Tuesday, 28 June 2016

C.S.E.C. English A Comprehension Passage

Read the following passages then answer all the questions set on them.

Gradually, every parent becomes aware that his or her child has adult concerns, wants acres of privacy and no longer trusts the goodwill of parents in the same old way. These are the biggest of all changes in child-parent relations, and are almost always in place by age 13. This shift occurs not because of bad influences and media, but because your child's brain has matured and is capable of more independent judgement. Please remember, however that the change is not locked in place. A young adolescent can bounce back and forth between ages eight and 13 (and sometimes 15) in a matter of seconds, scorning your values yet, at times, still wanting to sit on your lap.

For girls, the central action is their social lives and the intensity of their feelings. No matter how much a girl and her friends are torturing one another with gossip in school or instant messages from home computers, she is convinced that if you knew what she was saying, you would disapprove or, even worse, try to interfere and make a bad situation uglier.

What is she talking about with her friends? Social power: Who's popular, who's feminine, and who's really weird. Parents: their faults and inability to understand 13 year olds.

Girls are talking about their powerful feelings; they have complex and sometimes overwhelming insights into life. Their joy can be great and is visible, but their despair is hidden in solitary late-night crying, journal entries, weight obsession.

Boys are preoccupied by their power and opinion of other boys, their anxiety about whether they live up to the test of masculinity, a new, deeper range of feelings that they may be unable to put into words. In the kitchen, a boy looks down into his mother's eyes and thinks, why is this woman giving me orders? I love her but I am bigger than she is. That perplexes him because he still needs her so much. Boys, like girls, are having a lot of dark nights of the soul in which they see how disappointing adults can be and how unjust society is, they may not be able to put their fears into words, or they do not want to because it makes them feel weak.

a) What meaning is conveyed by the word 'acres' in line 1?

b) Identify TWO of the 'biggest of all changes in child-parent relations', according to the writer.

c) What does the phrase 'not locked in place' mean?

d) What, according to the passage, are causes of the shifts in child-parent relations?

e) To whom does the word 'you' in paragraph 2 refer?

f) What, according to the passage, is the preoccupation of (i) girls and (ii) boys?

g) Why, according to the writer, are boys perplexed?

Sunday, 26 June 2016

How to Write a Persuasive Essay

 I have been posting quite a few English Literature analysis, so now I wanted us to do an overview of persuasive writing. If you have not viewed the introduction to persuasive writing, you can view it here.

 The Structure of the Persuasive Essay

This type of Writing may be developed as follows:


A.    Thesis Statement (The writer’s opinion on a topic)
·         Reason 1
·         Reason 2
·         Reason 3

B.     The Body

·         Reason 1: supporting details
               Connecting words and phrases
·         Reason 2: supporting details
               Connecting words and phrases
·         Reason 3: supporting details
               Connecting words and phrases

C.    The Conclusion
·         Summing up of the three reasons

·         Why they support the thesis statement

The Structure of A Persuasive Essay

[Most high school students feel that the school dress code should be altered to allow them to wear sneakers as a part of their uniform.] Thesis Statement They have many reasons for this but [three of them are that sneakers are comfortable; they are readily  available and are in style.] Three reasons These are all good reasons for students wishing to wear them.

[Who has not suffered blistering from heels or a pinched toe in a new pair of leather shoes?] Reason 1 [Who has not been late for school in the morning searching for shoe polish and brush to pass perfect inspection? Finally, leather  shoes are a handicap in lunchtime box football matches.] Supporting details

[Moreover,] connective word sneakers are readily available in every shoe store or even on street corners.] Reason 2 [Sneakers are popular gifts from overseas relatives to send to you. Even fathers consider sneakers a suitable gift to bring back from travels abroad.] Supporting details

[Finally,] connective word sneakers are stylish] Reason 3 [Everyone knows the popular colour, the popular brand, the popular design. It is possible to get a pair of sneakers to match every uniform colour. Sneakers fit every purpose: walking, running or playing.] Supporting details

[No wonder high school students want to wear their sneakers instead of leather shoes.] Conclusion
[They are comfortable, readily available and are right up to the minute in style.] Restatement of the thesis [To a teenager, there is no question-give them their sneakers] Clincher

Now try to write your own persuasive writing by seeing the questions HERE.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Le Loupgarou by Derek Walcott

This poem tells the tale of old LeBrun, a man that was rumoured by the townspeople to be a loupgarou. Old women would relax under eaves and gossip about Le Brun, while literally shutting him out of their lives with their closing windows. The prevailing gossip, in this poem, is that he transformed into a hound one night, but was dealt a wound by his own watchman. He then lugged his entrails back to his doorstep, almost dead.



