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English competition for senior 2
(May 17, 2015)
Section 1 Use of language (2×15 = 30 points) Read the text below and for blanks 1-15 and choose the most suitable words. Mark your answers on your answer sheet.
Reggie couldn't hear a thing. He was a normal boy, but had been born 1 . Although he was well known to and liked by everyone in town, he was always treated 2 from others. Children rarely invited him to play sports, fearing they would 3 him. Adults acted like he was 4 of understanding them, as though he was a baby. Reggie didn't like this, nor did his friend Michael, who one day decided that things had to 5 . Michael organized a special festival for the deaf, in Reggie’s 6 . During that day everyone would have to wear earplugs. People liked the 7 , because everyone loved Reggie. So when the day arrived everyone stuck plugs in their ears. The morning was filled with practical jokes and passed, people became more aware of how 9 discovery, however, was just how 10 Reggie was! On that day people saw a new side of Reggie. Using his usual gestures, it was the deaf boy who could 11 best with everyone. This meant that people paid more attention to what Reggie was saying. They were 12 by his intelligence and creativity. They realized that he had always been like that, and that in 13 life, all Reggie needed was a little more time to communicate. It was on that day that Reggie? s true 14 became known. And it was on that day that everyone realized you should give people a/an 15 to show their true value. 1. A. blind 2. A. separately 3. A. hurt 4. A. sure 5. A. change 6. A. memory 7. A. discovery 8. A. tears 9. A. practical 10. A. trusting 12. A. matched 13. A. usual 14. A. kindness 15. A. excuse B. deaf B. hopelessly B. disappoint B. tired B. return B. praise B. idea B. fortune B. interesting B. amazing B. greeted B. personal B. usefulness B. chance C. clever C. differently C. restrict C. unaware C. recover C. honour C. day C. laughter C. stupid C. encouraging C. relax C. surprised C. lonely C. nature C. day D. slow D. repeatedly D. bother D. incapable D. develop D. pursuit D. town D. anger D. difficult D. unwilling D. play D. frightened D. normal D. friendship D. place 8 . But, as the hours life was when you couldn't hear. The biggest

11. A. communicate B. unite


Section 2 Reading (80 points) Part 1 Fast reading. (40 points) A. Read the following signs. What do they say? For questions 16-20, mark your answers on your answer sheet. (10 points)
16. A. The necessary safety equipment is available at this site. B. Children may not enter this site unless accompanied by a parent. C. All visitors must get official approval before entering this site. D. Leather safety jackets must be worn at all times.

17. A. This special offer is only available before 7pm on weekdays. B. The offer may be shared with other people. C. You must text back STOP to cancel your booking. D. The restaurant is offering 50% off all meals before 7pm.

Did you hear about the man who was so proud when he completed a jigsaw puzzle in 3 hours? It said ‘five to six years’ on the box!

18. Why was the man proud? A. He proved he was smarter than a child. B. He thought he had completed the puzzle quickly. C. He was able to solve a challenging puzzle. D. He had created a new puzzle for children.


19. A. The patient must only take one tablet a day. B. The medicine can only be used for one year. C. The patient’s name is Dr John Johns. D. The patient may increase her dose if she feels worse. 20. The competition winner will be the person who _______. A. makes the most delicious cake B. finishes decorating their cake first C. gets the most votes for their cake D. raises the most money with their cake

B. Read the following newspaper article. For questions 21-25, mark your answers on the answer sheet. (10 points)

Pets and owners “become more alike over time”
Pets and their owners are just like married couples and they get more alike over time, according to recent research. A recent university study of 2,500 owners found they share many of the same characteristics, such as happiness, intelligence and sense of humour, as their animals. The dog owner: Paul Keevil, a photographer and artist, believes he and his pet English terrier Crosby are growing grumpier together as they get older. Not only does he think they look alike, he says they have increasingly developed the same personality over their 8 years together. “I’ve become a bit more bad-tempered as I get older,” Mr Keevil said, “and so has he. We like our own space and we are not as tolerant as we used to be. I certainly enjoy my food as much as he does, although I’m a bit fussier. Other than that I think I am a little more intelligent. The fish owner: Sarah Jones believes she is far more serene since acquiring a similarly relaxed goldfish called Garfield. A marketing manager who works in a stressful environment, Ms Jones says she looks forward to coming home from work to see him swimming lazily in his tank. “It’s better than watching TV,” she said, “and I’m sure he recognizes me – he always comes up to the glass when I walk towards him, but maybe that’s because I feed him. Am I happier because of Garfield? I think probably I am. They say that being near water is calming in


