中一 英文試卷 (F1 English Past Paper)
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Half-yearly Examination 2020-21
English Language I
1. Answer all questions on the ANSWER SHEETS.
2. Do not turn over the question paper until you are told to do so.
Date: 6 January 2021
Time: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Maximum Mark: 100
(To be converted to the base of 107)
Part A: Reading Comprehension (30 marks)
I) Your classmate has brought an email from his cousin Mandy to show the class. Read the email and
answer the questions that follow.
How are things in Hong Kong? Is the weather still cool and
overcast? Since arriving in Osaka, the weather has been clear and
fair, with loads of sunshine ideal for going sightseeing, visiting
theme parks and going on city tours.
10 I'm having a wonderful time in Osaka! Right now, I'm sitting in a
small cafe in Sankaku Koen ("Triangle Park") in Amerikamura
("American Village"). Are you looking at the photo attached to
this email? Uncle Sam a famous cartoon character
representing the US Government is pointing at you from a
15 poster on a wall. In the old days, his pointing meant, "I want you
to join the army!" But now, in Amerikamura, it means, "I want
you to be keen on American culture!"
Uncle Sam's pointing is working because Amerikamura is overflowing with American culture - from
McDonald's to clothing shops selling grunge and hip-hop fashions to cinemas showing the latest
20 Hollywood blockbusters. Taylor Swift and Katy Perry play loudly in the shops a crazy mixture of
American pop. The American flag is hanging everywhere, and there's even a big model of the Statue of
Liberty rising above Triangle Park.
American culture is very trendy among youths in Osaka - the same way Japanese culture is very
fashionable among young people in Hong Kong. This morning, I met a Japanese girl in a shop selling
25 "Jinglish" T-shirts shirts with a blend of Japanese and English sayings on them. She told me that
Amerikamura is where kids go to find the American Dream.
As I'm writing this email, I'm also eating a huge American-style hamburger with a side of French fries
except the hamburger is made from octopus! As you know, trying local cuisine isn't usually my favourite
thing to do, but my guidebook makes octopus burgers sound delicious ...
made from beef,
30 Anyway, my battery is getting low, so I should sign off. Let's go out for hamburgers
not octopus - when I get back. I can't wait to tell you more about Amerikamura and Osaka, and show
you all the cool photos I've taken with my new digital camera.
Answer the following questions about Text 1. (15 marks)
1. What do you think "Konnichiwa" (line 5) means? (1 mark)
2. What three holiday activities has Mandy done in Osaka? (1 mark)
3. Which of the following is NOT true about Mandy? (1 mark)
A. She is able to translate "Sankaku Koen."
B. She is enjoying her holiday.
C. She is visiting her Uncle Sam in Osaka.
D. She is writing the email in a cafe.
4. Look at how the pronouns below are used and briefly explain what they refer to in lines 10-17. (3 marks)
5. Complete the following summary of Paragraph 4 by filling out each blank with ONE word. The missing
words may or may not appear in the email. (4 marks)
According to Mandy, you can see different aspects of American_(i) in Amerikamura, including food,
clothing and movies. Also, you can hear pop songs from (ii) like Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, and the
(iii) of the United States can be seen everywhere. Moreover, you can even see the Statue of Liberty without
going to New York, because there is a _(iv) of the landmark in Amerikamura.
6. According to lines 23-26, Hong Kong youth
A. also have a keen interest in a Japanese culture
B. are very different from young people in Osaka
C. know more about America than Osaka youth do
D. share Osaka youth's fondness for American culture
7. What two words does "Jinglish" (line 25) come from? (1 mark)
8. Which of the following pictures best shows the main ingredient in the dish that Mandy is eating? (1 mark)
9. According to lines 27-29, why does Mandy decide to try the food? (1 mark)
A. It is a popular dish in Hong Kong.
B. It is an extremely healthy meal.
C. It is described as delicious in the menu.
D. It is recommended by her guidebook.
10. Why does Mandy have to stop writing the email? (1 mark)
II) Your cousin Bobby is back in Australia. He has sent you an email. Read the email and answer the
questions that follow.
