Test Papers

Old School - Continual Assessment 2 (#2)

Section A

Study the following poster and answer the questions.

1.
One can come for lunch-time musical performances at West Mall starting from __________ .
  1. 2 July
  2. 3 July
  3. 7 July
  4. 9 July

2.
The event at West Mall is basically a/ an _________ fair.
  1. arts
  2. food
  3. trade
  4. musical

3.
The food spread are food from __________ only.
  1. Thailand and Vietnam
  2. Thailand, Vietnam and Beijing
  3. Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam and Beijing
  4. Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Beijing and Taiwan

4.
A shopper must spend __________ to be eligible for the Lucky Draw.
  1. $50 or more
  2. $100 or more
  3. at least $50 in three or less combined receipts
  4. at least $100 in three or less combined receipts

5.
Which of the following statements is not true of the event?
  1. Lunch-time concerts are available daily.
  2. The Lucky Draw in West Mall starts on 25 May.
  3. Shoppers can catch dance performances at the event.
  4. Pupils from West Spring Secondary will perform only on weekends.

 

Section B

For each question, four options are given. One of them is the correct answer. Make your choice (1, 2, 3 or 4).
1.
My mother asked if I could __________ an errand for her.
  1. run
  2. runs
  3. ran 
  4. running

2.
Everybody in the company __________ invited to Lily's wedding last week.
  1. is
  2. was
  3. are
  4. were

3.
The three sisters are always competing _________ themselves.
  1. by
  2. within 
  3. among
  4. between

4.
Mrs Lee made her daughter __________ her homework before watching thetelevision programme.
  1. complete 
  2. completes 
  3. completed
  4. completing

5.
" __________ you __________ in a marathon before?" Janice asked her friend.
  1. Had ... run
  2. Have ... run
  3. Have ... ran
  4. Had ... ran

6.
James and June __________ to the library later.
  1. has been going
  2. are going
  3. have been going
  4. were going

7.
My father was told by the doctor to keep __________ fatty food in order to lose weight.
  1. off 
  2. up 
  3. out
  4. away

 

Section C

Choose the correct punctuation to complete the passage.

"What a joke (1) thought the hare, as he stood on the starting line of the five-kilometre race. He sneered at his opponent. The tortoise stood there, calm and unaffected.

"On your marks, get set, go (2)" shouted the beaver. At that, the hare took off like a rocket on his long, strong legs. The tortoise heaved himself up onto short, squat stumps and settled into a gentle amble.

After about hundred metres, the hare stopped and looked back through the dust. He could not even see the tortoise. Suddenly, he spotted a shady tree to the right of the path. "It looks so inviting. It can't hurt to have a little nap here," he thought (3) That slow old fool doesn't have a chance against me."
1.
(1)
  1. [?"]    question mark and inverted commas
  2. ["? ]    inverted commas and question mark
  3. [ !" ]    exclamation mark and inverted commas
  4. ["! ]    inverted commas and exclamation mar

2.
(2)
  1. [ , ]    comma
  2. [ . ]    full stop
  3. [ ? ]    question mark
  4. [ ! ]    exclamation mark

3.
(3)
  1. [ , ]    comma
  2. [ . ]    full stop
  3. [ ? ]    question mark
  4. [ ! ]    exclamation mark

 

Section D

Choose the correct answer.
1.
"You are such a/an __________ liar! I'll never believe you again!" shouted John.
  1. invariable 
  2. incorrigible 
  3. inhospitable 
  4. incorruptible

2.
As our opposing team did not turn up for the match, we were given a __________ .
  1. walk up
  2. walk off
  3. walk out
  4. walk over

3.
David has been a __________ to his friends because he is very quarrelsome.
  1. wet blanket
  2. fish out of water
  3. thorn in the flesh
  4. snake in the grass

4.
The workers are in low spirits as a pay cut is __________ .
  1. eminent
  2. imminent 
  3. dominant 
  4. prominent

5.
Adrian has always been a very __________ businessman. He tends to make good decisions because of his accurate judgements.
  1. skilled
  2. astute
  3. reliable 
  4. renowned

 

Section E

Choose the  word closest  in  meaning to  the underlined word.

Bernard was waiking home alone one dark night when he heard footsteps behind him. Before he could turn around to see who it was, he was hit on the head and everything went black.

