Robert Edwards was blinded in an automobile accident nine years ago. He was also partially deaf because of old age. Last week, he was strolling near his home when a thunderstorm approached. He took refuge under a tree and was struck by lighting. He was knocked to the ground and woke up some 20 minutes later, lying face down in water below a tree. He went into the house and lay down in bed. A short time later, he woke; his legs were numb and he was trembling, but when he opened his eyes, he could see the clock across the room fading in and out in front of him. When his wife entered, he saw her for the first time in nine years. Doctors confirm that he has regained his sight and hearing apparently from the flash or lighting, but they are unable to explain the occurrence. The only possible explanation offered by one doctor was that, since Edwards lost his sight as a result of trauma in a terrible accident, perhaps the only way it could be restored was by another trauma.
1. What is the topic of the story?
- Robert Edwards’ blindness.
- Robert Edwards’ accident.
- Robert Edwards’ suffering.
- Robert Edwards’ tragedy.
- Robert Edwards’ life.
2. What was the first thing that Robert Edwards saw after being struck by lighting?
- his wife c. lighting. e. a clock.
- a tree. d. a car.
3. What was Edwards doing when he was struck by lighting?
- lying on the ground. d. climbing a tree.
- driving a car. e. staying at home.
- hiding from the storm under a tree.
The text is for questions 4 to 7
Copenhagen (Reuter): A United Nation summit to fight poverty, unemployment, and social injustice marked international Women’s Day yesterday by declaring that women were the biggest victims of all three.
“There is no single group which illustrates the three themes of this conference better than women. The highest percentage of employed are women, the poorest of the poor are women, the socially marginalized and excluded are women” UN Secretary-General Boutros Ghalli said in speech.
“Poverty cannot be eliminated, productive employment cannot be expanded and social integration cannot achieve unless women wholly and equitably participate in social development,” he added.
The United Nations estimates that about 1.3 billion people live in chronic poverty and that 70 percent are female. Over the past 20 years the number of women in extreme poverty grew by 50 percent while the rate for men was 30 percent, U.N data shows.
4. What is the aim of the United Nations summit conference based on the above text?
- To declare the three themes at the conference.
- To fight poverty, unemployment, and social injustice.
- To eliminate unemployment.
- To expand productive employment.
- To participate in social development.
5. “… unless women wholly and equitably participate in social development.”(Paragraph 3).
The underlined word is similar to … .
- attend c. Postpone e. take part
- prevent d. expand
6. What is the main idea of paragraph 4?
- 70 percent of female.
- Poverty in the world.
- The conference for women.
- The United Nation summit attended by Secretary-General.
- The United Nations estimation about the number of women in poverty.
7. Which of the following statement is TRUE according to the text?
- The number of women in extreme poverty grew by 50 percent over the past 20 years.
- Poverty, unemployment, and social injustice marked the conference.
- Productive employment can be expanded in the world.
- There are four themes in the conference.
- Poverty can be eliminated soon.
The text is for questions 8 to11.
Most countries have their own myths and legends. These are stories about the early history of a place or a group of people. Famous legends in Indonesia are Si MalinKundang from West Java, Sangkuriang from West Java, and CalonArang from Bali.
The Aboriginal people of Australia have many legends. The most famous of these are called the Dreamtime. The Dreamtime explains the origin and culture of the land and its people. Some people say Aboriginal culture dates back 65,000 years. Amazing! The Dreamtime contains many parts. As with other cultures it explains how the Earth was formed and how humans were created. There are Gods and Goddesses –some who were kind hearted and some were cruel. Each tribe has its own individual Dreamtime story but many of them have similar parts to the story. The Dreamtime stories are passed down to the next generation through story telling and dancing and painting. Nothing is written down and there are no TV series about it either.
Taken from KGRE, page 10, June 2007.
8. What is the text about?
- Myths and legends.
- MalinKundang from West Sumatra.
- Sangkuriang from West Java.
- CalonArang from Bali.
- Dreamtime from Australia.
9. “The Aboriginal people of Australia have many legends. The most famous of these are called theDreamtime.” (Paragraph 2).
The synonym of the underlined word is … .