Our first tourist adventure was going "glamping" in Tin Shui Wai, which was an incredible experience from
start to finish. We have gone camping in Australia before, of course, but I've never encountered this kind of
luxury in nature! Next, we made our way to the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark and spent time exploring
and clambering over those amazing rock formations. The Hong Kong Science Museum was my personal
favorite though. I think that I must absorb information better when I'm having fun, because I can recall just
about everything I learned about science and technology there. Maybe I have a future as a scientist, but only
10 if I work in a really entertaining laboratory!
Thank you so much for your suggestions, some of which we had time for this time, and some of which we'll
have to save for our next journey across the ocean!
Hong Kong has such an impressive public transport system. The Octopus card makes short jaunts around the
city very convenient. It was easy to hop between different types of transport, such as the MTR, buses, ferries,
trams and minibuses. In Melbourne, we also have those kinds of public transport, as well as our own
"smartcard" called the Myki. In addition, we have a bike share programme. If you join the programme, you
15 can access over 600 bikes in the city for up to 30 minutes each time. That's usually enough to get where you
need to go, and sometimes it's faster than being in a car because you can breeze through the traffic jams.
Perhaps that idea would work in Hong Kong as well.
I'm looking forward to the day that you can visit me in my home country. I'll show you around all the best
sightseeing spots! I have to pay you back for the Hong Kong suggestions.
Answer the following questions about Text 2. (15 marks)
11. What does "which" refer to in line 2? (1 mark)
12. Does Bobby plan on returning to Hong Kong? Use evidence from the text to support your answer. (1 mark)
13. Use ONE word to complete the following sentence. (1 mark)
Camping in Australia is less
than “glamping” in Hong Kong.
14. Find a word in paragraph 2 that means "climbing.” (1 mark)
15. What was Bobby's favorite activity in Hong Kong? Why was it his favorite? (2 marks)
16. According to the article, decide whether the following statements are True (T), False (F) or the information
is Not Given (NG). (3 marks)
i) Bobby did not like "glamping" in Hong Kong.
ii) Bobby thought the rock formations at the Geopark were incredible.
iii) Bobby spent an entire day at the Hong Kong Science Museum.
17. Why did Bobby like the Octopus card? (1 mark)
18. Who does "we" refer to in line 13? (1 mark)
19. What is Melbourne's version of the Octopus card? (1 mark)
20. What does Bobby mean when he says he has to "pay you back" (line 19)? (1 mark)
21. Match the main ideas to the paragraphs in the email. Write A-E in the spaces provided. One of the options
is NOT used. (2 marks)
A. How we get around
B. The places we visited in Hong Kong
C. Expressing gratitude
D. My favorite campsite
E. Offering to be a tour guide
Part B: Tenses (12 marks)
Complete the following passage by using the most appropriate forms of the given verbs. Use the passive
voice where necessary.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) 1) (born) in Edinburgh and 2) (study) medicine at Edinburgh
University. While he 3) (engage) in medical practice at Southsea on the south coast, he 4) (begin)
writing stories to supplement his income. In 1887, he 5) (publish) the first long Sherlock Holmes story,
(release) in Strand
A Study in Scarlet. Four years later, when his short stories about the detective 6)
magazine, he 7)
(receive) a knighthood for
(give) up his career as a doctor, though he later 8)
organizing medical services during the Boer War in Africa (1899-1902).
Although Conon Doyle 9)
(remain) as popular as ever, and the stories about him still 11)
though the social background of London 12)
this character, thanks to the tons of movies and TV shows revolving around this classic detective.
(create) Sherlock Holmes more than a hundred years ago, this character
(appeal) to readers today. Even
(change) completely, many people are still fascinated by
Part C: Oxford Anthology (11 marks)
I) Complete the following sentences using words from Units 1, 2 and 5 of Oxford Anthology. Fill out each
blank with ONE word and the first letter of each missing word has been given. (5 marks)
1. In "The Canterville Ghost," Sir Simon de Canterville often scared away anyone who dared to live in his
mansion. However, he could not do the same to the new family. After trying to i) h
unsuccessfully, he decided to ii) t
the youngest members by preparing his most iii) h
was scared away by the twins instead and he finally left the mansion.
look. Yet he
2. In the poem "From zero to hero," the speaker works as a part-time IT iv) t
3. According to the article "Coding for beginners," even v) r
World!" program after one lesson.
