Test Papers

Old School - End Year Examination (#3)

Section A

For each question from 1 to 8, four options are given. One of them is the correct answer. Make your choice (1, 2, 3 or 4).
1.
The man broke the ______________ when he committed the burglary. He was sentenced to jail.
  1. law
  2. rule
  3. notice
  4. guideline

2.
The victorious swimming team were ________________ when they saw many people at the airport waiting to welcome them.
  1. sad

  2. gloomy
  3. annoyed
  4. delighted

3.
The five women made history when they became the first team to ______________ Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world.
  1. admire
  2. measure
  3. conquer
  4. descend

4.
The guilty boy _____________ that he has been stealing money from his classmates.
  1. scolded
  2. accused
  3. admitted
  4. encouraged

5.
The ____________residents complained about the noise from the coffee shop nearby.
  1. angry
  2. happy

  3. jealous
  4. contended

6.

The dance performers put on a ______________show to welcome the guests to their anniversary celebrations. Everyone was impressed.

  1. dull
  2. dazzling
  3. monotonous
  4. disappointing

7.
The little boy won the contest for speaking so ______________ in three foreign languages.
  1. pitifully
  2. fluently
  3. furiously
  4. anxiously

8.
Although Adam's life has been full of hardship, he _________________.
  1. often
  2. rarely
  3. always
  4. usually

 

Section B

For each question from 1 to 11, four options are given. One of them is the correct answer. Make your choice (1, 2, 3 or 4).
1.
The old man appeared ___________________my door in the middle of the night.
  1. in
  2. at
  3. by
  4. on

2.
The miser ________________ gives donations to the charity. He keeps all the money for himself.
  1. often
  2. always
  3. seldom
  4. frequently


3.
Today is the last day before the deadline for the 'Idol' contest. We must submit our applications _________________.
  1. now
  2. then
  3. tomorrow
  4. next month

4.

The kind lady said to the orphans, "Please help _______________ to the food".

  1. myself
  2. ourselves
  3. yourselves

  4. themselves

5.
_____________daughter is she? We should call her mother as she looks ill.
  1. Who
  2. What
  3. Which
  4. Whose

6.
We _______________ inform the MRT staff if we see a suspicious-looking bag on the train. It is our responsibility.
  1. can

  2. may
  3. should
  4. should not

7.
Tom fared ________________than his twin in the end of year examinations. He obtained fewer marks.
  1. less
  2. more
  3. better
  4. worse

8.
Due to the weather, the organisers had to _______________ the cycling race to the following week.
  1. put in

  2. put on
  3. put off
  4. put away


9.
Mark fell off the chair ______________ injured his knee.
  1. or
  2. but
  3. and
  4. when

10.
You must find another venue for your activity _________________ the amphitheatre is occupied.
  1. or
  2. and
  3. until
  4. since

11.
The excited birthday girl waited for an hour but the guests did not ______________.
  1. come
  2. came
  3. comes
  4. coming

 

Section C

Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.

 

There once lived a monk called Shan, in a village in China. He had earned a great name for himself but he was very arrogant.

 

Qui Jun heard of his arrogance and wanted to teach the monk a lesson. He went to meet Shan who neither greeted him nor acknowledged his presence.

 

Just then a servant of the monk came with a messge, "The son of an army officer is here to see you."

 

The monk said, "I will go and greet him."

 

Shan welcomed the son of the army officer with respect. Soon, the army officer's son departed.

 

Qui Jun asked Shan, "Why is it that you greeted the army officer's son so respectfully, yet behaved so arrogantly towards me?"

 

Shan had a quick reply, "Please don't get me wrong. He is the son of a highly-ranked officer. We should respect him."

 

Qui Jun was upset with the monk's explanation and hit him with his stick.

 

Shan immdiately realised how foolish he had been and started showing respect to everyone he met.

 

Adapted from: www.pitara.com/takespin/folktales.asp

1.
Shan, the monk, was a _______________ man.
  1. proud
  2. humble
  3. modest
  4. well-regarded

2.

