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Inglés 7 Written Final Exam (100pts)

Beyonce admits not singing live (BBC news, February 2013)

Summary : Pop star Beyonce has admitted she did not sing the American national anthem live during president Obama’s inauguration last month. She revealed the truth at a news conference for the forthcoming Super Bowl. Reporter Ben Wright

Report : It was one of the most talked about moments of the inauguration: Beyonce’s soaring, flawless rendition of the Star Spangled Banner in front of President Obama and millions more. But doubt was soon cast on the authenticity of the performance. There was speculation it was taped, that the megastar had mimed. Today came her response. She strolled into a news conference for Sunday’s Super Bowl, at which she will sing, asked the audience to stand and raised her microphone: “Oh say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light…” (Beyonce was singing the national anthem).

After belting out the national anthem she asked, with a laugh, if there were any questions. And then she admitted to singing along to a pre-recorded track last year because she did not have time to practise. Beyonce said she had not wanted to risk anything going wrong on such a big occasion. But she will be singing live during the half time show on Sunday, to one of the biggest audience of the career.


  1. Read the text and answer the questions (20 pts/ 3 pts each/ 5 pts question 6)


  1. What happened at Obama’s inauguration?
  2. Why were Beyonce’s excuses?
  3. Was she serious during the news conference for Sunday’s Super Bowl?
  4. Is the Super Bowl important for her career? Why?
  5. Did people doubt about her performance at the inauguration immediately?
  6. After reading text, what is your opinion? Is Beyonce a good professional? Why / Why not?


b. Match the words with their meaning (12 pts / 2 pts each)

1. flawless

( ) perfect, without faults

2. strolled

( ) walked slowly and in a relaxed way

3. authenticity

( ) moved lips along with a song without making a sound

4. speculation

( ) song which has been recorded earlier

5. mimed

( ) reality

6. pre-recorded track

( ) guessing about a subject without enough evidence

c. Write a dialogue between a reporter and Beyonce after this press conference (Write 5 questions and answers of 1 or 2 lines using the verb tenses you have studied in this level) (30 pts / 3 pts each)

1. ____________________________________________________________________?



4. _____________________________________________________________________?

5. _____________________________________________________________________?

d. Vocabulary . Complete the sentences with the correct word ( 8 pts/ 1 pt each)


1. Are you afraid _____________________ bats?

2. What is Buenos Aires famous ___________?

3. _______________I make you a cup of coffee? Yes, please.

4. I borrowed a lot of money ___________the bank.

5. How ________ does it _____________ you to get to work? An hour

6. She apologized _____________ the teacher _____________arriving late.

e. Write an article for a magazine about traffic in Buenos Aires and compare it with some years ago. (30 pts)