•Lines 1-3: This alliteration gives the reader a visual imagery of the manner in which the gossip about Le Brun spread. A thread is thin and fine and can weave itself in any crevice, sometimes in a very non-linear and sinuous manner. This describes the way in which the gossip spread. It managed to touch the whole village in an almost insiduous, and complete, manner.

•Line 5: This literary device speaks to the results of the gossip. Le Brun is alienated from the people of the town. Their fascination with him, however, is evident by the fact that they slowly shut their jalouses/windows. The lack of speed implies that they are watching him, while also alienating him.

•Lines 17-21: This alliteration highlights the severity of the loupgarou's injuries. You can almost see and hear the wetness of the blood, as well as see the entrails trailing wet through the use of this device.


The tap-tapping cane is a part of Le Brun's physical description. He appears to stand out, in terms of his physical appearance, down to the use of his cane.


This statement appears nonsensical at first, but actually makes sense in the long run. The loupgarou is, in fact, a man who is leading a half life as man and beast, so he is not really 'living'. The fact that he can pass on the 'gift' of becoming a werewolf clarifies the fact that Le Brun is actually 'licensed to sell sick fruit', or pass on his sick 'gift'.


The words 'Christian' and 'witches', placed together, emphasizes the dual nature of the women in the village. They are good Christian women who mean no harm, but their fear of the 'difference' that they sense in Le Brun (contributed by his mode of dress), leads them to react in an unchristian manner, like witches, in dealing with him.

* IRONY-It is ironic that Le Brun's own watchman dealt him a lethal blow.



This word emphasizes the strangeness of the story that is circulated about Le Brun.

6.white linen-linen suit, pink glasses, cork hat (and cane)

This outfit would let anyone be seen in a crowd, or other wise. It emphasizes Le Brun's difference , hence, one of the reasons that he would be the focus of gossip. Imagine an individual dressed in the combination below:

7.Alsatian hound, a slathering lycenthrope 

This description of Le Brun displays the distaste that is felt towards him in his animal form.


The mood of the poem is reflective.


The tone of the poem is calm and reflective. The persona appears to be simply recounting a piece of gossip.



Monday, 20 June 2016

Emma by Carolyn Cole


This short story is told from the first person perspective of a little girl called Dorian York. The focus of her thoughts is her mother; the games that they play together, and the games that she plays with her friend, that revolve around her mother.  The first person perspective of the narrative gives the reader an intimate view of how the little girl sees her mother, as well as how she feels about her. We are also able to garner information about the people around her from her innocent narrative, innocent because the little girl does not understand many of the things that she reports. The audience learns that Emma and Mr. York have a volatile relationship that is seemingly caused by his infidelity. This infidelity is initially implied by Emma’s constant watching of the clock and waiting for her husband to return home, as well as the fight that Dorian reported. Grandfather’s visit, however, brings a happy atmosphere to the family unit because daddy starts to do things with the family, hence they seem more like a conventional happy family. The audience is given the impression that things go back to normal after grandfather leaves, however, due to the spectral presence of the ‘lady at the train station’, as well as Mrs. Robinson’s pointed discussion about Mr. York’s status as a ‘player’. The narrative climaxes with the death of Emma at the train station. She saw her husband with the mysterious lady and runs away, followed closely by Dorian and Jack. Unfortunately, when Jack caught her by the arm, she ran into the path of an oncoming vehicle and was killed. Jack and Mrs. Robinson then get romantically involved, and they send both Maria and Dorian to St. Agnus, a boarding school, in the country.


