Test Papers

Old School - Mid Year Examination (#4)

Section A

Study the following text and answer the questions.

1.
The AC Tours Travel Fair will start on __________ .
  1. 16 May
  2. 17 May
  3. 18 May
  4. 19 May

2.
The cost of a trip to Hong Kong is the same as a trip to __________ .
  1. Phuket
  2. Bangkok
  3. Chiangmai
  4. Koh Samui

3.
A day trip to Shenzhen is part of the trip to __________ .
  1. Korea
  2. Phuket
  3. Koh Samui
  4. Hong Kong

4.
If Mr Lim himself wants to enjoy the special promotion for CDB Credit Card holders, he should book a tour to __________ .
  1. Korea
  2. Bangkok
  3. Chiangmai
  4. Hong Kong

5.
Which statement is not true of the seven-day Korea Summer Delight tour?
  1. Most meals are included.
  2. There are departures in May and June.
  3. You get a one night stay in Hong Kong.
  4. Tickets for rides at the Everland Theme Park are included.

 

Section B

Select the right answer.
1.
I will pay for her meal if she decides to _________ us at the restaurant.
  1. join
  2. joins
  3. joining
  4. will join

2.
The police have vowed to catch the murderer, wherever he may run or __________ .
  1. hid
  2. hide
  3. hides
  4. hiding

3.
My neighbour was involved in a car accident _________ made him a disabled person.
  1. who
  2. when
  3. where
  4. which

4.
 Cats like fish but they are not keen __________ fruit.
  1. at
  2. on
  3. of
  4. for

5.
I do not see __________ I like in this shop. Let's try the next one.
  1. nothing
  2. anything
  3. something
  4. everything

6.
___________ of the boys Is bold enough to stand up to the big bully.
  1. All
  2. Both
  3. None
  4. Some

7.
Sally refused to sign the form ________ John agreed to change the date.
  1. as
  2. but
  3. since
  4. unless

 

Section C

Choose the correct punctuation to complete the passage.

"What a surprise (1) exclaimed Mr Teo. "Imagine meeting you here at the travel fair. It is very crowded, isn't it?"

"Are you planning to go to America or Japan (2) asked Mr Chan.

"Well, I am taking my children to visit their grandparents in Los Angeles (3) have some fun in Disneyland and then go to the Grand Canyon," said Mr Teo.
1.
(1)
  1. [,"]    comma and inverted commas
  2. [. " ]    full-stop and inverted commas
  3. [ ? "]    question mark and inverted commas
  4. [ ! "]    exclamation mark and inverted commas

2.
(2)
  1. [, " ]    comma and inverted commas
  2. [. " ]    full-stop and inverted commas
  3. [? "]    question mark and inverted commas
  4. [! " ]    exclamation mark and inverted commas

3.
(3)
  1. [    : ]    colon
  2. [    , ]    comma
  3. [    . ]    full-slop
  4. [    ; ]    semi-colon

 

Section D

Choose the right answer.
1.
Jane ___________ the temptation to buy the expensive bag from the new shop.
  1. insisted
  2. resisted
  3. persisted
  4. prevented

2.
The angry customer demanded to see the store manager to _________ a complaint.
  1. offer
  2. lodge
  3. handle
  4. manage

3.
The anxious mother was ___________ with relief and burst into tears when she saw that her missing child was safe.
  1. overcome
  2. overturned
  3. overbearing
  4. overburdened

4.
The parents tried to _________ their bawling child with a new toy but to no avail.
  1. spoil
  2. attract
  3. pacify
  4. present

5.
Reading the newspapers every morning is part and parcel of Mr Wong's daily ___________ .
  1. cycle
  2. routine
  3. exercise
  4. programme

 

Section E

choose the word(s) closest in meaning to the underlined words.

"Please let me take you home," James (1) begged earnestly. "You can't drive when you are so (2) intoxicated. You can pick up your car tomorrow morning."

Melvin (3) paid no attention to James and continued on his way to his car. Just then, a police car drove by. James stood (4) rooted to the ground, afraid that his worst fears would soon come true. However, the police car did not stop and carried on its way. James heaved a sigh of relief.

At that moment, Melyin, in his stupor, (5) stumbled and fell into the drain!
1.
(1)

2.
(2)

3.
(3)

4.
(4)

5.
(5)

Section F

Read the passage below and answer the questions.

Connie opened the door and let me in. Morrie was in his wheelchair by the kitchen table wearing a loose cotton shirt and even looser black sweatpants. They were loose because his legs had shrunk drastically; you could get two hands around his thighs and have your fingers touch. Had he been able to stand, he'd have been no more than five feet tall, and he'd probably have fitted into a 12-year-old's jeans.

