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Paper 1

READING COMPREHENSION

 

SECTION A

Choose the word or phrase that best completes each sentence.

1) There was a big hole on the road which ….. the traffic.

A. kept down B. held up C. stood back D. sent back

2) We shall defend the city …… it means fighting to the last of our men.

A. whether B. however C. even if D. no matter

3) Where ……. all this morning? It’s nearly midday.

A. have you been B. were you C. were you being D. are you

4) The lecture series ……. naturally into three parts.

A. consists B. divide C. falls D. is composed of

5) I felt most ….. when they made me sit at a little table at the back.

A. confusing B. shameful C. insulted D. headache

6) Three of those whom we invited to the party didn’t ………

A. set off B. see off C. show up D. stay up

7) When she was crossing the room, the night-nurse happened to notice an old lady …… to get out of bed.

A. has tried B. to try C. trying D. tried

8) I would like to offer a small …. to anyone who finds the missing dog.

A. receipt B. repayment C. expense D. reward

9) He is decorating the house with a view ….. it.

A. to sell B. to selling C. for selling D. to be sold

10) She’s …… the best student in my school.

A. by far B. untill then C. up now D. since now

11) “Why is the ground so wet?” – “It ….. last night”.

A. would rain B. would have rained
C. should have rained D. must have rained

12) Supposing I  ….. to agree to your request, how do you think the other students would feel?

A. would B. am C. were D. could

13) While politicians argue about nuclear weapons, ordinary people are simply concerned ….. staying alive.

A. of B. with C. for D. in

14) Few pleasures can equal ….. of a cool drink on a hot day.

A. it B. that C. such D. this

15) There was nothing he could do …… leave the car at the roadside where it had broken down.

A instead of B. than C. but D. unless

16) There is a fault at our television station. Please do not ….. your set.

A. alter B. adjust C. transfer D. switch

17) As a girl I enjoy …. for me.

A. to have doors opened B. have doors opened
C. having doors open D. having doors opened

18) We had a meeting …. purpose was completely unclear.

A. which B. whose C. that D. what

19) I wish I ….. that I couldn’t come.

A. say  B. said C. have said   D. had said

20) It was recommended         that the young woman ….. after dark.

A. not drive B. didn’t drive C. no driving D. not to drive

 

SECTION B

Read the following passage carefully, then choose the best answer to each question.

The sun was going down beyond great banks of cloud which were full of orange-pink light. It would usually be time for Joe to be going in, but he didn’t want to go back if Aunt Daisy and Uncle Ted were still there, because his mother would only send him straight to bed out of the way. So he turned away from borne and walked down the lane past the football field, kicking a stone before him at the risk of scratching the toes of his best brown shoes. A couple of dogs, one large, black and smooth-haired, the other smaller with a long black and white coat, played on the edge of the field, running round, jumping at each other and sometimes rolling over and over together, totally content in each other’s company.

Joe watched them for a moment or two and walked on. Twenty minutes later he was on the riverside and half-way round the circle he had set out to walk from the town and back again. On his way he had passed several couples and one or two family groups returning from their Sunday evening walk; but now there was no one about except one man resting on the grass between the path and the river bank. When Joe realised that it was his father, his surprise was so great that he stopped. Then his father, who had been leaning on his arm and looking into the river, looked round, but did not seem surprised to see him.

“Hello Joe”, he said dully. He went back to staring at the river. The fact that he was wearing his best clothes somehow added to the strangeness of his sitting there alone like this, and as Joe looked at him he was conscious for the first time of a sense of his father as not his father, but as someone without connection with himself: as a man, with thoughts and feeling outside their existence as father and son. He saw, for the first time, his father as a person carrying about with him a world of his own, and he had an indefinite sense of this world of his father’s extending back to a time and a life before he himself was bom. He was only a part of his father’s world, while his father belonged in the centre of his, Joe’s world. And things were far from well in his father’s world, he knew.

He moved a few steps nearer, anh his father did not look at him. “They’re all at home, wondering where you are”, said Joe.

21) Joe didn’t go straight home because he ……..

A. didn’t want to see Aunt Daisy and Uncle Ted.
B. wanted to find his father first.
C. wanted to watch the two dogs playing.
D. didn’t want to go to bed immediately.

22) Instead of going home, Joe went ……..

A. on to the football field.
B. through some fields.
C. along the bank of the river.
D. half-way to the town.

23) When Joe had completed half his intended walk, he ……..

A. saw a man sitting by himself.
B. passed a couple of people.
C. went back to the town.
D. met some family groups.

24) When Joe’s father saw Joe, he …….

A. sat down on the grass.
B. didn’t seem very interested in him.
C. looked round at the river.
D. went back to the river.

25) That evening Joe realised that ……..

A. he hardly know his father at all.
B. he had not seen his father wearing those clothes before.
C. he had never really loved his father.
D. his father had a life of his own.

Paper 2

WRITING

SECTION A

USE OF ENGLISH

A/ Fill each of the numbered blanks in the following passage. Use only ONE word in each space.

Helen packed a small suitcase, said goodbye to her mother and hurried out of the house to (26) …… the bus to the station. There was no one (27)       ….. waiting at the bus stop, so it looked as if a bus had just left. Helen looked at her watch anxiously: it was already two o’clock. Her train left at two-thirty, and since it would (28) …. at least twenty minutes to reach the station, she did not have much time to (29) ….. even if a bus came along at once.

Just then a taxi came slowly down the road. Helen knew that the (30) ….. to the station was at least five shillings, which was more than she could (31) ….. but she quickly made up her (32) ….. that it would be well (33) …. the extra expense in order to be sure of catching her train. So she stopped the taxi and got in. She told the driver that she had to catch the train which left at half past two. The man nodded and said that he would take a short (34) …. to get her to the station in good time.

All went well until, just as they were coming out of a side – street into the (35) ….. road that led to the station, the taxi ran (36) ….. a car. There was a loud crash and Helen was thrown (37) ….. so violently that she hit her head on the front seat. Both drivers got out and began shouting (38) …… each other. Helen got out as (39)…., to ask them to stop quarrelling, but (40) ….. of them took any notice of her at all.

B/ GUIDED SENTENCE BUILDING

Build a comple sentence with the given words.

 

Dear Mr. Brown,

41) I / be happy / get / letter / offer job / your company

…………………………………………..

42) You / not tell / when / want me / start work / for you

…………………………………………..

43) My present employer / expect me / stay / him / end month

…………………………………………..

44) We think / about buy / house / office

…………………………………………..

45) My wife / be anxious / find / good school / children / attend

…………………………………………..

46) She worry / not be able / continue / study / same subjects

…………………………………………..

47) They be / secondary school / this year / study harder

…………………………………………..

48) Let hope / problems / not take / long solve

…………………………………………..

49) Please / write me / let know / soon possible

…………………………………………..

50) I look forward / start work / you

…………………………………………..

Yours sincerely,

John Smith

C/ Rewrite each of the following sentences in such a way that it means exactly the same as the sentence printed above it.

51) My mother was the most warm-hearted person I’ve ever known.

I’ve …………………………………

52) They never made us do anything we didn’t want to do.

We were ……………………………

53) I had only just put the phone down when the boss rang back.

Hardly ………………………………                                               

54) He never has enough money.

He’s always …………………………

55) John has not had his hair cut for over 6 months.

It is over ……………………………..       

 

SECTION B

COMPOSITION

Write a composition from 150 to 180 words on this topic:

What are the advantages and disadvantages of air travel?