Thursday, January 28, 2010

English Remedial Test for Grade XI

Read each text carefully then answer the questions that follow.

Text 1 is for questions from 1 to 5
Whales are sea-livings mammals. They therefore breathe air but cannot survive on land. Some species are very large indeed and the blue whale, which can exceed 30 meters in length, is the largest animal to have lived on earth. Superficially, the whale looks rather like a fish, but there are important differences in its external structure; its tail consists of a pair of broad, flat horizontal paddles (the tail of a fish is vertical) and it has a single nostril on top of its large, broad head. The skin is smooth and shiny and beneath it lies a layer of fat (blubber). This is can be up to 30 centimeters in thickness and serves heat and body fluids.

1. What group of animals do whales belong to?
2. How long is a whale’s body?
3. Why can’t whales survive on land for a long time although theey breathe air?
4. What tenses are mostly used in the text?
5. What do you call this type of text?

Text 2 is for questions from 6 to 10
Anne Boleyn
     During the reign of King Henry VIII of England in 1522, Anne Boleyn, the daughter of Sir Thomas Boleyn and a niece of the Duke of Norfolk, returned to England from France where she spent her childhood. She became the Lady-in waiting into the service of Catherine of Aragon, King Henry VIII’s first wife.
     She soon caught the eyes of the King. The King tried to make Anne his mistress but Anne refused it. Her sister, Mary Boleyn had been the king’s mistress and gained little from it but a scandal. She demanded that the King marry her. She waited nearly seven years for Henry to obtain an annulment of his marriage with Catherine of Aragon. In 1532 Henry VIII and Catherine divorced.
     It finally took an unavoidable breaking with the Pope in Rome before they wed in the mid of September in 1533. A year later Anne was pregnant, but she was unable to give the King the son he desperately needed for an heir. The King was so disappointed. Their marriage ended tragically for Anne. She was accused of witchcraft, incest and adultery. On May 19th, 1536 she was beheaded at the Tower of London. Ten days after her death, King Henry married to Lady Jane Seymour who was able to give the king a son, Prince Edward. But this didn’t last long. The young prince died young. Elisabeth, the daughter of Anne and Henry VIII became England’s greatest queen.

6. Where did the story happen?
7. Who was Catherine of Arragon?
8. What did King Henry VIII want to make Ann?
9. What tense is used in the story above?
10. What type of text is the story above?

Text 3 is for questions from 11 to 15.
Cars Should be Banned from Cities
     Cars should be banned from the city. As we all know, cars create pollution, and cause a lot of road deaths and other accidents.
     Firstly, cars, as well as we know, contribute to most of the pollution in the world. Cars emit a deadly gas that causes illness such as bronchitis, lung cancers and “triggers” of asthma. Some of these illnesses are so bad that people can die from them.
     Secondly, a city is very busy. Pedestrians wander everywhere and cars commonly hit pedestrians in a city, which causes them to die. Cars, today, are the biggest killers on roads.
     In conclusion, cars should be banned from a city for the reasons listed above.

11. In the writer’s opinion what do cars in a city cause?
12. What do cars emit?
13. Who mostly are the victims in car accidents?
14. Which paragraph tell you that cars also cause noises pollution?
15. What is the topic of the text?

Text 4 is for questions from 16 to 20
Is School Uniform Necessary?
     Within a past few week, there was an interesting topic discussed by many students in Indonesia that is the government plans to abandon the use of school uniform. I think school uniform must be implemented at school.
     Firstly, school uniform is an Identity. As in the army, we can differentiate between army, navy, air force and police squad just from the uniform they wear. School uniform is too. We can identify whether she or he is a kindergarten boy, an elementary school girl, a group of junior high school students or senior high school from their uniform.
     Secondly, school uniform gives us such a feeling of togetherness. The students who come from rich families are not too different from those who come from the poor ones. The uniform will erase the gap between the rich and the poor. So, the learning atmosphere will not be disturbed by inferiority feeling from the have not students because they cannot wear expensive outfits.
     I think the government should cancel the plan due to the social condition which is in collapse. School Uniform is still badly needed to unify the students at school.

16. What is the purpose of the text?
17. What is the function of the school uniform?
18. What does the writer suggest the government to do?
19. “… By inferiority feeling from the have not students because they cannot wear expensive outfits.”  (paragraph 3)
     What does the underlined word refer to?
20. What type of text is the text above?

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