The story occurs in three places; the York residence, an unnamed mall and the old train station.
The mood of the story fluctuates from happiness to sadness.


Jack York (Daddy)

He is Doran’s father and Emma’s husband.
He is characterized as a ‘player’ by Mrs. Robinson.
He is not faithful to his wife.
He was not ready for the arrival of his daughter, Dorian, and does not seem to have a close relationship with her.

Emma York

She is Dorian’s mother and Jack’s wife.
She is a good mother who plays with her child and treats her well.
She is a good wife who loves her husband (as seen in how she greets him when he gets home) and is considerate of his feelings; as seen in her reasons for not having another baby.
She is a very smart and polished lady who can handle herself with people who are coy and critical of her; as seen in her argument with Mrs. Robinson in the mall.

Dorian York

A very innocent little girl who is the first person narrator of the story.
She is younger than her friend Maria, who is nine (9) years old.
She adores her mother and her grandfather.
She is often puzzled by the content of adult discussion.


Emma’s father.
Brought joy into the family because daddy stayed home, came home early, and spent quality time with the family, due to grandaddy's implied interference.
Loved her grandfather because he seemed to do what her dad didn’t – spent time with her – and her first person perspective of him reflected her love.

Ruby Robinson

She is Emma’s friend and Maria’s mother.
She is not a good friend to Emma because she is both critical and jealous of her.
She gets romantically involved with Jack after Emma dies.
She’s very impatient with both girls.
She sends Maria and Dorian to boarding school in order to enact her plan to keep the ‘player’.

Maria Robinson

She is the nine (9) year old daughter of Ruby Robinson.
She is Dorian’s playmate.
She filters and explains a lot of the adult conversations that Dorian does not understand.



This theme is epitomized by Dorian York. The story is told from her perspective, therefore, the reader gets a firsthand view of the innocence behind her misunderstanding of adult conversation and situations. She senses emotions, but misses a lot of the innuendo, as is seen when she tells the audience about the fight that her parents had. Her innocence is also seen in her expectation that her mother would come home after the accident, but instead, she finds Mrs. Robinson in her mot her’s bed. Her growth, or advancement into maturity, is highlighted in the end of the short story when Dorian  reassures Maria that everything will be ok, they will play adult games better.

Love and family relationship 

There are two types of families in this short story, the nuclear family and the single family unit. Dorian’s family is the nuclear family, consisting of mother, father and child. This family is a troubled one because the father is seemingly more absent than present due to an implied ‘other woman’, who is later confirmed as very real. He also seems uncomfortable around his only child, as is confirmed by Emma, who decides to forgoe having another child because ‘Jack wasn’t ready for Dori’ (Cole, p.53). Emma, on the other hand, seems to live to please both her child and husband. She is very affectionate with Dorian, and this love is returned ten fold, as seen in the adoration that imbues the tone of the narrator. She is the same with her husband, but the reception is less enthusiastic. It would be unfair to say that the family is dysfunctional, because one parent is at least invested in the emotional happiness of the child, but the family has issues because the head of the household’s concentration lies elsewhere.

Mrs. Robinson is a single mother, parenting her only child; Maria. She does not appear to be particularly liked by both girls because no-one wants to ‘play’ at being her. She aggravates her child constantly and appears to be unhappy with her life. This family structure can be seen as dysfunctional because the parent does not seem to devote her energies toward making her child feel loved and comfortable, which is one of the primary aims of any family structure.


There are two contrasting friendships in this short story. There is the friendship between Dorian and Maria, which is characterized by play, conversations and support of each other. Then there is the friendship between the adults, Emma and Mrs. Robinson, which is contrastingly characterized by cattiness and jealousy; mostly on Mrs. Robinson’s part.



The motif of play appears to be a strong one in this short story, perhaps due to the fact that the narrator is a young child. The children ‘play’ at being adults, immitating – and fighting over – their favourite adult. They also literally see the life of adults as play. Dorian confirms this at the end of the story when she reassures Maria that ‘I learned a lot about this game. When it’s our turn to play, we’ll play smarter.’ (Cole, p.58). 


