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John | 31st Dec 2011, 12:26 PM | HKDSE英文科練習 | (3064 Reads)

 

這是Paper 1的綜合練習,各類題種都有一點,為幫助掌握技巧,部份答案附解釋。(This exercise contains assorted questions modelled on the HKDSE ones.  Explanatory notes are provided to assist you in grasping the exam skills. 

 

Passage

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.

Questions:

1.          Where did the writer’s parents live?_______________________________

2.          Which of the following did the writer’s parents believe?

A.          experience
B.          entitlement
C.          self-reliance
D.         self-indulgence

3.          Whom does “We” in line 1 of paragraph 2 refer to?_______________________________

4.          Look at how ‘product’ is used in paragraph 2 and decide which of the following definitions below is closest in meaning.

A.          something that is made to be sold
B.          someone very much influenced by their own background
C.          goods and merchandise
D.         someone who make good product for their time

5.          Complete the sentence below:

The writer’s parents are (5a) ________ and (5b) ________, and her mother’s parents are (5c) ________ and (5d) ________.

6.          Look for words or expressions in paragraph 3 which are opposite in meaning to:

a.          questionably    ________
b.          rare                 ________
c.           glory                ________       

7.          Read paragraph 3 carefully and decide if the following are true (T), false (F) or not stated (X).  Put the appropriate symbol in the boxes below.
a.          Chun Ying paid sporadic attention to the writer during her childhood 
b.
         
Chun Ying took bribes.
c.           Chun Ying and Tim Tim divorced in 1958, after which their two daughters were taken care of by their maternal parents.

8.          Emma decided to confine the writer’s mother to her home after school hours because the writer’s mother ____________________________________.

9.          Fill in the blanks of the following paragraph, a summary of paragraph 5.

When she was (9a) ________, the writer’s mother worked as (9b) _____ _____ _____ to take (9c) ________ of two children.  She had only one (9d) ________, one (9e) ________, and one (9f) ________.  But it was the first time that that she lived with a household full of parental (9g) ________ and that was why she subsequently knew how to be a good (9h) ________.

10.      Complete the following table by underlining the correct options.

a.      After the writer’s mother finished secondary school, she planned to go to (work, the university).
b.      But subsequently, she moved to Wanchai to live with her mother, because her mother promised (to hire her as a housekeeper, to provide financial help to her).
c.       Finally, she was admitted to (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong).

11.      The writer’s mother decided to move and lived with her mother because

A.          She hoped to have a loving mother very much
B.          She hoped to make sure that her mother was uncaring
C.          She hoped to find out whom her mother was
D.         She had no where to go   

Answer Key

1.          Where did the writer’s parents live?

Hong Kong

2.          Which of the following did the writer’s parents believe?

A.          experience
B.          entitlement
C.          self-reliance
D.         self-indulgence

3.          Whom does “We” in line 1 of paragraph 2 refer to?
The writer of the passage, the writer’s parents

4.          Look at how ‘product’ is used in paragraph 2 and decide which of the following definitions below is closest in meaning.

A.          something that is made to be sold
B.          someone very much influenced by their own background
C.          goods and merchandise
D.         someone who make good product for their time

5.          Complete the sentence below:

The writer’s parents are (5a) Sau Ying and (5b) Kai Ho, and her mother’s parents are (5c) Chun Ying and (5d) Tim Tim.

6.          Look for words or expressions in paragraph 3 which are opposite in meaning to:
a.          questionably    certainly
b.          rare                 common
c.           glory                shame    

7.          Read paragraph 3 carefully and decide if the following are true (T), false (F) or not stated (X).  Put the appropriate symbol in the boxes below.

a.          Chun Ying paid sporadic attention to the writer during her childhood (X)(雖然題目和文中都有sporadic這個字,但這條陰你,題目寫的是the writer,而文中寫的是the writer’s mother,所以這題是X
b.          Chun Ying took bribes. (T)
c.           Chun Ying and Tim Tim divorced in 1958, after which their two daughters were taken care of by their maternal parents. (F)(明陰你,是paternal parents(父親的父母),不是maternal parents(母親的父母))

8.          Emma decided to confine the writer’s mother to her home after school hours because the writer’s mother played lanterns crazily with a boy in the street.(這條要求你將playing改為played才符合文法)

9.          Fill in the blanks of the following paragraph, a summary of paragraph 5.

When she was (9a) fourteen, the writer’s mother worked as (9b) a mother’s helper to take (9c) care of two children.  She had only one (9d) blouse, one (9e) skirt, and one (9f) sweater.  But it was the first time that that she lived with a household full of parental (9g) love and that was why she subsequently knew how to be a good (9h) homemaker.(明陰你,homemaker這個字在這段找不到的,但曾在paragraph 2出現。)

10.      Complete the following table by underlining the correct options.

a.      After the writer’s mother finished secondary school,

she planned to go to (work, the university).
b.      But subsequently, she moved to Wanchai to live with her mother, because her mother promised (to hire her as a housekeeper, to provide financial help to her).
c.       Finally, she was admitted to (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong).

11.      The writer’s mother decided to move and lived with her mother because

A.          She hoped to have a loving mother very much
B.          She hoped to make sure that her mother was uncaring
C.          She hoped to find out whom her mother was
D.         She had no where to go  

My Mother and Her Mother
[1] My parents were typical of a generation who believed in the endless possibilities of Hong Kong Q1的答案)and whose values were rooted in the experience of living through the post-war years.  They believed in hard work, not entitlement; self-reliance  Q2的答案)not self-indulgence.
[2] We Q3的答案要讀完全段才知) were middle-class, South District residents and very much a product of our place and timeQ4的答案).  My mother, Sau YingQ5a的答案), was a homemaker whose days revolved around me and two younger brothers, and my father, Kai HoQ5b的答案), 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 YingQ5c的答案), was a police constable, and his wife, Tim TimQ5d的答案), was one of nine children from a single-parent family.  My maternal grandparents were certainly Q6a的答案) 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 herQ7a的答案), better at bringing the occasional gift, like a large doll he received from a hawker as bribeQ7b的答案), 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 Q6b的答案) in those days and a terrible shameQ6c的答案).  Neither were willing to care for their children, so they sent their daughters from Sau Mau Ping to live with their paternal grandparents Q7c的答案)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 streetQ8的答案), she decided to confine my mother to her room, except for the hours she was in school.
[5] By the time she turned fourteenQ9a的答案), my mother could no longer bear life in her grandmother’s house.  She found work as a mother’s helperQ9b的答案), caring for Q9c的答案)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 Q9d的答案)every day to wear with her only skirt Q9e的答案)and, in colder weather, her only sweaterQ9f的答案).  But for the first time, she lived in a household where the father and mother gave their children the loveQ9g的答案), 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 childrenQ9h的答案).
[6] When she finished secondary school, my mother made plans to go to the universityQ10a的答案).  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 thereQ10b的答案).  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 meQ11的答案).  “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, Q10c的答案)where she met my father.
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