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Old School - End Year Examination (#2)

Section A

Choose the most suitable answer. Make your choice (1, 2, 3 or 4).
1.

The firemen were relieved when they prevented the bushfire from spreading and causing more _____________to the farmlands.

  1. damage
  2. effect
  3. injury
  4. stress

2.
A folk tale is a/an ________________ story about the customs of a country.
  1. artistic
  2. idealistic
  3. modern
  4. traditional

3.
The astronauts spent the entire day ________________ rock samples from the Moon.
  1. collecting

  2. exploring
  3. reading
  4. visiting

4.
While Sam was walking along the road, he ________________over a rock.
  1. kicked
  2. slipped
  3. stopped
  4. tripped

5.
Liming has been feeling ________________ since this morning. He needs to go and see a doctor.
  1. healthy
  2. sick
  3. strong
  4. well

6.
Your voice is too ________________. You will wake up the sleeping baby.
  1. firm
  2. loud
  3. soft
  4. stiff

7.
At night, it is better to wear light-coloured ________________ so that motorists can see you easily.
  1. belts
  2. clothes
  3. glasses
  4. shoes

8.
"Playing on the road is very _________________. You should never play near the road," warned my mother.
  1. dangerous
  2. fun
  3. pleasant
  4. safe

 

Section B

Choose the most suitable answer. Make your choice (1, 2, 3 or 4).
1.
I _________________ on my bicycle when I saw my friend waving at me.
  1. rode
  2. had ridden
  3. was riding
  4. were riding

2.
"We _____________ going to swim and snorkel at the coral reef now!" exclaimed the twins.
  1. is
  2. are
  3. was
  4. were

3.
Jerry practises good dental hygiene and takes the effort to visit the dentist _______________.
  1. occasionally
  2. seldom
  3. rarely
  4. regularly

4.
I always use ______________ own stationery. I do not have the habit of sharing with others.
  1. my
  2. his
  3. her
  4. their

5.
I was horrified to find that there was only _______________food left for my lunch when I got home from school.
  1. a few
  2. many
  3. much
  4. a little

6.

Please do not put the fruits _____________the fridge. Put them on the table.

  1. between
  2. in
  3. onto
  4. over

7.
Either Susan ________________ Jane can go to the cinema with us, I have only one extra ticket left.
  1. or
  2. and
  3. but
  4. with

8.
The murderer who made a daring escape from the police ___________ after eight hours of searching and investigative work.
  1. caught
  2. was caught
  3. had caught
  4. was catching

 

Section C

Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow.

 

   More than half of the people who took part in a survey by "The Straits Times" voted for Hainanese chicken rice as the most popular local dish in Singapore. The reason why they have chosen this dish is because it can be found in almost every hawker centre, food court, restaurant or coffee shop in Singapore.

 

   Some have said that a plate of chicken rice is a meat in itself. It has flavoured rice, tender meat, slices of cucumber and a bowl of light soup. Therefore, it offers a more balanced diet than other well-liked dishes such as 'Laksa' and 'Nasi Lemak'. For as little as $2 a plate at some stalls, it is also very affordable compared to other dishes such as chilli crabs.

 

   However, not everyone may think that chicken rice has nutritional value. Cooked with lots of chicken oil, it is certainly not very healthy. Others protest that as its name suggests, it it not even Singaporean!

 

   When asked to clarify, food experts said that chicken rice has changed from the original Hainanese version to become a version unique to Singapore. Chicken rice was brought to Singapore in the mid-1900s by Hainanese immigrants, many of whom worked as cooks. The Hainanese immigrants improved on the original dish of plain boiled chicken eaten with plain rice by adding local ingredients to cater to the local taste. The creation of a chilli sauce to complement it is also unique to our love for spices.

1.
One of the reasons why some Singaporean feel that chicken rice is the most popular local dish of Singapore is because it __________________________.
  1. is easy to cook the dish
  2. is unique to Singapore
  3. is affordable to most people
  4. can be easily found at most eating places

2.
Why do some Singaporeans consider chicken rice as a meal in itself?
  1. It is affordable.
  2. It is not spicy as chilli crab.
  3. It is served in large portions.
  4. It offers one a balanced diet.

3.
Some Singaporeans are against choosing chicken rice as the dish most representative of Singapore because the dish ___________________________.
  1. can only be found in Singapore
  2. costs only $2 a plate at some stalls
  3. was named after Hainanese immigrants
  4. was brought to Singapore less than 70 years ago

4.
Why is chicken rice also considered unhealthy?
  1. It contains chicken.
  2. It comes with soup.
  3. It is cooked in chicken oil.

  4. It has cucumbers to go with it.

5.

The word "it" in the last line of paragraph 4 refers to ____________________.

  1. chilli sauce
  2. local ingredients
  3. the chicken rice dish
  4. spices

 

Section D

Read the passage below. Choose the most suitable word from the box and fill in the blanks.

 

Use each word once only.

 

footprints              size                 temperatures

 

bright                  features              dark

1.

