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Each question in this paper is followed by four possible answers A, B, C and D.

Choose one answer for
each question.
Questions 1-10 are based on the information given.

Study the envelope below and answer the question that follows.

If undelivered, please return to: Postage Paid
Lot 11, Jalan 51A/223, Pejabat Pos Besar
46100 Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur
Zaitun Abdul Rahman,
521, Taman Melawati,
15000 Kota Bharu,

Printed Matter- Reader’s Digest Asia Ltd

1. Who is the recipient of the letter?
A. Lot 11, Jalan 51A/223, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
B. Pejabat Pos Besar Kuala Lumpur
C. Reader’s Digest Asia Ltd
D. Zaiton Abdul Rahman

Read the sign below and answer the question that follows.

1.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Monday – Friday

2. Which of the following statements is true?
A. The office is open every day of the week.
B. The office is open three hours a day.
C. The office is open 24 hours a day.
D. The office is only open on Mondays.

Study the recipe below and answer the question that follows.

Fruit Punch Ingredients
Fruits of your choice
2 tablespoons of sugar
½ glass of soda water
Lots of ice-cubes
Pieces of lemons for decorations

1. Which of the ingredients is up to the person who is making the drink?
A. Sugar
B. Fruit
C. Ice cubes Let’s Recycle Paper Campaign
D. Soda water

What can be recycled
– newspapers, magazines, books, calendar
papers, cards and cardboards, envelopes,
Study the notice below and answer the questions
non-carbonised that follows.
What cannot be recycled
– 2
tissue papers, food magazines, tetrapak
drink packets, polystyrene, carbon paper,
foil, laminated materials
1. Based on the notice, we know that
A. Laminated cards are recyclable
B. Newspapers and foil are two of the recyclable paper products
C. We should try to recycle tissue papers and polystrene cups
D. Some types of paper products cannot be recycled

Read the advertisement below and answer the questions that follow.

Instant Lawn in 7 days!
Carpet Turfing
-Hassle-free - Fast to grow
-Economical -Easy to

(Only for residents in Negeri
2. How long will it take Greenland Landscape to complete a lawn?
A. A day B. The instant lawn takes a lot of time to
B. A week maintain
C. A month C. Greenland Landscape is open from 9 a.m to
D. A year 2 p.m
1. Which of the following statements is true? D. The instant lawn offer is only for those
A. Greenland Landscape offers carpets staying in Negeri Sembilan

Read the questions below and answer the questions that follow

The polar bear is a relentless hunter. Its movements are associated with the movement
of the sun. In autumn, it moves southwards and in spring it moves north again, staying on the
ice belt along the Arctic coast where seals are plentiful.

It also follows the movement of tiny sea organisms that fish feeds on. This is because
there are bound to be seals where where there are plenty of fish.

2. The word relentless shows that the polar bear
A. Does not give up easily D. Does not move during autumn
B. Does not like to eat fish 1. What do polar bears hunt?
C. Does not stay near the ice belt A. Fish
B. Seals D. Sea organisms
C. Hunters

Read the extract below and answer the questions

When a car skidded on wet pavement and struck a light pole, several
bystanders immediately ran over to help the driver. A woman was the first to
reach the victim, but a man rushed in and pushed her back.
“Step aside, lady,” he barked. “I’ve taken a course in first aid.”
The woman watched him for a few minutes, and then tapped his shoulder.
“Pardon me,” she said. “But when you get to the part about calling a doctor, I’m
right here.”
Adapted from
Reader’s Digest,
March 1997

1. Who reached the driver of the car first? 1. The word barked means
A. A man A. Coughed
B. A woman B. Said softly
C. Several bystanders C. Whispered
D. No one D. Spoke harshly

Questions 11 - 18 Each question in the text below refers to a numbered blank. For each question,
choose the best answer from the options A,B,C and to fit the numbered blank.

