The following text is for questions number 25-28
At the age of one, William Shakespeare was lucky to be alive. After he was born, a deadly disease came to England. It was called the plague. It killed thousands of people. But William Shakespeare lived.
Shakespeare grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. He went to school nine hours a day, six days a week. In 1582, at age 18, he married Anne Hathaway, a farmer’s daughter. She was eight years older than he was. Their first child was a daughter. Later they had twins. In 1585, Shakespeare left Stratford-Upon-Avon. His wife and children stayed behind. No one knows why he left or what he did between 1585-1592.
In 1592, Shakespeare lived in London. He rented rooms or lived with friends. He visited his wife and family once a year. Shakespeare became an actor, and he also wrote plays. He usually acted in his own plays. Some of his most famous plays were Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth. He wrote 37 plays in all. They are still popular today.
Then the plague came again. Many people died. The theater closed for two years. Shakespeare could not write plays, so he wrote poems. When the theaters opened, Shakespeare wrote plays again. Shakerspeare had a theater group. It was the most successful group of that time. Shakespeare earned almost no money from his writing. But he made a lot of money from acting. With this money he bought a large house in Stratford-Upon-Avon for his family. He was friendly with the richest people in town. He was a gentleman- a man of high class who didn’t have to work.
At age 49, Shakespeare retired and went to live in Stratford-upon-Avon. He died at 52. He left money to his family. He left his genius to the world.
(from: What a life ! Stories of amazing people by Milada Broukal)
26. How did Shakespeare earn a living for his family?
a. by writing plays
b. by writing poems
c. by acting in theaters
d. by making friends with richest people
27. From the text we know that…
a. Shakespeare was born long after plague disappeared from England
b. When the theaters closed, Shakespeare wrote poems
c. Shakespeare was married and had two children
d. Shakespeare worked in startford-upon-Avon
28. What does the word”plays” in paragraph 3 means?
The following text is for questions number 29-32
My grandfather had a small farm where he raised beef and some grain for feed. He also worked diligently as a factory laborer. He was a good neighbor and well-respected for honoring his word.
When harvesttime came, he would piece together his old corn picker and oil it up for the season. He pulled it behind a little tractor with a wagon hooked on the back. It was a noisy contraption unlike the modern machines you see these days.
His whole operation was like that; basic. In fact, his life was like that, too. He worked hard, helped others, and you could count on him to keep his promises even when it was too hard for him to do it.
One autumn, he had promised to harvest a few ribbons of corn that wound around the hills on his friend’s farm; however, after harvesting his own corn, Grandpa’s corn picker coughed sputtered and quitted. It could not function until a particular part could be ordered, but it would be too late to be able to help his friend. What was worse, the factory where grandpa worked required him to work overtime. In order to keep his job there he had to leave the farm before dawn and didn’t get home until well after sunset.
One autum night, while harvest time was running out, grandpa and grandma sat at the kitchen table trying to figure a way out of their dilemma.
“there’s nothing you can do,” sais my grandma. “You will have to tell him that you can’t help with the corn this year.”
“well that just doesn’t fit me,” said my grandpa. “ My friend is depending on me. I can’t let his harvest rot in the field, can I ?”
“If you don’t have equipment, you just can’t do it,” she said.
“Well, I could do it the way we used to do it. I could harvest it by hand,” he said.
“When do you think you’d have time to do it? She asked. “ With the overtime you’ve been working you’d be up all night…besides it’d be too dark.”
“ I know of one night that I could do it! There’s still one more full moon in October “he said.
As it happened, the harvest moon had yet to pass. It’s called the harvest moon because it gives farmers more light and more time to collect their crops. “If the Lord gives us clear weather, I think I can do it,” he continued.
And so a few days later, after a long shift at the factory, my grandpa made his way to the field where my grandma met him in the truck with dinner and a steaming thermos of strong, black coffee. The weather was cold but clear, and the moon was brilliant. He worked through the night to keep his word.
(Adapted from : harvest Moon by Kenneth L.Pierpont)
29. What was the writer’s grandfather?
a. a beef raiser and a grain feeder
b. a good and well-respected neighbor
c. a farmer and a factory laborer
d. a corn picker
30. What character did the grandfather have?
a. hardworking and trustworthy
b. helpless and promising
c. noisy and modern
d. basic and hard
31. What favor did the grandfather give to his friend?
a. giving his friend the equipment he needed
b. bringing him a steaming thermos of strong, black coffee
c. harvesting the corn on his farm
d. letting his harvest rot in the field.
32. What is correct about harvest moon?
a. it is a full moon
b. it gives farmers the least lights
c. it disables farmers to harvest at night
d. it happens in summer
The following text is for questions number 33-36
Black pepper (Piper nigrum) is a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae. It is cultivated for its fruit, which is usually dried and used as a spice and seasoning. The fruit is known as a peppercorn when dried. It is approximately 5 millimeters (0,20 in) in diameter, dark red when fully mature, and , like all drupes, contains a single seed. Peppercorns, and the powdered pepper derived from grinding them, may be described simply as pepper or more precisely as black pepper (cooked and dried unripe fruit), green pepper ( dried unripe fruit), and white pepper (dried ripe seeds).
Black pepper is native to south India. It is extensively cultivated there and elsewhere in tropical regions. Currently Vietnam is the world’s largest producer and exporter of pepper, producing 34% of the world’s Piper nigrum crop as of 2008.