itself so maybe that has something to do with it.” The cat owner: Lisa Brand said that she and her cat share one behaviour characteristic: they both enjoy harassing her husband. The 30-year-old lawyer has owned Fifi, a Siamese cat for four years. “She bites my husband’s toes and attacks him on my behalf, constantly bothering him when he is trying to do something,” Mrs Brand said. “In that sense she is like me and shares my sense of personality. We also enjoy snuggling together at night”. While Mrs Jones admits to many similarities, she hopes there were differences. “While she is smart, I’d like to think I’m smarter than my cat.” The reptile owner: Graham Martin, who keeps bearded dragons - a type of lizard - said their moods often change to become

more like his. “I’ve had lizards calmly sitting and watching TV when I do. If you’ve lots of energy they pick up on that and if you’re afraid, they are too. They tend to reflect whoever has brought them up. If they’ve a stressed owner, they can be very stressed, they can behave like crazy people. But generally, because I’m calm, they tend to calm down themselves.” The bird owner: Friends tell Julie Albert that she is unusual, just like her birds. “My friends think that I have picked up some of my birds’ habits, and I think they might be right,” Ms Albert said. “The way I talk sometimes and move my head has become more parrot-like,” she admitted. Her parrots include a pair of colourful love birds from Australia and three African grey parrots. They all have characteristics she sees in herself. “The love birds like to show off sometimes, just like me. And the African greys have a great sense of humour.

21. Which two people refer to the intelligence of their pets? A. Lisa Brant and Paul Keevil. B. Graham Martin and Julie Albert. C. Sarah Jones and Lisa Brand. D. Paul Keevil and Graham Martin. 22. Which pet is the most violent, according to its owner? A. The dog. B. The cat. C. The reptile. D. The bird. 23. A person who wants a pet with a good sense of humour should get a/an ________. A. love bird B. African grey parrot C. Beared dragon D. English terrier 24. What does Sarah like most about her fish? A. It helps her relieve stress. B. It is more entertaining than television. C. It is able to recognise her immediately. D. It is calm and relaxed just like she is. 25. Which statement would Julie Albert agree with? A. Her birds have started to behave more like her. B. She likes to stand out from others. C. She taught her birds to speak like her. D. Her birds are her closest companions.


C. Read the following magazine interview with inventor Bre Pettis and choose the question (from A to AD) which he is answering for each paragraph. For questions 26-30, mark your answers on the answer sheet. (10 points) As the co-founder of MakerBot Industries, Bre Pettis launched the first affordable 3-D printer – the MakerBot 100 – bringing the power to create almost anything into homes and small workshops around the world. While the rest of the computing industry tries to catch up, Pettis has already moved on. He is now helping new inventors bring their ideas to life, through his new project Bold Machines. Pettis explains why invention has never been easier.

26. __________________________ We wanted a 3-D printer but we couldn’t get our hands on one. So we had no choice but to build one ourselves. We had to try and try again until we made one that worked. The core of the innovation is trial and error. Fail as many times as it takes, and be strategic about what you learn.

27. __________________________ So many inventions are solutions to problems that don’t exist. Actual innovation is really hard, because you have to project yourself into a future that hasn’t been invented yet. And often, when you think of something that changes the standard or is disruptive, there are all sorts of reasons you shouldn’t do it. You have to stick your fingers in your ears and pretend those reasons don’t exist. That’s the only way, I think to make.

28. __________________________ That’s almost impossible to answer. In most situations you can never be certain. That’s w hy it is, in general, a horrible idea to be an inventor. You have to be willing to risk years of your life working on a project, and in the end it may all come to nothing. There are no guarantees, even with the most revolutionary of inventions.