Bernard awoke when someone shook him (1) vigorously. The person untied him and he stumbled blindly out of the van. He was dragged roughly into a (2) dilapidated building. Part of the roof had caved in. He was pushed into a room. Bernard removed his blindfold and gag and saw that there was only one piece of furniture in the room. The floor was filled with dust. He could hear low voices outside and (3) inched closer to the door. He strained his ears but could (4) barely hear anything. After a while, there was (5) absolute silence.
1.
(1)
  1. quickly 
  2. forcefully 
  3. suddenly 
  4. deliberately

2.
(2)
  1. dirty 
  2. dark 
  3. rugged 
  4. rundown

3.
(3)
  1. moved slowly
  2. moved swiftly
  3. moved quietly
  4. moved painfully

4.
(4)
  1. nearly 
  2. hardly 
  3. gradually 
  4. completely

5.
(5)
  1. lingering
  2. complete 
  3. expected 
  4. immediate

 

Section F

Read the given passage below and answer the questions.

A long time ago, there was a princess who lived in the land of Magawa. The princess was exceptionally beautiful so she turned down all the men who came to ask for her hand in marriage. The princess then stated that she would marry the suitor who managed to bring her a live elephant. The other members of the royal family tried to convince the princess to make her choice an easier one as elephants were very rare. However, the princess was very stubborn and refused to heed their advice.

Therefore the King sent out word to the people in his kingdom. The news spread far and wide. The tortoise at the village square, who always wished he could marry the princess, soon heard about it and decided to give it a shot.

One of the tortoise's long-time friend was an elephant. The tortoise looked up his friend and told him that the land of Magawa would soon be celebrating their annual coming-out ceremony for all the young ladies in the community, including the princess.

The elephant decided to 'attend the joyous occasion and they set off immediately. However, the tortoise was soon lagging behind. Upon seeing his friend's struggle, the elephant stooped low to let the tortoise mount his back. When the crowd saw the tortoise riding triumphantly into the village on the elephant's back, they were amazed! They could not believe that anyone could easily find an elephant, capture him and bring him alive into the city just to marry the princess but the tortoise seemed to have done that and more. He practically rode into the city on the elephant's back.

The tortoise bowed to the King and said, "Your highness, here is the elephant I have brought to ask for the hand of your daughter in marriage."
The king then looked over at his daughter. The princess had dressed for a great "coming-out" ceremony and was not prepared to be married to the short, poor, ugly tortoise. He could see that she looked very unhappy and unwilling.

The people cheered and applauded at what was unfolding. The arrogant princess was going to be numbled by the marriage to the tricky, short and ugly tortoise.
1.
The princess was a/an ___________ woman.
  1. proud
  2. careful
  3. humble
  4. exceptional

2.
The phrase "give it a shot" (line 9) means to __________ .
  1. fulfil a wish
  2. confirm the news
  3. take action to ensure success
  4. try at it, regardless of the result

3.
The elephant agreed to go to Magawa because he wanted to __________ .
  1. help his friend, the tortoise
  2. marry the beautiful princess
  3. go to the annual "coming-out" ceremony
  4. celebrate the annual "coming-out" ceremony

4.
Which of the following words has the same meaning as "triumphantly"?
  1. proudly 
  2. happily 
  3. boastfully 
  4. victoriously

5.
The people cheered and applauded as __________ .
  1. they were happy for the tortoise
  2. they were happy for the princess
  3. the princess was going to get married
  4. the princess was going to be humbled

 

Section G

From the list of words in the box, choose the most suitable answer for each blank and write its letter ( A to Q ) in it. "I" and "O" have been omitted to avoid confusion in marking.

Use each word only ONCE.

(A) and
(D) any
(G) each
(K) most
(N) over
(B) although
(E) apart
(H) every
(L) near
(P) through
(C) all
(F) down
(J) into
(M) on
(Q) together

1.
Ah Lin looked longingly at the fruit. There were two of them, tied (1) __________ with gunny string. The smell of the durians reached her nostrils (2) __________ made her salivate. She knew she would not have the chance to eat it.

The family went out in the late morning. Uncle went to attend to his coffee shop while Aunt and Chuan Chuan went to the temple (3) __________ the market. Ah Lin stole back into the kitchen to have a look at the durians. (4) __________ a large slit in one of them, she could see the rich creamy softness of the durian flesh. An overpowering desire to taste this flesh drew her to the fruit. She squatted (5) __________ , pushed her small fingers inside the slit and scooped out a portion of the tasty flesh. She brought her fingers (6) __________ her mouth. She was thrilled at the delicious taste of the durian flesh. (7) __________ bit on the fingers was licked clean. After her fingers were cleaned completely, her tongue moved slowly (8) __________ her lips and beyond the lips towards the chin, to remove (9) ___________ smear of the precious stuff there.

