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9. When the stewardess observed the passager be-
having erratic, she immediately notified the pilot.
C. Unpredictable D. Impatient
10. Many students have acceded to the school's re-
quest not to wear excessive jewellery.
DIRECTION: In the following sentences, one of the un-
derlined words may be misspelled. Identify the mis-
spelled word in each sentence based on the options
given A, B, C. If no error exists mark your answer D.
11. A young boy said to his mother, "when I did not
see you at the front gate, I taught you had
forsaken me." No Error
12. In recognition of your academic achievement, the
school has awarded you a scholarship. No Error
13. Place the vegetables into a pot and partially
cover the contexts with chicken broth. No Error
14. The parcell of land situated behind the
supermarket measures twelve acres. No Error
15. Sandy and Phyllis have complied a list of
cost-cutting measures which they believe will
be beneficial to every household. No Error
DIRECTION: Read each sentence carefully. You will be
required to determine whether an error exists and if so
identify the type of error based on the four options given
below. Select the option that BEST describes the sen-
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 cliche s and or misused
D. The sentence is acceptable as it stands.
17. He had underwent the surgery to replace his
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.
1. Wendy was the first of ten children to graduate
Begin the sentence with: Had Wendy attended univer-
A. She would be
B. She would of
C. She would have to be
D. She would have been
2. One of the joys of being a parent is watching your
child take his first step.
Replace: is watching with: to watch
3. Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease which can
affect any part of the body.
Begin the sentence with: Lupus, which is
A. Which affects B. With effects
C. Can affect
4. The children have been successful in cultivating a
home garden and have persuaded their friends to do
Replace: have been successful with: have enjoyed
A. For cultivating B. Of cultivating
C. Off cultivating D. In cultivating
5. Employees were given the first option to purchase
shares in the company.
Begin the sentence with: The first option
A. Given to
B. Is given
C. Was given
D. Were given
DIRECTION: Read each sentence carefully, then select
the word that is opposite in meaning to the underlined
6. The villagers blocked the roads with burning tyres
and debris to protest the deplorable road condi-
C. Unsatisfactory D. Congested
7. We would have visited the beaches in Grenada had
we not been constrained by time.
8. The cost of going to the cinema has increased
exponentially in the last ten years.
kneecap, on Friday last.
18. The twins are not opposed to sharing their snacks
with each another.
19. Since you got the promotion, things are looking up.
20. During my interaction with Colin, I found him to be
a peculiar character, who held to some strange
ideals and who was often remote.
DIRECTIONS: Read the passage carefully before at-
tempting the questions. Each question has four options,
select the most appropriate answer, based on what is
contained or implied in the passage.
ON WRITING: VISUALIZE YOUR WRITING SUCCESS
I was one of those children who know early on what they
want to be "when they grow up."
"I'm going to be a writer," I told my parents. "I'm going to
write books," I said to my teacher. When they stopped
laughing, I took my secret dream and buried it. But I did
know who I was and who I was going to be, so finally I
started writing despite the expectation of ridicule. I was 35.
Each time I wrote, I agonized over what to say. I fretted over
the quality of my work, and felt inadequate even before the
letter of rejection arrived. Six months or more would pass
between one submitted piece and the next, while I tried to
overcome the embarrassment and shame I felt at each re-
Ten years later, I make my living as a writer. I write some-
thing every day, and have a 75 percent acceptance rate for
my queries, short stories and articles. I publish two ezines
for other writers and have multiple books on food writing
and writing for sale.
What happened in those ten years to change my writing
process? Many things, but it wasn't until recently that I
started creating and selling my writing regularly. What did
I visualized my writing success.
It sounds simple, but it's hard to put into practice when you
are filled with self-doubt. My first breakthrough came after
reading The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. One step to per-
sonal fulfillment she suggests is writing "morning pages."
Start each day by sitting down with a notebook and pen.
Write three pages of whatever comes out. Write without
planning, editing or thinking. These three garbled pages are
my data dump. I write about my many worries: the high
price of gas, my weight, my cat's limp, rejection letters, the
snow storm on its way, losing my job, obnoxious people.
Once the three pages are done, I let go of the mundane and
clear the way for the extraordinary to flow from my mind
and my finger tips.
But that was only a start for me. It did clear away my inse-
curities but only temporarily. Throughout the day those
self-doubts would sneak back. As I lay in bed each night I
was haunted by my mistakes, my sloppy syntax, the very
idea that I thought I could submit a short story to a writing
contest, and why couldn't I produce like the other writers I
I had to find something that would fill my mind and heart
after the crud was written out each morning. I changed my
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