careless about their private lives? * What are the possible effects, good or bad, of so much online sharing?

16. Stereotypes are generalized descriptions that are said to be true about all members of a certain group.

* Are stereotypes good or bad? Give examples. * How do they arise and where do they come from? * How can they influence people?

17. Gael Attal once said that, “A ship is safe in the harbor, but that is not what ships are built for”. What do you think this quote means?

* Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

* Describe a time in your life when you took a risk? Do you regret taking that risk, why or why not?

* What do you think is more dangerous: a life lived without taking any risks or a life comprised mainly of risk-taking? Why?

18. Most scientists argue that we live in a dangerous time of climate change. * Why should all people be concerned about the environment? * How can humans undo the damage they've done to the Earth? * What are people doing in your town or village to help the environment?

19. William Shakespeare wrote plays in England about 400 years ago, but his writing is still read all around the world today. Which contemporary writer do you think will still be famous 400 years from now? Why?

* What form do you think literature will take in future?

* Do you think people will still read Shakespeare’s plays 400 years from now? Why or why not?

* What do you think makes a writer’s work timeless?

20. The invention of the Internet is one of the most revolutionary inventions of the past century.

* How has the Internet affected your life? * What impact does it have on the lives of the people around you? * What do you think life would be like without the Internet?

 


Date: 2016-01-14; view: 1398


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