29. __________________________ There are a few different variations of inventor. Some are entrepreneurs. They are businessminded and can see the commercial possibilities. Others are engineers and enjoy the challenge of building something that will solve a problem. Some are visionaries – they can see future possibilities and what will be needed ahead of time. I think you need all those things on your team to actually get an invention invented. And when you have assembled the right team there is nothing better, more rewarding 30. __________________________ I’m a little bit unusual I think. My primary goal is to encourage people to be creative. I wish I could say I was a brilliant technical mind, but my real superpower is being a visionary and gathering together exceptionally talented people who get wonderful things done. A. B. C. D. How did you become interested in the world of invention? Do you recommend working with others? What makes an invention revolutionary? How did you come up with the MakerBot 100?

AB. What do you see are your biggest weakness? AC. How do you know whether you’ll succeed? AD. What kind of inventor are you?

D. Read the following poster. For questions 31-35, mark your answers on the answer sheet. (10 points)


31. The main goal of students studying at the school is ________. A. to become teachers B. to enter top level local universities C. prepare to return to their home countries D. to gain entry into foreign university programs 32. What important information is NOT included in the ad? A. The approximate salary to be paid. B. The location of the school. C. The number of lessons to be taught each week. D. The minimum education qualifications needed. 33. If you want to apply for the position through this website, you must ________. A. contact the school to inform them B. use the website’s application form C. be a citizen of the United States D. first get the official application form 34. Which is NOT required as part of the application documentation? A. Official college record. C. An official application form. B. A passport sized photo. D. A criminal history form.

35. How long will the successful applicant have to prepare once she/he has been informed? A. One week. B. Two weeks. C. Three weeks. D. Four weeks.

Part 3 Intensive reading. (40 points) E. Read the different parts of a passage about children’s life and put them in the right order. Mark your answers for questions 36-40 on your answer sheet. (10 points) A. Children’s lives have changed enormously over the last 50 years. B. By contrast, children today, in the UK at least, lead a completely different life: siblings (brothers or sisters) are rare; most time is spent indoors watching TV; and always under the watchful gaze of either a mum or dad. C. I have four brothers and sisters and my memories are all about being with them, playing board games on the living room floor, or spending days in the street with other neighbourhood children, racing up and down on our bikes, or exploring the nearby woods. D. These things are subjective as it’s difficult to look back on one’s own childhood without some degree of romanticism.


AB. My parents scarcely appear in these memories, except as providers of either meal or of punishment after some particularly dangerous adventure. AC. But do they have a happier childhood than you or I did? AD. That’s why I think children today have less fun than we did, but perhaps every generation feels exactly the same way. The correct order of the sentences is: A ? 36 ? 37 ? 38 ? 39 ? 40 ? AD F. Read the following story. For questions 41-45, mark your answers on your answer sheet. (10 points) The Joy Luck Club is the story of four Chinese mothers and their first generation ChineseAmerican daughters set in the 1980s; two generations of women struggling to come to terms with their cultural identity. Here Lindo Jong, one of the mothers, talks about her daughter Waverly. My daughter wanted to go to China for her honeymoon, but now she is afraid. “What if I blend in so well they think I’m one of them?” Waverly asked me. “What if they don’t let me come back to the United States?” “When you go to China,” I told her, “you don’t even need to open your mouth. They already know you’re an outsider.” “What are you talking about?” she asked. My daughter likes to speak back. She likes to question what I say. “Aii-ya,” I said. “Even if you put on their clothes and take off your makeup and hide your fancy jewellery, they know. They know just by watching you walk, the way you carry your face. They know you don’t belong.” My daughter did not look pleased when I told her this, that she didn’t look Chinese. She had a sour American look on her face. Oh. Maybe ten years ago, she would have clapped her hands – hurray! – as if this were good news. But now she wants to be Chinese, it is so fashionable. And I know it’s too late. All these years I tried to teach her! She followed my Chinese ways only until she learned how to walk out the door by herself and go to school. So now the only Chinese words she can say are huoche, chifan and guandeng shuijiao. How can she talk to people in China with only these words? Train, eat and close lights, sleep. How can she think she can blend in? Only her skin and her hair are Chinese. Inside – she is all American-made. It’s my fault she is this way. I wanted my children to have the best combination: American circumstances and Chinese character. How could I know these two things do not mix? I taught her how American circumstances work. If you are born poor here, it’s no lasting shame. You are the first in line for a scholarship. If the roof of your home crashes on your head, no need to cry over bad luck. You can take anyone to court, make the landlord fix it. You do not have to sit like a Buddha under a tree letting pigeons drop their dirty business on your head. You can buy an umbrella. In America, nobody says you have to keep the circumstances somebody else gives you.


