Test Papers

Old School - Continual Assessment 1 (#1)

Section A

Study the following text then answer the questions.

1.
The main aim of the 'Write & Win 20Q7' competition is to ___________.
  1. promote writing in schools
  2. encourage young people to write
  3. instill in young people the love for Singapore
  4. encourage young people to join the Writers Club

2.
If John, who is fourteen years old, wants to take part in the competition, his composition must be at least ____________ long.
  1. 120 words
  2. 180 words
  3. 350 words
  4. 600 words

3.
Entry forms are available ___________ .
  1. from schools
  2. at Writers Club
  3. XYZ Book Company
  4. in the Writers magazine

4.
If Mary is the third participant to send in her composition, she will definitely be able to receive __________ .
  1. $50 for herself
  2. $200 for her school
  3. a set of attractive pens
  4. a specially designed bookmark

5.
Participant who wins $500 for his school will receive __________ for himself.
  1. $100
  2. $200
  3. $300
  4. $500

 

Section B

Choose the right answer.
1.
The invigilator told the candidates not to write __________ they were instructed to do so.
  1. if
  2. until
  3. when
  4. although

2.
! had so __________ time left that I could noi do the remaining sums.
  1. few
  2. less 
  3. little
  4. least

3.
Wendy ___________ the windows when the doorbell rang. She stopped her work and answered the door immediately.
  1. has cleaned
  2. is cleaning
  3. had cleaned
  4. was cleaning

4.
It is no use talking to him. He will not __________ to you.
  1. listen
  2. listens
  3. listened
  4. listening

5.
The lady ________ car was stolen made a report to the police.
  1. who
  2. which
  3. whom
  4. whose

6.
Susan suggested, "Neither drinks nor food ________ sold here. Let's try the next shop."
  1. is
  2. are
  3. was
  4. being

7.
 Jenny's father looked at the grades in her report book and said, "Splendid! ___________ the good work!"
  1. Keep to
  2. Keep at
  3. Keep up
  4. Keep on

 

Section C

Choose the correct punctuation to complete the passage.

It was two o'clock on a Thursday afternoon when Mr Li began marking some English compositions he had brought home from school. After working for an hour (1) Mr Li felt hot and tired.

"I must rest for a while (2) he said to himself. So he put his pen down and began to gaze out of the windows. He could see a church just across the road. He noticed that not all the doors were shut.

Mr Li thought, "Isn't it strange(3) All the doors should be shut by this time."
1.
(1)
  1. [. ] full stop
  2. [, ] comma
  3. [ ? ] question mark
  4. [! ] exclamation mark

2.
(2)
  1. [," ] comma and inverted commas
  2. [." ] full stop and inverted commas
  3. [:" ] semi-colon and inverted commas
  4. [ ?" ] question mark and inverted commas

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

 

Section D

Choose the right answer.
1.
 "How does the victim of the robbery expect us to recognise the robber from her _________ description of him?" John asked, puzzled.
  1. blur
  2. rare
  3. vivid
  4. vague

2.
Mr Chen was annoyed with his noisy neighbours and wanted to __________ to the authorities about them.
  1. blame
  2. request 
  3. reprimand
  4. complain

3.
In the final round of the chess competition, the participants will have to __________ their wits against the bestolayers.
  1. pit
  2. match
  3. compete
  4. opposed

4.
Tom ducked av/ay just in time to ________ the blow when the bully tried to hit him.
  1. flee
  2. back 
  3. withstand
  4. dodge

5.
Dick is not only Tim's close friend, but also a good __________ in business.
  1. partner
  2. colleague 
  3. employee
  4. accomplice

 

Section E

Choose the word closest in meaning to the underlined words.

One evening, I was sitting by the open window, reading a good but rather (1) out of the ordinary mystery story. It was not (2) a cock and bull story. After a while, it became too dark for me to read easily, so I put my book down and (3) walked unsteadily across the room.

Suddenly, I heard a loud cry of "Help! Help!" That sound (4) made my hair stand on end. It seemed to have come from the trees at the end of the garden. I decided to go to the garden to (5) look into it all by myself.
1.
(1).
  1. rare
  2. untrue
  3. unusual
  4. fictitious

2.
(2)
  1. a fable
  2. a legend
  3. an incredible story
  4. an interesting story

3.
(3)
  1. strolled
  2. strutted
  3. shuffled
  4. staggered

4.
(4)
  1. excited me
  2. frightened me
  3. aroused my curiosity
  4. made my imagination go wild

5.
(5)
  1. scan
  2. inspect
  3. explore
  4. investigate

 

Section F

Read the passage below and answer the questions.

Have you ever seen a 3-meter tall man prancing about on the road? Mr Yap is such a man. In real life he is only half that height, but on special occasions he mounts his 1.5-meter stilts and doubles his height.

