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Old School - Continual Assessment 2 (#2)

Section A

For each question from 1 to 6, four options are given. One of them is the correct answer. Make your choice (1, 2, 3 or 4).
1.
John and his sister __________________ having lunch in school today.
  1. is
  2. are
  3. was
  4. were

2.
James _________________ his lunch ten minutes ago and is now playing in the field.
  1. take
  2. takes
  3. took
  4. is taking

3.
Laura _______________ to the market to buy some fish and will be back soon.
  1. go
  2. goes
  3. was going
  4. has gone

4.
Heather continued running the marathon ______________ she was already tired.
  1. so
  2. and
  3. since
  4. although

5.
Mary, _______________ is my classmate, likes to eat chocolate ice-cream.
  1. who
  2. whom
  3. whose
  4. which

6.
There were not many boys playing in the field, _____________ there?
  1. are
  2. were
  3. aren't
  4. weren't

 

Section B

For each question from 1 to 6, four options are given. One of them is the correct answer. Make your choice (1, 2, 3 or 4).
1.
I was out of breath after running up the _______________ of stairs.
  1. flight
  2. steps
  3. levels
  4. storeys

2.
He was as quick as _______________ and disappeared into the darkness in no time.
  1. sound
  2. thunder
  3. lightning
  4. electricity

3.
Martina _______________ goes there. The last time I saw her there was twenty-five years ago.
  1. often
  2. rarely
  3. frequently
  4. occasionally

4.
Fandi Ahmad wanted to represent Singapore and bring ______________ to the country.
  1. glory
  2. respect
  3. admiration
  4. appreciation

5.
The serious accident is ________________ traffic on the busy road.
  1. holding up
  2. holding off
  3. holding back
  4. holding down

6.
It is very important for both parties to put down the terms and conditions in __________________.
  1. blue and black
  2. black and grey
  3. black and white
  4. silver and black

 

Section C

Read the passage below and answer questions 1 to 5.

For each question from 1 to 10, four options are given. One of them is the correct answer. Make your choice (1, 2, 3 or 4).


 In Singapore, most of us love window-shopping while some others enjoy having a picnic at East Coast Park or Changi Beach on sunny days. Singaporeans are never bothered by the occasional thunderstorm. However, we know that if it rains for long continuous periods, there will be more serious effects. Just recently the main shopping street of Orchard Road was flooded and some part of Bukit Timah were impassable to traffic. People reacted by writing in to the newspaper to complain about this! We forget that other countries suffer much worse effects.

 Elsewhere, heavy tropical storms often result in floods that ruins crops especially in Thailand and Malaysia. This in turn usually means that the price of rice and vegetables here in Singapore will rise because we import these products from them. If there is a typhoon or tsunami, thousands of lives are lost too. This happened in Indonesia and Phuket in Thailand in 2004 and it serves to remind us of how Mother Nature can wreak havoc.

 Weather patterns in general have changed dramatically in recent years. Scientists believe that global warming and the resulting melting of the polar ice-cap has caused the level of the ocean to rise. This in turn cause massive flooding of low-lying areas in countries where the land is rather flat and some parts of which is below water level. It is believed that human activities have caused Mother Nature to show her wrath so it is now important that we really work together to cut down on harmful activities, for example, illegal logging or irresponsible forest-burning to clear land for farming.

1.
From Paragraph 1, one can see that most Singaporean love _________________________.
  1. shopping
  2. going on picnics
  3. writing letters to the newspaper
  4. having the occasional thunderstorm

2.
What happens if there are floods in our neighbouring countries?
  1. Heavy tropical storms will follow.
  2. Some foodstuff becomes more expensive.
  3. Many people will write in to the newspaper.
  4. They will import rice and vegetables from Singapore.

