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Each question in the passages below refers to a numbered blank.

For each question, choose


the best answer from the options A, B, C and D to fit the numbered blank.
My pen friend, Steve is from Sydney, Australia. His ancestors came __(36)__ Ireland in
the 1800s.
Steve is sixteen years old and he is very __(37)__. He __(38)__ surfing, sailing and
water skiing. Apart from __(39)__ sports, he also plays soccer for his school.
I enjoy writing to Steve because I learn a lot about his country from him. Steve tells me
that children __(40)__ live on farms and sheep ranches study at home. Thats because the
nearest school is often hundreds __(41)__ miles away. Teachers __(42)__ their lessons on the
radio to children who tune in via a two-way radio. The program is __(43)__ School of the
Air.
According to Steve, many of his neighbours and classmates __(44)__ Asian and
European immigrants. He knows quite a bit about Malaysia ___(45)___ his next door
neighbours are__(46)__ Penang. Steve __(47)__ be visiting Malaysia soon. He cant wait to
experience __(48)__ golden beaches and exotic food.
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Mountain climbing ___(49)___ a challenging sports. It is a test of not only your stamina
and strength but also your courage and determination. In fact, it is the discipline ___(50)___
mental training that one gets from mountain climbing that makes it worthwhile.
In ___(51)___ early days people climbed mountains ___(52)___ build altars, to discover
if spirits actually lived there and also to get a better view of the surrounding areas.
Mountain climbing should not be attempted ___(53)___ training. It is dangerous
___(54)___ someone untrained to climb mountains. As such, those ___(55)___ are interested
in this sports should first receive training. They could enrol ___(56)___ a mountain climbing
school, such as the Menali school in India.
___(57)___ mountain climbing is ___(58)___ expensive sport, many ___(59)___ pursue
it for the physical and spiritual satisfaction it ___(60)___ them.
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Text 1
Most teenagers lose ____(36)____ teeth because of tooth decay. Tooth decay
____(37)____ caused by dental plaque. After eating, the leftover food in the mouth
____(38)____ with the bacteria in the plaque. This interaction produces acids. The acids
____(3 9)____ the tooth surface and cause it to rot.
When you ____(40)____ a hole in your tooth or have pain in your tooth, then you most
likely know that you have tooth decay. Sometimes, food may also get stuck in ____(41)____
between your teeth and you may experience ____(42)____ unpleasant taste or smell in the
mouth. All these are signs that you have tooth decay.
You can ____(43)____ tooth decay by eating less sugary like chocolates, sweets and
carbonated drinks. Remember to rinse your mouth ____(44)____ meals. Use toothpaste that
____(45)____fluoride as this will make your teeth ____(46)____. Lastly, dont forget to have
help you to
regular dental check-ups. Doing all of the above will
your natural
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teeth a lot longer.
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Text 2
Dengue is caused by a virus that is carried ____(48)____the Aedes mosquito, also
known as the Asian Tiger Mosquito because of ____(49)____white stripes on its body and
legs. A person who is ____(50)____ by an infected Aedes mosquito might carry the virus and
show ____(51)____ no symptoms at all; or come down with dengue fever ____(52)____
develop the more serious dengue haemorrhagic fever.
It is important to know the symptoms of dengue fever ____(53)____ the victim may
need medical attention, such as a blood transfusion. The signs one ____(54)____ look out for
include a very high temperature, ____(55)____ aches and pains in the bones, muscle joints,

eyeballs and head, a loss in appetite, nausea and vomiting. The victim ____(56)____ also develop a skin rash,
chest pain and pain ____(57)____ the abdomen.
If the victim has the more serious dengue haemorrhagic fever, he or she is likely to ____(58)____ most
of the symptoms mentioned above plus the common sign ____(59)____ internal bleeding. The victim will
____(60)____red spots on the skin and lose blood from the mouth and nose. The victim is also likely to have
coffee-coloured vomit, dark stools and pain in the abdomen.
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