- Beautiful c. Attractive e. boring
- Interesting d. well-known
10. What is the most famous legends from the Aboriginal people of Australia?
- God and Goddesses. d. The Earth.
- Dancing and Painting. e. The Dreamtime.
- calon Arang
11. Which of the following statement is TRUE according to the text?
- Most countries don’t have the own myths and legends.
- The Dreamtime isn’t the story about the Aboriginal culture.
- The Dreamtime stories are passed down to the next generation through story telling and dancing and painting.
- The Dreamtime are written down and made into TV Series.
- The Aboriginal people of Australia don’t have any legends.
This text is for questions 12 to 15
The largest of the world’s 17 penguin species, emperor penguins stand nearly four feet and weigh up to 90 pounds. These sea birds never set foot on dry land. (1) An estimated 200,000 breeding pairs live in about 40 penguin colonies scattered along the coasts of Antarctica. (2) Their waterproofed feathers, ﬂipper-like wings, and streamlined bodies make them excellent swimmers and divers. On ice they can travel distances up to 50 miles by “tobogganing”—gliding on their stomachs while pushing with their wings and feet.
(3) Emperor penguins breed during the Antarctic winter in some of the world’s most severe weather conditions (temperatures of –80 F and winds up to 112 miles per hour). Breeding during the winter allows chicks to mature in midsummer when food is plentiful. After the female lays a single egg, the male holds it in a fold of skin near his feet for a two-month incubation period. During this time he huddles with other males to keep warm. (4) The male moves very little and does not eat, usually losing up to a third of his body weight. Meanwhile the females go to sea and dive for ﬁsh so that when they return they can feed and care for the newly hatched chicks. After the male restores his body weight, both parents take turns caring for their young.
The world’s emperor penguin population declined in the last 50 years due to a period of warming ocean temperatures. Warm water shrinks ice cover and reduces the population of krill—a small crustacean that is the emperor penguin’s staple food. Today the emperor penguin population has stabilized, but warming trends could again threaten this magniﬁcent sea bird.
What is the author’s main purpose in this passage?
- to describe the recent plight of the emperor penguin
- to show the differences between penguin species
- to show the similarity among penguin species
- to describe the characteristics and breeding practice of the emperor penguin
- to describe the eating habits of the emperor penguin
13. Which of the following is NOT true of the emperor penguin?
- They can travel 50 miles by gliding.
- The world’s emperor penguin population decreased because of a period of warming ocean temperature
- They breed during Antarctic summer.
- The male incubates the egg.
- They can withstand severe weather.
14. The word ‘stabilized’ in the last sentence paragraph 3 is closest in meaning to ___
- held steady. c. increased. e. slowed.
- ﬂuctuated. d. Developed
15. Why do male emperor penguins form a huddle?
- to protect the eggs from sea lions
- to share their food supply
- to maintain body heat in harsh temperatures
- to share parenting advice
- to keep their food fresh
This text is for questions 16 to 19
If we can agree that government has some roles to play in our lives, then let's at least make it a positive one. Consider the benefits of free, fully-subsidized public transportation.
First, it will motivate more people to leave their cars at home. Think of the reduction in pollution and traffic jams and insurance costs due to accidents. Greener cities, safer cities, more liveable cities. More room for parks and trees. Think of the money we'll all save by consuming less gas, spending less frequently on car repairs, and so on. That money will stay in our wallets and we could then turn around and give the economy a boost by spending it on other consumer goods or services. More jobs.
Secondly, we must consider the health benefits. We'll all walk a little more. This will reduce visits to doctors' offices and hospitals because we'll be healthier. We'll have improved blood pressure, lower stress and possibly a better complexion.
In addition, free transportation will encourage us to enjoy the company of our friends and family. It will become much more feasible to safely drink another glass of wine at the restaurant or have that extra beer at the family gathering. We'll avoid the worry of getting behind the wheel with a blood-alcohol level that's above the legal limit. Fewer accidents, fewer tragedies, lower costs of policing and reduced court backlogs. The increased public expense in transportation should pay off in the form of reduced health care costs and a safer society.