Deck of cards

The deck of cards that Emma carries around in her purse is a powerful symbol for life. In any card game that is being played, every-one has a chance at success, or failure, depending on how they play the game. Mrs. Robinson gives Emma an alternate way to play the game of life, with success being the joy of keeping her ‘player’ husband. Emma, however, chooses to play the game in an another way, one in which she attempts to satisfy the needs of both Dorian and Jack. Emma is the loser in the game, however, because she dies with the joker in her hand. This signifies that her future could have gone in any direction because the joker introduces the element of chance to the game; it can be a bonus, a penalty, or both, depending on how it is used in the game. In the game of life, Emma lost because she chose to take a chance with pleasing both members of her family, instead of concentrating soley on her husband, as Mrs. Robinson suggested. The game of life gives every-one chances however, just like a card game, and Mrs. Robinson was given a chance to bag her rich man with Emma’s exit from the game.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

English B June 2018- January 2023 Syllabus




Two Questions will be set:

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Ti-Jean and his Brothers by Derek Walcott


Selection of Poems from A World of Poetry for CXC Hazel Simmons-McDonald and (New Edition) Mark McWatt

Poems Prescribed for the JUNE 2018 – JANUARY 2023 Examinations are as Follows:

1. An African Thunderstorm -David Rubadiri

2. Once Upon a Time -Gabriel Okara

3. Birdshooting Season -Olive Senior

4. West Indies, U.S.A. -Stewart Brown

5. Sonnet Composed Upon Westminster Bridge- William Wordsworth

6. Orchids- Hazel Simmons-McDonald

7. The Woman Speaks to the Man who has employed Her Son- Lorna Goodison

8. It is the Constant Image of your Face -Dennis Brutus

9. God’s Grandeur- Gerard Manley Hopkins

10. A Stone’s Throw -Elma Mitchell

11. Test Match Sabina Park -Stewart Brown

12. Theme for English B -Langston Hughes

13. Dreaming Black Boy -James Berry

14. My Parents -Stephen Spender

15. Dulce et Decorum Est Wilfred Owen

16. This is the Dark Time, My Love- Martin Carter

17. Ol’Higue- Mark McWatt

18. Mirror -Sylvia Plath

19. South -Kamau Brathwaite

20. Little Boy Crying -Mervyn Morris 

*The highlighted poems are the poems that have been added to the syllabus.


Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee


This selection  of short stories is from A World of Prose for CXC David Williams and
(New Edition) Hazel Simmons-McDonald

Short Stories Prescribed for the JUNE 2018 – JANUARY 2023 Examinations are as Follows:

1. The Two Grandmothers -Olive Senior

2. Blackout Roger- Mais

3. Emma- Carolyn Cole

4. The Man of the House -Frank O’Connor

5. Blood Brothers -John Wickham

6. The Day the World Almost Came to an End- Pearl Crayton

7. The Boy Who Loved Ice Cream- Olive Senior

8. Berry- Langston Hughes

9. Mom Luby and the Social Worker -Kristin Hunter

10. To Da-duh, in Memoriam -Paule Marshall

The highlighted stories are the stories that have been added to the syllabus.

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Multiple Choice Reading Comprehension

Read the passage carefully. Then choose the correct answer.
The Asian elephant is another type of elephant found in the world, besides the African elephant. They share some similarities. Elephants are social creatures and live in herds. Asian elephants are normally found in countries like India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar. An adult Asian elephant stands at two to three meters and weighs approximately 5000 kilograms. At birth, it stands at around one meter and weighs approximately 100 kilograms. Like most humans, they give birth to a single baby at a time but the foetus stays much longer in the mother's womb compared to the human baby; 23 months ! An Asian elephant has a life span of about 60 years.The diet of an Asian elephant is somewhat similar to African elephants. They feed mainly on vegetation, bark, fruits and flowers.
Living in a herd means that the baby elephant has a large group of adults to look after it, besides its own mother. An orphan elephant is often adopted by another female elephant. As the largest land animal in the world, an elephant requires about 150 kilograms of food and 75-95 liters of water a day.
 1.There are ______ types of elephants in the world.
 2.The Asian elephant can be found in ______.
 3.How is the elephant similar to humans in terms of giving birth ?
  (A)The elephant gives birth to many young at a time.
  (B)The elephant gives birth to one young at a time.
  (C)The elephant's foetus stays the same amount of time in the mother's womb as the human baby.
  (D)The baby elephant is only looked after by its mother.
 4.What are the similarities between the African and Asian elephants ?
  (A)They come from the same countries
  (B)They live in herds
  (C)They have the same diet.
  (D)They live in herds and have the same diet.
 5.What happens to an orphan elephant ?
  (A)It is looked after by another female elephant
  (B)It is looked after by the whole herd
  (C)It is abandoned
  (D)It is killed