"I got you something," I announced, holding up a brown paper bag. I had stopped on my way from the airport at a nearby supermarket and purchased some turkey, potato salad, macaroni salad and donuts. I wanted to contribute something. I was powerless to help Morrie otherwise. And I remembered his fondness for eating.

"Ah, so much food!" he sang. "The hospital would never have given me such delicacies."

We sat at the kitchen table, surrounded by wicker chairs. This time, without the need to make up sixteen years of information, we slid quickly into the familiar waters of our old college dialogue. During our conversation, I noticed that he only ate small morsels of the spread in front of him. The donuts and the turkey were left largely untouched. Occasionally, he had to stop to use the bathroom, a process that took some time. Connie would wheel him to the toilet, then lift him from the chair, and support him as he urinated into the beaker. Each time he came back, he looked tired and a little uneasy.

"Are you all right?" I asked. Morrie sighed. 'Tm sorry. This is so embarrassing. It is the ultimate sign of dependency, but I'm working on it. I'm trying to enjoy the process. After all, I get to be a baby one more time." He laughed, and I was relieved that he did. We talked for a long time before I finally decided that it was time to go home. "See you again next Tuesday," he said, as he waved weakly to me.

( Adapted from 'Tuesdays with Morrie' by Mitch Albon )
1.
Which of the following is not a result of Morrie's disease?
  1. His weight loss
  2. His inability to walk
  3. His decrease in height
  4. His inability to relieve himself

2.
The first place that the writer visited after he had landed at the airport was ___________ .
  1. his college
  2. the hospital
  3. a supermarket
  4. Morrie's house

3.
Why did the writer bring food when he visited Morrie?
  1. He loved to eat.
  2. He felt pity for Morrie.
  3. He felt that was all he could do.
  4. He thought there was not enough food in Morrie's house.

4.
Why did Morrie look a little uneasy after each trip to the toilet?
  1. He found the process of going to the toilet tedious.
  2. He was tired after making so many trips to the toilet.
  3. He did not like the feeling of being taken care by others.
  4. He was afraid the writer would be embarrassed by his dependency on others.

5.
From the passage, we know that Morrie's disease did not take away his ____________ .
  1. pride
  2. appetite
  3. optimism
  4. independence

 

Section G

From the list of words given, choose the most suitable word for each blank.

EACH WORD CAN BE USED ONLY ONCE.
(A) is            (D) after             (G) out              (K) to              (N) behind
(B) into         (E) off                (H) beyond         (L) away         (P) about
(C) up           (F) bottom         (J) during           (M) are            (Q) that
1.

An unidentified man was found burnt to death (1) ___________ a pre-dawn fire in a terrace house in Ang Mo Kio yesterday. His charred body was burnt (2) ____________ recognition.

 

Investigators suspect (3) _____________ he was murdered. According to them, the victim had his hands tied (4) ___________ his back with wire when they found him in the master bedroom. There (5) ____________ also evidences to suggest he had tried to put (6) _____________ a struggle before he was bound and killed. An autopsy will be carried (7) ___________ today.

 

The pre-dawn fire caused a stir in the neighbourhood. Several residents living nearby went (8) ___________ a state of panic when they found smoke entering their homes. They ran out of their houses and screamed for help.

 

Fire engines arrived at the scene within minutes and extinguished the fire. Policemen subsequently cordoned (9) __________ the whole area for investigation. So far, no one has come forward to provide more information (10) ___________ the incident. Police hope that witnesses will help them to investigate the incident.


2.
An unidentified man was found burnt to death (1) ___________ a pre-dawn fire in a terrace house in Ang Mo Kio yesterday. His charred body was burnt (2) __________ recognition.

Investigators suspect (3) ___________ he was murdered. According to them, the victim had his hands tied (4) ____________ his back with wire when they found him in the master bedroom. There (5) ____________ also evidences to suggest he had tried to put (6) ____________ a struggle before he was bound and killed. An autopsy will be carried (7) ____________ today.

The pre-dawn fire caused a stir in the neighbourhood. Several residents living nearby went (8) ____________ a state of panic when they found smoke entering their homes. They ran out of their house and screamed for help.

Fire engines arrived at the scene within minutes and extinguished the fire. Policemen subsequently cordoned (9) ___________ the whole area for investigation. So far, no one has come forward to provide more information (10) ____________ . the incident. Police hope that witnesses will help them to investigate the incident.

Section H

Correct each bold word for spelling and each underlined word for grammar. 
1.
The sandwich is easily prepared and well-liked by people. But have you ever
wondered how the sandwich (1) gets its name? John Montagu, a British gentleman from a place called Sandwich, must be given the credit. He was (2) fone of card games and could play for hours. In order to (3) setisfy his hunger during the games, he (4) will eat pieces of bread with thin slices of meat between them. This simple (5) combineition of ingredients soon gained popularity.