Stilt-walking is not as easy as some people seem to think. In the past, a stilt-walker walked on stilts and clowned about. Today, in order to keep the crowd's attention, he has to perform some daring acrobatic acts such as somersaulting over a table or jumping through a ring of fire.  Mr Yap works constantly at improving his skills, introducing one dangerous trick after another.

According to Mr Yap, not all stilt-walkers do acrobatics. Some of them dress up as women to play female roles. More men are expected to do this in future as female stilt-walkers are scarce today. The men selected to play female roles are those whose faces can be made to resemble women's faces, with the clever use of make-up. They must also be good at impersonating ancient Chinese maidens in the way they talk, walk and behave.

Mr Yap does not perform on festive occasions like the Chingay procession. However, he performs at religious ceremonies and at funerals. The Chinese believe that stilt-walking, which many worshippers enjoy, provides entertainment for the gods at religious ceremonies and is a mark of respect for the dead at funerals.
1.
According to the text, stilt-walking today is more challenging than it was in the past because a stilt-walker has to __________
  1. clown about
  2. walk on longer stilts
  3. act the part of a woman
  4. learn new and dangerous tricks

2.
The word "he" in line 6 refers to __________
  1. Mr Yap
  2. the stilt-walker
  3. the stilt-walker of the past
  4. the stilt-walker who can do acrobatics

3.
Today more men are selected to play female roles because __________
  1. of the way they talk, walk and behave
  2. there are very few female stilt-walkers
  3. their faces can be made to look like women
  4. they are good at impersonating ancient Chinese maidens

4.
Mr Yap performs stilt-walking at __________
  1. funerals
  2. festive occasions
  3. Chingay processions 
  4. acrobatic performances

5.
The Chinese believe that a stilt-walking performance at a religious ceremony__________
  1. provides entertainment for the gods
  2. serves as a form of respect for the gods
  3. serves as a mark of respect for the dead
  4. provides entertainment for the worshippers

 

Section G

From the list of words given, choose the most suitable word for each blank.

(A) such          (D) when          (G) he          (K) unless          (N) and
(B) an             (E) by              (H) the          (L) that              (P) what
(C) they          (F) if                 (J) so           (M) in                (Q) or
1.
Most people communicate with one another through a particular language in the form of speech and writing. Some people (1)__________ as the deaf and dumb are unable to do (2) __________ .They cannot use language (3)___________ the ordinary way. Nevertheless, (4)__________ can still communicate with others. They have to rely on sign language (5)___________ they want to communicate. They can also do this (6)___________ using finger-spelling. Here the letters of
(7)___________ alphabet are shown by different positions of the fingers on one (8)___________ both hands.

Sometimes deaf people also lip-read to 'hear' (9) ___________ others are saying. They observe the speaker's lips carefully (10)__________ he is speaking. They try to make out the message in this way.

Section H

Correct each bold word for spelling and each underlined word for grammar.
1.
Sam was a (1)mischiefvious boy. When he was at the zoo last week, he (2)offering a Bun to an elephant.  However, he (3)keep on pulling it away before the animal could reach it (4)by its trunk. The elephant was very good-tempered at first, but it became more and more (5)annoying as the trick was repeated. Finally, it (6)sulkly refused to take any notice (7)at its tormentor.

About half an hour later, the elephant (8)is allowed to come out of its enclosure. The elephant soon (9)obseved that Sam was still standing near the entrance. In a moment, the elephant (10)whiped off Sard's straw hat. He was shocked at what the elephant had done.

Section I

Fill in each blank with a suitable word.
1.
Have you been to a home of the Japanese? If you (1) __________ go into   a Japanese house, you must remember to take off your shoes because (2) __________ will dirty the fine straw mat which covers the (3)___________. Instead of walls, the rooms in most Japanese houses (4)___________ sliding   doors. You must push one of these doors (5)___________ if you want to get into a room.

A Japanese (6)____________ is usually very large. In the centre of the room there may be (7)____________ low table with small flat cushions around it.   Many Japanese rooms have no other (8)____________. Perhaps you will see a bowl of flowers or a long silk painting (9)____________ one of the walls. You may be surprised to see that there are (10)___________ bedsteads. The Japanese has a mattress which he unrolls (11)___________ at bedtime.

The Japanese usually takes a bath (12)___________ his meal in the evening. Most houses have a Iarge bath for the whole family. However, no one washes (13)____________ the bath! The Japanese washes (14)_____________ before he gets into the big bath. The water is very hot. (15)____________ , the Japanese is used to having a hot bath. After the bath, he puts on a loose robe and has his evening meal.