She was very nervous and when the family came back, she kept her eyes (10) ___________ the ground and did not dare look at them.

Section H

Correct each word in bold for spelling and each underlined word for grammar.
1.
The principal stood behind the podium and cleared his throat The paper in front of him (1) russled slightly .His audience sat quietly and listened (2) respectful.

"Fellow teachers, boys and girls," he said. "I (3) will like to express my gratitude to each one of you. The fifteen years I have (4) serve at Greenview Secondary School have been the happiest and most rewarding time of my life."

"Nevertheless, it is time for me to move (5) in. I have been offered another position, one that I would be foolish to refuse. It is a difficult and challenging job, (6) and I relish the (7) oporchunity to learn and to grow. I sincerely hope that all of you, as you go along in life, will welcome and embrace the change as a means of (8) self-devalopement."

"I thank all my (9) colleaks for their unfailing support and friendship, and especially for their recent words of (10) ancouragment."

Section I

Fill in each blank with a suitable word.
1.
Mrs Martin was an old lady who lived by herself in a cottage in the country. She had become accustomed (1) __________ it as she had done so for the past twenty years. There was nothing she was afraid of so much so that her (2) __________ were not even shut at night.

One cold night, while Mrs Martin was boiling some water to make tea, a young man in old clothing climbed in through an (3) __________ window. He crept up from behind and covered her mouth with his hand. He was (4) __________ that she did not struggle.

On seeing her warm eyes, he (5) __________ his hand from her mouth.

"I don't want to hurt you, madam," said the young man. The old lady, showing no fear of the young man, made her (6) __________ calmly to her rocking chair.

In the (7) __________, the man, who saw two tiny teaspoons on her table, snatched them up and examined them carefully.

"I'm afraid they're not silver," she said apologetically.

"Look here, you've got money in this house. (8) __________ is it?" the man asked impatiently.

"Here, try these cookies, I just (9) __________ them today in my new oven," said Mrs Martin. "You are a burglar, aren't you?"

"I wasn't born (10) __________ . I've been unemployed for a year now. I have no choice as hunger has (11) __________ me into burglary," he said.

"Yes, I understand. It's unfortunate that you've chosen to rob (12) __________ on the very day that I've lost my purse. Well, young man, let me (13) __________ you an offer. I need someone to take care of my garden but I can't (14) __________ to pay you. Instead, I'll give you food."
"It's a sporting offer, madam," the young man said as he (15) __________  into a smile.

Section J

Rewrite the given sentence(s) using the word(s) provided. Your answer must be in one sentence. The meaning of the sentence must be the same as the given one(s).
1.
Susan does not look like her mother. Her sister does not look like her mother.

Neither _____________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________

2.
June filled the bottle. Then she put it in the refrigerator.

___________________________________________________________
after _______________________________________________________

3.
You may go to the movies but finish your homework.

_____________________________________________________ unless
___________________________________________________________

4.
"These species of orchids are unusual," Mrs Tan told Bob.

Mrs Tan told Bob ____________________________________________
___________________________________________________________

5.
She was famous. Yet she was unhappy.

Despite ____________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________

Section K

Read the passage below and answer the questions that follow.

I first met Benjy in 1965. A store owner was putting a sign above his door that read ''Puppies For Sale". Signs like that have a way of attracting children, and sure enough, I appeared under the store owner's sign. "How much are you going to sell the puppies for?" I asked. The store owner replied, "Anywhere from $30 to $50."

I reached in my pocket and pulled out some change, "I have $2.50. Can I please ook at them?" I requested.

The store owner smiled and whistled. Out of the kennel came Lady, who ran down the aisle of his store followed by five teeny, tiny balls of fur. One puppy was lagging behind. Immediately I singled out the lagging, limping puppy and said, 'What's wrong with that little dog?"

The store owner explained that the veterinarian had discovered that the little puppy did not have a hip socket) It would always limp. It would always be lame. I became excited and told the store owner that it was the puppy that I had wanted to buy. The store owner disagreed and said that he would rather give that dog to me instead.

