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Read the letter below and answer the questions that follow.
 

128, Taman Sepakat,

51000 Kuala Lumpur.

16 JULY 2007

Dear John,

Thank you for your letter which I received two days ago. I must really commend you on your ability to write.

Congratulations on winning the second prize in the national-level Petronas Art Competition. Your parents must be proud of you. Your father has always hoped that you would join the ranks of Picasso, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Van Gogh. Keep on practicing and participating in more competitions to hone your skills. Exposure to higher level competitions will spur you to achieve greater heights, so look out for such opportunities. I'll keep my eyes peeled for advertisements and will let you know if I come across any worthwhile competitions. Meantime, continue to brush up on your skills. Observe techniques used by great artists, study them and develop your own style and individuality. With determination and hard work, you will succeed.

John, along your way to success, there may be times of hardship, when things do not work out. Do not be discouraged, but persevere, for success comes to those who do not quit.

Talking about persevering, I'm sorry to hear that your brother James did poorly in his recent exam. Tell him not to be sad but to take his 'failure' as a challenge to strive for better results the next time. Remind him about the story of the runner who didn't give up, which Aunty Molly told both of you, and tell him to be that runner, giving his all despite the odds. As his elder brother, advise him to study hard, and help him with his studies. Make sure that he understands his lessons and encourage him to seek help from teachers or friends. I'll be going to Johor Bahru on a business trip next weekend, and I shall drop by to speak to him. In the meantime, help him overcome the difficulties he face in his studies.

Well, John, I think you've heard enough from me fro the time being. After all, I'll be meeting you in person in less than ten days' time and we'll have the opportunity to talk. Continue to develop your talents and help James discover his.

Your uncle,

029

     
  1.

The expression ' join the ranks of ' means

       
    (A) to become the best artist in the world
    (B) to become famous and instantly recognizable
    (C)

to become as famous as other renowned artists

    (D) to become better than other renowned artists in terms of rank
       
  2. John can improve his skills by doing the following except
       
    (A) painting constantly
    (B) joining more national-level competitions
    (C) visiting art galleries to study paintings done by other artists
    (D)

looking through the newspapers for announcements on art competitions

       
  3.

The phrase to take his failure as challenge can best be describe by the saying

       
    (A) look before you leap
    (B) a stitch in time saves nine
    (C)

failure is the mother of success

    (D) don't count your chickens before they are hatched
       
  4. Molly and Francis may be related in the following ways except
       
    (A) brother and sister
    (B) husband and wife
    (C)

uncle and niece

    (D) cousins
       
  5. Francis and John will most probably meet on
       
    (A) July 10
    (B) July 19
    (C)

July 25

    (D) July 28
       
  6. The following are reasons why Francis wrote the letter except
       
    (A)

to condemn

    (B) to encourage
    (C) to congratulate
    (D) to express concern
       
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  Answers : 1C   2D   3C   4C   5C   6A
 
 
 
 

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