"He may have wandered to the harbour," said Hamid's friend, Muchtar.
Soon, the boys were at the harbour's gate, marked 'Gate 6', of Priok Harbour. Two policemen were guarding the gate. The boys moved quietly so that the policemen would not see them. The boys knew the policemen would chase them away if they saw them.
The boys knew Koko was somewhere neat the gate because they had heard him meowing. The sound seemed to have come from a taxi that was parked near by. Hamid and Muchtar saw two men standing beside the taxi. The men were talking in low tones. Then, one of them opened the carboot, and Hamid saw Koko crouching among some bags.
Not long after that, the men left. Hamid quickly ran to the taxi. Finding the boat unlocked, Hamid lifted the lid. What a shock! There were bags of explosive! At the moment, Hamid heard the men coming back. He swept Koko into his arms and ran back to where Muchtar was keeping watch.
"Those men are smugglers trying to bring explosive into the harbour," Hamid whispered to Muchtar.
"What shall we do?" asked Muchtar fearfully.
"We must alert the policemen at the gate," Hamid said.
The boys moved cautiously until they reached the gate. Hamid told the policemen what he had seen. The policemen did not really believe him, but they went with the boys to the taxi. The policemen were just in time to see the men taking the bags of explosive out of the boot.
The policemen quickly stopped the men and handcuffed them.
|1.||Where did the two boys see the smugglers ........|
|2.||The purpose of the text is to ........|
|3.||Hamid ........ when he saw bags of explosives inside the boot.|
|4.||"The policemen quickly stopped the men and handcuffed them." (The last paragraph) |
This part of the text is called ........
Once upon a time there was a poor widow who had an only son named Jack. They were so poor that they didn't have anything except a cow. When the cow had grown too old, his mother sent Jack to the market to sell it. On the way to the market, Jack met a butcher who had some beautiful beans in his hand. The butcher told the boy that the beans were of great value and persuaded the silly fad to sell the cow for the beans.
Jack brought them happily. When he told his mother about this, his mother became so angry that she threw the beans out of the window.
When Jack woke up in the morning, he felt the sun shining into a part of his room but all the rest was quite dark and shady.
So he jumped to the window. What did he see? The beanstalk grew up quite close past Jack's window. He opened the window and jumped to the beanstalk which ran up just like a big ladder.
He climbed ... and climbed till at last he reached the sky. While looking around, he saw a very huge castle. He was very amazed.
Then Jack walked along the path leading to the castle. There was a big tall woman on the doorstep. Jack greeted her and asked for the giantess mercy to give him breakfast, because he felt very hungry. Although the giantess grumbled at first, finally she gave Jack a hunk of bread and cheese and a jug of milk.
Jack hadn't finished when the whole house, began to tremble with the noise of someone's coming. "Oh! It's my husband!" cried the giantess. "What on earth shall I do?"
Hastily the giantess opened a very big cupboard and hid Jack there.
|5.||Where did Jack sell his cow ........|
|6.||What is the story about ........|
|7.||"Oh! It's my husband!" cried the giantess. (Paragraph 7) |
"What on earth shall I do?"
From the sentence we know that the giantess is ........ her husband.
|8.||Jack's mother looked very furious when Jack told that ........|
|9.||What do we learn from the text ........|
| Silkworms live for only two or three
days after laying eggs. About 36,000 to 50,000 eggs are laid, and these
are carefully stored at the silkworm farm until they are ready to hatch.
The eggs hatch into caterpillars, which feed on mulberry leaves. Soon,
the caterpillars are ready to spin their cocoons. Not all caterpillars
can spin silk cocoons. |
Only the caterpillars of a silkworm moth known as 'Bombyx mari' can do such spinning.
This caterpillar has special glands which secrete liquid silk through its lower lip. The liquid produced later hardens to form tine strands. The caterpillar makes its cocoons using these strands. The threads on the outside of the cocoon are rough, while those inside are soft and smooth.
Some fully-spun cocoons are heated. This kills the pupa inside. The cocoons are then put into hot water to loosen the fine threads. Finally, these threads are reeled off the cocoons.
The length of unbroken thread produced by a single cocoon measures about one-and-a-half kilometers. Being twisted together several of these threads make single woven materials.
|10.||What is the purpose of the text ........|
|11.||How are the threads on the outside of the cocoon ........|
|12.||What are mulberry leaves for ........|
| The sense of taste is one of a person's five senses. We taste with the help of taste-buds in the tongue.|
There are four main kinds of taste: sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. All other tastes are just mixtures of two or more of these main types.
The surface of the tongue has more than fifteen thousand taste-buds (or cells). These are connected to the brain by special nerves which send the so-called 'tastes messages.
When the tongue comes into contact with food of any kind, the taste-buds will pick up the taste. The nerves then send a message to the brain. This will make us aware of the taste. All this happens in just a few seconds.
There are four kinds of taste-buds, each of which is sensitive to only a particular taste. These four groups are located in different parts of the tongue.
The taste-buds for salty and sweet tastes are found round the tip of the tongue and along its sides. Sour tastes can be picked up only at the sides of the tongue. The taste-buds of the bitter taste are found at the innermost edge of the tongue. There are taste-buds at the centre of the tongue.
