Personal observations on life

Vocabulary test for GCE O’level English

From paragraph 1

  1. Pick out one word from this paragraph that shows that Alice and her grandmother went shopping often.

a) Handles
b) Rituals
c) Again
d) Shock

  1. Pick out one word from this paragraph that means ”examine”.
    a) Shattered
    b) Blur
    c) Inspect
    d) Webbing
  2. Pick out one word from this paragraph that means ”broken”
    a) Plaited’
    b) Shock
    c) Knocked
    d) shattered

From paragraph 2

  1. Pick out one word from this paragraph that means ”a long time”
    a) Eventually
    b) Extricated
    c) Ages
    d) Beads
  2. “Alice’s apprehension gave way to exhilaration”. Explain in your own words what the author means here.

From paragraph 3

  1. “Soon Alice was standing next to a table with a surface that she thought that, if she touched it, ripples would circle out from under her fingers to lap at its edges.” What did the surface of the table remind Alice of?
    a) Wax
    b) Wood
    c) Water’
    d) Air

From paragraph 4

  1. What effect is created by the word ”looming” that would not be created by, for example, the word ”appearing”?

From paragraph 5

  1. Which of the following words have the same meaning as the word ”spellbound” as it is used in this passage?
    a) Happy
    b) Awe-struck
    c) Sad
    d) Confused

From paragraph 6

  1. Which of the following words have the same meaning as the word ”dilapidated” in this paragraph?
    a) Old
    b) New
    c) Fashionable
    d) Worn out
  2. Pick out one word from this paragraph that means ”untying” or ”undoing”
    a) Fastening
    b) Unfastening
    c) Clasp
    d) placed

Answers

  1. b)
  2. c)
  3. d)
  4. c)
  5. Alice’s fears changed to excitement.
  6. c)
  7. threatening
  8. b)
  9. d)
  10. b)