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Old School - Mid Year Examination (#3)

Section A

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.
A ______________ of owls live in the old oak tree.
  1. herd
  2. flock
  3. troop
  4. parliament

2.
Jenny slipped and ________________ on the toilet floor.
  1. squat
  2. strolled
  3. strewed
  4. sprawled

3.
Lily ______________ her sister for being such a coward.
  1. dreaded
  2. demoted
  3. despised
  4. discarded

4.
Ken wanted to be a _________________ in the Natural History Museum to work on fossils.
  1. zoologist
  2. psychologist
  3. entomologist
  4. palaeontologist

5.
The detective conducted an investigation and ________________ that the evidence was authentic.
  1. notified
  2. verified
  3. clarified
  4. satisfied

6.
The government refused to _________________ to the terrorists' demands.
  1. give in
  2. give up
  3. give off
  4. give away

7.
The teacher ________________ at the pupil's funny answer.
  1. groaned
  2. sneezed
  3. chuckled
  4. grumbled

8.
"Put your hands up!" the policeman __________________ the robbers.
  1. ordered
  2. persuaded
  3. interviewed
  4. interrogated

9.
Gale treated her daughter to a _______-scoop ice-cream for doing well in her English test.
  1. bi
  2. uni
  3. semi
  4. triple

10.
Forensic scientists ______________ the wreckage for clues about the cause of the explosion.
  1. spun
  2. deduced
  3. examined
  4. discovered

11.
The arrogant man _________________ about his newly bought car.
  1. aped
  2. horsed
  3. crowed
  4. ducked

 

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.
A litter of puppies and a kitten _________________ with milk by the veterinarian.
  1. fed
  2. feed
  3. was fed
  4. were fed

2.
Both Tom and Jerry ______________ children's favourite cartoon characters.
  1. is
  2. was
  3. are
  4. will be

3.
"Every one of you _____________ guilty of misconduct!" the discipline master reprimanded the pupils.
  1. is
  2. am
  3. are
  4. were

4.
The twins put on __________________ clothes inside out on purpose.
  1. its
  2. his
  3. her
  4. their

5.
The dog is caring for ______________ puppies.
  1. it
  2. its
  3. it's
  4. their

6.
There were cars parked on _____________ side of the street.
  1. all
  2. both
  3. each
  4. some

7.
The boys were tired after the hike. _________, they wanted to go for a swim in the river.
  1. If
  2. Yet
  3. Since
  4. However

8.
Dan was disappointed ______________ he failed to qualify for the Asian Games.
  1. and
  2. but
  3. until
  4. because

9.
Each of us ________________ the ability to make a positive impact on the global environment today.
  1. has
  2. had
  3. is having
  4. are having

10.
_______________ golf is fun and relaxing.
  1. Play
  2. Plays
  3. Played
  4. Playing

11.
An hour after the bad news were released, Justin had not recovered _____________ his shock.
  1. with
  2. over
  3. from
  4. between

 

Section C

For each question from 1 to 3, choose the correct punctuation to complete the passage. Make your choice (1, 2, 3 or 4).

 Yanny was terribly overweight, so his doctor placed him on a strict diet.

 "I want you to eat regularly for two days, then skip a day, and repeat this procedure for two weeks. The next time I see you (1) you'll have lost at least five kilograms," his doctor assured him.

 When Yanny returned, he shocked his doctor by having lost almost ten kilograms.

 "Why, that's amazing (2)" the doctor said, greatly impressed, "You certainly must have followed my instructions."

 Yanny nodded, "I'll tell you what though, I thought I was going to drop dead on the third day."

 "Why, from hunger (3) asked his doctor.

 "No, from all that skipping."
1.
(1)
  1. [.] full stop
  2. [,] comma
  3. [?] question mark
  4. [!] exclamation mark

2.
(2)
  1. [.] full stop
  2. [,] comma
  3. [;] semi-colon
  4. [?] question mark

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

 

Section D

Read the passage below and answer the questions that follow it.
Make your choice (1, 2, 3 or 4).

 A man and his son were once going with their donkey to the market. As they were walking along by its side, a countryman passed them and said, "You fools!" What is a donkey for but to ride upon?

 So, the man put his son on the donkey and they went on their way. But soon they passed a group of men, one of who said, "See that lazy youngster; he lets his father walk while he rides."

 The father ordered his son to get off, and got on himself. But they had not gone far when they passed two women, one of whom said to the other, "Shame on that lazy lout to let his poor little soon trudge along."

