When I was seven years old, I was given a small wallet to keep my pocket-money in. It made me feel grown up and I carried it proudly in my hip pocket.
One day, during recess in school, I discovered that my wallet was missing. I searched all my pockets but could not find it. There was some money in the wallet and without it I could not buy anything to eat. I was close to tears. It was not so much because of losing my precious wallet but because I might get a scolding from my parents. Anyhow I went hungry that day.
After recess I was in no mood to study at all. I kept thinking about how I lost my wallet and what my parents would do to me. How was I going to explain the loss? I did not know whether someone had taken it from my pocket or it had merely fallen out. I prayed that someone would find it and return it to me. My prayers came to nothing. Fortunately I did not have to pay to get on my school bus. My fare was paid monthly.
When I told my mother about my loss, she was clearly angry. I received a long lecture about my carelessness. When my father came home, I received another lecture. Also I was told that there would not be any more wallets for me until I got older.
So for the rest of the year and two years following, I kept my allowance in my pocket, without any wallet. I am glad to say I never lost any money again. I have learned to be more careful. It is not pleasant to lose something and then get scolded for losing it.
1. What is the text about?
A. Carrying Pocket Money
B. Praying for a Lost Wallet
C. Losing a Wallet
D. Receiving Lectures
2. What is the main idea of paragraph 4?
A. The writer received lectures from his parents.
B. The writer got a small wallet to keep his money.
C. The writer could not find his wallet.
D. The writer thought someone took his wallet.
3. Why was the writer so sad about losing the wallet?
A. Because he had no money to buy anything to eat
B. Because he went hungry all day that day
C. Because the wallet was precious for him
D. Because his parents might scold him
4. ‘It was not so much because of losing my precious wallet …’ (Paragraph 1). The underlined word means ….
5. ‘It is not pleasant to lose something and then get scolded for losing it’. (Paragraph 5).
What does the underlined word refer to?
B. any wallet
C. my pocket money
D. my pocket
Read the text below and answer number 6 to 10.
How to Make an Igloo from Eggshells
Things You’ll Need:
Step1 Gently break egg shell in half making two equal parts.
Step2 Gently rinse and wipe the inside of the eggshell out. Let dry for about 10 minutes by using paper towels.
Step3 Using a permanent ink marker draw an upside down letter "U" on the lower edge of the egg shell; fill in the entire area so it looks like a tunnel entrance, or maybe a door.
Step4 Using the same marker, either make jagged lines or symmetrical lines starting at the top of the egg shell and working down to look like blocks of snow.
(taken from http://www.ehow.com/)
6. The text tells us about the process of ….
A. drying egg shells
B. painting egg shells
C. making an igloo
D. drawing jagged lines
7. The paper towels are used to ….
A. make lines
B. dry the egg shells
C. break the egg shell
D. wipe the egg shell
8. What should the letter “U” look like? It should look like ….
A. blocks of snow
B. an igloo
C. a door
D. jagged lines
9. All of the statements below are true EXCEPT ….
A. Blocks of snow are made by drawing jagged lines.
B. It takes less than half an hour to dry the eggshells.
C. An igloo is a kind of sub tropical house.
D. An igloo is shaped like a dome.
10. ‘…it looks like a tunnel entrance, ...’ The underlined word refers to ….
A. the entire area
B. the egg shell
C. the upside down “U”
D. the igloo
Read the text below and answer number 11 to 15.
The Toraja are a native ethnic group of a mountainous region of South Sulawesi. Their population is approximately 650,000, of which 450,000 still live in the regency of Tana Toraja ("Land of Toraja"). Most of the people are Christians, and others are Moslems or believers of animism known as aluk ("the way").
The word toraja comes from the Bugis language meaning "people of the uplands". The Dutch colonial government named the people Toraja in 1909. Torajans are renowned for their elaborate funeral rites, burial sites carved into rocky cliffs, massive peaked-roof traditional houses known as tongkonan, and colorful wood carvings. Toraja funeral rites are important social events. They are usually attended by hundreds of people and take place for several days.
Before the 20th century, Torajans lived in autonomous villages, where they practised animism and were relatively untouched by the outside world. In the early 1900s, Dutch missionaries first worked to convert Torajan highlanders to Christianity. When the Tana Toraja regency was further opened to the outside world in the 1970s, it became an icon of tourism in Indonesia.
(Adapted from en.wikipedia.org)
11. The text discusses ….
A. Toraja funeral rites
B. tourism in Indonesia
C. the land and people of Toraja
D. animism among native Torajans
12. Toraja is famous for the following, EXCEPT …..
A. wood carvings
C. burial sites
13. Which is TRUE about the Torajan funeral rites? They ….
A. are colourful.
B. last for several days.
C. are attended by a few people
D. are not important events.
14. Tongkonan is a kind of ….
A. a dwelling place
B. a traditional ceremony
C. a wood carving
D. a traditional village
15. ‘Toraja funeral rites are important social events, ….’ (Paragraph 2). The underlined word can be best replaced by ….
Read the text below and answer number 16 to 20.
Once upon a time there was a prince who wanted to marry a real princess . He traveled all over the world to find one, but in vain. He always found faults in every princess he met. So he came home again and was sad.
