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John | 20th Dec 2011, 02:26 AM | HKDSE英文科練習 | (770 Reads)

這是一個「搜尋題」“search” question)練習。

如果我再寫幾篇「考試練習」,或許仍會再用這篇My Mother and Her Mother(我媽媽和她媽媽),因為這篇passage「有高度可塑性」,而且,用同一篇passage出不同形式的題目,你也可能更容易掌握題目故弄的玄虛。

你不一定要每篇「練習博」都看,因為每篇博都自成一體和可以獨立閱讀(self-contained,從任何一篇讀起,都可以明白那篇的內容。

當然,以上只是隨便說說,真正發生的情況會如何,連我自己都不知道,然而可以肯定的是,考試是一定會在幾個月後舉行的,暫停「泡妞溝仔」唔該,all in all這幾個月要俾心機讀書,善用聖誔、新年假期溫習備戰,考好成績進大學。

Answer questions 1 – 11 using information from the passage below.  Write your answers in the spaces provided.  For multiple-choice questions, choose the best answer.

My Mother and Her Mother

[1] My parents were typical of a generation who believed in the endless possibilities of Hong Kong and whose values were rooted in the experience of living through the post-war years.  They believed in hard work, not entitlement; self-reliance not self-indulgence.

[2] We were middle-class, South District residents and very much a product of our place and time.  My mother, Sau Ying, was a homemaker whose days revolved around me and two younger brothers, and my father, Kai Ho, owned a small business.  The challenges of their lives made me appreciate the opportunities of my own life even more.

[3] I’m still amazed at how my mother emerged from her lonely early life as such an affectionate and level-headed woman.  She was born in Sau Mau Ping in 1950.  Her father, Chun Ying, was a police constable, and his wife, Tim Tim, was one of nine children from a single-parent family.  My maternal grandparents were certainly not ready for parenthood.  Tim Tim essentially abandoned my mother when she was only three or four, leaving her alone all day for days on end with one dollar to use at a Tai Pai Dong near their nine-storey tenement house.  Chun Ying paid sporadic attention to her, better at bringing the occasional gift, like a large doll he received from a hawker as bribe, than at providing any kind of home life.  My mother’s sister, Isabella, was born in 1955.  The girls were often shuttled from one relative to another and from school to school, never staying anywhere long enough to make friends.  In 1958, my mother’s young parents finally got a divorce – rare in those days and a terrible shame.  Neither were willing to care for their children, so they sent their daughters from Sau Mau Ping to live with their paternal grandparents in Kwun Tong.

[4] My mother stayed in Kwun Tong for ten years, never seeing her mother and rarely seeing her father.  Her grandfather, Tai Wai, an undercover communist, left the girls to his wife, Emma, a severe woman who worked as secretary and resented and ignored my mother except when enforcing her rigid house rules.  One Mid-Autumn Festival, when Emma caught my mother playing lanterns crazily with a boy in the street, she decided to confine my mother to her room, except for the hours she was in school.

[5] By the time she turned fourteen, my mother could no longer bear life in her grandmother’s house.  She found work as a mother’s helper, caring for two young children in return for room, board and forty dollars a week.  She had little time for the extracurricular athletics and drama that she loved and no money for clothes.  She washed the same blouse every day to wear with her only skirt and, in colder weather, her only sweater.  But for the first time, she lived in a household where the father and mother gave their children the love, attention and guidance she had never received.  My mother often told me that without that sojourn with a strong family, she would not have known how to care for her own home and children.

[6] When she finished secondary school, my mother made plans to go to the university.  But Tim Tim contacted her—for the first time in ten years—and asked her to come and live with her in a flat in Wanchai.  Tim Tim had recently remarried and promised my mother that she and her new husband would pay for her education there.  When my mother moved to Wanchai, she found that Tim Tim wanted her only as a housekeeper and that she would get no financial help for university education.  Heartsick, my mother moved into a small room in a subdivided flat and found an office job paying a $500 for a six-day week.  Once I asked my mother why she decided to move and live with her uncaring mother.  “I’d hoped so hard that my mother would love me that I had to take the chance and find out,” she told me.  “When she didn’t, I had nowhere else to go.”

[7] My mother sat for the university entrance exam twice as a mature student before she was finally admitted to The University of Hong Kong, where she met my father.