How did Shan, the monk, welcome Qui Jun?

 

Shan ______________________________________________________

  1. ignored Qui Jun
  2. was friendly towards Qui Jun
  3. pretended not to know Qui Jun
  4. embraced Qui Jun with open arms

3.
Which one of the following words has the same meaning as 'departed'?
  1. left
  2. died
  3. arrived
  4. escaped

4.

Why did the monk greet the son of the army officer respectfully?

 

The monk was _____________________________________________.

  1. foolish
  2. respectful by nature
  3. afraid of the army officer
  4. impressed by the rank of the army officer

5.

How did Qui Jun react to the monk's explanation about his insincere behaviour?

 

Qui Jun ___________________________________________________.

  1. laughed at the monk
  2. stuck the monk with a stick
  3. praised the monk for being honest
  4. showed respect towards the monk

 

Section D

For each of the questions 1 to 4, 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.

The grateful lady offered the boy a reward. He declined.

 

__________________________________________________________________but

 

_____________________________________________________________________


2.

She could adopt a cat. She could adopt a dog.

 

___________________________________________________________either

 

__________________________________or _________________________


3.

"When is your choir competition?" Mrs Tan asked her twin daughters.

 

Mr Tan asked her twin daughters __________________________________


________________________________________________________________


4.

Rose became a Singapore citizen. She has been learning the English language.

 

Since ________________________________________________________


________________________________________________________________


Section E

Correct each word in bold for spelling and each underlined word for grammer.
1.

   The crowd asembled (1) ______________ in the courtyard, before moving off to the famour historical building, known as the Blue Pyramid. Everyone was cheer (2) _________ excitedly. They could not waited (3) ___________ for the celebrations to begin. Unfotunetly (4) _____________, as the parade started, the crowd was nearly chockd (5) _____________ by the exhaust fumes as the tanks and other vehicles rumble (6) _____________ their way slowly up the hill.

 

   On the other side of the courtyard, there was a carnival-like atmostphere. There were many stalls selling a dilisious (7) ____________ array of food. Trays of cake, pastries and sandwiches were arranged in a beautiful fashion. There was the lingering smell of freshly brew (8) ____________ coffee which waft (9) _____________ through the air. There were also games stalls where the prizes oferred (10) ________________ were attractive.


Section F

Fill in each blank with a suitable word.
1.

   The Singapore Flyer is the latest tourist attraction in Singapore. It is located (1) _____________ the city. It is 165 metres tall or the height of a 42-storey building. It is about 30 metres (2) _____________ than the famed London Eye. You would not want to (3) ___________ taking a flight on this $240 million dollar wheel. It has a total of 28 capsules. Each capsule can (4) _____________ up to 28 people.

 

   There are many reasons why you should not miss out on a (5) ____________ to this attraction. As the (6) _____________ turns, there are breathtaking views of the Marina Waterfront and historical landmarks dotting the city skyline. Some of these (7) _____________ are the Singapore River, Raffles Place, Merlion Park, Empress Place and the Padang.

 

   In December 2008, the wheel stopped moving and trapped 173 passengers for about six hours. The breakdown was (8) _____________ by a short circuit and fire in the control room. Those stranded were given food and (9) ______________. The wheel restarted nearly seven hours after it had (10) ______________ and two people were hospitalised. After the incident, the Singapore Flyer was closed to the public for some time.

 

Adapted from: www.singaporeflyer.com


Section G

For passage 1 and 2, fill in the blanks with the correct form of the verbs.
1.

   Everyone knows that Sara (1) __________ (be) a shy and timid girl. Last Sunday, she went to the art museum with her mother. Sara was waiting impatiently in the queue when she (2) __________ (spot) a famous painting. While she (3) ____________ (admire) it, a man nearby smiled at her. Sara smiled back, surprised at herself. She had never smiled at a stranger before. Just then, she saw a souvenir that she liked. She decided not to (4) ___________ (purchase) it as it was costly.