One evening a terrible storm broke out; there was thunder and lightning, and the rain poured down in torrents. Suddenly a knocking was heard at the city gate, and the old king went to open it.
There in front of him a princess was standing. She was completely drenched and trembling.
"Well, we'll soon find out who she is," thought the old queen. But she said nothing, went into the bed-room, took all the bedding off the bedstead, and laid a pea on the bottom; then she took twenty mattresses and laid them on it. On this the princess had to lie all night. In the morning she was asked how she had slept. "Oh, very badly!" said she. "I have scarcely closed my eyes all night. Heaven only knows what was in the bed, but I was lying on something hard. It's horrible!" Now they knew that she was a real princess because she had felt the pea right through the twenty mattresses. Nobody but a real princess could be as sensitive as that. So the prince took her for his wife, for now he knew that he had a real princess.
16. The best title for the text is ….
A. The Kind Old King
B. The Wise Queen
C. The Prince and the Bride
D. The Princess and the Pea
17. What did the queen do to find out whether she was a real
A. She allowed the princess sleep with her in her room
B. She asked her to sleep on the mattresses with a pea at
C. She asked the prince to hide a pea under the twenty
D. She asked the king to put a pea under the twenty
18. What do we know about the princess? She was ….
A. very honest.
B. looking for a husband.
C. a princess in disguise.
19. ‘… then she took twenty mattresses and laid them on it, …’ (Paragraph 4). What does the underlined word refer to?
A. the bedroom
B. the bedstead
C. the pea
D. the bedding
20. It's horrible!" (Paragraph 5). The underlined expression refers to ….
A. her sleepless night
B. her being drenched
C. the twenty mattresses
D. the queen’s unfriendliness
Read the text below and answer number 21 to 25.
The Linow Lake is in Lahendong village, around 20 minutes drive south of Tomohon . This little lake on the west side of Mount Tompusu is so special. People say the water changes colors, depending on the direction and intensity of the sunlight that hits it. And it is true. Last December when I went there, one part of the lake was very green, another nearby was deep emerald, and right by that was a pale white stretch. But even more impressive is the fact that the lake seems to breathe!
Bubbles of gas, small and large, are constantly emerging from under the water, though there don’t seem to be any fish or other living creatures in it, and there’s quite a strong sulfur smell. Clearly there’s a lot of volcanic activity going on in this lake.
21. What is so special about Lake Linow?
A. It’s a volcanic lake.
B. It has a strong volcanic smell.
C. It’s colorfully changing water.
D. The colors and the bubbles of its water.
22. What probably makes the lake have no life in it?
A. It has colorful water.
B. Its water has high sulfuric content.
C. It receives very little sunlight.
D. It is on Mount Tompusu.
23. ‘Bubbles of gas, small and large, are constantly emerging from under the water, …’ The underlined word means …
24. Why does the lake seem to breathe?
A. There’s a lot of volcanic activity going on in this lake.
B. The sunlight that hits it is so intense.
C. The water of the lake changes its colors.
D. Bubbles of gas constantly emerge from the water.
25. ‘Last December when I went there,…’ What does the underlined word refer to?
A. Mount Tompusu
C. Lake Linow
D. Lahendong village
Read the text below and answer number 26 to 28.
My eldest brother is a brainy secondary-school athlete. But after he broke up with his girlfriend, he quit the team, got tattoos and started hanging out till late at night. His grades also dropped. He hardly talks to me and often fights with my other brother. Our parents are very busy with their work and have very little time for us. What can a 14-year-old sister do?
(Adapted from Reader’s Digest, February 2009)
26. The letter is sent to Aunty to ….
A. ask for Aunty’s advice
B. complain about her boyfriend
C. inform Aunty about her family
D. talk about her two brothers
27. “My eldest brother is a brainy ….” The word ‘brainy’ means
28. Why did his oldest brother get into trouble? Because of his problem with ….
A. his parents
B. his girlfriend
C. his brother
D. his sister
29. Visitors are not to ….
A. feed the fish in the pond
B. consume the fish from the pond
C. feed chemicals to the fish
D. bring along children to the pond
30. ‘… chemicals that may be harmful.’ So, the chemicals are NOT ….
31. Which of the following statements about the text is TRUE?
A. The fish from the pond are safe to eat by children.
B. Pregnat women are free to eat the fish from the pond
C. The fish food is unnaturally processed.
D. The warning sign is provided by the owner of the pond.
Read the text below and answer number 32 to 33.
Hi, this is Surya. I’m sorry I cannot take your call right now. Please leave a detailed message along with your name and telephone number. I will return your call as soon as I return. Thank you.
32. The text above ….
A. is a spoken message
B. can be found at public places
C. is a thank you note
D. is classified advertisement
33. Which of the following statement is NOT true?
A. Surya is out so he cannot take calls.
B. Surya asks the callers to call him back later
C. Surya promises to call when he’s home
D. The text above is a recorded message.
Read the text greeting card and answer number 34 to 35.
