Test Papers

Old School - End Year Examination (#5)

Section A

Study the following text and then answer the questions.

1.
The Family Day 2007 Telematch is organised so that __________ .
  1. family togetherness can be promoted 
  2. a sense of pride can be cultivated in children 
  3. creativity can be instilled amongst family members 
  4. understanding can be fostered amongst differentiaces

2.
The proceeds from the carnival will also be used to __________ .
  1. construct the Community Chest premises
  2. fund the year-end celebration of the NCSS
  3. help the various charities of the Community Chest
  4. foster close relationship amongst different families

3.
Children can __________ in the Children's Fun World.
  1. dress up as a clown
  2. impersonate as a bouncer 
  3. jump and play on a clown bouncer 
  4. watch birds mingle with the clowns

4.
Both adults and children can take part in the activities such as the __________ .
  1. skits
  2. telematch 
  3. amazing maze 
  4. hot air balloon rides

5.
The Madmax Hot Air Balloon Rides __________ .
  1. are only meant for the adult visitors 
  2. have been showcased before in Singapore 
  3. might not be so popular due to its risk factor
  4. would most likely be the highlight of the event

 

Section B

Choose the correct answer.
1.
The twins __________ parents died in the recent earthquake are cared for by
a social welfare organisation.
  1. who
  2. which 
  3. whom 
  4. whose

2.
The teacher will not address you __________ you are polite.
  1. if
  2. since 
  3. unless 
  4. because

3.
The children __________ lucky not to be caught in the heavy downpour earlier.
  1. was 
  2. were
  3. had been
  4. have been

4.
__________ missing the train, my father still reached his office on time.
  1. Despite 
  2. Although
  3. However
  4. In spite of

5.
Veronica, as well as James, __________ not very keen in attending the camp next week.
  1. is
  2. are
  3. was
  4. were

6.
I saw the old lady __________ into the sea to escape from.the burning ship.
  1. jump
  2. jumped
  3. has jumped
  4. was jumping

7.
"Henry, can you ___________ the file along when you come for the meeting tomorrow?" said Mr Gan.
  1. bring 
  2. fetch
  3. send
  4. take

 

Section C

Choose the correct punctuation to complete the passage.

Jane approached the mansion. Everything inside appeared dark and deserted (1) but she could clearly see the tiny pinpoint of light indicating that someone was inside searching. "Someone with a torch (2) she gasped. What should she do now? Should she run back to the beach house and call the police? What if it was too late by the time the police arrived (3) She could not take any chance. She pushed open the heavy door with bated breath. With her heart pounding wildly, she tiptoed inside. All of a sudden, the lights flickered and Jane saw only a shadowy figure; there was no one.
1.
(1)
  1. [. ]    full stop
  2. [, ]    comma
  3. [? ]    question mark
  4. [! ]    exclamation mark

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. [ , ]    comma
  2. [ ? ]    question mark
  3. [ " ] inverted comma
  4. [ ! ] exclamation mark

 

Section D

Choose the correct answer.
1.
My classmate is very __________ . She always wants to know what I am doing.
  1. sensitive
  2. fastidious
  3. inquisitive 
  4. irecocious

2.
If anyone had witnessed a crime, he or she has to __________ in court.
  1. verify
  2. certify
  3. rectify
  4. testify

3.
It was such a __________ story that tears welled up in my eyes.
  1. pathetic 
  2. poignant 
  3. pessimistic 
  4. provocative

4.
Samy __________ the coffee slowly because it was piping hot.
  1. gulped 
  2. sipped 
  3. slurped 
  4. gobbled

5.
The baby __________ the moment his mother was out of sight.
  1. bawled 
  2. hollered
  3. clamoured
  4. screeched

 

Section E

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

It was very crowded at Dupers as they were having their annual sale. The
atmosphere put my baby sister in a bad mood. I was (1) flustered too, because I simply dislike crowds. We quickly headed to the Children's Department. I helped to keep an eye on my sister while my father chose suitable toys. My sister became restless; she started to throw tantrums and did not allow me to (2) placate her. So, I was beginning to feel really angry with her. My father glared at her (3) grimly and told her we would just cut short the shopping trip and return home. My sister cried more loudly. She sat on the floor and kicked her feet, wails loudly. Her loud wailing soon drew the attention of the other shoppers. My father was (4) piqued. He tried to drag my sister up but she refused to (5) budge. I squirmed with embarrassment and tried to think of a quick solution.

