Child poverty in Spain seen through the eyes of Encarni - PAU 2015

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Child poverty in Spain seen through the eyes of Encarni“I  would  like  to  have  a  big  house,  and  I  wish  my  family  didn’t  have  to  go  out  and  ask  for  food  or clothes,” Encarni, who just turned 12, is one of the faces of child poverty in Spain. Almost every day, she goes with her mother and her aunt to get food at the Er Banco Güeno, a soup kitchen which has been operating for the last two years. “I worked in construction until the start of the 2008 crisis, when I was laid off,” Encarni’s stepfather says. Since then he has not found work, and has done a little of everything, from picking up junk to selling things in street markets. Encarni explains that her mother found work for a couple of months taking care of an elderly person, but was fired.
“I really like to go to school. I especially love gymnastics,” Encarni says, although she adds that she gets sad when she feels they leave her out sometimes, “because they saw me go into the soup kitchen for food. But I just ignore them,” she adds.
A few days ago her aunt and three cousins moved to another house nearby. But until then there were 11 people  living  in  Encarni’s  house.  She  slept  in  the  top  bunk  with  her  cousin  while  the  other members of her family slept in the rest of the rooms of the house, which only has one small bathroom near the kitchen.
Encarni wants to be a judge when she grows up. But she says that for now she would be happy just to be able to “dress well” and be able to buy more things in the supermarket.

Inter Press Service News Agency, 1st November, 2014



I. Answer  the  following  questions  using  your  own  words  but  taking  into  account  the information in the text. (2 points: 1 point each)
  • a. What are Encarni’s hopes for the future? PAR 1/4.
  • b.Why does Encarni feel she is sometimes rejected by other people? PAR 2.

II. Are  the  following  statements  true  (T)  or  false  (F)? Identify  the  part  of  the  text  that supports  your  answer  by  copying  the  exact  passage  on  the  answer  sheet.  (1.5  point:  0.5 each)

III. Find a synonym for each of the four definitions below from these six options: (1 point: 0.25 each)
poverty           laid off           stepfather    junk           elderly          moved

IV. Choose a, b, or c, in each question below. Only one choice is correct (1.5 points: 0.5 each)
1.  She goes very often to a place...
2. She feels unhappy...
3. Encarni would like...

Part B. Write a 130 to 150-word composition. 
  • Write about the problems of unemployment among young people in Spain. (4 points)

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