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Read the passage below and answer the questions that follow.
 
We, the residents of Taman Cempaka, Kuala Kangsar, wish to draw to your attention a number of matters which need immediate attention in our neighborhood.

First, a section of the road shoulder leading to the market, which has collapsed for over a month, has not been attended to. Several mishaps involving pedestrians and motorists have occurred along this stretch of Jalan Pasar. In an incident which happened two days ago, an elderly man slipped and fell when the earth under his feet suddenly gave way. Fortunately, he only sustained a few bruises. We certainly can't imagine what might have happened if a pregnant lady had been in his shoes.

Secondly, part of the market floor near the fish stalls caves in repeatedly. This again poses a hazard to both traders and shoppers. According to some fishmongers, many complaints have been made to the Kuala Kangsar Municipal Council. All that the council did after each complaint was to fill up the hole with some pebbles and sand. They voiced out that this temporary remedial measure is not good enough as the traffic in this section of the market is heavy and the uneven floor has made it difficult for the traders to push their cartloads of fish across the floor when they start their business every morning. Then, after every three months or so, that particular section sinks again. This has happened a number of times. what they wish for is a long-term measure to rectify the problem. they do not mind being relocated to another section of the market while remedial work is being done.

Finally, we wish to draw your attention to the increasing number of beggars in the vicinity of the market. The shoppers feel harassed at every corner of the market as some of these beggars boldly confront them. These beggars can become violent or they may even hurl verbal abuse at the shoppers when they refuse to part with their money. Something needs to be done fast before these beggars chase away all the people from the market.

HOPEFUL RESIDENTS

( This letter carries 45 signatures )

     
  1.

What kind of letter is this ?

       
    (A) A suggestion to improve the neighborhood.
    (B) A recommendation to beautify the neighborhood.
    (C) A directive to carry out projects to upgrade the neighborhood.
    (D)

An appeal to upgrade existing facilities in the neighborhood.

       
  2. How long has the road shoulder been in disrepair ?
       
    (A)

For over 30 days.

    (B) Since two days ago.
    (C) For several months.
    (D) Since three months ago.
       
  3.

Which of the following is not a problem raised by the fishmongers ?

       
    (A) An uneven floor.
    (B) Repeated cave-ins.
    (C)

An overcrowded area.

    (D) Filling up the hole with pebbles and sand.
       
  4. Which of the following best describes the beggars in the market ?
       
    (A)

Aggressive

    (B) Enthusiastic
    (C) Thoughtless
    (D) Irresponsible
       
  5. Why do you think 45 people signed the letter ?
       
    (A)

To show their unity in fighting for a cause.

    (B) To express their sympathy over the authorities' problems.
    (C) To express their willingness to co-operate with the authorities.
    (D) To demonstrate their anger over the poor maintenance of the market.
       
  6. The word they in the last paragraph refers to the
       
    (A) beggars
    (B)

shoppers

    (C) people who signed the letter
    (D) residents of Taman Cempaka
       
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  Answers : 1D   2A   3C   4A   5A   6B
 
 
 
 

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