1.
(1)
  1. worried 
  2. agitated 
  3. panicked 
  4. disgusted

2.
(2)
  1. cool
  2. calm
  3. coax
  4. cuddle

3.
(3)
  1. harshly 
  2. violently 
  3. hatefully 
  4. viciously

4.
(4)
  1. shocked 
  2. annoyed
  3. dismayed
  4. humiliated

5.
(5)
  1. rise
  2. walk
  3. move
  4. trudge

 

Section F

Read the passage below and answer the questions.

In a village in Selangor, Malaysia, where I grew up, coconut trees shaded the wooden houses, where fathers bowed to the earth working the paddy, mothers stayed at home and their children ran around barefoot.

When I was ten and my sister Aini was seven, we had a hard time; Father was not earning enough from his jobs at the rubber estate and the paddy factory. Finally he decided that he could make a better living collecting rattan from deep in the forest and selling it to a nearby furniture manufacturer.

Mother was extremely worried that tigers would eat him, but Father said that it was better to risk his life being eaten by a tiger than sit at home and not eat anything at all. So early one morning, he set out on his motorcycle looking for rattan. Suddenly, Aini and I had no way of getting to school, which was far from our home. I could think of nothing better than to miss school and play with my little sister. As we stood at the front door waving goodbye to Father, I whispered to Aini that we were going to scoop up tadpoles from the backyard pond and put them in a glass jar as pets. We both grinned in anticipation.

Our happiness did not last long. Mother suddenly appeared behind us with her hands on her hips and said, "What are you both doing here? It's getting late."

"Get dressed," she ordered.

"Get dressed for what?" I questioned. Mother's eyes bulged. "My, surely not for your wedding. For school, of course," she replied assertively. My jaw dropped. "Father is gone, and we can't walk to school, if that's what you mean," I cried. Mother shook her head and answered, "You're not walking. I'm going to take you to school today. There's your father's bicycle."

Looking towards the lawn, we saw an extremely old bicycle leaning against the coconut tree. The handle was bent into an odd, twisted shape and the right pedal was nothing but an iron rod. It had been quite some time since anyone had used the bicycle and I wondered if it even worked. I told Mother that the bicycle would be so slow that we would be old by the time we reached school. Irritated by my insolence, she told me sharply not to get smart with her or she would make my ears hot and tingling.

I looked at Aini for support. She declared that she would be ashamed forever if she went to school on that bicycle. Mother shot back that she did not remember adopting the prime minister's daughter. "So you're going to school on that today," she said. End of the argument. With hearts as heavy as the house, we got into our school uniforms with sour looks on our faces and stomped out of the house.

Adopted from Reader's Digest. August 2007
1.
What does the writer suggests when he says "we had a hard time"?
  1. They had poor living conditions. 
  2. They were abused by their parents.
  3. They could not meet their basic needs.
  4. They had to work very hard in the paddy.

2.
The sentence "Mother's eyes bulged." tells that the writer's mother was __________ .
  1. amused 
  2. petrified 
  3. troubled 
  4. displeased 

3.
Based on the passage, how did the writer usually go to school?
  1. He rode the old bicycle.
  2. His father sent him to school.
  3. His mother sent him to school.
  4. He rode his father's motorcycle.

4.
The writer's mother said that she would ___________ his ears when he tried to be smart with her.
  1. whip
  2. twist
  3. peck
  4. scratch

5.
We can conclude from the passage that the writer felt __________ after his mother insisted that he and Aini went school.
  1. uptight 
  2. appalled 
  3. indignant 
  4. dismayed

 

Section G

From the list of words given, choose the most suitable word for each blank. The letters (I) and (O) have been omitted to avoid confusion during marking.

(A) across
(D) away
(G) in
(K) off
(N) through
(B) against
(E) by
(H) into
(L) on
(P) up
(C) and
(F) from
(J) of
(M) past
(Q) with
1.
I spent six weeks at the bai, a kind of sanctuary for gorillas, in the Republic of the Congo, taking photographs of these fascinating creatures.

I was perched in a tree house. From here, I was able to view a clearing that drew my subjects from the dark forest and (1) __________ the sunlight. I went (2) __________ doctor's orders, recovering from hepatitis but determined to photograph one of the three bais along the Lokwe River in Odzala National Park.

Elephants help keep bais open (3) ___________ clearing trees and churning the forest floor  to  scoop  up mineral-rich  earth.  Other animals   move in  to  do  the  same (4) __________ to graze.

