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word that is opposite in meaning to the underlined word.
11. It is disconcerting to see the way some folks treat
12. Mr. Roberts is a brilliant teacher and mentor. I have
known him for twenty years and I can vouch for him.
13. After her practice session, Gabriel's tennis coach
pointed out her flaws.
14. The department store did not incur any major losses,
as the fire was confined to a small area of the plant.
15. Sometimes we become so pre-occupied with earning
a living, that we leave our children unattended.
DIRECTION: Read the sentences carefully. You will be re-
quired to reconstruct each sentence using one of the four
options given below. Remember when reconstructing the
sentences not to distort the original meaning.
16. We will watch a movie, while we wait for the children
to return from the pool party.
Replace will with: will be
B. Hoping to watch
C. Going to watch
D. Going and watch
17. Except she receives treatment for that wound, it is
going to get worse.
Begin the sentence with: She will require
A. It is worsening
B. Otherwise, it is going to get worse
C. As it is getting worse
D. It is getting worse
18. Based on their experiences, we will not be making any
investments in the company.
Substitute we will not for: we intended
DIRECTION: Read the following sentences carefully. No
sentence contains more than one error. Some of the sen-
tences are incorrect because of grammar, vocabulary or
idiom. Identify the part of the sentence which is incorrect
and select the letter which corresponds with your answer.
If the sentence is appropriate as it stands mark your an-
1. During the course of our conversation, he made
no reference to Carolyn's marriage. No Error
2. The more time he spends in his garden, the lesser
he has to reflect on the death of his wife. No Error
3. Children of today often complain of being bored, it is
probably because the spend to much time indoors.
4. Mr. Jacobs, the electrician has promised to install the
security lighting, on Wednesday. No Error
5. Given your recent success in the Regatta, we
have selected you to represent the club at the
up coming championships. No Error
DIRECTION: Read each sentence carefully. You will be re-
quired to determine whether an error exists and if so iden-
tify the type of error based on the four options given below.
Select the option that BEST describes the sentence.
The options are as follows:-
A. The sentence contains grammatical errors or is
faulty in diction.
B. The sentence is too wordy or redundant.
C. The sentence contains clich s and or misused
D. The sentence is acceptable as it stands.
6. Score and scores of people, gathered outside the Post
Office, to collect their pension cheques.
7. In truth and in fact, he made no effort to repay the
money that we leant him.
8. Malcolm and Martin scored 85% and 82% in English,
9. I am asking you to limit your contact with that clique,
as I fear they will lead you down the wrong road.
10. Judging from the expression on his face, we can de-
duce that his hearing did not go good.
DIRECTION: Read each sentence carefully, then select the
A. Too make
B. To make
C. To makes
D. To be making
19. The travel agency has given us the assurance that
they will deliver the tickets tomorrow.
Begin the sentence with: We are assured
A. Are going to deliver
B. Can deliver
C. Should deliver
D. Will deliver
20. In the face of danger, Travis alerted the neighbours
and they called the police.
Begin the sentence with: When faced
A. In danger
B. Of danger
C. With danger
D. With dangers
DIRECTIONS: Read the passage carefully before attempt-
ing the questions. Each question has four options, select
the most appropriate answer, based on what is contained
or implied in the passage.
THE UNICYCLE: A UNIQUE HISTORY
A long-time favourite of the circus clown, the crazy contraption
known as the unicycle has been around for over 100 years. From
its early beginnings under the big top to present-day muni
(mountain unicycling) competitions, today the original unicycle
has been modified and improved for all sorts of different riding
styles. In the following we'll take a look at just how the unicycle
came about, how to ride a unicycle, and some of the modern
mutations the unicycle has undergone in the past thirty years.
To find the roots of the unicycle, we must first reach back fur-
ther to the roots of its cousin, the bicycle. The first bicycle was
invented in France by a man by the name of Comte de Gaye
around the year 1790. It consisted of a simple wooden frame
with two wheels attached to it, no pedals for gaining speed, and
no handlebars for steering. Moving it required using the feet as
one would on a scooter (or as the Flinstones moved their car)
and it could only move in one direction.
Seventy-something years later Brit James Starley took that
idea and evolved it into the penny farthing (aka the "ordinary"),
a bicycle consisting of one giant wheel with one miniature
wheel behind it, named after the two English coins of the penny
and the farthing. In all senses, the penny farthing became the
world's first real functioning bicycle.
The penny farthing was created for speed, since a wheel large
in diameter could cover more ground. Unfortunately this in-
creased speed came at the price of a decrease in balance. The
back wheel's sole purpose was to maintain this balance and un-
fortunately hitting a bump in the road or stopping too quickly
often caused the back wheel to come off the ground, leaving
the rider to balance on just one wheel. Seeing as the riders were
situated very high up (since the front wheel was so big), occa-
sionally these riders would be bucked off the contraption alto-
gether and sent flying forward landing head first. This is
believed to be where the term "breakneck speed" originated.
Poor brakes on the penny farthing were also a contributing fac-
tor to disaster.
It wasn't long before some people realized they really didn't
need that back wheel of the penny farthing. First the back
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