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KEY Maturitätsprüfung 2007
1.1 True or false (10)
1. Thinkers like Plato believed that.
2. According to the text, consumerism can be considered the fulfillment of Plato’s.
3. The author of the text claims that .
4. According to the author of the text, liberal democracy has triumphed over other forms .
5. The author is an unquestioning admirer of Karl Marx.
6. The author believes that it is entirely a good thing that.
7. According to the author, the age we live in is an awful anticlimax.
8. Dylan Evans claims that our society is richer than it ever was.
9. The author of the text claims that our age is characterized by individual variety and freedom. F
10. According to the author, what is missing in our society is an idealistic vision of the future.
1.2 Multiple choice questions (30)
1. d2. b3. b4. a5. d6. c7. c8. b9. c10. b11. b12. c13. a14. c15. a
2.1 Meaning from context (5)
2.2 Synonyms/Paraphrases (5)
………………spent on/dedicated to……………….
2.3 Antonyms (5)
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2.4 Word Formation (10)
1. People often claim that tolerance is the solution
to our problems.
2. But is that a suitable
3. Even minor political disobedience
can lead to death in a dictatorship.
4. Think of the thousands of disappearances
in Chile under Pinochet.
5. Brave New World
examines the cruelty
behind the mask of “normal” life.
6. The strength
of his religious belief amazes me.
7. Winston thought that he had successfully
escaped “Big Brother”.
8. I don’t agree with your description
of an ideal society.
9. . – there is some irregularity
10. That’s true. I am in complete agreement
3. Essay (60)
4.1 Re-phrasing sentences (20)
1. I have not seen her / since
2. I would rather / not read Animal Farm
3. It was too late / for anything
to be done.
4. You ought to get / your hair cut
and put away your winter clothes.
5. She reads more quickly / than he
6. I was taught everything I know / by
7. Aldous Huxley is said / to have been
a brilliant conversationalist.
8. If he had had
her address, he would have visited
9. Jack asked Jill whether / she wanted
to read Utopia
10. She might not / have understood
what he said.
4.2 Gap-filling (5)
, I read as soon ……………as
………… I had crossed the
border. I put down my backpack and looked …………at
………… the city. …………To
my surprise, …………there
………… was no one to be seen: not ……………a
human being! The streets, the buildings, the houses – ………everything
……… was deserted. “This
must be some kind …………of
………… nightmare I’m having,” I said to myself. “Have you ever
seen a country …………without
………… any people, a place ………where
……… no one wants to
4.3 Verb forms (20)
Although Plato was
born more than two thousand years ago, his ideas have influenced
from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to our own time. Today he is considered
the father of
modern philosophy – not bad for a person who never took
a university degree in the subject.
about an ideal form of government in The Republic
. The word “utopia”, however, did not
in England until it was used
by Sir Thomas More in 1516 as the title for his short novel Utopia
, originally written
not in English but in Latin.
It was not
until the twentieth century and the political horrors of Hitler’s and Stalin’s dictatorships that
“utopian writing” became
a genre in itself. But by this time something strange had happened
and More’s early dreams of an ideal world had turned/had been turned
into a nightmare. People were
no longer prepared to accept
a world ruled
by a single “wise” or “good” person or party.
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In fact, many people today think
of utopia as a synonym for dystopia, a dream gone
such as Brave New World
, although composed
more than fifty years ago, have kept
status even to this day not only as literary classics but also as serious warnings concerning
the limits of
4.4 Error correction (10)
1. After George Orwell became / had become
disillusioned in the Spanish Civil War, he returned
to England and wrote Animal Farm
2. Some people are not as smart as they think they are, others are more intelligent
3. When Bush leaves the White House, he will have been
president for eight years.
4. A headache? Why didn’t you say so? I’ll get
/ will get
you an aspirin at once.
5. He was so drunk that he did not remember dancing with her at the party. Correct
6. She was reading Fahrenheit 451
when the bomb exploded
7. I want you to get
a good mark on this test.
8. Thomas More was
murdered in 1535.
9. She told me / him / her etc. | said
that she would begin reading 1984
after her last exam.
10. If I were
you, I would
study political science.
4.5 Translation (20)
1. Thomas More, who was born in London in 1478, was sent to study in Oxford.
2. (After) having/After he had worked for some time as a successful lawyer, he became a member
3. He soon/quickly made a name for himself/gained the reputation that he was (of being) just/fair
and looked after/took care of (of looking after/taking care of) the poor.
4. In addition/Additionally/Besides, he approved of/was in favo(u)r of a good education for girls;
his daughter Margaret Roper was one of the best-educated women of her time.
5. More was convinced/of the opinion/thought that his father had been treated badly by King
6. That is also why/For that reason also he could not accept Henry VIII as (the) head of the church
7. If More had stood by/supported the king, he would not have been arrested and sentenced to
8. Before his execution/Before he was executed, More said that his beard should not be cut
as/since/because it had not committed any crime.
9. Thomas More’s importance as (a) philosopher must not be underestimated/People mustn’t
underestimate More’s importance as (a) philosopher – we could not live without/do without the term utopia any more.
has been one of the most read books for centuries and may/might /perhaps (it) will
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