3.
The word "it" in line 12 refers to the _______________________.
  1. heavy tropical storms
  2. the import of rice and vegetables
  3. rise in price of rice and vegetables
  4. lost of lives due to typhoon or tsunami

4.
It is believed that the main cause of massive flooding of low-lying areas is _______________________.
  1. global warming
  2. human activities
  3. the rise in ocean level
  4. the melting of the polar ice-cap

5.
One of the ways to reduce the drastic effects of global warming is to ______________________.
  1. build high walls to prevent the land from flooding
  2. stop eating too much rice and vegetables daily
  3. control illegal logging and to use other ways of land-clearing
  4. reduce the human activities of shopping and picnicking on the beach

 

Section D

Read the passage carefully. Choose the correct word from the words given in the box and choose letter (A to F) for each blank.

EACH WORD CAN BE USED ONLY ONCE.

1.
(A) breaks
(B) had broken
(C) broke
(D) break
(E) have broken
(F) were breaking


 Two soldiers, Privates Larry and George crept silently through the jungle undergrowth. They took great care not to (1) _____________ any twigs unnecessarily as they passed. They did not want to leave a trail for their enemy to follow. Both men knew that the enemy soldiers (2) _____________ through the front lines as they crawled along and time was running out. Could their luck hold out?

 "Do you know where we are now?" Larry whispered to George.

 "No, but I do hope that we (3) ____________ through their tight cordon and finally escaped," replied George.

 Half an hour later, the gunfire seemed to be further away and both soldiers knew that they (4) ______________ through the enemy lines to freedom on the other side at last. It had been a close call for the two soldiers indeed.

2.
(A) through
(B) below
(C) beside
(D) above
(E) in
(F) down


 There was a river which ran past the village of Kampong Jambu. Its source started somewhere in the surrounding hills and then it flowed gently (1) _______________ to the Jambu valley lying directly (2) ________________. There, it wound its way round the green, rolling grassy plains filled with fruit trees. The river never for once cut (3) ______________ the village but instead flows around it on its way to the sea.

 Minah often went out to the river with her herd of goats and would often sit (4) ____________ the river while keeping an eye on her goats as they stood on its banks to drink from the river. That was how most villagers spent their time on hot summer afternoons.

Section E

For question 1 to 3, choose the word(s) closest in meaning to the underlined words. Make your choice (1, 2, 3 or 4).

 The world's first mascots for the Youth Olympic Games 2010 as Lyo and Merly. Lyo, the "Lion of the Youth Olympics", is a lion cub with a mane as fiery as his passion for life. Lyo's (1) favourite sport is basketball and he dreams of representing Singapore in international basketball tournaments someday. Lyo enjoys making friends from all over the world and learning about their different cultures. He is (2) fun-loving and wants to inspire youths to keep fit and enjoy sports.

 Merly got her name from "mer" (meaning the sea) and "ly" for liveliness and youthfulness. She loves exploring the seas around and (3) beyond Singapore. Merly is especially passionate about (4) conserving our environment and believes that everyone can play a part. Her dream is to become an environmental scientist so that she can find more ways to help people live in harmony with Nature.
1.
favourite
  1. ideal
  2. chosen
  3. desired
  4. preferred

2.
fun-loving
  1. playful
  2. excited
  3. vigorous
  4. energetic

3.
beyond
  1. clear of
  2. ahead of
  3. away from
  4. further than

4.
conserving
  1. shielding
  2. defending
  3. protecting
  4. concerning

 

Section F

For each of the questions, 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 Children's Day Carnival will be postponed. There is a storm.

If_____________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

2.
"I will buy some groceries from the supermarket tomorrow," says Mrs Raju.

Mrs Raju says____________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________

Section G

Fill in each of the blanks with the most suitable words.
1.
 Arty came to play with me every day. Another game I played was blowing soap bubbles with a clay pipe. They floated down from the open window and Arty ran about the street, trying to catch them with his hands. One day I blew a bubble as big as a melon, the biggest bubble that anyone has ever (1) ____________. The great melon bubble floated slowly down in the hot sunshine and along the scorched empty street. The (2) ______________ thing about it was that it would not burst! It floated beautifully away like a glass balloon polished by the sun, keeping about as high as the windows of the houses. When it got to the street-corner, a puff of wind caught it and it turned round the corner and (3) ______________ from my view. I asked Arty to run after it and he ran after it with his cap in his hand. It was then about two o'clock in the afternoon but Arty did not return (4) ______________ six in the evening. I was curious about his whereabouts. (5) _____________ he came back again, he was looking very tired.

