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Section A: Directed Writing

[35 marks]


You are the Secretary of the English Language Society. You are being asked to
cover about the English Week organised in your school. Use the points below to help
you write the report:


Date and venue of the English Week
Officiation ceremony - principal
Choir Performance by the English Language Society
Essay Writing Competition
Spelling Bees Competition
Public Speaking Competition



When writing the report, you should remember to:
Address the recipient of the report
state the writers name at the end of the report
write in paragraphs
use all the notes given


Section B: Continuous Writing

[ 50 marks]

[Time suggested: One hour]


Write a composition of about 350 words on one of the following topics.

1. Describe an event in school that you enjoyed the most.

2. Facebook should be banned in Malaysia. Discuss.

3. Independence Day.

4. Write a story ending with:
The memory will remain forever.

5. Courage.



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Paper 2
Read the questions and circle the correct answers.

1. The sign above indicates
A animals are not allowed to eat
B feeding animals is not allowed
C not everyone can feed the animals
D we need to give notice before feeding the animals


2. The instruction on the label of the bottle warns that the medicine must
A be consumed immediately
B not be consumed by mouth
C be used with extra caution
D be consumed with care


3. Based from the sign above, we know that
A everyone needs to take care of everyones safety
B the road needs to be tended by everyone
C everyone needs to drive safely
D the road is safe for use
NOT FOR ORAL CONSUMPTION!
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4. The phrase face the music refers to
A problems faced by the National Service participants
B dance performance by National Service participants
C music performance by National Service participants
D punishment faced by National Service participants




5. Which of the statements best describes the advertisement?

A NFS Bank provides 24-hour service.
B NFS Bank entertains all kinds of criticisms.
C NFS Bank will give a clock to all customers.
D NFS Bank will answers the customers questions.







6. From the advertisement, we know that

A the package is inclusive of a meal
B the package costs RM50 per person
C the theme park is only for two persons
D the theme park is only open during the school holidays

2,000 National Service face the music for dodging
the training.
NFS BANK
Round-the-clock customer service
TASEK UTARA THEME PARK
Special school holiday package
Pay only RM50 for two.
Package inclusive of full day pass
And a buffet lunch
(Normal price: RM70 per person)

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7. From the comic strip above, the saying the early bird gets the worm refers to

A working hard to gain success
B being proactive will produce better result
C cooperation is the key to success in life
D motivation helps children to wake up in the morning

SYMPTOMS OF COMPUTER ADDICTION
Feeling happy when using the computer
Craving for more time at the computer
Neglecting family and friends
Feeling empty or depressed when not at the computer
Being unable to stop the activity


8. Which of the following statements is true about computer addicts?
A They feel hungry
B They do their jobs well
C They spend less time with friends
D motivation helps children to wake up in the morning







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Questions 9 15 are based on the following passage.