Over the years, chefs around the world (6) had created new and interesting varieties of the sandwich to (7) tantelize the taste buds of people. Many restaurants today serve different types of sandwich on their menu. In fact, the famous hamburger was (8) develop from it. So, the next time you visit a fast-food restaurant, do not forget the (9) oreginel, humble sandwich.

Health-conscious people tend to shun the hamburger and go for a sandwich that offers good nutrition. A sandwich with leafy vegetables and grilled lean meat is (10) certain better than greasy hamburgers with fanciful names like "Bif O' Luv" and "Hopper".

Section I

Fill in each blank with a suitable word.
1.
It was the eve of Christmas in 1974. The weather forecast (1) ___________ the people living in the coastal resort of Koh Samui in Thailand of an approaching tropical storm. Many did not (2) ____________ the warning because they were in a festive mood. Their merrymaking soon turned to grief.

Packing wind speeds of up to 230 km per hour, the storm slammed (3) ___________ Koh Samui in the early hours of Christmas Day. The entire town was (4) ___________ . In less than three hours. Collapsed (5) __________ overturned vehicles and fallen trees dominated the landscape. The calamity (6) __________ the lives of 623 people, including tourists from Europe and North America. About 3000 were injured while more than 60 were reported missing.

Efforts to help the (7) __________ started soon after the storm. Priority was given to (8) ___________ them with food, water, medicine and clothing. At the same time, the homeless were (9) ___________ to temporary shelters set up by the Thai military. Widespread flooding, however, made rescue operations very difficult and risky as many roads were submerged in (10)__________ . Boats and helicopters were deployed from the (11) ___________ areas of Koh Samui to solve the problem quickly.

Koh Samui took almost a year to (12) ____________ from the effects of the tropical storm. It gradually developed into one of the most (13) __________ tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. But catastrophe struck again on 26 December 2004. On that fateful day, a (14) ___________ powerful-earthquake rocked the seabed off the coast of Sumatra. Its massive strength astonished scientists and geologists (15) ___________ the world. The gigantic tidal wave, or tsunami, that resulted from the earthquake imp'acted Koh Samui and many other places.

Section J

Rewrite the given sentences using the word(s) provided. Your answer must be in one sentence. The meaning of your sentence must be the same as the meaning of the given sentence(s).
1.
Jamie does not like drawing. Her brother does not like drawing too.
Neither ________________________________________________

2.
My father went to work this morning. He was ill.
Although _______________________________________________

3.
 Jim met a businessman in Singapore. Jim borrowed money from a businessman.
____________________________________________ whom
____________________________________________

4.
 "Have you completed your project on plant cells?'' Miss Lim asked her pupils.
Miss Lim asked ___________________________________________

5.
The market was very crowded. My parents could hardly purchase anything.
______________________________________________ that
______________________________________________

Section K

Read the passage below and answer the questions.

"You are now standing right before the Angkor Wat!" exclaimed our Cambodian guide. It is indeed an impressive sight. My friends and I could hardly wait to set foot in the world-famous monument. Our visit to the Angkor Wat, an ancient city located in the vicinity of Lake Tonle Sap, was part of an educational trip organized and fully sponsored by the school. Built more than 800 years ago, the Angkor Wat is now an icon of Cambodia, a country in Southest Asia.

According to the brochure given to us, the Angkor Wat was constructed in the twelfth century as the capital city of the former. Khmer empire. At the height of its power, the Khmer empire ruled over present-day countries like Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. The Khmers are the ancestors of people living in Cambodia today. Building the Angkor Wat was no simple matter. It involved the Khmer people who themselves contributed a large architects, sculptors and other skilled workers. At the same time, thousands of slaves captured by the Khmer kings in their conquests were forced to provide the much needed hard labour.

The Angkor Wat occupies a sprawling site of more than 30 football fields. Stepping into the colossal structure, we were greeted by multi-storey buildings, intricate wall carvings, magnificent-statues and other resplendent structures. The design of the Angkor Wat shows mat the Khmers excelled in science and mathematics. The advanced state of the Khmer civilization is also seen in its sophisticated water management system. A complex network of canals was put in place to meet the needs of the people. "Do you feel being transported back in time?" asked the guide. Awestruck, no one responded to his question. All of us were enthralled by what we saw.

Historians believe that the Khmer empire started to weaken in the fourteenth century. A combination of persistent water shortages, diseases, overcrowding and wars eventually led to its downfall. In 1467, the Angkor Wat was abandoned after it was attacked by a large army from the Ayutthaya kingdom. Thereafter, the surrounding forests gradually encroached on the city and hid it from view.

