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  The island-chain of Bibiling, situated in the hot and steamy tropics, was often visited by ships en route to south Africa. It covered an area of about 8,000 square miles of sea and water and consisted of about fifty to hundred islands of various shapes and sizes, of which the largest and most important one was Carabing.

There was a well-sheltered natural port on this island, backed by undulating coastal areas. The interior was hilly. The soil was very fertile and supported a population which spent most of its time lazing under the huge trees lining the beaches. When they did work, it was usually either to tend their tapioca fields ( tapioca being their staple diet ) or do a little fishing. Their animals looked after themselves very well for the fertile soil produced abundant food for them.

It was a good life on Carabing, all their basic wants being provided for by the land and the sea. And, from the ships that stopped at their harbor, came luxuries from the outside world; pretty ornaments and perfumes for the women, penknives and telescopes for the men, dolls and toys for the children and the stories for everybody, exciting stories of adventures in the sea and of faraway lands where people dressed in layers and layers of clothes and lived in many-storeyed homes of stone.

               
1.   The climate of Bibiling can be best described as
               
    (A) hot and dry.  
(B) very wet.
    (C)

hot and wet.

 
    (D) steamy.  
               
2.   Which of the following statements is TRUE about Bibiling.
               
    (A) It is a large island.  
(B) It is an African island.
    (C) It is very near Africa.  
    (D)

It is not in South Africa

 
               
3.   Bibiling was made up of
               
    (A) fifty small islands.  
(B) a hundred little islands.
    (C) 8,000 tiny islands.  
    (D)

many islands.

 
               
4.  

Which of the following is NOT true about Bibiling.

               
    (A) The main island was Carabing.  
(B)

All the islands had fertile soil.

    (C) The islands were separated by the sea.  
    (D) Some of the islands were small.  
               
5.   Which of the following did the natives eat every day ?
               
    (A) rice  
    (B)

tapioca

    (C) fish  
    (D) meat  
               
6.  

Which of the following is TRUE about the animals kept by the people of Carabing ?

               
    (A)

They were usually healthy.

 
    (B) They needed a lot of care.
    (C) They produced most of the food for the people.  
    (D) They were badly looked after.  
         
7.   What did the people of Carabing depend on the sailors and merchants for ?
         
    (A) their basic needs.  
    (B) ornaments and perfumes.  
    (C)

little luxuries and entertainment

 
    (D) clothes.  
         
8.   Which of the following best describes the life of the people of Carabing ?
         
    (A) orderly and systematic.  
    (B) hard and full of anxiety.  
    (C)

easy and carefree.

 
(D) exciting and strange.
         
 
 
 
 
 

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