 Well, the man did not know what to do, but at last he took his boy up before him on the donkey. By this time, they had reached the market, and the passer-bys began to jeer and point at them. The man stopped and asked what they were scoffing at. The men said, "Aren't you ashamed of yourself for overloading that poor donkey with you and your hulking son?"

 The man and boy got off and tried to think of what to do. They thought and thought, till at last they cut down a pole, tied the donkey's feet to it, and raised the pole and the donkey to their shoulders. They went along amid the laughter of all who met them till they came to Market Bridge, when the donkey, getting one of its feet loose, kicked out and caused the boy to drop his end of the pole. In the struggle, the donkey fell over the bridge and with his forefeet being tied together, he was drowned.

 "That will teach you a lesson," said an old man, who had followed them. "Please all and you will please none."
1.
A countryman called the father and son fools because ____________________________.
  1. they rode on the donkey
  2. they walked to the market
  3. they were going to the market
  4. they walked to the market without the donkey

2.
The father ordered his son to get off the donkey as _______________________.
  1. he was tired
  2. his son was tired
  3. he did not want them to be insulted
  4. he did not want the donkey to be insulted

3.
Which of the following word has the same meaning as the word "trudge" in paragraph 3?
  1. hop
  2. skip
  3. slog
  4. stroll

4.
Which of the following statement is false?
  1. The donkey drowned with all its feet bound.
  2. The donkey fell over the bridge and drowned.
  3. The donkey was carried with its feet tied to a pole.
  4. The donkey's kick caused the boy to lose his grip of the pole.

5.
What is the moral of the story?
  1. Do not laugh at others.
  2. Do not try to please everyone.
  3. Do not carry a donkey over a bridge.
  4. Do not go to the market with a donkey.

 

Section E

There are 5 blanks, numbered 1 to 5 in the passage below. From the list of words given, choose the most suitable word for each blank. Choose letter (A to H) for each blank.
EACH WORD CAN BE USED ONLY ONCE.
1.
(A) at
(C) with
(E) down
(G) for
(B) by
(D) off
(F) on
(H) to

 Dave was the only son of a farmer. His father's farm was far out in the country. Dave and his uncle, Jim, worked at Stan's Farm for a long time. Then Dave's father died. Dave said, "I needn't stay here now. I'll sell (1) _____________ this farm and buy one in a better place. Then I'll soon be rich!"

 So Dave bought a farm in the east of the rural country. His new neighbours dropped (2) ____________ for a visit. They told his uncle, "The weather here is often very bad. Instead of breezy days, there are heavy storms. The wind is so strong that it breaks glass windows and destroys tree and plants. You must build an underground shelter. Then you and your nephew will be kept safe."

 So the two men worked hard and built a special room under the ground. It was hard work, but they laboured (3) ____________ tirelessly until the shelter was completed. However, for a long time after, the weather was good. There was no wind and Dave muttered angrily, "Why did I listen (4) ___________ my silly neighbours? I needn't have wasted my time and energy on building that room!"

 One night, there was a strong wind, followed by claps of thunder and a massive storm. Dave and Jim were safely hiding (5) ______________ there for a long time. Finally morning came and the sky was clear again. They found their windows broken and doors damaged. Plants had been uprooted  and several trees had fallen over.

 Dave smiled happily and said, "Ah! I am glad we did build that room after all!"

Adapted from L A Hill's Stories

Section F

Correct each word in bold for spelling and each underlined word for grammer.
1.
 The Australian or European farmer grows grass in summer to give his cattle food in winter. However, this grass has to be thoroughly (1) __________ dry by the sun before it can be stored. The long grass that has been cut is left in the field to dry.

 Long forks are used to turn over the grass so that all of it may be (2) ___________ expaused to the sun's powerful rays. The labourers must (3) ____________ took advantage of every hour of available sunshine. If the grass is not dried properly, it never becomes "hay", the correct name for (4) ______________ purfactly dried grass. The term for turning over the cut grass is "hay making". Thus, this is where the (5) ____________ proverbs "Make hay while the sun shines" originates.

Adapted from A Johnson's "Common English Proverbs"

Section G

For each of the question 1 to 5, 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 eggs have been hatched. The caterpillars feed on leaves.

After_________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

2.
Lee had a severe headache. Lee went to see a doctor at the nearest clinic.

Since_____________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________

3.
That is the shoe factory. My aunt worked there for ten years.

__________________________________________________________________________where

_________________________________________________________________________________

4.
The wily fox stole a chicken. The fox has been shot dead by a hunter.

_____________________________________________________________________________which

___________________________________________________________________________________

5.
Robin is not in school today. His friends are not in school today.

Neither________________________________________________________________________

nor____________________________________________________________________________

Section H

Fill in each blank with a suitable word.
1.
 Elephants are the largest animals on land. They have a good sense of (1)______________. Their long trunks are used to sniff the air and help them detect the scent of animals around them. The trunks also suck up water and act like water hoses during bath time. When elephants are in a cheeky (2) _____________ they may even spray water at one another!

