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Mati Polytechnic College

Second Prelim Exam for First Grading

ESP 7

Name: ______________________________ Grade-Section: _____________________ Date: _____________

Directions: Read the story “A Visit to Ou Saom”. Answer the following questions below. Write your answer on
the blank provided.

1. Describe the travel from Manila to Ou Saom Village. (Refer to first paragraph)
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2. Describe Veal Veang region and the living condition of the people of Ou Saom. (Refer to second paragraph)
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3. Why is Srey in Manila? Give two sentences that would illustrate the kind of relationship Srey has with her family.
(Refer to third paragraph)
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4. Who are the siblings who stop by Srey’s house every day? (Refer to fifth paragraph)
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5. What do Khan and Chea have to do every day just to go to school? (Refer to seventh paragraph)
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6. What made the trip to Ou Saom meaningful? (Refer to eight paragraph)
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“A Visit to Ou Saom”

(1)
It was a three-hour flight from Manila to Siem Reap in Cambodia. Four hours of bus ride took us to province of
Pursat. Another two more hours to reach Veal Veang district where the village of Ou Saom is located. We
arrived at our destination.

(2)
Veal Veang is a region in the outskirts of the province of Pursat. It is bordered by the Cardamom Mountains and
the Gulf of Thailand. Ou Saom is the village where my friend Srey and her family live. The region is basically
open fields and mountains. Agriculture and forestry are the primary source of living by the locals. Ou Saom
village is small. Almost everyone knows one another.

(3)
We had a month long break from school so I thought of going with my friend Srey to visit her family. Srey stays
in Manila as an exchange student so she doesn’t get to see her family for a long time. Srey was hugged tightly
by her mother Mae and her whole family welcomed her warmly.

(4)
The following morning before dawn, Srrey woke me up. “Haist! It’s only five in the morning,” I muttered to
myself. Nevertheless, I stood up and joined her and her parents in their veranda for morning coffee.

(5)
At a quarter before six, a group of school kids came over, “Can we wash our feet Taa Ago?” they chorused. “Go
ahead, children,” Srey’s father answered. “Who are those kids?” I asked. “Oh, they are from nearby village.
They don’t have a school in their place yet. They have to walk several kilometres to attend the primary school
here. They often stop by to wash their feet from our pump before proceeding to the school.”

(6)
Then I met the siblings Khan and Chea who were attending the secondary school in Ou Saom. They passed by
Srey’s house to change their wet clothes. “Why are they wet? It hasn’t rained,” I asked Srey curiously.

(7)
“They are from a nearby island. They have to paddle their boat for about an hour just to come to school,”
answered Srey. The two kids were then invited for breakfast by Srey’s mother.

(8)
I thought of the kids all day and the hardships and danger that they have to go through just to go to school. I
also thought of their condition during the rainy season. It must be much harder and more dangerous for them. I
couldn’t help but appreciate the life that I have.

(9)
I remembered my father took me to and fetched from school every day when I was younger. I did not have to
wake up too early because the school is near our home. My mother, on the other hand, makes sure to pack my
baon so I have something to eat during breaks.

(10)
It was only my second day in Ou Saom, but the experiences I witnessed were enough to teach me important
life lessons. And for that, the vacation was all worth it.