I camped far (5) __________ the bai to avoid spooking the animals (6) __________ my scent. It paid (7) __________ when I caught a gorilla family warily watching an elephant. I rose daily at 4.30 a.m. and fired (8) __________ my stove to make strong coffee and instant oatmeal. I then faced an adrenaline-pumping  walk (9) __________ thick foliages where potentially dangerous encounters with animals were always (10) __________ my mind. I know well the risk in facing a charging elephant or a defensive male gorilla.

~Adapted from National Geographic, 'The Clearing' by Michael Nichols, March 2001~

Section H

Correct each word in bold for spelling and each underlined word for grammar.
1.
Rain and floods are creating havoc in many parts of the world. Australia is (1) bareing the brunt of quirky weather patterns.

Residents of south-eastern Australia, (2) which had recently battled savage bushfires and a long-standing (3) drowht yesterday,  found themselves confronting another climatic emergency - the region's (4) worse flood in 37 years.

Yesterday, massive flood waters  (5) sweep across parts of the parched region, (6) forsing hundreds to abandon their homes and (7) biznuses. Officials warned the floods could worsen as rivers peaked.

Many roads and schools remain closed, and hundreds of homes (8) is without power. Meanwhile, the (9) dayri farming town ofNewry has/disappeared under water.

It is not just Australia that is (10) below the spell of the freaky weather. South Asia has also suffered an onslaught of severe weather, as storms and floods hit Afghanistan, India and Pakistan over the last week, killing more than 500 people and affecting about 900,000 in all.

Adapted from 'The Straits Times', Sat, June 30 2007

Section I

Fill in the blank with suitable word.
1.
A great part of Arabia is desert. Here there is (1) _________ but sand and rock. The sand is so hot in the daytime that you cannot walk on it with your (2) __________ feet. Here and there in the desert are springs of water (3) __________ down in the ground. Here the intense rays of the sun cannot (4) __________  them and dry them up. These springs are few and far (5) __________ from one another. Grass covers the ground all around them. Fig trees and tall palms surround the spring, (6) __________ it a cool, green and shady place. This is indeed a welcome (7) __________ for any hot and parched traveller seeking respite. Such a (8) __________ is known as an oasis.

Some Arabs live in the desert all the year round. They live in (9) __________ which can be dismantled very easily as they move from one oasis to another. This migration enables the nomads to (10) __________ shade and grazing ground for their flocks of sheep, goats and camels. The Arabs are (11) __________ to have the finest horses in the world. They are also passionate about their horses, acquiring equestrian skills of (12) __________ them since young. They are very fond of their horses and love them as much as their loved ones. The horses are (13) __________ in high esteem. They are also treated with much (14) __________ The Arabs even allow their horses to (15) __________ their tents with their families. Not surprisingly, they never put heavy loads upon their horses and look after them very well.

Section J

Rewrite the given sentence(s) 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.
Minah left the room. The room was dark and eerie.

____________________________ which _________________________
___________________________________________________________

2.
You have to change the battery. Then the clock will work.

__________________________ unless __________________________
___________________________________________________________

3.
"Betty, did you give Miss Tan your book yesterday?" Sandy asked.

Sandy asked Betty ___________________________________________
___________________________________________________________

4.
Mr Wong is a good cook and so is his wife.

Both _______________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________

5.
David wants to go fishing. His brothers want to go fishing.

________________________ as well as _________________________
__________________________________________________________

Section K

Read the passage below and answer the questions.