The senses of smell and sight can affect taste. The good smell of food increases its taste. Similarly, attractive colours can make food appear tastier and more delicious. If food does not smell good or is dull-coloured, it will look tasty and may not taste good at all.
Very hot or cold sensations can make the taste-buds insensitive. Food that is too hot or too cold, when placed in the mouth, will have no tastes at all.
|13.||We can taste any kind of food because of ........|
|14.||When we eat very hot or cold food ........|
|15.||The senses of smell and sight ........|
|16.||The purpose of the text is ........|
|Lyme Regis is a beautiful old seaside town, with a lively little harbour, beaches, and lovely walks, either by the sea or in the country nearby. For children there is the Marine Aquarium and Dinosaur land, and in summer you can escape from the crowds and relax in the Jane Austen Gardens with beautiful views over the sea. There are many interesting old streets with cafes and restaurants. The best restaurant is the Pilot Boat down by the beach, which has very good food and excellent wine.|
|17.||Many tourists are interested in coming to Lyme Regis. |
This means that Lyme Regis is ........
|18.||The purpose of the text is ........|
|19.||"... and in summer you can escape from crowds ..." |
The italic phrase means ........
|MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (UPI) - Fire authorities in four Australian states are to control bushfires fanned by strong winds and searing temperatures.|
The Australian reported Sunday that blazes continued to burn in South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Victoria, where up to six homes have been destroyed.
In South Australia, much of Adelaide is engulfed in thick smoke. The firefighters who are confronted by blast-furnace winds try to bring the flames under control.
At Robertstown in the state's mid-north, more than 2,500 acres have already burned. Another bushfire, started by lightning, charred the earth near Mouth Flat on the southern side of Kangaroo Island, while Ngarkat Conservation Park, in the State's upper-southeast, is also a blaze.
A 7,500-acres fire at Mount Agnew in Zeehan, in the state's west, broke containment lines Saturday afternoon, jumping a road and coming close to homes.
The most serious fires were in Victoria, where up to six homes were destroyed by a fire near the town of Anakie, 36 miles west of Melbourne.
In Tasmania, falling temperatures and patchy, rain brought some relief to firefighters, who continued to monitor 22 blazes across the state.
|20.||The writer wrote the text to ........ readers about newsworthy events in four Australian states.|
|21.||What is the text about ........|
|22.||The fires increasingly happened parts of Australia because of ........|
|23.||The reporter most likely got the information from ........|
|24.||"..., while Ngarkat Conservation Park, in the state's upper-southeast, is also a blaze." (Paragraph 3) |
What do the italic words mean ........
|25.||The purpose of the text is ........|
|26.||The text is about ........|
|27.||C.O.D information is ........|
|28.||"These new feature can help streamline your billing tasks, ..." |
The italic word means ........
| FILMS INTACT|
2002 Juan Carlos Fresnadillo,
Federico and Sam are two lucky men, Federico survived an earthquake and has the power to wrench fortune from those around him: he has the gift, Sam is a survivor of the Jewish holocaust and manages a casino in the middle of a lava desert. One day Federico challenges Sam, who expels him from paradise, taking his gift from him.
Years later, Federico thinks that he has found in Tomas, the only survivor of an air accident, the instrument of his vengeance. By teaching him to control fortune, he can use him to return to the casino and challenge the God of fortune. Together they begin a journey of initiation, a succession of ever more strange and difficult tests in which the highest bet is the luck of others; luck, which in this game is captured in a simple photograph. Everything goes well until Sara, a policewoman who survives a car accident which kills her family, becomes obsessed with discovering what is behind these clandestine games in which death and luck become enmeshed. In which only one can remain intact. This film is really worth watching.
|29.||The purpose of the text is ........|
|30.||After reading the review, how would you judge this film ........|
|31.||What does the writer suggest to the audience ........|
| To improve comfort and cleanliness at our school, a number of dust bins should be increased.|
When we look at classrooms, school corridors and school yard, there are papers, mineral water cups, straws, and napkins here and there. The condition of uncleanliness and discomfort really hinders learning and teaching environment. Litters thrown carelessly cause disease, especially empty plastic cups or glasses. They can be filled out with water coming from the rain. This can be placed for dengue mosquitoes to spread out. Besides, these rubbish can deteriorate the scene. Well painted wall and green school yard do not mean anything if litters are scattered everywhere.
Anyway I notice that most of the students in our school have responsibilities for their school environment. They put their litters on the proper places. But some are not diligent enough to find the dust bins. The numbers of dust bins in our schools are not enough. More dust bins should be put beside each of steps, outside, of the classrooms, and some more along the corridors. Probably one dust bin should be in every ten meters. So when students want to throw away their litters, they can find the dust bins easily.
When school is equipped with sufficient dust bins, we do not have problems of filth and discomfort any more. Our school will be very clean and become a nice place to study.
|32.||What is the writer's intention? To ........ readers to do something good.|
|33.||According to the writer, more dust bins ........ in every ten meters.|
|34.||What is the writer's argument on a sufficient number of dust bins ........|
|35.||What is the writer's suggestion ........|