Section J

Rewrite the given sentences 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 sentences..
1.
Hashim cannot support his family on his present salary. He has to take on another job.
_____________________________________________________ unless _____________________________________________________

2.
John loves the mountains in Switzerland. He spent his last vacation there.
_____________________________________________________ where
_____________________________________________________

3.

 Mr Tan orders everyone around. He thinks he is the boss of the shop.
____________________________________________ as though

 

____________________________________________


4.
Mrs Sim was shopping in Paris. She came across a rare painting.
_________________________________________________ while
_________________________________________________

5.
The man dragged the sack of feathers up the ramp. It seemed very heavy.
____________________________________________________ as if
____________________________________________________

Section K

Read the passage below and answer questions.

At a grand party, a spirited discussion sprang up between a young lady and a captain in the army. Said the young lady, "The modern woman no longer jumps at the sight of a mouse."

The captain said, "I beg to differ. A woman never fails to scream in any crisis. While a man may feel like it, he has that little more of nerve control to hold back. Among the guests was an elderly gentleman who did not join in the argument but watched the guests quietly. As his eyes fell upon the hostess, he noticed a strange expression come over her face. She was staring straight ahead, her muscles contracting slightly. With a slight hand gesture, she summoned the waiter and whispered to him. The waiter's eyes widened and he left the room.

Of the guests, only the elderly man saw the waiter place a bowl of milk on the verandah beyond the open doors. With a start, he realised that there was a cobra in the room. He knew what the milk was for. He looked all over the room but there was no sign of the creature. Only one place was left - where they were sitting. It must be there. Not wanting to alarm anyone for the commotion would frighten the snake into striking, the old gentleman joined in the conversation, "I want to know just what control everyone at this table has. I will count to one hundred and no one is to move a muscle Those who move will have to pay up fifty pieces of silver."

All the guests were like stone images while the elderly man counted. As soon as he saw the cobra emerge and head for the verandah, he jumped to slam the verandah doors shut. Screams rang out.

"You were right, Captain! the host, a rich businessman exclaimed. "A man has just shown us as. example of perfect control."

Just a minute," the elderly man said, turning to the hostess.

"Madam, how did you know the snake was in the room?"

The woman, still at the table smiled and replied, "It was crawling over my feet."
1.
Who hosted the party?

____________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________

2.
Which three-word phrase from the passage has a similar meaning to disagree?

____________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________

3.
What does the word it in line 5 refer to?

____________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________

4.
Why did the hostess have a "strange expression" (lines 7 & 8) on her face?

____________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________

5.

"He knew what the milk was for." (line 13) What was the milk for?

____________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________


6.
Where was the cobra hiding in the room?

____________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________

7.
What would happen if the guests had caught sight of the cobra and screamed?

____________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________

8.
Explain clearly what the writer meant when he said that the people were "like stone images" (line 19).

____________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________

9.
Who was the "man" mentioned in line 22?

____________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________

10.
Who won the argument?

____________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________


Section A (Answers)

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B.

2.
C.

3.
D.

4.
D.

5.
B.

Section B (Answers)

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C.

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D.

4.
A.

5.
D.

6.
A.

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C.

Section C (Answers)

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B.

2.
A.

3.
C.

Section D (Answers)

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D.

4.
D.

5.
A.

Section E (Answers)

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C.

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3.
D.

4.
B.

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D.

Section F (Answers)

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D.

2.
B.

3.
B.

4.
A.

5.
A.

Section G (Answers)

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

Section H (Answers)

Answers

1.
(1)  mischievous
(2)  offered
(3)  kept
(4)  with
(5)  annoyed
(6)  sulkily
(7)  of
(8)  was
(9)  observed
(10) whipped

Section I (Answers)

Answers

1.
(1) ever
(2)  they
(3)  floor
(4)  have
(5)  aside
(6)  room
(7)  a
(8)  furniture
(9)  on
(10) no
(11) only
(12) before
(13) in
(14) himself
(15) However

Section J (Answers)

Answers

1.
Hashim cannot support his family on his present salary unless he takes another job.

2.
John loves the mountains in Switzerland where he spent his last vacation.

3.
Mr Tan orders everyone around as though he is the boss of the shop.

4.
Mrs Sim came across a rare painting while she was shopping in Paris.

5.
The man dragged the sack of feathers up the ramp as if it was very heavy.

Section K (Answers)

Answers

1.
A rich businessman and the lady whose feet the cobra crawled over hosted the party.

2.
It is "beg to differ".

3.
It refers to screaming in a crisis.

4.
She felt the cobra crawling over her feet.

5.
It was used to lure the snake out to the verandah.

6.
The cobra was hiding at where the people were sitting.

7.
The commotion would frighten the cobra into striking.

8.
The people did not move at all and were and were very still.

9.
He was the elderly gentleman.

10.
The lady whose feet cobra crawled over won the argument.

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