Obama's background - PAU 2010

Barack Obama
Eighty six-year-old Sarah Obama, the US Democratic president Barack Obama's grandmother seems to be his biggest supporter. A day after the Illinois senator formally accepted his party's nomination the elated grandma said she would visit him if he was elected as the President of United States. "It is about give and take if you want to win a battle," the 86-year-old said in her native Luo language. "I stayed up late on Thursday night watching clips of the convention," she added. Sara Obama was the third wife of Obama's paternal grandfather Hussein Onyango Obama. Although not a blood relation, Obama often refers to her as his grandmother.
Obama's candidature has already stirred excitement in Kenya. Kenyan Prime Minister saying his ascent was good for Africa. The Prime Minister is an ethnic Luo, as was Obama's late father. Barack Obama, who was born in the United States, barely knew his Kenyan father who returned to his homeland when Barack was a young boy. However, Obama was given a hero's welcome during his last visit to the rural village in 2006 when he visited his grandmother. Barack Obama's life story has been unconventional from the start. His biography -white mother, African father, a childhood spent in Hawaii and Indonesia, working in one of the nation's poorest communities, studying and teaching at some of America's most prestigious universities- was unlike that of any other presidential candidate.
If his eclectic background has fuelled his extraordinary rise, his foreign-sounding name and race also made his candidacy a tough sell in some corners of America. He has fended off countless rumours that he's Muslim (he's Christian) and this summer, he told the crowd at a Missouri fundraiser that he knew it was "a leap" electing a black man with his name.


1. Comprehension exercises

1.a. According to the text
1.b. According to the text
1.c. Sarah Obama is Obama's real grandmother.
(Answer "True" or "False" AND write the sentence supporting this idea)
1.d. His life has been absolutely different from any other candidate's.
(Answer "True" or "False" AND write the sentence supporting this idea)


2. Do the following grammar exercises according to the instructions given

2.a. Complete the second sentence using "likely" so that it has a similar meaning to the first
It will probably rain tomorrow.
2.b. Turn the two sentences into a clause containing "as well as"
- I'm interested in mountaineering. I'm interested in running.
2.c. Complete the second sentence using "used to" so that it has a similar meaning to the first one
Oliver liked collecting stamps when he was a child.
2.d. Write the appropriate verb form of the verb in brackets 


3. Identify ONLY FOUR words from their definitions 

  • A person who backs a politician or a team: supporter
  • Exultantly proud and joyful: elated
  • The fluid that is pumped by the heart: blood
  • By a small margin: barely
  • Unfortunate or hard to bear: tough
  • A sudden and decisive increase: leap


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