She learned these things. But I couldn’t teach her about Chinese character. How to obey your parents and listen to your mother’s mind. How not to show your own thoughts, to put your feelings behind your face, so you can take advantage of hidden opportunities. Why easy things are not worth pursuing. How to know your own worth and polish it, never flashing it around like a cheap ring. Why Chinese thinking is best. No, this kind of thinking didn’t stay with her. She was too busy chewing gum, blowing bubbles bigger than her cheeks. Only that kind of thinking stuck. “Finish your coffee,” I told her yesterday. “Don’t throw your blessings away.” “Don’t be so old-fashion, Ma,” she told me, finishing her coffee down the sink. “I’m my own person.” And I think, how can she be her own person? When did I give her up? 41. What is the main reason Lindo thinks Waverly will not be mistaken for a locally-born Chinese person? A. She can barely speak the language. B. Her appearance is clearly American. C. She moves and walks in a different way. D. Her clothes are more western than local people’s. 42. Which of the following is true about Waverly? A. She wishes she had learned to speak Chinese. B. She has never behaved like a Chinese person. C. She has forgotten all the Chinese she knew as a child. D. She has become less Chinese as she has grown older. 43. What does Lindo like most about the American way of life? A. You don’t have to accept your fate. C. You can choose your own job. B. Education is free for everybody. D. Other people always help you.

44. Which of the following is NOT an aspect of Chinese character according to Lindo? A. Hiding your real feelings. C. Showing off to others. B. Doing what your parents tell you. D. Being aware of your strengths.

45. Lindo uses the example of chewing gum to show that ________. A. Waverly was careless and lazy as a child B. American habits were easily taken up by Waverly C. the American way of life is inferior to the Chinese D. young people don’t pay attention to adults


G. Read the following article about credit card. Mark your answers for questions 46-50 on your answer sheet. (10 points) If you discover that your credit card, cheque book, debit card or cash card is missing, telephone the credit card company or bank as soon as possible. Follow this up with a letter. If you suspect theft, tell the police as well. In most circumstances, provided you act quickly, you will not have to pay any bills which a thief runs up on your account. Most home insurance policies will also cover you against even this limited risk. Because plastic money is now so common, central registration schemes such as Credit Card Shield and Card Protection System exist to help customers whose cards are lost or stolen. Under the schemes you file details of all your cards— including cash cards and account cards issued by shops—with a central registry, for a small annual fee. Then, if any or all of your cards are stolen, you need to make only one phone call to the registry, which is open around the clock 365 days a year. As soon as you have called, your responsibility for any bills run up by the thief ends and the scheme’s staff make sure that all the companies whose cards you had are notified. What you stand to lose on a stolen card: CREDIT CARD You will not have to pay more than £50 of the bills a thief runs up with your card. If you report the loss before the card is used, you will not have to pay anything. CHEQUES AND GUARANTEE CARD Unless you have been careless—by signing blank cheques, say – you will not have to pay for any forged cheques a thief uses. The bank or shop that accepts them will have to bear the loss. DEBIT CARD (Switch or Visa Delta) The banks operate a system similar to that for credit cards, in that you are liable for bills up to £50. If your cash card is stolen: Legally, you can be made to pay back any sums a thief withdraws using your card, but only up to the time you report the loss and only up to £50, unless the bank can prove serious carelessness, such as writing your personal identification number on your card. ? Never keep your card and a note of your personal number (which does not appear on the card) together. ? Memorise your personal number if possible. If you must make a note of it, disguise it as something else—a telephone number, say. ? The same rules and precautions apply to a credit card used as a cash card. 46. Credit Card Shield is ____________. A. an insurance company which deals with card theft B. a system for registering people’s card details C. an emergency telephone answering service D. an agency for finding lost or stolen cards 47. When contacted, the Card Protection System company will ________. A. get in touch with the relevant credit card companies B. give details about the loss of the card to shops C. inform the police about the loss of the card D. ensure that lost cards are replaced 48. You are fully protected by both banks and shops if you lose ________. A. a cheque that is signed but not otherwise completed B. a blank unsigned cheque C. a Switch card D. a credit card

