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  As part of the program for the English Language Campaign, we decided to organize an elocution contest. Not knowing what to do, we consulted our advisor, Mrs. Thambu, and she gave us clear instructions as well as a great deal of encouragement.

The first thing we had to do was to send out invitations to all the schools that we thought might like to participate. We also arranged for judges and managed to get a parent member of the committee of the school Parent-Teacher-Association to donate a trophy.

Everything went as scheduled. Surprisingly for a small town like ours, eight schools agreed to send participants. We wrote back, giving them details of time and place and the points on which the contestants would be judged and all the rules of the competition.

It was, in fact, much harder work than we bargained for. We realized that we had to remind the principal about repairing the public address system. ( We did that at least a dozen times. ) We also had to contact the judges a number of times as none of them would give us an answer till much nearer the date of the competition. Then, two days before the competition, one judge, who had previously said "Definitely", told us that he had to turn us down after all : he had chicken pox. Fortunately, our advisor managed to contact an old school friend of hers who agreed to step in.

Except for these few moments of anxiety, everything can be said to have gone well. The microphones worked beautifully, the contestants all turned up and said their pieces ( some not so beautifully ! ) And, finally, the winner was declared the presented with the trophy.

Did we win the trophy ? Unfortunately, we did not. Our speakers were, in fact, not even placed. But we did excel in terms of organization and initiative. At least, I think so.

               
1.   They decided to
               
    (A) organize an English Language Campaign.  
(B)

hold a contest on speaking publicly.

    (C) join an Elocution contest.  
    (D) organize a drama competition.  
               
2.   Mrs. Thambu
               
    (A)

told them what to do.

 
(B) did most of the work for them.
    (C) warned them of the difficulties involved.  
    (D) did not know what to do.  
               
3.   Invitations were sent to
               
    (A) eight schools.  
(B) all the schools in the town.
    (C) all schools that had agreed to participate.  
    (D)

all schools that seemed likely to be interested.

 
               
4.  

The trophy was

               
    (A) bought from school funds.  
(B) donated by the Parent-Teacher-Association.
    (C)

donated by the parent of one of the students.

 
    (D) donated by the parents of the students  
               
5.   When eight schools agreed to participate,
               
    (A) they were disappointed.  
    (B) they were surprised, thinking that more would have agreed to participate.
    (C) they were worried, wondering how to accommodate all of them.  
    (D)

they were surprised, thinking that fewer would have wanted to take part.

 
               
6.  

They found, in the course of their preparations, that

               
    (A) it was easier to organize such a competition than they had expected.  
    (B) it was a lot of fun to organize an Elocution Contest.
    (C)

more work was involved than they had expected.

 
    (D) they had been wrong to think they could even succeed in organizing such a competition.  
         
7.   Which of the following people seemed the least helpful and considerate ?
         
    (A) the parents  
    (B)

the principal

 
    (C) the judges  
    (D) the advisor  
         
8.   Which of the following statements is NOT true ?
         
    (A)

Their own school's participants were excellent.

 
    (B) Not all the participants could speak well.  
    (C) The winner was presented with the trophy.  
(D) The author felt that the contest was a success.
         
 
 
 
 
 

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