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SEKOLAH BINA INSAN


Memaknai Ilmu, Membina Insan, Mencontoh Adab

PEPERIKSAAN PERTENGAHAN TAHUN


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BAHASA INGGERIS (TINGKATAN 3)
Mei 2015
2 Jam
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Dua

JANGAN BUKA KERTAS SOALAN INI SEHINGGA DIBERITAHU

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SECTION A
[10 marks]
[Time suggested : 15

Question
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3
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Full Marks
10
10
20
15
5
30
10
Total

Marks
mengandungi

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Question 1
Read the text below. The first and the last lines are correct. For the
remaining lines, there is one grammatical error in each line.
Underline the error. Then, write one word to correct the error in the
space provided. An example has been given. The correct word must not
change the meaning of the sentence.
There are no spelling and punctuation errors in this text.

Joe is an orphaned baby Borneo pygmy elephant. He was


only four months old where he was rescued at the Gunung
Rara Forest Reserve. Joe's mother and the rest of the pack,
as many as fourteen jumbo elephants, sadly all perished
therefore to poisoning. After his rescue, Joe was brought
from the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. While there, Joe became
attach to one of the park's rangers. He would only eat or
drink when the food and drinks were given through the
ranger, Now, a year later, Joe

was doing much better. He

eats and drinks on his own. He consumes about 25


kilograms of food or drinks 40 litres of milk every day. He is
also a

live young elephant who enjoys playing in the mud

with other calves

into the park. As for Joe's future, he will

e.g. when
(a) ____________
(b) ____________
(c) ____________
(d) ____________
(e) ____________
(f) ____________
(g) ____________
(h) ____________
(i) ____________
(j) ____________

spend the next ten years of his life at the wildlife park so
could even become a permanent resident there because
he has become used to being around humans.

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SECTION B
[30 marks]
[Time suggested : 40 minutes]
Question 2
Read the following text. Then, answer questions (a)-(j).
Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj was born 8 February 1903 in Alor Setar, Kedah. He was
the seventh son of Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah, who was the Sultan of Kedah, and Che
Manjalara.
The young prince received his early education in schools in Alor Setar, Penang and Bangkok.
When he was 17 years old, Tunku received a scholarship to further his tertiary education in England.
He studied History and Law and in 1925 graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Tunku returned to his hometown in 1931. He joined the Kedah civil service. In 1948, he
became the Chairman of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) Kedah. After that, he
returned to London to complete his law studies. A year later he returned to Malaya. In 1951 he
succeeded Datuk Seri Onn Ja'afar as the president of UMNO.
On 27 July 1955, after the first elections were held, Tunku became the Chief Minister. Later
that year, Tunku headed a delegation from the Alliance Party to London for talks with the British
government. This meeting led to Malaya's independence on 31 August 1957. He became the nation's
first Prime Minister.
Besides being interested in sports, Tunku also enjoyed photography, golf and sailing.

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Question (a) (j)


Using the information from the text, complete the following graphic
organiser.

Background:
(a) Date of Birth:
____________________

Early Education:
(c) _________________
Penang
(d) __________________

(b) Place of Birth:


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Tertiary Education:
(e) __________________

Personal Interests:
Photography
(i) ______________________
(j) ______________________

Post Held:
1948: (f)______________________
1951: (g)______________________
1955: Chief Minister
1957: (h)______________________

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[10 marks]

Question 3
Read the travel brochure below. Then, answer question (a) (j).

VISIT MALACCA
Jalan Bunga Raya in Malacca has something for everyone. Here are some of
its hidden treasures.
At Bunga Raya Village, which is beside the
Malacca River, you can see the ruins of St.
Lawrence Chapel. There is also a pathway
along the river where you can take a stroll to
enjoy the beauty of Malacca River. In
addition, the path also leads to two Chinese
shrines; the Sea Dragon Temple and The
Three Treasures Hall.
Visit the Discovery Cafe, which is traveller's
lodge, is a colourful building. The owner
also has a beautiful collection of curious and
antiques which you should discover. Many
buildings near here date back to the 20s and
30s so just walk along the road for a vision
of old-world charm and architecture.
Make a visit to the Malacca Conservation
Centre. It is located at No 45. Jalan Bunga
Raya. This place is worth a visit just to learn
more about the architecture of the buildings
along Jalan Bunga Raya and its surrounding
areas.

Many people flock the stalls or restaurants


along Jalan Bunga Raya for their food.
They are willing to wait in long queues to
try local tasty food such as popiah, oyster
omelette, rojak, cendol or mixed ice
kacang with eight ingredients.
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Question (a) (d)


Based on the travel brochure, state whether the following statements are
TRUE or FALSE.
(a) The ruins of St. Lawrence Chapel are beside the Malacca River.

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(b) Visitors can book a place to stay at the Discovery Cafe.

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(c) You can learn about the history of the buildings along Jalan

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Bunga Raya at the Malacca Conservation Centre.


(d) The food stalls are packed with people wanting to eat local

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delicacies.

