Section A

(20 Marks)
(Time Suggested: 15 minutes)

The text below is a folk tale about the durian and the bacang fruit.
Questions 1 -10 are based on the text. The first and the last lines are correct. For the remaining lines, there is one
grammatical error in each line.
Underline the error and write the correct word in the space provided. An example has been given. The
correct word must not change the meaning of the sentence. There are no spelling errors in this text.

A durian tree and a bacang tree once grew side by side in the jungle. When it was the

season, both tree flowered and bore a lot of fruits.

The durian gave off a wonderful strong fragrant smell when it fruit was ripe and the ripe

fruit fell to the ground making a really impressive sound. A durian made the area around

fragrant and its fruit was delicious. The poor bacang felt that it is not at all special compared

with the durian and was ashamed. So one days the bacang asked the durian if it could have

a little of the durian fragrant smell. The bacang wanted very much to be like the durian and

have fruit with a special smell who also made some noise when it fell to the ground.

The durian replied, “My friend, we cannot change what nature have done. Instead we should

be glad of what we are.” However, the bacang was not satisfied to the durian’s wise words and

so, in the night, it stole some of the durian’s smell and putting it on itself. Unfortunately, the

smell it gave of was unpleasant and instead of becoming delicious like durian, the bacang became

sour. Soon the durian realised what the bacang had done but it did not say anything. The bacang

became so ashamed that, if the bacang and the durian tree grow near each other, the bacang will

not let its fruit fall to the ground. It will rather let it rot on the tree; it is still so embarrassed.





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(20 marks)
ELSA MI/SMKS 2014