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Quiz n°1: (Semester 2) 2nd year BAC Physics ____

FULL NAME: ________________________________________ MARK: B


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Meriem and her friends, while washing their families’ clothes in a river near their rural
homes, used to dream about having a romantic wedding someday. Her fairy tale would turn into a
nightmare when she was 14 years old, however, when her father decided to give her away in
marriage.
In spite of her young age, she thought that her fiancé was better than everything she had ever
imagined. He was not too much older – only 25 – and capable of starting a new family. While her
family was poor, he could also provide well for them.
Her rosy dreams quickly faded. “He thought he had acquired a maid”, Meriem said. She
continued, “Although I’m illiterate, I had tender feelings and emotions. I thought I would live in
love with my husband, in whose eyes I saw looks of admiration. But less than two months after
our marriage, I started to suffer from his bad treatment, with no regard for my slim body. I had to
serve his peasant parents as they were providing us with food and housing. I had to do all the
household jobs and perform my married life duties towards him and his family at any time they
wanted.”
Meriem endured that for a while. Later, when she escaped to her parents’ house, she was
surprised to find out she was expecting a baby. However, as her marriage was not registered in a
civil contract, the father easily denied fathering the baby she was carrying. Meriem now lives in
uncertain conditions. She is neither married nor divorced, and she is taking care of her child all
alone.
Cases similar to Meriem are numerous in our country, especially in rural areas. Most of the
girls who get married despite their young age are forced to do that. This breaks one of the
principles of the Moroccan Family Code (Modawana) which puts women on a more equal
footing with their husbands, notably raising the age at which girls can legally marry from 15 to
18 and giving wives “joint responsibility” with their husbands in family matters.
Regardless of what the reasons of underage marriage are, it must be stopped. The whole
society should reject such a behaviour which can bring about difficult problems for the
Moroccan family.
But a question still remains: will Meriem and her child be able to enjoy the rights the code
has made possible for her and thousands of other girls in our country? It’s not enough to have a
new family code. What we need is a new and a right implementation of it.
I- Comprehension Questions (15 pts.) N.B. BASE ALL YOUR ANSWERS ON THE TEXT.

A. Are these sentences true or false? JUSTIFY (3 points)


1. At first, Meriem had a positive impression about her fiancé. ….………………………………………………...

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2. Meriem was ill-treated by her husband. …………………………….…………………………………………….

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3. Meriem’s husband admitted that he was the father of her son. …………………………….……………………..

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B. Answer these questions: (6 points)
1. How did Meriem expect her married life to be? …………………………….……………………………………

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2. Why didn’t Meriem’s dream come true? …………………………….…………………………………………...

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3. Why was Meriem obliged to serve her husband’s parents as well? …………………………….………………...

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4. In what way does Meriem’s case break one of the principles of the new Modawana? …………………………...

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C. What do the underlined words in the text refer to: (3 points)


1. He (paragraph 2) _________________________
2. such a behaviour (paragraph 6) _________________________
3. it (paragraph 7) _________________________

D. Find in the Find in the text words or expressions which mean the same as: (3 points)
1. responsibilities (paragraph 3) _______________________
2. disappeared (paragraph 3) _______________________
3. looking after (paragraph 4) _______________________

II- Communication/ Functions: (5 pts.)


A- Match each sentence with the appropriate function it expresses: (3 points)

1. What do you mean by brain drain? A) Advice


2. Sorry, I don’t share this view with you B) Apology
3. You look very tired. You should have some rest. C) Disagreement
D) Asking for clarification
B- What would you say in this situation: (2 points)
You want to improve your level at English.
You: (ask your teacher for advice) …………………………………………………………………………………..

Your teacher: (gives advice) ………………………………………………….…………………………………….

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You: (respond to his advice) ………………………………………………………….……………………………..

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Good luck