49. If you have written your personal number on a stolen card, you may have to _________. A. join a different credit card protection scheme B. pay up to £50 for any loss incurred C. pay for anything the thief buys on it D. change your account to a different bank 50. What happens if your cash card is stolen? A. You arrange for the card to be returned. B. The bank stops you withdrawing money. C. You cannot use a cash card in future. D. You may have to pay up to £50 of any stolen money. H. Read the following letter to Sue. Mark your answers for questions 51-55 on your answer sheet. (10 points) Dear Sue, It doesn’t seem healthy that such a young girl is already unwilling to go to school. It's great you've gone to see the school counselor but, sad to say, I don’t think this is normal “school anxiety”. My own guess is that somewhere during your granddaughter's school day, there is someone or several people who are being mean in some way. What's more, the teachers haven't picked up on it (based on what you have said in your letter to me). This may make her feel, at some level, that she is not safe. 11-year-old girls can be especially mean to each other and they do it in secretive kinds of ways, with a smile on their face and nice words coming out of their mouths. Whole books have been written on the subject. Does her doctor know she has experienced sudden and dramatic weight loss? Do you think she is eating poorly because she thinks she's fat (even if she isn't), or is the poor eating a result of anxiety because of possible bullying or school-related stress? Put healthy food in front of her and then back off on the topic of food (unless the doctor says otherwise) so that diet is not the focus of conversation. Not only can that distract from the real problem, but it can create new ones. Have you looked for patterns to her stomach aches? Have you considered that it could be about a teacher? Don't be afraid to ask her some direct questions: "What would your perfect day be like at school, if you could have a fantasy of a perfect day?" That might give you a hint of where and when things are going wrong for her. Get an objective person to eyeball the situation. Fresh eyes may see something you’re missing. Does she stand out from her peers in some ways that you are blind to? Sometimes, just having the wrong color backpack can be enough to make a girl unpopular. Bottom line: You need professional guidance. Go back to the counselor to update her. If that doesn't feel satisfactory, talk to the school psychologist, who may be attached to the school system, not to the school. At the very least, you can expect that all of her teachers be made aware there's an issue so that they can be on the look-out. And, while it’s important to cooperate with the school, don't be afraid to ask them hard questions: Are there other children having similar problems? Sometimes, it's the chemistry of a particular group or grade that creates problems.

Whatever you do, unless you think school is unsafe for her, she should not stay home. That will only reinforce her worst fears: "Even my family thinks I'm a loser." 51. Who is Sue? A. A mother who wrote to complain about the school. B. A grandmother who wrote to consult the writer. C. A teacher who is very worried about her students. D. A counselor who has given the writer some advice. 52. What problem does the girl mentioned in the passage most probably have? A. She often has stomachaches. B. She thinks that she is overweight. C. She doesn’t like the colour of her backpack. D. She is having difficulty adjusting to school. 53. The underlined word “eyeball” in the fifth paragraph is closest in meaning to ________. A. assess B. solve C. explain D. test 54. Which of the following statements is true according to the writer? A. Girls are good at hiding their feelings. B. The young girl has a serious problem. C. Sue has found the true cause of the girl’s problem. D. Sue should read more about the topic. 55. Which of the following is NOT one of the writer’s suggestions to Sue? A. Discuss the problem again with the counselor. B. Ask the girl more about her school life. C. Get the girl to change a school. D. Work with the school.

Section 3 Writing (40 points)
? First, read the following comment. Recently, several high schools in Guangzhou have introduced a new education program called the “Mobile Learning System” (走班制). For participating students this means they are no longer the prisoners of a single classroom. Students at such schools are free to select courses they will study according to their interests and they can decide for themselves at what speed they should learn. In some cases they can even choose the teachers they prefer for each lesson. But some experts believe the new system may cause problems. For example, schools must develop new teaching facilities and hire more new teachers or retrain existing ones. That costs a lot of money. Teachers may have to do more work and have far more pressure from students’ demand. Students, now free to roam between classrooms, are more difficult to control; and if they’re not given clear instructions about what to choose and what to do, their academic performance might suffer. ? Suppose you are the headmaster, or a teacher, or a student of this kind of school. Choose one. What do you think of the “Mobile Learning System”? Will you carry it out or not? (Do you want it to be carried out or not?) Why? What other suggestions can you offer? Write a passage in 200-250 words. Write your passage on the answer sheet.

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