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Read the passage below and answer the questions that follow.






Don disappeared into the thin line of palms above the beach. Everyone waited in excited
silence. Salleh knew that conditions had to be just right for the giant turtles to make their
way on land. To actually find one just about to lay her eggs was more than he had hoped
for. The last thing they wanted to do was scare her off. Giant green turtles are not so

Turtles are very timid and easily frightened, especially when laying their eggs. They fall
prey to lots of natural predators, from birds and sand crabs which search out the buried
eggs and feast on the newly hatched young as they scurry towards the sea, to larger, more
sinister attackers beneath the waves. Salleh thought again of the young turtle with only
three flippers. That one was lucky. A shark attack is usually more final. And then there is
man. Turtle eggs, turtle soup and turtle shell jewellery are available in thousands of shops
and restaurants. Salleh sighed. When would people ever learn?

Don returned as quickly and quietly as he had left. Right everybody. We can go up now.
Dont get too close and keep quiet. Follow me.

Salleh was close behind Don as they neared the trees. He heard the turtle before he saw
her. The sound of the turtles very slow and cavernous breathing reached his ears. It
seemed to come from far away and reminded him of someone with bronchial lungs, filled
with water and labouring to gain enough oxygen.

Following Dons tracks they moved in closer. Salleh could hear the sound of soft and
falling on leaves like raindrops, and then he saw her dark outline half-buried in the sand.
Don turned on his torch. Salleh was amazed by what he saw and stifled a gasp.

Even after his underwater encounter the other day he marvelled at her size. She was at
least two metres long. As Salleh touched her shell, the turtle moved forward a little, her
powerful front flippers having managed to find a grip in the soft sand. Everyone crowded
round when they saw why she had moved. Eggs! Dozens of eggs! They looked like a
collection of oversized tennis balls and just as delicate. A camera flashed several times but
luckily it did not seem to disturb her.









They all watched spellbound for a long time as the turtle struggled to cover her eggs. Her
breathing become more laboured as her instincts to protect her eggs drove her to work
furiously to cover them as quickly as possible. Salleh thought ruefully that she looked near
to exhaustion.

She would have to labour for several hours until her work was done and then drag her
heavy shell back to the protecting waters. Eventually at Dons request, everyone
reluctantly left her alone. Salleh took a last look at her wizened and wrinkled face, ugly yet
beautiful. Her large eyes were like pools of water, deep and serene.

(Adapted from Lost in the Jungles and Micro Paradise : by Chris Smeaton)



Question 1 - 5
Answer all questions. You are advised to answer them in order set.
1. a) From paragraph 1, what was everyone waiting for?
(1 mark)
b) From paragraph 4, how does the author describe the sound of the turtles breathing?
(1 mark)
2. From paragraph 6,
a) How big is the turtle?
(1 mark)
b) Why was the crowd excited?
( 1 mark)
3. From paragraph 7,
a) Which word has the same meaning as fascinated?
(2 marks)

b) Why did Salleh feel sorry for the turtle?
(1 mark)
4. From paragraph 8, what would the turtle have to do after laying its eggs?
(1 mark)
5. Why do you think Don asked the crowd to leave?

(1 mark)
6. Based on the passage given, write a summary about
what Salleh saw and heard
how he felt

Credit will be given for use of your own words but care must be taken not to change the original

Your summary must
Be in continuous writing (not in note form)
Use materials from lines 14 - 30
Not longer than 130 words, including the 10 words given below
Begin your summary as follows:
Everyone was excited when Don asked them to follow him ..


( words)


7. Read the poem below and answer the questions that follow.

a) Based on the poem, what are the two main seasons in Jamaica?
i) ..
ii) ..
b) What is the main agriculture product of Jamaica?

c) Why is the sun described as gold in colour?

d) If you are a tourist, would you go to Jamaica for a holiday? Why or why not?


We have neither Summer nor Winter
Neither Autumn nor Spring
We have instead the days
When the gold sun shines on the lush green canefields-
The days when the rain beat like bullets on the roofs
And there is no sound but the swish of water in the gullies
And tress struggling in the high Jamaican winds.
Also there are the days when the leaves fade from guango trees
And the reaped canefields lie bare and fallow to the sun.
But best of all there are the days when the mango and the logwood blossom
When the bushes are full of the sound of bees and the scent of honey
When the tall grass sways and shivers to the slightest breath of air,
When the buttercups have paved the earth with yellow stars
And beauty comes suddenly and the rains have gone.
H.D. Carberry


Prepared by, Checked by, Verified by,

Pn. Zureena Rezuan En. Salahuddin b Mohd Nor Pn. Nor Haimah bt Yaacob
English Teacher Head of English Panel GKMP Bahasa