A few weeks into the lung holidays, I was beginning to feel rather restless. I had gone shopping with my friends, caught the latest movie in town, read all the books I wanted to, and now I did not know what to do with myself. I even contemplated on getting a part-time job, but I was too lazy. As I lay on my bed, my grandmother sighed and said, "Susan, why don't you tidy up your room? It is such a mess. Come on, you have slept enough. Get up now!"
Slowly, I dragged myself out of bed and wearily set about the mammoth task. It seemed impossible; so much junk strewn about the floor, magazines and books all over the table and cobwebs decorating the corners.
As the afternoon wore on, I began to feel happier actually. I suppose the sight of my tidier room must have lifted my spirits. Soon I found myself humming cheerfully.
After wiping the dust off my writing table, I sat down on my chair to rest awhile. My eyes fell on a sturdy metallic box at one corner of my room. I felt elated suddenly as I remembered what I had put in there. Inside were my most precious belongings: souvenirs, badges, friendship bands and other knick-knacks that I had kept as a schoolgirl. The thought of rummaging through those belongings further brightened my day.
I dragged the box to the centre of the room and tried to pry open it. It would not budge. Locked I thought; where did I put the key? My mind worked furiously. Oh yes, the key was in the left-hand corner of my writing table. I distinctly remembered putting it there. I opened the drawer and searched inside, but the key was not there. I removed the drawer and emptied its contents on the floor. After a few minutes of searching, I found myself boiling inside. There was no key. There was no key in the other drawer too. I wanted to scream.
Muttering oaths and curses under my breath, I searched all the possible places in the room. I spent a good part of an hour going twice over all these places, but I still could not find the missing key.
Finally, I stormed out of the room and yelled at my parents, questioning them about the key. Nobody could help me. They were unhappy with the way I had behaved. I went back into the room, stared at the offending box and gave it a kick. All I got was a painful foe.
I considered prying the box with a crowbar, but I decided against it because it was too beautiful to be destroyed. Then I tried opening the stubborn lock with whatever keys my hands could get hold of. It was futjie apd I gayejjpjn_despafe-J pushed the box back into its corner.
Later that week, Mike, my younger brother, invited me to go fishing with him. I accepted his invitation. I dug up some worms while he prepared the fishing rods. Soon we were at our favourite spot by the river. I cast my line and waited for the fish to bite.
Suddenly, Mike yelted in delight. He had a bite and began pulling in his line. He had caught a big bass. Then from the corner of my eye, I saw something familiar. The weight that Mike had tied to his line. I grabbed the weight and looked hard and long at it. It was my missing
1.
What two things did the writer do during the long holidays?

___________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________

2.
What was the 'mammoth task' that her grandmother had asked her to do?

___________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________

3.
Which three-word phrase tells us that the writer was pleased with what she had done?

___________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________

4.
What does 'there' in line 13 refer to?

___________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________

5.
Why was the writer so determined to open the box?

___________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________

6.
What was the writer's reaction when she could not find the key?

___________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________

7.
Give a word to describe the author's behaviour towards her parents.

___________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________

8.
Explain why the writer found the box "offending.''

___________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________

9.
Which sentence shows that the writer decided not to open the box due to her failed attempt?

___________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________

10.
What had happened to the writer's key?

___________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________


Section A (Answers)

Answers

1.
A.

2.
C.

4.
B.

5.
D.

Section B (Answers)

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1.
D.

2.
C.

3.
B.

4.
A.

5.
A.

6.
A.

7.
A.

Section C (Answers)

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1.
B.

2.
D.

3.
B.

Section D (Answers)

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1.
C.

2.
D.

3.
B.

4.
B.

5.
A.

Section E (Answers)

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1.
B.

2.
B.

3.
A.

4.
B.

5.
C.

Section F (Answers)

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1.
C.

2.
D.

3.
B.

4.
B.

5.
C.

Section G (Answers)

Answers

1.
(1)  H
(2)  B
(3)  E
(4)  C
(5)  F
(6)  Q
(7)  K
(8)  P
(9)  N
(10) L

Section H (Answers)

Answers

1.
(1)  bearing
(2)  who
(3)  drought
(4)  worst
(5)  swept
(6)  forcing
(7)  businesses
(8)  are
(9)  dairy
(10) under

Section I (Answers)

Answers

1.
(1)  nothing
(2)  bare
(3)  deep
(4)  reach
(5)  away
(6)  making
(7)  sight
(8)  place
(9)  tents
(10) seek
(11) known
(12) riding
(13) held
(14) love
(15) share

Section J (Answers)

Answers

1.
Minah left the room which was dark and eerie.

2.
The clock will not work unless you change the battery.

3.
Sandy asked Betty if she had given Miss Tan her book the day before.

4.
Both Mr Wong and his wife are good cooks.

5.
David as well as his brothers wants to go fishing.

Section K (Answers)

Answers

1.
The writer had gone shopping with her friends and caught the latest movie in town.

2.
The task was to clean up her messy room.

3.
The three-word phrase is "lifted my spirits."

4.
It refers to the metallic.

5.
The things in the box reminded her of her school days.

6.
She was angry.

7.
The word is "rude."

8.
She could not open the box where all her precious items werek ept, no matter how hard she tried.

9.
It was futile and I gave up in despair.

10.
Her younger brother Mike had used it as a weight for his fishing line.

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