9. A a 13. A in
B the B into
C - C onto
D an D between

10. A justify 14. A catch
B justifies B caught
C justified C catches
D justifying D catching

11. A its 15. A on
B its B in
C its C after
D it D. when

12. A roof
B wall
C dome
D minaret




The Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders, which is located in Agra, the
North Indian State of Uttar Pradesh in India. This beautiful masterpiece is ___9____
must-visit because no matter how many photographs you might have seen of it,
nothing can ___10_____ seeing if for yourself!
The Taj Mahal stole so many hearts because of the romantic tale behind
___11____ existence. The Taj is actually the mausoleum of the Mughal Empress
Mumtaz Mahal, built by her husband the Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of her.
After 22 laborious years, the complex was finally completed in 1648 AD. The
____12____ is made of white marble and it is set against an awesome backdrop of
the river. The Taj sparkles in the moonlight when the semi-precious stones inlaid
____13____ the white marble ___14____ the glow of the moon. The Taj is pinkish
in the morning, milky white in the evening and golden ___15____ the moon shines.
These changes, they say, depict the different moods of a woman.
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Section B
[10 marks]
Question 16-25
Read the passage and answer the questions given.
A growing trend is internet computer addiction among teens. Unfortunately, it has
adversely affect teenagers by giving various physical and emotional complications.
Internet addiction among teens will lead to one thing - computer dependency.
Teens suffering from Internet addiction will most likely exhibit some or all of the
following symptoms:
Excessive time Your teen devotes increasing amounts of time to the Internet.
This involves all forms of Internet activity, from instant messaging (IM), to email,
surfing sites, participating in chat rooms and updating their Facebook status.
Withdrawal from friends and activities As the teen spends more and more time
online and not in the physical company of others, the pattern emerges that he or she
withdraws from friends and normal activities.
Lies Asked about the amount of time spent online, what they were doing, or
confronted with evidence on cell phone bills for texting, IMs, or downloading, they
would elaborate and fabricated dissertations.
Fatigue and other physical symptoms Internet addicts look and act sleep
deprived. They seem tired all the time, due to the fact that they stay up late or get up
early so they can be on the Internet.
Poor grades or job performance Evidence of decreased attention paid to activities
and responsibilities due to increased time spent on the Internet shows up in poor
grades that they achieved in their examinations.
Emotional outbursts When asked about time spent online, the Internet addicted
teens would be easily triggered by such simple question. They may erupt in an
emotional outburst, be annoyed or irritable whenever theyre not online.
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To prevent and end internet computer addiction among teens is somewhat a
challenge. A parent of a teenager suffering from internet and computer addiction
should act upon it as soon as they see the symptoms by trying to limit the amount of
hours the teenager spends on the computer. Encouraging the child to take up other
pastimes or hobbies can in most cases turn their attention away from the computer.
An organisation has been specifically set up to combat internet computer addiction
among teens with their computer and internet addiction. The organisation is called
The Center for Internet Addiction Recovery and can be found online at
http://www.netaddiction.com.



Practice 1
Read the passage and complete the graphic organiser below with the correct answers.













Name of addiction:
1. .
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Symptoms:
2. .
.
3. .
.
4. .
.
5. .
.
6. .
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7. .
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Organisation for treating Internet
Addiction:
9. .
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Website:
10. .
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Alternative to combat Internet
Addiction:
8. .
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Section C
[ 25 marks]

Questions 26 30 are based on the following passage.
1 Air pollution has become a devastating child killer in India and
throughout Asia. Children like Harvind, who live in cities, are the
unintended victims of the rapid industrialisation and urbanisation of most
Asian countries, poisoned by breathing air polluted by motor vehicle
exhausts and industrial smokestacks. But kids in rural Asia don't escape
harm either. Children die every year from breathing smoke from cooking
fires that turn their own homes into death traps.




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2 Because diseases tied to environmental factors can have more than
one cause, it's impossible to state flatly how many children are victims
of air pollution. But combined statistics from the World Health
Organisation, private health groups, medical journals and hospital
officials point to an inescapable conclusion: From teeming cities to tiny
rural villages, every year at least one million of our children die or suffer
life-shortening diseases, such as respiratory infections and pneumonia,
brought on by toxic air. Throughout Asia the signs of a huge problem
are inescapable.




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3 Dr Balu Raj, a paediatrician at Manipal Medical Centre in India, who
has been in practice for 45 years, reports that nearly 90 per cent of his
young patients have respiratory illnesses. And he is beginning to see
these problems in very young babies. "My youngest patient was a two-
and-a-half-month-old boy who I had to hospitalise because of severe
retractions. Twenty years ago we hardly ever saw bronchial asthma in
children younger than one year."
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4 About half of some 9000 children treated as outpatients at the Lakeside
Medical Centre and Hospital in Bangalore, India, have asthma and
other respiratory ailments. In Delhi, a survey of 20,000 school children
found that one in every eight had asthma. For children in China's cities,
just breathing is the equivalent of smoking two packets of cigarettes a




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day. Respiratory disease isn't the only problem brought on by air
pollution.
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The threat begins even before birth. A study in Kaohsiung, Taiwan,
found a correlation between maternal exposure to sulphur dioxide
during the first trimester of pregnancy and lowered birth weight.
Newborns in the Philippines are showing high levels of lead, mercury,
cadmium and copper in their blood. And in Bangkok, physicians have
found deadly particulates in the umbilical cords of newborn babies.