   The Moon is Earth's naturual satellite. It is more than one quarter the (1) ______________ of Earth itself. There are many interesting (2) ______________ such as craters, mountain ranges and lava plains on the surface of the moon. The (3) ____________ left by astronauts on the moon will last for centuries because there is no wind and weather. As there is no atmosphere to trap heat, (4) _____________ on the Moon are extreme, ranging from 100°C at noon to -173°C at night.

 

   The Mooon does not produce its own light, but looks (5) _____________ because it reflects light from the Sun. Think of the Sun as a light bulb, and the Moon as a mirror, reflecting light from the light bulb.


Section E

Read the passage below. Fill in the blanks with the most suitable words.

1.

Use each word once only.

 

helpfulness             helping               helped

 

help                       helps                  helpful

 

   Every Saturday, Tim's mother bakes cookies. Tim likes to (1) ____________ his mother. He scoops spoonfuls of dough onto the pan and he (2) ___________ to sprinkle chocolate chips on the cookies too. He also likes (3) ____________ his mother with the cleaning up.

 

   Last week, Tim even (4) _____________ his mother to clean the whole oven. Tim is his mother's little helper. Tim never fails to get a reward for his (5) ____________. This is usually the first pick of the cookies, once they are cooled from the oven.


2.

   It was the Lantern Festival. The children in the neighbourhood were looking forward to it. At last, they could display their beautiful lanterns.

 

   Jenny and her brother, James, could not (1) _____________ for the night to come. Their lanterns were special. Jenny's lantern was (2) ___________ like a space rocket. Both of their lanterns had little light bulbs which (3) ___________ out bright flashes of light.

 

   Jenny and James proudly paraded their lanterns round the park. They were soon (4) ____________ by other children and their parents. The children's parents also bought mooncakes for everybody. Everyone (5) ____________ eating the mooncakes. James and Jenny could not wait for the next Lantern Festival when once again, they could participate in the lantern parade in their neighbourhood.


Section F

Rewrite the following pairs of sentences as one sentence without changing the original meaning.
1.

Mary is going out to play. John is going out to play.

 

Both _________________________________________________________


_______________________________________________________________


2.

I did not go to school. I was sick.

 

_______________________________________________________because

 

________________________________________________________________


Section G

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.

 

   Tommy's dog barked excitedly and raced towards a huge rock surrounded by loose, flat stones.

 

   "Blacky! Stop!" Tommy commanded. The dog stopped momentarily in his tracks before running ahead again.

 

   Tommy had no choice but to follow Blacky. He was panting away as the slope was quite steep. Blacky stopped beside a huge rock. As Tommy approached the rock, he could hear a pitiful, mewing sound.

 

   Lying in the shadow of the rock was a brown cat. One of its legs was twisted at an odd angle. Tommy bent down to lift the cat carefully into his arms. He knew the little cat was injuried. Tommy made his way gingerly down the slippery slope with Blacky following behind. Luckily, the little creature in his arms did not put up any struggle, or he might have difficulty keeping his balance.

 

   Soon, he arrived at Mr Lim's house. Mr Lim had lived in the neighbourhood for many years and was well-known for treating injured animals. Many people often went to Mr Lim for advise on how to look after their pets.

 

   Mr Lim came out of his house quickly, alerted by Blacky's excited bark. He eyed the cat in Tommy's arms and led him into his house.

 

   Mr Lim poured some warm water into a cup. Then he poured some liquid from a bottle into the water. He slowly tilted the cat's head back with his left hand and fed it with the green liquid. While Mr Lim was attending to the cat's injured leg, he assured Tommy that the cat would recover soon. Both of them were happy that they had done a good deed and saved a life.

1.

Who was Blacky?

 

____________________________________________________________________________

 

____________________________________________________________________________


2.

How did Tommy know that the cat was injured?

 

____________________________________________________________________________

 

____________________________________________________________________________


3.

What would happen to Tommy if the cat had put up a struggle while being carried down the slope?

 

____________________________________________________________________________

 

____________________________________________________________________________


4.

Why did Tommy bring the cat to Mr Lim?

 

____________________________________________________________________________

 

____________________________________________________________________________


5.

What do you think was the green liquid that Mr Lim fed to the cat?

 

____________________________________________________________________________

 

____________________________________________________________________________



Section A (Answers)

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A.

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D.

3.
A.

4.
D.

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B.

6.
B.

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B.

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A.

Section B (Answers)

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C.

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D.

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A.

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D.

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B.

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B.

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B.

Section C (Answers)

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D.

2.
D.

3.
C.

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C.

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C.

Section D (Answers)

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1.

(1) size

(2) features

(3) footprint

(4) temperatures

(5) bright



Section E (Answers)

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1.

(1) help

(2) helps

(3) helping

(4) helped

(5) helpfulness



2.

(1) wait

(2) shaped

(3) gave

(4) joined

(5) started



Section F (Answers)

Answers

1.
Both Mary and John are going out to play.

2.
I did not go to school because I was sick.

Section G (Answers)

Answers

1.
Blacky was Tommy's dog.

2.
Its leg was twisted at an odd angle.

3.
He would have difficulty in keeping his balance.

4.
Mr Lim was well-known for treating injured animals.

5.
I think it was a type of medicine would help the cat to recover soon.

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