Then, think about some of the other social benefits: imagine how much we'll learn from each other when we share rides instead of sitting in isolation in our cars. Talking to the neighbors might come back into fashion. More people will meet and talk and maybe even help each other.
Having someone else drive us will also give us more time for reading books and newspapers. So, park your car and use it for your dream vacation.
No more fumbling for change, just hop on and off the streetcar or bus wherever and whenever you like. What a great idea, especially for those who live in crowded, polluted cities. It will renew life on our streets.
So I can't agree more with this proposition. Let's go for it!
Source: Inter-language: English for Senior High School Students XI Science and Social Study Program.
16. What is the text about?
- The pollution is caused by cars.
- Public transportation should be free.
- Cars are the main cause of traffic jam.
- How to leave our cars at home.
- The subsidized fuel.
17. Whom is the text for?
- Goverment C. Car buyers. E. People.
- Drivers D. The writer's family.
18. What is the purpose of the text?
- To amuse people about the plan of making free public transportation.
- To describe the benefits of free public transportation.
- To ask the government giving fully-subsidized public transportation.
- To persuade the readers that free public transportation is beneficial.
- To inform the readers about the plan of making free public transportation.
19. "Consider thebenefits of free ... ." (Paragraph 1). The underlined word is similar to ... .
- Improvements c. increases e. captures
- Helps d. advantages
One day I went to Surabaya with my friend for a vacation. We went there on a night bus.
When we arrived in Lamongan, the bus stopped at a small restaurant for a rest. I got of the bus to get a cup of ginger tea, and my friend drank some cold lemonade. Then I went to the toilet. It took only a few minutes.
When I came out again, the bus was not there. It had gone! My friend was not there too. Feeling shocked and confused I asked a waitress about the bus. She said that the bus departed about five minutes ago.
I tried to call my friend on my cell-phone, but the battery was running low.
I couldn’t do anything but hope and pray. After several minutes, my wish came true. The bus came back! I got on the bus and walked to my seat.
I was so ashamed when everybody on the bus looked at me. I could feel my face turn red.
20. What does the story tell us about?
- The writer and his friend enjoyed their trip to Surabaya
- The writer arrived in Lamongan to visit his relatives
- The writer could contact his friend with the cell-phone
- The writer went to Surabaya on a night train
- The writer was left by the bus on his trip to Surabaya
21. What did the writer do when the bus stop for a rest in Lamongan?
- Ate some gingers
- Drank some cold lemonade
- Bought some souvenirs
- Went to the toilet
- Had a prayer in the mosque
22. What is the purpose of text above?
- To amuse to entertain readers
- To tell past events in sequence
- To describe a night bus
- To express sorrow
- To tell on going events
23. It can be inferred from the text that_____
- The bud appeared when the writer came out of the toilet
- The writer was very angry to be left behind
- The writer was successful in calling for help
- The writer felt embarrassed because of the incident
- The bus continued running to Surabaya without the write
Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion’s guest room. Instead the angels were given a space in the cold basement.
As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it. When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied, “Things aren’t always what them seem”.
The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food they had, the couple let the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a good night’s rest. When the sun came up the next morning, the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field.
The younger angel was infuriated and asked the older angel, “How could you have let this happen? The first man had everything, yet you helped him,” she accused, “The second family had little but was willing to share everything, and you let their cow die”.
“Things aren’t always what them seem,” the older angel replied. “When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he wouldn’t find it. Then, last night as we slept in the farmer’s bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave him the cow instead. Things aren’t always what them seem”.
Sometimes this is exactly what happens when things don’t turn out the way they should. If you have faith, you just need to trust that every outcome is always to your advantage. You might not know it until some time later.
24. Why did the older angel seal the wall ?
- Because he wanted to repair the wall
- Because he had something secret there
- Because he wanted the wall to look good
- Because he wanted to hide the gold from the rich man
- Because he wanted to show the younger angel how to repair a wall
25. “ I gave him the cow instead” ( paragraph 5 )
What does the word ‘ him’ refer to ?
- the older angel d. The younger angel
- The angel of death e. The rich man’s wife
- The farmer’s wife
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