Subject: ENGLISH LANGUAGE
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Section A: Objective
A. From the alternatives A, B, C, D Choose a word that is almost the same in meaning as the one underlined in each sentence
1.Everyone was asked to vacate the building
2. My uncle visited us two weeks ago.
3. Hardly can she recollect what really happened
4. We purchase some food items from the store.
B. From the list of the words lettered A-D choose the one that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the word underlined in each sentence
5. She willingly escorted me to the market
6. We travelled across a narrow lake
7. Fruits have become very scarce in this part of Africa
8. Tunde was expelled from the school last week
Containing 11 decks and stretching a full 305 metres, she was the greatest ocean liner of her time. The ship had been fitted out in true style, with plush cabins, electric lifts, squash courts, gymnasium and a heated indoor swimming pool. There was a hospital to cope with passengers who became ill; and to cater for meals, she carried a dinner service of 100,000 plates. The owners, the shipbuilders, the captain – in fact everyone – said the titanic was unsinkable. Perhaps this was the reason why only enough lifeboats for half of the passengers were placed on board. Tickets for her maiden voyage were snapped up eagerly, and there were over 2,000 people on board when she set out from Southampton for New York on April 11th, 1912.
Disaster was to strike after only four days at sea. With captain and crew determined to break the record for an Atlantic crossing, the liner had been ploughing through calm, glass-like seas at a speed of 22 knots. She had entered an area known as Grand Banks when two radio reports from other ships were received, warning of icebergs. The warnings were ignored. The Titanic steamed ahead at full speed. It was almost midnight when Frederick Fleet, the look-out in the crow’s nest, suddenly spotted an iceberg looming ahead in the darkness. But his frantic warning cries were too late to prevent collision. A huge hole was ripped into the side of the liner and the water poured in.
At first, the passengers treated the incident as a joke; yet, within ten minutes, the water had risen five metres inside the ship. Distress signals sent out to the nearby liner, California, but her radio had unfortunately been switched off. Panic now spread, as the huge liner listed to one side and began to sink. By the time another liner, Carpathia, finally arrived to help, 1,500 people had drowned in the icy seas. The loss of the Titanic was one of the greatest catastrophes in the history of navigation.
9. What major safety error did the builders of Titanic make?
10. The ship was traveling from where?
11. What was the date for the maiden voyage?
12. What was the destination of the maiden voyage?
13. What blunder did the captain make?