I got quite upset. I looked straight at the store owner's eyes, pointing my finger and said, "I don't want you to give him to me. That little dog is worth every bit as much as alt the other dogs and I'll pay the full price. In fact, I'll give you the $2.50 now and $1 a month until I have him paid for." The store owner countered, "Do you really want to buy this little dog? He's never going to be able to run and jump and play with you like the other puppies."

To this, I reached down and rolled up my pants to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. I looked up at the store owner and replied softly, "Well, I don't run well myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands!"

I managed to convince the store owner who allowed me to take Benjy home. My parents did not think much of my plan of keeping a lame puppy and they were unwilling to pay for it. I could see that the only problem here was money. Getting my way this time was not going to be easy.

That was fifteen years ago. Benjy slept on my bed every night and we had long and meaningful conversations. In fact, Benjy was largely responsible for my decision to pursue a career as a veterinarian. When my new hospital opened its doors, my parents brought Benjy to me. He looked horrible. He had become quite ill that week. I did a thorough check on him and was forced to a bitter conclusion. You see, I have been in the practice long enough to know when a situation was hopeless.

It seemed fitting that in the new hospital, Benjy was the first dog whose suffering we should ease. We had the last of our long conversations before he fell asleep gently in my arms. Farewell, Benjy.

1.
What was the store owner's purpose of hanging the sign on tho door?

___________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________

2.
How was Lady related to Benjy?

___________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________

3.
What caused Benjy to be lame?

___________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________

4.
How did the store owner persuade the author against having the little puppy?

___________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________

5.
Why did the author think that he would understand Benjy?

___________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________

6.
Do you think the author's parents supported his plan of keeping the puppy? Which four-word phrase tells you so?

___________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________

7.
According to the passage, what was the greatest problem for the author to keep the dog?

___________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________

8.
Which sentence in paragraph 8 tells us that the author had a close relationship with Benjy?

___________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________

9.
Explain clearly what the author meant by the "..situation was hopeless" (line 34)

___________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________

10.
What did the author do to "ease" (line 36) Benjy's suffering?

___________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________


Section A (Answers)

Answers

1.
B.

2.
B.

3.
D.

4.
C.

5.
A.

Section B (Answers)

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1.
A.

2.
B.

3.
C.

4.
A.

5.
B.

6.
B.

7.
A.

Section C (Answers)

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1.
C.

2.
D.

3.
B.

Section D (Answers)

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1.
B.

2.
D.

3.
C.

4.
B.

5.
B.

Section E (Answers)

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1.
B.

2.
D.

3.
A.

4.
B.

5.
B.

Section F (Answers)

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1.
A.

2.
D.

3.
C.

4.
D.

5.
D.

Section G (Answers)

Answers

1.
(1)  Q
(2)  A
(3)  L
(4)  P
(5)  F
(6)  J
(7)  H
(8)  N
(9)  D
(10) M

Section H (Answers)

Answers

1.
(1)  rustled
(2)  respectfully
(3)  would
(4)  served
(5)  on
(6)  but
(7)  opportunity
(8)  self-development
(9)  colleagues
(10) encouragement

Section I (Answers)

Answers

1.
(1)  to
(2)  windows
(3)  open
(4)  relieved
(5)  removed
(6)  way
(7)  meanwhile
(8)  where
(9)  baked
(10) rich/poor
(11) forced
(12) me
(13) make
(14) afford
(15) broke

Section J (Answers)

Answers

1.
Neither Susan nor her sister looks like her mother.

2.
June put the bottle in the refrigerator after filling it.

3.
You may not go to the movies unless you finish your homework.

4.
Mrs Tan told Bob that those species of orchids were unusual.

5.
Despite being famous, she was unhappy.

Despite her fame, she was unhappy.

Despite the fact that she was famous, she was unhappy.

Section K (Answers)

Answers

1.
It was to advertise/ attract people to the sake of the puppies.

2.
Lady was Benjy's mother.

3.
Benjy did not have a hip socket and that caused it to be lame.

4.
The store owner persuaded the author against having the little puppy by telling him that the puppy would never be able to jump, run and play with the author like other puppies.

5.
He was crippled, just like Benjy.

6.
No, I do not think so. The four-word phrase is "did not think much."

7.
The author did not have enough money to pay the store owner for the dog as his parents did not approve of him keeping it and were unwilling to pay for it.

8.
The sentence is "Benjy slept on my bed every night and we had long and meaningful conversations".

9.
The author meant that nothing could be done to save Benjy's life.

10.
The author put Benjy to sleep.

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