 Besides picking up food and placing them in their mouths, elephants also (3) _______________ on their trunks to lift heavy loads. You cannot fathom nor imagine their usefulness when it comes to trunks lifting tree trunks!

 An elephant walks slowly, most of the time, because of its gigantic (4) _______________. However, it can certainly run fast when the need arises. During a commotion, when noise (5) _______________ rise or when it is simply agitated, frightened or angry, it trumpets and announces its displeasure, loudly, to those around it. However, elephants are still my favourite kind of animals!

Adapted from http://kids.nationalgeographic.com

Section I

Read the passage below and answer questions 1 to 5.
Answer in complete sentences.

 Taufik, Taufu and Taukee were siblings and they were the cheekiest set of triplets around town. There were identical in look and mannerism. They dressed in similar outfits and it was hard to tell them apart. They invoked a sense of excitement but caused confusion wherever they went. Just so, because they were always up to tricks. Even their grandparents realised that they had often been taken for a ride by their mischievous grandson. Coupled with their cheeky sense of fun and wit, it was really hard for anyone to pinpoint and catch the culprit. Thus, many a time, the brothers got away scott free.

 The 3 Ts, as their parents affectionately referred to them, were intelligent dreamers. The reason being that they seemed to have had a knack of making their dreams come true. They often built sandcastles in the air, wove wild dreams and yet, through a stroke of luck (if you may call it) found fulfilment in their dreams.

 One such remarkable happening occurred when they were ten years old. They were flipping through the newspapers and wistfully wishing that they could visit their favourite soccer team in Spain. Before they knew it, their teacher announced proudly that Taufu had won the National Story Writing Contest. His prize, a week's stay for three in Madrid! What followed was recorded on film and even more so, etched forever in their hearts and minds.

 The triplets had a whale of a time. Delicious pots of bamboo clams, crustaceans and the famous paella or rice dish were more than finger-licking good. Whirlwind tours and visits to museums, ruins and other touristy sites were fabulous. But the highlight was a game at the stadium, hosted by their Spanish soccer starts, Riotous roars accompanied the many goals scored. Never before did the 3 Ts cry and laugh at the same time. Oh, what the realisation of a dream could do to bring such immense joy to three young boys!

Edited from Diana's Dainty Delectables
1.
Why were the triplets described as cheeky?

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

2.
Why was it difficult to catch the culprit?

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

3.
Which word in the passage tells us that the triplets were much loved by their parents?

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

4.
Besides photograph albums, where did the three siblings keep precious memories of their trip?

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

5.
Which part of the fulfilled dreams was the happiest for the triplets?

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________


Section A (Answers)

Answers

1.
D.

2.
D.

3.
C.

4.
D.

5.
B.

6.
A.

7.
C.

8.
A.

9.
D.

10.
C.

11.
C.

Section B (Answers)

Answers

1.
D.

2.
C.

3.
A.

4.
D.

5.
B.

6.
C.

7.
D.

8.
D.

9.
A.

10.
D.

11.
C.

Section C (Answers)

Answers

1.
B.

2.
B.

3.
C.

Section D (Answers)

Answers

1.
B.

2.
C.

3.
C.

4.
A.

5.
B.

Section E (Answers)

Answers

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

Section F (Answers)

Answers

1.
(1) dried
(2) exposed
(3) take
(4) perfectly
(5) proverb

Section G (Answers)

Answers

1.
After the eggs have been hatched, the caterpillars feed on leaves.

2.
Since Lee had a severe headache, she went to see a doctor at the nearest clinic.

3.
That is the shoe factory where my aunt worked for ten years.

4.
The wily fox, which stole a chicken, has been shot dead by a hunter.

5.
Neither Robin nor his friends are in school today.

Section H (Answers)

Answers

1.
(1) smell
(2) mood
(3) depend
(4) size
(5) levels

Section I (Answers)

Answers

1.
They were often up to tricks.

2.
They looked and dressed alike.

3.
The word is "affectionately".

4.
They kept their precious memories of their trip etched forever in their hearts and minds.

5.
The happiest part of the fulfilled dream for the triplets was a game at the stadium, hosted by their Spanish soccer stars.

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