2.
   Katie is always helping others. She (1) ____________ (be) well-known for being generous and kind. For her efforts, Katie was awarded a special prize last night. It was a proud moment indeed for her. She (2) ___________ (stand) on stage to receive her prize when she saw her mother in the audience. Immediately, she felt better. In her speech, Katie encouraged her friends to volunteer their time, energy or money to any charity organization. The moment she (3) ___________ (finish) her speech, loud applause and cheering filled the auditorium. Katie thought, "I (4) ___________ (continue) to try and help more people in future."

Section H

Read the passage carefully and answer questions 1 to 5.

 

   Paula, Rose and Maria Lee were not really sisters but they had been raised together like one family. They were orphaned babies from different parts of the world.

 

   Mr Lee was an explorer. He rescued them, adopted them and took them to his London home.

 

   Paula explained, "I was rescued off a ship. Rose is an orphan from Thailand. Maria's father has died and her mother could not afford to keep her."

 

   One day, Mr Lee went on a voyage and did not return. He went travelling for five years. During this time, the sisters were raised by two adults. They were Sylvia, Mr Lee's niece and Nana, the nurse. While he was away, they ran out of money.

 

   Fortunately, Nan had a brainwave and decided to take in boarders. One such boarder was Miss Amy. She was a dance teacher. She arranged for the children to begin dance and stage training at her school, the Children's Academy of Dancing and Stage Training.

 

   Paula adored the school. She longed to be an actress. Rose hated it. She yearned to be an aviator. All she wanted to do was learn about cars, planes and engines. Maria loved the school too. She was born to be a dance.

 

Adapted from Ballet Shoes by Noel Streafeild

 

boarder - someone who pays a sum of money in return for regular meals or accomodation

1.

Which word in Paragraph 1 tells you that Paula, Rose and Maria's parents had passed away?


_________________________________________________________________________________

 

_________________________________________________________________________________


2.

What did Mr Lee work as?

 

_________________________________________________________________________________

 

_________________________________________________________________________________


3.

How did the family get money while Mr Lee was away?

 

_________________________________________________________________________________

 

_________________________________________________________________________________


4.

Which word in the passage has the same meaning as 'longed'?

 

_________________________________________________________________________________

 

_________________________________________________________________________________


5.

What was Maria's ambition?

 

_________________________________________________________________________________

 

_________________________________________________________________________________



Section A (Answers)

Answers

1.
A.

2.
D.

3.
C.

4.
C.

5.
A.

6.
B.

7.
B.

8.
B.

Section B (Answers)

Answers

1.
B.

2.
C.

3.
A.

4.
C.

5.
D.

6.
C.

7.
D.

8.
C.

9.
C.

10.
D.

11.
A.

Section C (Answers)

Answers

1.
A.

2.
A.

3.
A.

4.
D.

5.
B.

Section D (Answers)

Answers

1.
The grateful lady offered the boy a reward but he declined it.

2.
She could adopt either a cat or a dog.

3.
Mrs Tan asked her twin daughter when their choir competition was.

4.
Since Rose became a Singapore citizen, she has been learning the English language.

Section E (Answers)

Answers

1.

(1) assembled

(2) cheering

(3) wait

(4) Unfortunately

(5) choked

(6) rumbled

(7) delicious

(8) brewed

(9) wafted

(10) offered



Section F (Answers)

Answers

1.

(1) in

(2) taller

(3) miss

(4) hold

(5) visit

(6) wheel

(7) landmarks

(8) caused

(9) water

(10) stopped



Section G (Answers)

Answers

1.

(1) is

(2) spotted

(3) was admiring

(4) purchase



2.

(1) is
(2) was standing

(3) finished

(4) shall continue



Section H (Answers)

Answers

1.
The word is "orphaned".

2.
Mr Lee worked as an explorer.

3.
The took in boarders.

4.
The word is "yearned".

5.
Her ambition was to be a dancer.

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