Dried ground pepper has been used since ancient times for both its flavor and as a medicine. Black pepper is the world’s most traded spice. It is one of the most common spices added to European cuisine and its descendants. The spiciness of black pepper is due to the chemical piperine. We can find this spice anywhere in the industrialized world. It is often paired with table salt.
(Adapted from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_pepper)
33. How has dried ground peer been used since ancient times?
a. for its flavor
b. as a medicine
c. for trading
d. for both its flavor and as a medicine
34. What does the word native in paragraph one mean?
35. What does the word them in paragraph one refer to?
d. black pepper
36. What is paragraph three about?
a. pepper trading
b. the uses of pepper
c. ancient times
d. pepper with table salt
The following text is for questions number 37-39
How to make a telephone with plastic cups
- Two plastic cups (or recycled cans)
- Some string
- 2 small wooden sticks or paper clips
a. Cut a piece of thread of about 6 feet in length
b. Take the cup and poke on the top of it
c. Pass the thread through the hole
d. Attach the thread in the middle of the small stick
e. Repeat the procedure with the second cup and stick
f. After you are done building the phone, ask a friend to play with you
Ask your friend to hold one cup while you hold the other. Pull the cups so that the string is tight but not too tight that it might break. Ask your friend to talk into the cup while you hold the other cup to your ear. You can each take turns talking and listening.
37. How many kinds of materials do we need to make a plastic cup telephone?
38. What is the purpose of the text?
a. to tell readers to use a plastic cup telephone
b. to share experience of making a plastic cup telephone
c. to show the procedure of making a plastic cup telephone
d. to describe how to recycle plastic cups
39. What can we conclude from the text?
a. the string transmits sound waves, so you can use the phone for communication with a friend.
b. the plastic cup telephones are good examples of development in science and technology
c. to talk and listen to your friend, you don’t need the telephone, just yell at him/her
d. it’s so difficult to make the phone because you need new and modern equipment
Read the text for question numbers 40-42
Lions are often called the kings of the jungle. They can weigh between 250 and 550 pounds. It depends on sex and age and they can grow up to be 14 years old in the wild and over the age of 20 years old in capacity. They become capable at hunting at the age of two and are fully grown after 5 or 6 years. Male lions are distinguishable for their impressive manes, which signifies their masculinity and reflects their health. The darker and thicker the mane, the healthier the lion is. It allows the lions to appear stronger and frightening to warn off enemies, particularly humans. The manes also appeals to lionesses. It is scientifically proven that they mate more with lions with thick and dark manes. Lions with no manes are either genetically inbred or have been castrated.
( adapted from:http://www.lions.org/lion-the-animal.html)
40. What is the text about?
a. lions the kings of jungle
b. 250-550 pounds lions
c. fully grown lions
d. the lions mane
41. What does the word manes mean?
a. the lions’ sharp teeth
b. the lions’ impressive paws
c. the lions’ skin and fur
d. the lions’ hair growing on the neck
42. What is the purpose of the text?
a. to describe lions in general
b. to talk about the writer’s favorite animal
c. to persuade readers to like lions and their manes
d. to share the writers experience with lions
Standar Kompetensi Lulusan : Writing (Menulis)
For questions 43-45, choose suitable words to complete the text below.
One Friday night I fell asleep early. I put my favorite doll next to me. It was a Barbie doll. But something strange happened. I couldn’t….(43)….the doll when I woke up in the middle of the night. I thought it was my mom or dad who put it away. I looked for her and found the doll in my toy box. I then went on playing with her since it was still dark. Then I went back to bed and laid the doll beside me….(44)…I felt something touching my leg and moving up and down. I pulled my blanket off and screamed “My doll’s legs are moving on mine!”. Both of my parents got up and rushed to my room. I told them what had happened but they didn’t believe it. It was a horrible….(45)….that I’ll never forget in my life.
43 a. find b. look c. meet d. sleep
44.a. easily b. suddenly c. expectedly d. exactly
45.a. doll b. bed c. experience d. knowledge
For questions 46-48, choose suitable words to complete the text below
I have a very old wallet that my friend told me I should throw away. Yet, I really love my wallet and I won’t part with it because of several….(46)…First of all, it has my name on its side. When my father bought the wallet for my twelth birthday, he asked the leather worker to stitsh my name, Heracio. Second, I should keep the wallet forever. Once I went fishing and I dropped the wallet into the water. I thought it would sink, but it floated. Then a guy with a net rescued it for me.Finally, the wallet is a style of leatherwork from my hometown in Mexico. It was very…..(47)…. I left six years ago and haven’t been back since. With my wallet, I ….(48)… have something from home by my side.
46. a. motivativations b. reasons c. purposes d. targets
47. a. strange b. typical c. luxurious d. expensive
48. a. always b. usually c. frequently d. rarely
49. Arrange the jumbled words into a good sentence
Suddenly along a robbery the street was walking I I when saw
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
50. Rearrange the following sentences to make a good paragraph.
1. Next the wind came up and made the windows shake loudly
2. Last night, I couldn’t sleep because of the heat
3. Next time I’m going to pay extra and stay in a decent place
4. When it finally began to cool down around 11.30 p.m. the mosquitoes started
to come out
5. I woke up this morning with a sore neck.
6. This holiday is a nightmare
7. At this point I got my sleeping bag and went out to the car.