 "Where have you been?" I asked.

 "After the bubbles," he replied.

 "All this time? Didn't it burst?" I asked again.

 "No," he said, "it never did. Just kept like that. Just went on."

Adapted from Elephant's Nest in a Rhubard Tree by H.E. Bates

Section H

Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.

Answer in complete sentences.


 A group of about two dozen men, some armed with spears, came down to the trail at Kayan River valley where I was standing. I felt their hands on me. I was stripped of my pack and forced to the ground. I did not resist. I sat in the dirt with my back to a drainage ditch as the men formed a tight semi-circle in front of me. For the next two hours, they fired accusations at me. I was repeatedly questioned and cross-examined. My mind was alert and I was careful not to show any fear.

 They wanted to know why I did not have a cooking pot, what I was doing in their village and how I had come over the mountains. My answers did not sound very convincing to them and soon realised how vulnerable I was. The experience of facing so many frightened people was intimidating. My belonging was ransacked; shotgun shells, diaries, salt and clothing littered the ground.

 Over and over the mean repeated two questions: "Why do you walk by yourself?" and "Why aren't you afraid of forest spirits?" The fact is that no one walks by himself in the jungle. It is too easy to fall or to get lost or fall sick. Every year, people went missing in the rainforest without a trace. It was difficult to explain to these villagers why I had no fear. Hours had passed and I felt my energy fading. These frightened, angry people, with their excited sing-song manner of speaking, were exhausting me. By consistently basing answers on logic and reasoning, I was only making the situation worse. It would have merely increased their suspicions if I had claimed not to believe in spirits. I wanted only one thing: to leave the village safely. A solution came unexpectedly.

 These villagers have a tradition of amulets, charms and spell-breakers. Hence, they believe in supernatural power of the spirits. With this in mind, I remembered I was wearing a small stuffed fabric pear-shaped pin that my mother had given me. I would use it to amuse the villagers.

Adapted from Stranger in the Forest by Eric Hansen

1.
Where did the writer encounter the two dozen armed men?

______________________________________________________________________________

 

______________________________________________________________________________


2.
How did the writer behave when he was repeatedly questioned and cross-examined?

______________________________________________________________________________

 

______________________________________________________________________________


3.
Which word in the 2nd paragraph tells us that the writer was "in danger of being attacked"?

______________________________________________________________________________

 

______________________________________________________________________________


4.
What might happen to a traveller while trekking alone in the rainforest?

______________________________________________________________________________

 

______________________________________________________________________________


5.
Why were the villagers suspicious of the writer when he answered their questions using logic and reasoning?

______________________________________________________________________________

 

______________________________________________________________________________



Section A (Answers)

Answers

1.
B.

2.
C.

3.
D.

4.
D.

5.
A.

6.
B.

Section B (Answers)

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1.
A.

2.
C.

3.
B.

4.
A.

5.
A.

6.
C.

Section C (Answers)

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1.
A.

2.
B.

3.
D.

4.
A.

5.
C.

Section D (Answers)

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1.
(1) D
(2) F
(3) E
(4) B

2.
(1) F
(2) B
(3) A
(4) C

Section E (Answers)

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1.
D.

2.
D.

3.
D.

4.
C.

Section F (Answers)

Answers

1.
If there is a storm, the Children's Day Carnival will be postponed.

2.
Mrs Raju says that she will buy some groceries from the supermarket tomorrow.

Section G (Answers)

Answers

1.
(1) blown
(2) strange
(3) disappeared
(4) till
(5) When

Section H (Answers)

Answers

1.
He encountered them at Kayan River valley.

2.
The writer's mind was alert and he was careful not to show any fear.

3.
The word is "vulnerable".

4.
A traveler might easily fall or get lost or fall sick when trekking alone in the rainforest.

5.
They believed in spirits.

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