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Question (e) (i)
Study the travel brochure carefully and answer all the questions below.
(e) How can visitors enjoy the beauty of the Malacca River?
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[1

mark]
(f) Why would tourists be interested to visit Discovery Cafe?
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[1

mark]
(g) Fill in the table with the most appropriate phrase from the brochure
MEANING

PHRASE

(i) a special quality of a place which


you like because it is old and

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reminds you of the past

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(ii) something about the place is


interesting so you should go there.

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(h) Why does the brochure encourage people to visit the Malacca
Conservation Centre?
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[1

mark]
(i) Why do you think there are 'long queues' at the stalls or restaurants
along Jalan Bunga Raya ?
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[1

mark]
[10 marks]
(j)

Your friend is going to visit Jalan Bunga Raya in Malacca.


In about 50 words, write a postcard to your friend

.
In your postcard:

state the places to see along Jalan Bunga Raya


give reasons why he/she should go there
add other relevant information to make your writing interesting

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[10 marks]
SECTION C
[20 marks]
[Time suggested : 20 minutes]
Question
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Dear
Mom,
Read the letter from Alexis to his mother.
How are you and everyone at home? I'm doing well but a little busy completing an asignment.
It is due next week. I can't believe you remembered that I took a course in landscaping. After all, it
was two semesters ago. To answer your question, I'd be happy to give you some tips for an indoor
garden.
Since your friend lives in an apartment, the first thing to do is find out the direction her
balcony faces. If it gets direct sunlight, then she should have sun-loving plants in her balcony. She
can get Jasmine. However, if it doesn't, she could choose shade-loving plants such as the Boston fern.
If her balcony is small, she may want to have a vertical garden. A planter box is attached on
the wall and she can grow her plants on it. She could also put a shallow planter box and grow grass in
it. Another simple idea is to have small pots of flowering plants arranged along the balcony railing.
Choosing the right type of plants can appeal to the sense of smell and sight. Besides colourful
flowering plants, choose plants with fragrant aromas such as spice plants or shrubs. Her balcony will
not only look beautiful, it will smell great too.
I hope your friend will find these suggestions useful. She can have a beautiful and functional
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garden in her balcony with careful thought and planning. My next class
starts
in half an
hour so I
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have to go now. Say 'hi' to everyone at home for me. Take care and I miss you all. Bye.

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Your loving son,


Alexis
Read the letter carefully and answer questions (a) (i).
(a)

Why was Alexis busy the week before?


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(b)

Why did Alexis' mother write to him for advice on creating an indoor

garden?
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[1

mark]
(c)

What are the possible things the friend may do once she finds out the

direction of her

(d)

balcony?

(i)

___________________________________________________

[1 mark]

(ii)

___________________________________________________

[1 mark]

What should the friend do if she doesn't have much space for a garden

on her balcony?
_________________________________________________________
(e)

[1 mark]

Fill in the table with an appropriate word/phrase from the article.


[1 mark]
MEANING

WORD/PHRASE
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(i) plants which grow well under


direct sun
(ii) measuring a short distance
from the top to bottom
(iii) a metal fence which is made
of a series of upright bars
(iv) having a strong pleasant smell

(f)

What can the friend grow in a shallow planter box?


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(g)

[1 mark]

What will Alexis most probably do after he finishes writing the letter to

his mother?
_________________________________________________________
(h)

(i)

[1 mark]

Why would choosing the right plant be beneficial?


(i)

___________________________________________________

[1 mark]

(ii)

___________________________________________________

[1 mark]

Give two other suggestions for an indoor garden.


(i)

___________________________________________________

[1 mark]

(ii)

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[1 mark]

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Question 5
Read the poem below carefully. Then, answer question (a) (d).
Leisure
By William Henry Davies

What is this life, full of care,


We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide theis nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
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Why does the persona tell us to stand beneath the tree branches?
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(b)

Why is the squirrel hiding nuts in the grass?


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(c)

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Why does the stream sparkle like stars?


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[1 mark]

(d) What kind of life does the persona say people will have withour leisure?
Why did he say this?
__________________________________________________________
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Section D
[40 marks]
[Time suggested : 45 minutes]
Question 6
You should spend 30 minutes on this question.
You are representing your school in a public speaking competition. You have
decided to give a talk on the benefits of taking up a hobby.
BENEFIT

gain knowledge
use time wisely
make friends
reduce stress
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When writing out your talk:

you must use the notes given


suggest two other benefits of taking up a hobby
add any other relevant information
write between 120 to 150 words

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Question 7
You should spend 15 minutes on this question.
The following are the novels studied in the Literature Component in English
Language.

1.

Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne

2.

How I Met Myself

3.

The Railway Children

- David A.Hill
- Edith Nesbit (retold by

John Escott)
Based on one of the novels above, write about an important lesson you have
learnt. Support your response with evidences from the novel.
Write :

in not less than 50 words


in continuous writing (not in note form)

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KERTAS SOALAN TAMAT

Disediakan oleh :

Disemak oleh :

Disahkan oleh :

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(Syamim Aminuddin)
Guru Bahasa Inggeris

(NurSyuhada' Ridzuan)
GKMP Bahasa
Sekolah Bina Insan.

(Mazlina bt Nasir)
TP Kurikulum
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