Answers : 1B   2A   3B   4D   5A

Read the passage carefully. Then choose the correct answer.
Tommy was in a rush. Grabbing his school bag and file, he kissed his mother goodbye and headed straight for the door. His father looked up from the newspaper and said, "Better bring an umbrella with you. It says here there's going to be showers in the afternoon."Tommy looked at the sky. It was clear blue with no clouds in sight." "Not today," he thought to himself. He went straight out without heeding his father's words. He had a good day in school. He managed to finish all his school work which wasn't normally the case. He had a good game of football during recess. So, by dismissal time, he was in a good mood.
On the way home, the sky started to darken and thunder rumbled. Without warning, heavy drops of rain fell and totally drenched him. He tried to make a dash for it and ran all the way home. By the time he reached his doorstep, he was soaked to his skin. His mother looked at him and said, "You should have listened to your father."
 1.Tommy was going to ______.
  (B)play football
  (C)play in the rain
  (D)tuition class
 2.His father knew it was going to rain because ______.
  (A)he heard it on the radio
  (B)he saw the forecast on television
  (C)the sky was dark outside
  (D)he read it in the newspaper
 3.Tommy did not think it was going to rain because ______.
  (A)the sky was cloudless
  (B)the sky was full of light clouds
  (C)the sky was dark
  (D)he did not listen to his father
 4.Tommy was in a good mood because ______.
  (A)he finished all his homework
  (B)he scored a goal during football
  (C)he finished all his work and had a good football game
  (D)it was dismissal time
 5."soaked to his skin' means ______.
  (A)his skin got thoroughly wet
  (B)water is getting into his skin
  (C)his skin is soaked in water
  (D)his whole body is soaked in water

Answers : 1A   2D   3A   4C   5A


Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Subject Verb Agreement Activity

Insert isam, or arehas or havewas or weredo or does.

1. The black and red car ______ mine.
2. The black and the red car ______ his.

3. John and James ______ not go to the same school.

4. Neither she nor I ______ to blame for the mistake.

5. ______ Ali ______ a dog like yours ?
6. ______ they seen the tiger ?  

7. One of the boys ______ not here.

8. Mary and Rita ______ sold their old shoes.
9. You and he ______ late for school yesterday; why ______ that ?  

10. Coffee mixed with milk ______ good to drink.

11. The sum and substance of all you say ______ no effect.
12. The dog and the cat ______ long been enemies.
13. The short and old ruler ______ not yours.  

14. My book ______ been lost; ______ you seen it ?

15. Youth and experience ______ not exist together.

16. Neither those dogs nor that cat ______ yours.  

17. One or two boys ______ here that day.

18. Neither he nor they ______ much work.
19. Where ______ he wish to go ?

20. No boy or girl ______ allowed to enter the room

1. The black and red car is mine.  
2. The black and the red car are his.  
3. John and James do not go to the same school.  
4. Neither she nor I am to blame for the mistake.  
5. Does Ali have a dog like yours ?  
6. Have they seen the tiger ?  
7. One of the boys is not here.  
8. Mary and Rita have sold their old shoes.  
9. You and he were late for school yesterday; why was that ?  
10. Coffee mixed with milk is good to drink.  
11. The sum and substance of all you say has no effect.  
12. The dog and the cat have long been enemies.  
13. The short and old ruler is not yours.  
14. My book has been lost; have you seen it ?  
15. Youth and experience do not exist together.  
16. Neither those dogs nor that cat is yours.  
17. One or two boys were here that day.  
18. Neither he nor they do much work.  
19. Where does he wish to go ?  
20. No boy or girl is allowed to enter the room.  