It was only in 1858 that the Angkor Wat was revealed to the world. A French explorer, Henri Mourot, reportedly stumbled upon it when he was looking for rare butterflies in the dense jungles of Cambodia. The discovery immediately grabbed the attention of scholars, journalists and even treasure hunters worldwide. Long-standing rumours that an ancient civilization had once existed in Cambodia were finally confirmed.

Today, the Angkor Wat embodies the pride of the Cambodian people. The guide said, "It gives us a sense of historical and cultural importance that we are the descendants of a glorious civilization." He added that for Cambodia, one of the poorest nations in the world, the Angkor Wat has an important economic significance. As a renowned tourist attraction, it draws a large number of overseas visitors to the country every year. The tourists help to provide jobs and business opportunities for the Cambodians. In 1978, the Angkor Wat was designated as a World Heritage Site. The status allows the Cambodian government to receive a sum of money every year from the United Nations to maintain and preserve the antiquated city.
1.
In which country is the 'world-famous monument' mentioned in line 3 located?

____________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________

2.
What made it possible for the writer to visit the Angkor Wat?

____________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________

3.
Who were the builders of the Angkor Wat?

____________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________

4.
Which word in the passage describes the Angkor Wat as an enormous construction?

____________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________

5.
What are two evidences in the passage that show the Khmers as a knowledgeable people?

____________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________

6.
How did the writer feel when he saw the structures inside the Angkor Wat?

____________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________

7.
Give two reasons which led to the collapse of the Khmer empire.

____________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________

8.
What is the meaning of 'stumbled upon' in line 30?

____________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________

9.
Do you think the discovery of the Angkor Wat was totally unexpected? Which sentence tells you so?

____________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________

10.
Why is the Angkor Wat important to the people of Cambodia today?

____________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________


Section A (Answers)

Answers

1.
A.

2.
C.

3.
D.

4.
A.

5.
D.

Section B (Answers)

Answers

1.
A.

2.
B.

3.
D.

4.
B.

5.
B.

6.
C.

7.
D.

Section C (Answers)

Answers

1.
D.

2.
C.

3.
B.

Section D (Answers)

Answers

1.
B.

2.
B.

3.
A.

4.
C.

5.
B.

Section E (Answers)

Hints

1.
requested
demanded
beseeched
compelled

2.
drunk
feverish
depressed
exhilarated

3.
ignored
avoided
neglected
discarded

4.
firmly
securely
uprightly
stock-still

5.
hurtled
staggered
descended
plummeted

Answers

1.
beseeched

2.
drunk

3.
ignored

4.
stock-still

5.
staggered

Section F (Answers)

Answers

1.
D.

2.
C.

3.
C.

4.
C.

5.
C.

Section G (Answers)

Answers

1.

(1)  D

(2)  H

(3)  Q

(4)  N

(5)  M

(6)  C

(7)  G

(8)  B

(9)  E

(10) P



2.
(1)  D
(2)  H
(3)  Q
(4)  N
(5)  M
(6)  C
(7)  G
(8)  B
(9)  E
(10) P

Section H (Answers)

Answers

1.
(1)  got
(2)  fond
(3)  satisfy
(4)  would
(5)  combination
(6)  have
(7)  tantalize
(8)  developed
(9)  original
(10) certainly

Section I (Answers)

Answers

1.
(1)  warned
(2)  heed
(3)  into
(4)  destroyed
(5)  buildings
(6)  took
(7)  injured
(8)  providing
(9)  sent
(10) water
(11) surrounding
(12) recover
(13) renowned
(14) immensely
(15) around

Section J (Answers)

Answers

1.
Neither Jamie nor her brother likes drawing.

2.
Although my father was ill, he went to work this morning.

3.
Jim borrowed money from a businessman whom he had met in Singapore.

4.
Miss Lim asked her pupils if they had completed their project on plant cells.

5.
The market was so crowded that my parents could hardly purchase anything.

Section K (Answers)

Answers

1.
It is located in Cambodia.

2.
It is possible for the writer to visit the Angkor Wat as the trip was part of an educational trip which was organized and fully sponsored by the school.

3.
The builders were the Khmer people and the slaves captured by the Khmer kings.

4.
The word is "colossal".

5.
The two evidences are the design of Angkor Wat and the sophisticated water management system.

6.
The writer felt a sense of awe and fascination.

7.
The two reasons are the combination of persistent overcrowding and wars.

8.
It means accidentally discovered.

9.
No, I do not think it was totally unexpected. The sentence is "Long-standing rumours that an ancient civilization had once existed in Cambodia."

10.
It is a source of national pride and helps to attract tourist to Cambodia.

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