Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follows

When I was a child of seven years old, my uncle filled my pocket with coppers. I went directly to a shop where they sold toys for children, and being attracted by the sound of whistle that I saw in the hands of another boy, I gave all my money for one.

When I came home blowing the whistle all over the place, much pleased with myself, my brothers, sisters and cousins were surprised to hear that I had paid so much for it as it was not worth the amount and that there were other things I could have bought with the rest of the money. They also laughed at me for my foolishness so much that I cried in anger, and when I thought over my mistake it made me sadden than the whistle gave me pleasure.

But I have never forgotten the lesson. So often when I am tempted to buy some unnecessary things, I would say to myself: “Do not give too much for the whistle”, and I would save my money.


Answer these questions:

1.) Why did the writer buy a whistle? (a) He had always wanted a whistle

(b) the nearest shop sold only a whistle (c) he liked the sound of a whistle he had seen with another boy (d) his friend told him he must buy a whistle


2.) Why were the brothers not very pleased about the whistle? (a) They did not like the whistle (b) the writer had paid too much for it (c) they felt that it was foolish for a seven year old boy to buy a whistle (d) they were jealous that they were not given money to buy theirs


3.) What lesson did the writer learn from this experience? (a) never to pay too much for a whistle (b) never to buy another whistle (c) always to ask his elder brothers before buying anything (d) to carefully avoid buying anything that is not very useful


4.) Which of the following statements is true? (a) later he did not enjoy the whistle as much as before (b) he quarreled with his brothers, sisters and cousins over the whistle (c) he bought the whistle from his own personal savings (d) he was too young to know what to do with whistle


5.) In the passage “coppers” means __________________

(a) pieces of metal (b) fivers (c) coins (d) twenty shillings

6.) Why did he cried? (a) he had lost all his money (b) his brothers, sisters and cousin laughed at him (c) his brothers took his whistle from him (d) he lost the whistle


Section B: English Grammar

Choose the correct answer from the options A, B, C and D.

7.) The beggar _____________ on the door. Don’t open it

(a) knocks (b) is knocking (c) are knocking (d) knocked

8.) We ____________ to watch a concert tonight (a) is going (b) am going (c) going (d) are going

9.) The striker _______________ to score a goal when the referee blew the whistle

(a) was going (b) gone (c) goes (d) were going



10.) A burglar ____________ into the house when I switched on the light

(a) crept (b) is creeping (c) was creeping (d) were creeping

11.) “___________ I join you?” ask Yetunde. (a) may (b) please (c) would (d) might

12.) You must _______ your library card tomorrow (a) returns (b) returned (c) return (d) returning

13.) Which of the following is a request

(a) may I have a piece of cake (b) don’t touch the glass (c) keep quiet (d) sit here

14.) _____________ a person is a serious offence (a) to kill (b) killed (c) was killed (d) kill

15.) She likes _____________ pretty dress for her doll (a) sew (b) sews (c) sewing (d) sewed

16.) His knowledge of the history of Singapore _______ remarkable (a) was (b) is (c) his (d) have

17.) Neither you nor I _____________ wrong (a) has (b) have (c) is (d) are

18.) That house ___________ to his parents (a) belong (b) belongs (c) belonged (d) has belonged

19.) Tunde ___________ play the violin beautifully, can’t he? (a) will (b) can (c) cant (d) should

20.) “Ladies and _____________, thank you for coming this dinner”, said the host

(a) lords (b) guests (c) gentlemen (d) people


Section C: Literature

The Amazing River Boy By: Louis Silver

21.) What was the name of Adesewa’s village (a) Latunde (b) Igbodilu (c) Papa

22.) What did Adesewa believe the river she saw was possessed with

(a) Black power (b) magic power (c) love power

23.) Why did the cow and the dog refuse to get out of the river (a) they wanted to die there

(b) they felt refreshed and fulfilled by drinking the water (c) they were in trance

24.) What type of crop did Adesewa’s parents majorly plant?

(a) rice and beans (b) cocoa and coffee (c) yams

25.) What was bothering Igbodilu’s king? (a) he was bothered about his wife

(b) he was bothered about his father (c) he was bothered about his son’s health


Section D: English Composition

Instruction: In this section, answer only one question. All questions carry equal marks

1.) Descriptive composition: Discuss how to cook fried rice with your partner

2.) Write a letter to your friend telling him/her on how your school is preparing for the forthcoming inter-house sports competition.


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