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Dreaming Black Boy - James Berry


The poem is about a black boy who wishes that he could have regular things in life. Things such as a congratulatory hug, to be educated to the highest level and to travel without harassment. The persona yearns to stop fighting for the basic right to be successful and to rise above societal expectations.



The constant repetition of the phrase 'I wish' points to a yearning, a desperation even, for the basic things that life has to offer. The repetition gives credence to the idea that the persona might believe that his wishes are actually dreams that might not come true.


Stanza 1, lines 6 and 7, alludes to slavery, the state of lacking control over one's own life and destiny. The fact that reference is made to this hints to how the persona feels about his life. He does not feel as if he has control over it.

Stanza 3, lines 19 to 20, alludes to Paul Robeson, a black intellectual, who attained success despite difficult circumstances. The persona yearns to be like this person. He wants room to stretch intellectually.

Stanza 4, lines 22 to 25, alludes to the klu klux klan. Burning lights refers to the burning of crosses and the pyjamas alludes to their white outfits that look like pyjamas. The persona wants them to leave him alone, find something else to do other than make his life difficult by contributing to his wishes remaining in the realm of  the dreams. 


3.'not sink to lick boots'

This refers to the concept of being subservient.  To have no choice but to kowtow to people in order to get ahead.

4. 'Inside eye a sun'

This refers to the persona's mind. He wants to show how intelligent he is without fear. He wants his mind to be a sun. Sun represents brightness and light, that is how he wants his intelligence to shine.


The tone/mood of the poem is one of sadness. The persona is thinking about how he is treated and he reacts to this in a sad way. He keeps wishing that things were different.


Racism, survival, oppression, desire/dreams.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Past Tense Verb Activity

Read the following passage carefully. Fill in each blank with the correct form of the verb in the bracket.  
  Mr Eugene Smith's young wife ___1___ ( survive ) for only a few days after the birth of her son. However, she had the ___2___ ( console ) of ___3___ ( hold ) the infant in her arms for a few moments before the nurse ___4___ ( take ) him away.
That evening, she ___5___ ( slip ) into a coma from which she never ___6___ ( wake ) up. Three days later she ___7___ ( die ).

Mr. Smith who had loved his wife ___8___ ( dear ) was badly affected by her ___9___ ( die ). He blamed his son for the death of his ___10___ ( love ) Elaine.

  1. survived   2. consolation   3. holding   4. took   5. slipped   6. woke   7. died   8. dearly   9. death  10. beloved  
  Mr Eugene Smith's young wife survived for only a few days after the birth of her son. However, she had the consolation of holding the infant in her arms for a few moments before the nurse took him away.
That evening, she slipped into a coma from which she never woke up. Three days later she died.

Mr. Smith who had loved his wife dearly was badly affected by her death. He blamed his son for the death of his beloved Elaine.


Read the following passage carefully. Fill in each blank with the correct form of the verb in the bracket.  
  Mount Fuji is the highest volcanic mountain in Japan. It last ___1___ ( erupt ) in 1707 and has long ___2___ ( look ) upon as a sacred mountain by many Japanese.
If you ___3___ ( be ) to go to Mount Fuji, or Fujiyama as it ___4___ also ______ ( be, know ), you would see many hot springs ___5___ ( bubble ) at the foot of the mountain.

Some people, ___6___ ( believe ) in the medicinal value of the springs, ___7___ ( bathe ) in them in the hope that their illnesses will ___8___ ( cure ) by the hot water.

Many Japanese hope to climb the mountain at least once in their lives. ___9___ ( complete ) the journey on foot, as some Japanese here had done, is not an easy task.

Mount Fuji is indeed a beautiful sight to behold. It is therefore not surprising that tourists from all over the world ___10___ ( visit ) it each year.

