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10 aprilie 2009


George Foreman, a 24-year-old giant who at one time was on the wrong side of the law, surprised the boxing world on January 22, 1973, when he took down Joe Frazier and was named the new heavyweight champion in Kingston, Jamaica. "I didn't want to hurt him anymore," Foreman told reporters. "I kept begging Yancey Durham (Frazier's trainer and manager) to stop it." Referee Arthur Mercante stopped the fight at 1:35 during the second round as blood ran from Frazier's mouth and his eyes stared into space. The speed of which Foreman took boxing's most prized crown was nearly unbelievable. "I knew Foreman was big and strong but I didn't realize he was that strong," Frazier told reporters from his dressing room. "I started to fight back when I should have bobbed and weaved." Joe Frazier, a former butcher in a slaughter house who knocked out Muhammad Ali in the "Fight of the Century", was expected to win against Foreman 3.5 to 1. The day before the match, a sports reporter for The Gleaner in Jamaica wrote, "There is a unanimous feeling in boxing circles here that tonight's world heavyweight title fight between champion Joe Frazier and George Foreman will not go the limit, with Smokin' Joe installed as a clear favourite to retain his title." Yet, George Foreman sent Joe Frazier to the canvas six times before an astonished crowd of 36,000 in Kingston's National Stadium. "Frazier, a renowned aggressor, who has whipped his opponents into submission with a head-bowed, bore-in attack that resembles a berserk pile-driver, came out swinging. But Foreman didn't back up an inch. His 6-foot-3 inch frame erect in his familiar stand-up style, he lashed out with twisting left hooks," the News Journal reported on January 23, 1973. George Foreman grew up in Houston, Texas, where according to an article in The News, "He was a delinquent who ran wild in the streets, drank rotgut wine and turned to robbery for a short period." His mother told a reporter in 1973, "That boy, I never knew where he was. He started getting bad when he was a teenager." While George Foreman was on a path to continue to live as a dropout who fought and stole on the streets, his life changed when he joined the Job Corps, a federal program that trains people for a trade. "You name it, I'd done it," Foreman said. "One week I broke 200 windows and didn't get

caught but much later on I'm walkin' down the street with a rock in my hand and the cops picked me up. Then I thought about the Job Corps -what else could I lose?" As the new heavyweight champion, reporters questioned whether Foreman would give Frazier a rematch or take on Muhammad Ali soon after he received the new title. "I am not thinking about any big fights now," Foreman said. "I want a long rest. I want to go home and see my new daughter." Choose the best answer(A,B,C,D) which suits these questions and sentences: 1.George Foreman surprised the boxing world because: A. he took down Joe Frazier B. he was named the new heavyweight champion C. he didnt want to hurt Joe anymore D. he kept begging Yancey Durham to stop it. 2.Referee Arthur Mercante stopped the fight because: A. blood ran from Fraziers mouth B. of the speed of which Foreman took his crown C. Foreman was too big and strong D. Frazier fought back 3. Joe Frazier was: A. a former butcher in a slaughter house B. a sports reporter C. the new heavyweight champion D. a fighter 4. As a teenager, George Foreman was: A. a dropout B. a thief C. a delinquent D. a rapist

II. SPEAKING Books Why do you read? Possible Questions:

1.What kind of books do you prefer reading? Why? 2. Do you think that books influence the way you behave or think? 3.Could you describe a perfect place for reading? 4. Do you prefer reading a book or seeing a film based on the book? 5. Which are the chances of books in a competition with television and computers in the 21st century?

6.What kind of books do people read at different ages?


Part I
Fill each of the following blanks with only one suitable word: The cutbacks, such as 1.are, may also be affecting people with health insurance, especially since more folks these 2. face higher copayments, coinsurance or just .3. deductibles. Preventive and non-emergency care are especially ..4: Knee replacements were down 19..5. in March compared to a year earlier. Mammograms and ER visits are also apparently on the decline, as are mental..6.services. Delaying preventive care, of course, .7.. simply lead to bigger patient problems down the road. Theoretically, at .8., thats good news for doctors and hospitals, since chronic or acute conditions are typically more ..9 to treat. Of course, its not exactly a positive sign for troubled health-insurance companies or for government..10.. such as Medicare and Medicaid that may end up taking in the slack..

Part II
The word in capitals at the end of each of the following sentences can be used to form a word that fits suitably in the blank space . Fill each blank in this way: On our.. we were greeted by the head of the department. (ARRIVE) On our arrival we were greeted by the head of the department. 1. Hollywood took 14 years, three score screen tests and a couple of million dollars to find a successor to Jean Harlow, who melted movie celluloid from 1927 to 1938.(SUCCEED) 2.Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, along with How to Marry a Millionaire and the inaugural issue of Playboy magazine, which contained a centerfold of Monroe, would add to her ...(STAR) 3. Like Jean Harlow, Monroe's first. began at a young age and ended in divorce.(MARRY) 3. Her second marriage to baseball . Joe DiMaggio lasted less than a year.(PLAY) 4."Actress Marilyn Monroe won a Mexican divorce from Arthur Miller, playwright and ..," an article in The Daily Times-News reported on January 25, 1961.(NOVEL) 5."The 34-year-old blonde, whose name has become .. with sex appeal, filed for the divorce Friday, charging incompatibility of character."(SYNONYM)

Part III
Fill in with the appropriate Mood, Voice and Tense of the Verbs given in brackets; make use of any auxiliaries or modals you need!

Understanding the culture and, as required, changing it,(1) .(to mean) the difference between attracting and retaining good employees and driving away the best employees with an environment that(2)(to encourage), ..(to challenge), or .(to reward them.) As a sergeant in the U.S. Army, Matt Eversmann, whose heroics(3) ..(to inspire)the book and movie Black Hawk Down,(4)..(to have) to instill in his men unquestioned faith in his leadership. His first step? Making sure he always (5).(to look) just a little better than they(6)..(to do ). It (7)..(to be) always incumbent upon me to have my shoes better shined than any one of my subordinates would ever dream of, says Eversmann, who (8)(to be ) retired from the army and now(9).(to run) Freeman-Phillips, an organizational development consulting firm. For leaders and larger-than-life people we (10)..(to follow) into battle, you have to look the part

People attend college or university for many different reasons(for example, new experiences, career preparation, increased knowledge). Why do you think people attend college or university? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.