Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 20th 2015 Contents a synonym (a word similar in meaning to an-
Eg. Question: What is another word that we can use
instead of abandon without changing the mean-
ing of the sentence where it is found?
Answer: Leave is a word that can take place of
abandon without changing the meaning of the
sentence where it is found. (forsake or desert
can also be used)
Give the meaning of a word or phrase in a sen-
tence or line taken from a passage or poem with-
out changing the meaning of the sentence where
it is found:
Note: This is an EXAMPLE that DOES NOT require
you to write a (complete) Statement/Sentence.
Eg. 1. abandon - to turn your back on; to give up
Eg. 2. 'not so long ago' - 'in recent times'
Explain the meaning of a phrase, sentence or
paragraph in a passage; or a line or verse in a
Eg. Question 4: Write in your own words what do
you think the author meant by the sentence
'Today the village is, generally speaking, the
Answer: The village can be considered the small-
est community (where people live) anywhere in
Read the following passage very carefully 2-3
times and then answer the questions that follow.
11. Give another (one) word that 'means the same
as' (synonym) the following words taken from
(a). shook _________________________________
(b). peered _________________________________
(c). glare _________________________________
12. What is the meaning of the word, "valley"?
13. What is meant by the phrase, "gradually dying
away", as used in the passage?
14. Explain what is meant by the phrase, "in all
15. What do you think is meant by the statement
(sentence), "There's nothing we can do,.... It's
Read the following poem very carefully 2-3 times
and then answer the questions that follow.
16. Write a word or phrase that is similar in meaning
to each of the following words taken from the
(a). calm _________________________________
(b) bay _________________________________
(c). dock _________________________________
17. What do you think the poet was telling us about
the sky when he used the phrase, "the sky is
light"? (Line 2)
18. What do you think the poet meant by the
phrase, "monstrous hustle"? (Line 5)
19. Write the other word used in the poem that is
similar in meaning to the word "dock"?
20. Why do you think the poet used the phrase "all
in a bustle" to describe the movements of the
"tally men" and carriers? (Line 6)
NOTE: Sometimes you have to join pieces of facts
or information to answer the question.
21. In which range of size and hotness is the sun?
22. According to information given in the passage,
which stars are the largest and coolest?
23. What are the different things that can be told
about stars by identifying their colours?
24. What colours are the stars that are smaller, hot-
ter and brighter than the sun?
25. Based on information given in the passage, how
are the size, hotness and brilliance of the stars
On the mountain the wind roared through the
pines and larch trees, then the houses in the vil-
lage creaked and shook. The first crash of thun-
der sounded through the valley like a rolling of
drums, gradually dying away, to be followed by
another and another. For half an hour, crash after
crash continued. Heidi and Jamie clung to the
doctor, watching at one window while Peter and
Bridgett peered anxiously from another. Sud-
denly someone ran through the streets crying:
"Fire! Fire on the mountain!"
Heidi turned pale and rushed to the door, fol-
lowed by the doctor and Jamie. Bridgett hurried
after the girls, carrying the capes that they had
forgotten. It had begun to rain, and the thunder
now seemed farther away. High on the mountain
a bright glare shone out. There was no possible
doubt in Heidi's mind. It was grandfather's hut.
Several men joined the doctor, who was already
climbing, in all haste, up the Alm, his emergency
"There's nothing we can do," said one of the
men. "It's too late."
The bay is calm and the moon is bright,
The hills look black though the sky is light,
Down at the dock is an English ship,
4 Resting after her ocean trip,
While on the pier is a monstrous hustle,
Tally men, carriers, all in a bustle,
With stems on their heads in a long black snake
8 Some singing the song that banana men make.
(Extract from Song of the Banana Man by Evan Jones)
The colours of stars indicate how hot, and, there-
fore, how brilliant they are. The red stars are the
coolest. The yellow stars, like our sun, are moder-
ately hot, and the white and blue stars are the
hottest. These colours seem to be related also to
the size of the stars. The biggest stars are red, the
stars in the middle range of size are yellow, and
the smallest stars are the white and blue.
(Adapted from the Science Library)
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