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6 At greatest risk from both indoor and outdoor air pollution are children
under five years of age. The Boston-based Health Effects Institute
estimates that more than a million children in Asia will not live to see
their fifth birthday because they will succumb to illnesses linked directly
to air pollution. Numerous studies over the past five years, including a
major one released last year by the University of Southern California,
have demonstrated that when it comes to air pollution, children are not
merely small adults.
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7 "Because children's tracheas are shorter than adults', the pollutants in
the atmosphere can easily invade the depths of their lungs," says Dr
Xiaochuan Pan, a professor at the Peking University School of Public
Health in Beijing.




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8 Adds Dr Michael T. Kleinman, an air pollution expert at the University of
California, Irvine, "There are many differences between children and
adults in the ways that they respond to air pollution. For example,
children take in more air per unit body weight at a given level of
exertion than do adults. When a child is exercising at maximum levels,
such as during a soccer game or other sports event, they may take in
20 per cent to 50 per cent more air - and more air pollution - than would
an adult in comparable activity."




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9 According to Dr Wilson Fung, a Hong Kong paediatrician, "The nose is
like an air filter, and because their noses are smaller than adults',
children's noses get blocked up sooner by secretions and swelling. This
forces them to breathe through their mouths more often. The mouth is
not an air filter, and particulates go directly to the lungs, causing greater
damage."
(Adapted from rdasia.com)


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26. From paragraph 1,
(a) who are the innocent victims of air pollution?
______________________________________________________________
[ 1 mark ]
(b) what causes the air pollution in most Asian countries?
______________________________________________________________
[ 1 mark ]

27. From paragraph 2, state two main illnesses that can be fatal.
(a) _________________________________________________________
[ 1 mark ]
(b) _________________________________________________________
[ 1 mark ]

28. From paragraph 3,
(a) state a word that describes the serious condition that plagued the
children.
______________________________________________________________
[ 1 mark ]
(b) name the life-shortening diseases suffered by the children.
______________________________________________________________
[ 1 mark ]

29. (a) From paragraph 6, why more than a million children in Asia will not live to
see their fifth birthday?
______________________________________________________________
[ 1 mark ]
b) From paragraph 8, why are children easily affected by air pollutions?
______________________________________________________________
[ 1 mark ]

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30. In your opinion, whats the best way to overcome pollution? Name two ways
that the government can do to rectify this problem.
______________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________
[ 2 marks]


31. Based on the passage given, write a summary:
How air pollution affects the children

Credit will be given for use of own words but care must be taken not change the
original meaning.
Your summary must:
be in continuous writing form (not in note form)
use materials from lines 9 to 37
not be longer than 130 words, including the 10 words given below
Begin your summary as follows:

About half of some nine thousand children treated as outpatients at the
Lakeside Medical Centre and Hospital in...
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Section D

32 Read the poemNature and answer the questions that follow.



(a) What is the difference between the weather in the poets country with other
countries?
_____________________________________________________________
[ 1 mark]

(b) Name the main crop produced in the poets country.

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[1mark]
(c) What does the line And there is no sound but the swish of water in the gullies
suggest?
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[1mark]

NATURE

We have neither Summer nor Winter
Neither Autumn nor Spring.
We have instead the days
When the gold sun shines on the lush green canefields
Magnificiently.
The days when the rain beats like bullets on the roofs
And there is no sound but the swish of water in the gullies
And trees struggling in the high Jamaica winds.
Also there are the days when leaves fade from off guango trees
And the reaped canefields lie bare and fallow to the sun.
But best of all there are the days when the mango and the logwood
blossom
When the bushes are full of the sounds of bees and the scent of
honey
When the tall grass sways and shivers to the slightest breath of air,
When the buttercups have paved the earth with yellow stars
And beauty comes suddenly and the rains have gone.

~ H.D. Carberry

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(d) In your opinion, whats the poets feeling towards his country? Give a reason
to support your answer.

______________________________________________________________
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[2marks]


33. The following are the novels studied in the literature component in English
Language.






Choose any one of the novels above and answer the questions below.

Using details from the novel you have studied, name one significant event in the
story. Support your answer with close reference to the text.

-Catch Us If You Can : Catherine McPhail
-The Curse : Lee Su Ann
-Step by Wicked Step : Anne Fine