PAU Galicia 2015 - Kirkland, the most desirable place to live in the USA

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PAU inglés Galicia 2015 - Kirkland, the  most  desirable  place  to  live  in  the  USAKirkland,  in  Western  Seattle,  has  been  voted  the  most  desirable  place  to  live  in  the  United  States. Seattle’s  eastside  suburbs  are  a  pleasant  mass  of good  schools,  great  jobs  and  family-friendly neighborhoods. Kirkland has  all  that, while also offering  a unique, lively downtown on  the shores of Lake Washington.
From Kirkland’s beaches on the lake you can see the Seattle skyline, but there’s no need to go to the big city to have fun. Even on a weeknight, the downtown restaurants and sidewalks are full. “Kirkland is definitely a hotspot right now,” says Kristi Caggiano, 42, who moved to town 14 years ago. She lives near downtown with her husband, daughter and 10-year-old son, and says the family can walk to the market, local shops, pool and library. “The school system is fantastic,” Kristi says, “and we are going to send our daughter to a high school which is going to open right next to our house.” This is just one of several schools that will open in the near future. Her son’s elementary school has a well-attended  choir  program,  and  every  child  has  a  chance  to  take  swimming  lessons.  Also,  25%  of Kirkland’s total area is made up of parks. Some of these have sandy beaches and attractions for kids. 
“There’s always something to do,” says Caggiano. Residents report that Kirkland’s proximity to Google and Microsoft offices is attracting a lot more young  people  and  families.  Google  now  employs  about  800  people,  and  has  announced  plans  to double the size of its Kirkland offices by 2016. The town is seeing many other new business start-ups.
The  good  job  market  means  reasonably-priced housing is in short supply. “It’s a problem we are hoping to solve soon, but we’re not there yet,” says real estate agent Brenda Nunes. A three-bedroom home averages $440,000. 


READING COMPREHENSION

Read the text and the instructions to the questions very carefully. Answer all the questions in English.

1. Write a summary of the text in English, including the most important points, using your own words whenever possible (approximately 50 words, 1 point).

2. Find words or phrases in the text that correspond in meaning to the following (1 point: 0.25 each)
  • a) animated
  • b) centre of activity
  • c) nearness
  • d) economical

3. Complete the second sentence of each pair so that it has the same meaning as the first one (2 points: 0.5 points each)
  • a) From Kirkland’s beaches on the lake you can see the Seattle skyline.
    • The Seattle ....
  • b) There’s no need to go to the big city to have fun.
    • You ...
  • c) “We’re going to send our daughter to a high school which is going to open right next to our house,” said Kristi.
    • Kristi said that ....
  • d) Google employs about 800 people, and has announced plans to double the size of its offices by 2016.
    • Google, which .......

4. Answer the following questions in your own words, as far as possible. Your answer must be based on the information given in the text. (2 points: 1 point each).
  • a) What are the things that people like about Kirkland?
  • b) In what ways are things going to get better in Kirkland in the future?

WRITING

5. Imagine you had to design an ideal city. What things/facilities would you put in it? (Approximately 120
words; 3 points).

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