Find words or expressions in the passage which could be replaced by the following.  The first has been done for you as an example: 

1.      characteristic of (paragraph 1)typical of
2.      housewife (paragraph 2) 
3.      for a decade (paragraph 4) 
4.      food (paragraph 5) 
5.      liked (paragraph 5) 
6.      took (paragraph 7) 
7.      for consecutive days (paragraphs 3 to 4) 
8.      was bitter about (paragraphs 3 to 4) 
9.      Very sad (answer in paragraphs 3 to 7) 
10.  college (answer in paragraphs 1 to 7) 
11.  short stay (answer in paragraphs 1 to 7) 

解釋:

出這一題,旨在顯示這種「搜尋題」“search” question)範圍越大就越困難。例如,只要你從第2段找就較容易,要你從第3段找到第7段就較難,要你從第1段找到第7段就更難。實際上,這類題目很少像我「括住段數作提示」地出題。一般的出題法是以下三種形式。一看題目就要對「找的範圍是大是小」心中有數

1.      Find words or expressions in paragraph 1 which could be replaced by the following.

2.      Find words or expressions in lines 1 to 10 which could be replaced by the following.

3.      Find words or expressions in the passage which could be replaced by the following.

Answer key:

The relevant words and expressions are highlighted in pink as follows:

My Mother and Her Mother

[1] My parents were typical of a generation who believed in the endless possibilities of Hong Kong and whose values were rooted in the experience of living through the post-war years.  They believed in hard work, not entitlement; self-reliance not self-indulgence.

[2] We were middle-class, South District residents and very much a product of our place and time.  My mother, Sau Ying, was a homemaker whose days revolved around me and two younger brothers, and my father, Kai Ho, owned a small business.  The challenges of their lives made me appreciate the opportunities of my own life even more.

[3] I’m still amazed at how my mother emerged from her lonely early life as such an affectionate and level-headed woman.  She was born in Sau Mau Ping in 1950.  Her father, Chun Ying, was a police constable, and his wife, Tim Tim, was one of nine children from a single-parent family.  My maternal grand parents were certainly not ready for parenthood.  Tim Tim essentially abandoned my mother when she was only three or four, leaving her alone all day for days on end with one dollar to use at a Tai Pai Dong near their nine-storey tenement house.  Chun Ying paid sporadic attention to her, better at bringing the occasional gift, like a large doll he received from a hawker as bribe, than at providing any kind of home life.  My mother’s sister, Isabella, was born in 1955.  The girls were often shuttled from one relative to another and from school to school, never staying anywhere long enough to make friends.  In 1958, my mother’s young parents finally got a divorce – rare in those days and a terrible shame.  Neither were willing to care for their children, so they sent their daughters from Sau Mau Ping to live with their paternal grandparents in Kwun Tong.

[4] My mother stayed in Kwun Tong for ten years, never seeing her mother and rarely seeing her father.  Her grandfather, Tai Wai, an undercover communist, left the girls to his wife, Emma, a severe woman who worked as secretary and resented and ignored my mother except when enforcing her rigid house rules.  One Mid-Autumn Festival, when Emma caught my mother playing lanterns crazily with a boy in the street, she decided to confine my mother to her room, except for the hours she was in school.

[5] By the time she turned fourteen, my mother could no longer bear life in her grandmother’s house.  She found work as a mother’s helper, caring for two young children in return for room, board and forty dollars a week.  She had little time for the extracurricular athletics and drama that she loved and no money for clothes.  She washed the same blouse every day to wear with her only skirt and, in colder weather, her only sweater.  But for the first time, she lived in a household where the father and mother gave their children the love, attention and guidance she had never received.  My mother often told me that without that sojourn with a strong family, she would not have known how to care for her own home and children.

[6] When she finished secondary school, my mother made plans to go to the university.  But Tim Tim contacted her—for the first time in ten years—and asked her to come and live with her in a flat in Wanchai.  Tim Tim had recently remarried and promised my mother that she and her new husband would pay for her education there.  When my mother moved to Wanchai, she found that Tim Tim wanted her only as a housekeeper and that she would get no financial help for university education.  Heartsick, my mother moved into a small room in a subdivided flat and found an office job paying a $500 for a six-day week.  Once I asked my mother why she decided to move and live with her uncaring mother.  “I’d hoped so hard that my mother would love me that I had to take the chance and find out,” she told me.  “When she didn’t, I had nowhere else to go.”

[7] My mother sat for the university entrance exam twice as a mature student before she was finally admitted to The University of Hong Kong, where she met my father.

Find words or expressions in the passage which could be replaced by the following.  The first has been done for you as an example: 

1.      characteristic of (paragraph 1)typical of
2.      housewife (paragraph 2)homemaker
3.      for a decade (paragraph 4)For ten years
4.      food (paragraph 5)board
5.      liked (paragraph 5)loved
6.      took (paragraph 7)sat for
7.      for consecutive days (paragraphs 3 to 4)for days on end
8.      was bitter about (paragraphs 3 to 4)resented
9.      Very sad (answer in paragraphs 3 to 7)Heartsick
10.  college (answer in paragraphs 1 to 7)university
11.  short stay (answer in paragraphs 1 to 7)sojourn

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