As a doctor in a remote village where residents are used to the ways of the local witch doctor, I
have encountered
some interesting cases. One day, a patient came to my practice with (11) __________skin infections.
After examining (12) __________, I gave him a prescription. A few days later, he returned because the
(13)___________had not improved. I gave him another prescription for a stronger drug. (14) __________
three days later he was back and, to my surprise, the infection had got (15)___________.
When I asked him if he (16) _________________ the drug as prescribed, he said that he had taken
it the usual way - he had (17) ____________the prescription paper, mixed the ashes (18) ____________a
glass of water and drank it!

Adapted from The Reader's Digest
January 1999.

11. 15.
A. a A. worse
B. the B. worst
C. an C. worsen
D. – D. worsening

12. 16.
A. her A. has taken
B. his B. had taken
C. he C. was taken
D. him D. took

13. 17.
A. complaints A. burn
B. complaint B. burns
C. complaining C. burning
D. complained D. burned

14. 18.
A. Yet A. to
B. Still B. with
C. Although C. through
D. But D. over
Questions 19 — 21 Read the conversation below and choose the best meaning for the phrases that
are underlined.

Stella and Vicky are preparing for the Teacher's Day celebration in their school.
Stella : I think we should buy something for our teachers. It's Teacher's Day next week.
Vicky : You are right! We must look up to (19) our teachers.
Stella : Have you any suggestions? I am running out (20) of ideas.
Vicky : How about getting them a pen each? That will make up (21) for our mischief in class.

19. look up to C. Preparing
A. Follow D. Jogging
B. Respect
C. Search for 21. make up
D. Remember A. Solve
B. Create
20. running out C. Be a start
A. Lacking D. Compensate
B. Thinking

Questions 22— 24 Read the conversation below and choose the best meaning for the phrases that
are underlined.

Coach : Alex, keep in mind (22) that you have to come for the practice tomorrow evening and practice
Alex : Yes, Coach. I will put my shoulder to the wheel (23) for the coming badminton competition.
Coach : Don’t worry. Surely you will win the day (24).
Alex : Thank you, Coach.

22. keep in mind A. drive a car A. be victorious
A. try B. bring along the wheel of a B. get a holiday
B. remember car C. play one along
C. don’t bother C. put some things on the D. practise for a day
D. thinking hard shoulder
D. work very hard in order to
23. put my shoulder to the succeed
wheel 24. win the day

Questions 25 - 28 are based on the following text.
When I was a child, mum would read to me every night. After a bedtime prayer, I would be
tucked up in bed while mum sat on the edge of the bed. She would open a book, draw her breath
and begin to read. I never had any idea whom I'd meet on those magical nights. There was Alice
going through the looking glass; Robinson Crusoe on his island; Oliver Twist starving in the
workhouse or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the lab. As the years passed, I grew up, went to universiy,
and found work as a newspaper reporter. Mum grew old and frail. Now she is an invalid, confined to
bed. Her body may be weak but her mind is as bright as ever. I read to her now, from some of the
well-worn and dog eared books she read to me so long ago. Sometimes I think back to my childhood
nights when mum would be weary after a long day's work but was never too tired to open a book
and read to me. I thank God for the most precious gift I have ever received - the gift of words and

25. Whom did the writer meet on those childhood nights?
A. Neighbours
B. Friends
C. Friends
D. Characters in stories

26. The writer mentions that after a long day's work, her mother was never too tired to open a book.
This sentence tells us that the mother was...
A. lazy
B. hardworking
C. dedicated
D. strict

27. A dog-eared book is a book with...
A. bent or torn pages
B. yellow pages
C. missing pages
D. blurred pages
28. The best title for the passage is...
A. A Bedtime Prayer
B. Magical Nights
C. My Mother
D. The Most Valuable Gift

Questions 29 -34 Read the dialogue below carefully and answer the questions that follow.