  1. erupted   2. been looked   3. were   4. is, known   5. bubbling   6. believing   7. bathe   8. be cured   9. Completing  10. visit  
  Mount Fuji is the highest volcanic mountain in Japan. It last erupted in 1707 and has long been looked upon as a sacred mountain by many Japanese.
If you were to go to Mount Fuji, or Fujiyama as it is also known, you would see many hot springs bubble at the foot of the mountain.

Some people, believing in the medicinal value of the springs, bathe in them in the hope that their illnesses will be cured by the hot water.

Many Japanese hope to climb the mountain at least once in their lives. Completing the journey on foot, as some Japanese here had done, is not an easy task.

Mount Fuji is indeed a beautiful sight to behold. It is therefore not surprising that tourists from all over the world visit it each year.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

VocabularyDevelopment Activities

Fill in each blank with the most suitable word from above each paragraph. Use each word once only

scampered avoid got groaned
involved stop dashed alighted

Mariam was ___1___ in an accident while going to school last Saturday. She had just ___2___ from the bus and was about to cross the road to get to her school. As she was in a hurry, she ___3___ across without looking out for traffic. There was a loud screeching as a car tried to ___4___ hitting her. Unfortunately, the driver did not manage to stop his car in time. Mariam was flung onto the pavement. Mariam ___5___ in pain. Some people tried to help her by talking to her gently. A man called the police and ambulance. Soon the ambulance arrived and Mariam was taken quickly to the nearest hospital.

digging trembling satisfied clear
poking carefully filled shoveling

The old man looked around ___1___. When he was ___2___ that he was really alone, he headed quickly for the spot under the tree. He took out the small shovel from under his coat. Glancing over his shoulders every now and then, he began ___3___ the ground. After a while, the shovel hit something hard. Eagerly, the man used his hands to scrape off the sand. His hands touched he top of a box. The man's hands were ___4___ with excitement. He quickly hid the box in his coat. ___5___ the sand back into the hole, he walked home quickly.

match crowd applause found
spectators seated skilful talented

There was thunderous ___1___ when the two teams walked onto the field. This was the game the football fns have been waiting for -- the final match between the two top teams. Fns for both teams were ___2___ on opposite sides of the stadium. During the kick-off, the ___3___ cheered loudly. It was an exciting and fast game. Both teams played attacking football. The players were ___4___ and played very well. Five minutes before the end of the game, the home team scored again and they won the ___5___. What a good game it was !

(I) 1. involved   2. alighted   3. dashed   4. avoid   5. groaned
(II) 1. carefully   2. satisfied   3. digging   4. trembling   5. Shoveling
(III) 1. applause   2. seated   3. spectators   4. skilful   5. match

Choose the word(s) closest in meaning to the underlined word(s).

Halloween is around the corner. Everyone in the town of Hallonia was trying to carve a pumpkin for the Jack-O-Lantern competition during the Halloween Party.
Rudy was (1) feverishly working on his pumpkin. He had (2) carefully removed the pumpkin flesh and seeds with a huge metal spoon until it was now nice and hollow. Then, with a marker, he traced out Jack's eyes, nose, and mouth before proceeding to cut these out.

When he was done, he attached a candle inside it and immediately Jack (3) glowed with pleasure. Rudy looked on, feeling (4) contented. He knew that his Jack was  plainer than the others but somehow ... just somehow ... he felt a connection with Jack.

Suddenly there was a cold (5) draught even though all the windows were closed. Rudy rubbed his eyes when Jack's lips began to move.

"Hello, Rudy ..."

1. (A) hurriedly 4.         (A) filled up
                (B) anxiously         (B) consoled
  (C) with great concentration (C) comforted
  (D) running a fever (D) satisfied
2. (A) scooped 5. (A) air
                (B) scratched (B) wind
  (C) scoured (C) gale
  (D) rubbed (D) feeling
3. (A) illuminated  
                (B) felt happy  
  (C) dazzled  
  (D) exploded  

Answers : 1B    2A    3A    4D    5B

source: http://www.englishdaily626.com/vocabulary_cloze.php?035

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