4. According to the magazine article about Dmitri Karenin, who lives in Russia, it is still dark and cold when
he gets up in the morning, and he is vi) r
to get out of bed.
and his job is to solve
II) Based on Unit 21 of Oxford Anthology, match the terms about sports on the left with the meanings
on the right. Write the letters (A-E) in the spaces provided. (5 marks)
coders can learn how to write the "Hello,
A. A term used in tennis that means "nil” or “zero”
B. A term usually used in football that means passing the ball between a
C. A badly missed shot in basketball
D. The achievement of scoring three times in one match
E. A term that refers to a player being selected to appear in an international-
Part D: Multiple choice questions (12 marks)
Choose the best options to complete the poster below. Write the letters in the spaces provided.
Have a soft spot for delicious food? Depressed by eating ready meals every week? Don't want to go to the
restaurant alone? Want to join a group of people with (1) interests?
Well, then stop sitting on the sofa eating junk food! Join the Bon Viviant Club!
We have gatherings every Friday, (2) 7 pm to 10 pm, in an outstanding restaurant chosen by fellow club
members after a vote.
We will send out the name of the restaurant (3)___ the gathering, so you know what can be expected.
However, we will not tell you about the menu_(4)_ the last minute! After the meal, we go to a _(5) dessert
restaurant selected by our chairperson. She is known for having (6) sweet tooth!
A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine. We have a _(7)_ selection of fine wines. We can_(8) say
each pairing of food and wine is simply perfect.
As a privileged Club member, you can enjoy_(9)_10% discount in any of our associated restaurants. And our
network is ever (10) !
Join now! Submit your application (11)_emailing to email@example.com (12) January 8.
The Bon Viviant Club - for true friends of food and drink!
2. A. since
4. A. until
5. A. heavenly
7. A. extraordinary
8. A. hardly
10. A. expanding
C. pride on
D. No article is needed
D. No article is needed
Part E: Open cloze (11 marks)
Complete the following passage by filling out each of the blanks with only ONE word.
Many people drink diet sodas as part 1) their diet. They believe these drinks are healthier 2)
drinks. However, 3) to a new study, "diet" versions of sugary drinks can be as bad for our heart 4)
drinks that are loaded with sugar. The researchers 5) conducted the study said people should avoid diet
sodas and other artificially sweetened beverages if they want to look 6) their health. They said the artificial
sweeteners in diet drinks are not healthy. Dr Guy Mintz, a heart specialist, said, "The belief that artificial
sweeteners are a safe substitute 7) sugar is fake news." He added, "Artificial sweeteners have been
associated 8) weight gain, insulin resistance, and diabetes."
The research is published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers looked at health
data from over 100,000 people in France. Participants in the study recorded 9) diet, activity level, and health
status every six months. The researchers said, "Higher intakes of... artificially sweetened beverages were
linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, suggesting that artificially sweetened beverages might
10) be better than sugary drinks." They added, "Water, water, and more water should be the beverage of
choice. Given childhood obesity, 11) sweetened or artificially sweetened beverage should be a staple in
Part F: Vocabulary (10 marks)
Complete the following sentences by using the vocabulary items from Units 3 and 4 of Long Edge 1A
1. Yesterday, my parents and I went to the new amusement park. My father and I went on many h -r rides
but my mother just went to the cafeteria and waited for us.
2. Although I am not a detective, I can see a lot of clues in this case. If my d are correct, I can tell you who
spoiled the painting.
3. He was seen breaking and entering the celebrity's house last night, and now he has been caught and c____with
4. After watching that horror movie, I've completely lost my a and I'll skip dinner tonight.
5. We are in a remote village and there are no clinics or hospitals in the immediate v
you need to go to the city center to seek medical help.
6. Thanks to the e
the past decades.
7. My trip to Spain last year was certainly one of my most u
the nice people I met along the way and their faces have been etched on my mind.
8. The actress wore glasses and a wig as a d
9. The Lion King was one of the most s
and captivating music.
10. It is still not clear what caused the serious accident that resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries. Therefore,
many government officials are calling for an i
Part G: Proofreading (14 marks)
Please refer to the ANSWER SHEETS.
a of James Bond, many movies based on this character have been produced over
So if you are sick,
experiences; I can still remember vividly all
but some people still recognized her and asked her for her
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shows I've ever seen. I especially liked the elaborate costumes