Kong Beng : Hi, Fadzil. Where did you go yesterday?
Fadzil : Hi, Kong Beng. I was at the library. I had to do some research.
Kong Beng : Research? On what?
Fadzil : I have to write an essay on two famous persons who have sacrified a lot to help our
country achieve
independence. I have to write about their character and what they did to help the country.
That needs a lot of research.
Kong Beng : Oh, I see. So, who are you going to write about?
Fadzil : I have chosen two people.
Kong Beng : Let me guess, one of them is Tunku Abdul Rahman.
Fadzil : Yes, how did you guess?
Kong Beng : That's easy. Everyone knows that the Tunku put in a lot of effort to get independence
for Malaysia. He was also
the first Prime Minister of Malaysia. He was certainly an important man.
Fadzil : That's true.
Kong Beng : So, who is the other?
Fadzil : Sybil Karthigesu.
Kong Beng : Who is she? I havent't heard of her before.
Fadzil : She was one of the Freedom Fighters during the Japanese Occupation. Even though she
was tortured by the
Japanese, she did not give up. She was a woman of principle and she had tremendous
Kong Beng : I think I have heard about her, though I can't remember her name.
Fadzil : Well, not many people have heard about Sybil Karthigesu. That's why I chose her.
Kong Beng : Have you got enough information to write your essay?
Fadzil : Yes. There are some very good books on Malaysian history in our library. I managed to get
all the information I
Kong Beng : Why do you have to write the essay? Is it your school homework?
Fadzil : No, it's for the Historical Society. All the members have to write the essay. The best essay
wins a prize.
Kong Beng : Oh. Well, I wish you all the best. I hope you win.
Fadzil : Thanks, Kong Beng. Will you be coming for football practice tomorrow?
Kong Beng : I'll be there.

29. Why did Fadzil have to do research?
A. He had to finish his assignment 30. What would his essay be about?
B. He did not know much about famous people. A. Malaysia's fight for independence
C. He had to write an article on two famous B. Famous Freedom Fighters in Malaysia
people. C. People who had sacrified their lives to help
D. He wanted to take part in a competition others.
D. Malaysians involved in gaining D. His essay will win first prize

Life’s Brief Candle

To-morrow, and to-morrow; and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more; it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

William Shakespeare

33. Where did Fadzil go to find the information
31. The word principle in the dialogue for his research?
means.... A. Internet
A. main B. School library
B. headmistress C. Museum
C. general truth D. Historical society
D. honourable behaviour
34. In the passage, the word courage can best
be replaced by
A. Bravery
B. Coward
C. Weak
32. The following is true of Fadzil except.... D. Suffer
A. He knew how to play football
B. He was an active member of the Historical
C. He had adequate material to write essay

Questions 35 - 37 are based on the following poem.

35. Which word in the poem shows time is C. careless
moving slowly? D. heartless
A. Hour
B. Pace 37. In the poem, the poet feels that life is
C. Creeps A. meaningless
D. Walking B. doubtful
C. carefree
36. The word idiot refers to someone who is D. easy
A. selfish
B. foolish

Questions 38 - 40 are based on the extract from the short story Of Bunga Telur and Bally Shoes.
He considered everything. He considered selling his mother’s guavas in the garden.
He considered borrowing from his youngest sister as she was the kindest. Finally, Jamal
considered his mother. He mustered all his courage and went up to his mother to ask to
be considered for a small loan. As expected his mother gave him a lecture on thrift and
the virtues of saving. Jamal listened meekly. The lecture was not important. What was

important was the outcome. At the end of the thirty-minute lecture, his mother agreed to
give him RM1500.00.
“And that is not even my money. It’s from the sale of the guavas,” his mother said
Jamal didn’t care even if it was the sale of chillies, he was over the moon. He yelped
and hugged his mother. He kissed his mother and promised to be an “Anak Mithali”. His
mother snorted.

38. Jamal considered borrowing money from his mother because he was
A. greedy
B. desperate
C. irresponsible
D. inconsiderate

39. When Jamal approached his mother for a loan, she advised him to be
A. responsible for his fiancee
B. generous to his relatives
C. careful with his money
D. polite to his in-laws

40. Jamal put up with his mother’s lecture because he
A. wanted to be a responsible son
B. needed money urgently
C. changed for the better
D. knew she was right