34. The sender sent the card because he/she ….
A. forgot to attend the wedding
B. wants the bride and the groom to like the card
C. is a friend of the bride and the groom
D. won’t be there at the wedding
35. “May your wedding bring you endless joy ….” The underlined word means ….
Read the text below and answer number 36 to 39.
Come and Join
The Putra Bangsa Secondary School
Class of 1996 REUNION
On June 21, 2009
Saturday, 10:00 – 2:00 pm
At the Blue Lagoon Hotel for the lunch and social gathering
And at 20:00 – 23:00 pm
At Taman Ismail Marzuki for the cultural evening
For further information please contact
The Putra Bangsa School Office at 0254 677431
During the office hours
Visit the reunion committee site at www.reunion.2009.@putrabangsa.co.id
36. Those invited to the reunion are ex students who ….
A. graduated from 1990 to 1996
B. graduated after 1996
C. were admitted as students in 1996
D. graduated in 1996
37. Which of the following statements is TRUE about the
A. Further information can be obtained any time from the school office.
B. The lunch and the social gathering will be held before the cultural evening.
C. The reunion will be held by the committee more than a day.
D. Those interested to attend the reunion should come to school.
38. “For further information please contact …” The underlined word means ….
A. more detailed
39. The text can be ….
A. in the form of a leaflet or brochure
B. found in an advertisement column
C. posted in the school wall magazine
D. seen in the internet only
Read the text below and answer number 40 to 43.
Dewinta Maharani’s Sweet 15 Birthday
(Golden Century Mall)
On Saturday, June 7, 2009, from 6:30 pm. to 9:00 pm.
Dinner, live music and dancing, won’t be fun without you
Hope you can make it & please don’t be late
Kindly RSVP by May 31, 2009 to Rani
Dress code: casual
A. does not specify what the guests should wear
B. informs us that the party will last till late at night
C. asks the guests to be formally dressed
D. requires those invited to reply if they will come or not
41. What year was Dewinta born? She was born in ….
42. The music will be ….
A. from the recordings
B. performed on stage
C. the only entertainment
D. provided at request
43. “… won’t be fun without you” The underlined word can be
best replaced by ….
For questions 44 to 46, choose the suitable word to complete the text below.
Many kinds of animals like to live with … (44) groups. They feel more secured by doing so. One of them is meerkats. Meerkats can live for up to 10 years. They are also known as … (45) animals, living in and around burrows in groups of up a few families. They are tiny with a head and body only 25 cm to 35 cm long but their tail adds another 17 cm to 25 cm to their length – they use the tail to balance and signal to each other. They … (46) in at 620 grams to 960 grams. They are less than one kilo!
(Adapted from Hello Magazine. No. 145 December 1997)
44. A. their
45. A. dependent
46. A. extend
Arrange into a good paragraph !
47. 1. However, as he opened his mouth the piece of meat fell out, dropped into the water and was never seen more.
2. On his way home he had to cross a plank lying across a running
3. He saw his own shadow reflected in the water beneath.
4. Once there was a Dog who had gotten himself a piece of meat.
5. He thought it was another dog with another piece of meat.
6. So he made a snap at the shadow in the water.
7. He was carrying it home in his mouth to eat it in peace.
8. Therefore, he made up his mind to have that also.
9. As he crossed, he looked down.
The best arrangement is…
A. 4 – 7 – 2 – 9 – 3 – 5 – 8 – 6 - 1
B. 2 – 5 – 1 – 9 – 6 – 8 – 7 – 3 - 4
C. 4 – 2 – 7 – 3 – 5 – 6 – 9 – 8 - 1
D. 3 – 2 – 5 – 4 – 7 – 8 – 6 – 9 – 1
48. 1. Then, slice it.
2. Pour the ground turmeric into a deep pan and add the rest of
3. Once it is boiled strain the mixture.
4. Peel turmeric and wash it.
5. Stir it occasionally.
6. Let it cool off and serve it with some ice cubes.
7. Use a grinder or blender to grind the sliced turmeric.
8. Bring it to boil.
(Taken from: http://www.virgina.multiply.com/)
The best arrangement of making kunyit asam, a traditional
beverage, is ….
A. 4 – 1 – 7 – 2 – 8 – 5 – 3 - 6
B. 4 – 7 – 2 – 5 – 3 – 8 – 1 – 6
C. 4 – 2 – 8 – 1 – 5 – 3 – 6 - 7
D. 4 – 7 – 8 – 2 – 5 – 3 – 6 - 1
49. books – librarian – some – showed – new – of – collections – the -
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
A. 3 – 5 – 2 – 4 – 9 – 8 – 7 – 6 - 1
B. 3 – 2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 5 – 1 – 7 - 9
C. 8 – 2 – 4 – 3 – 5 – 7 – 6 – 1 - 9
D. 8 – 2 – 4 – 9 – 3 – 5 – 7 – 6 – 1
50. the – software – follow – to – printer – install – instruction – the
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
A. 3 – 1 – 5 – 2 – 4 – 6 – 8 - 7
B. 6 – 8 – 5 – 2 – 4 – 3 – 1 - 7
C. 3 – 1 – 7 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 5 - 2
D. 3 – 1 – 2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 5 – 7