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Exam paper year 8 paper 2 v2

  1. 1. Year 8 SPE Paper 2 V2. ENGLISHGURU WWW.SHAIOMARALI.COM | WWW.SHAIOMARALI.NET/2011 SECTION A Reading (25 marks) Read the following passage carefully before you answer any questions. You are advised to answer the questions in the order set. Our Next Door Neighbour1 Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun in the Solar System. The planet is named 1 after the Roman god of war, Mars. It is also referred to as the "Red Planet" because of its reddish appearance, which is caused by iron oxide that is prevalent on its surface.2 Mars is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere, having surface features reminiscent both of the impact craters of the Moon and the volcanoes, valleys, deserts, 5 and polar ice caps of Earth. Unlike Earth, Mars is now a geologically inactive planet with no known tectonic activity. It is the site of Olympus Mons, the highest known mountain in the Solar System, and of Valles Marineris, the largest canyon. Mars’ rotational period and seasonal cycles are likewise similar to those of Earth.3 Mars has two moons, Phobos and Deimos. They are small and irregularly 10 shaped. These may be captured asteroids, similar to 5261 Eureka, a Martian Trojan asteroid. Mars is currently host to three functional orbiting spacecraft: ‘Mars Odyssey’, ‘Mars Express’, and the ‘Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’. On the surface are the two Mars Exploration Rovers (Spirit and Opportunity) and several inert landers and rovers, both successful and unsuccessful. The Phoenix lander completed its mission on the 15 surface in 2008. Page 1 of 9
  2. 2. Year 8 SPE Paper 2 V2. ENGLISHGURU WWW.SHAIOMARALI.COM | WWW.SHAIOMARALI.NET/20114 Mars can easily be seen from Earth with the naked eye. Its apparent magnitude reaches −2.91, a brightness surpassed only by Venus, the Moon, and the Sun, although most of the time Jupiter will appear brighter to the naked eye than Mars.5 Dozens of spacecraft, including orbiters, landers, and rovers, have been sent to 20 Mars by the Soviet Union, the United States, Europe, and Japan to study the planets surface, climate, and geology. The current price of transporting material from the surface of Earth to the surface of Mars is approximately US$309,000 per kilogram.6 The depiction of Mars in fiction has been stimulated by its dramatic red color and by nineteenth century scientific speculations that its surface conditions not only 25 might support life, but intelligent life. Thus originated a large number of science fiction scenarios, among which is H. G. Wells The War of the Worlds, published in 1898, in which Martians seek to escape their dying planet by invading Earth. A subsequent US radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds on October 30, 1938 by Orson Welles was presented as a live news broadcast, and became notorious for causing a public panic 30 when many listeners mistook it for the truth. Page 2 of 9
  3. 3. Year 8 SPE Paper 2 V2. ENGLISHGURU WWW.SHAIOMARALI.COM | WWW.SHAIOMARALI.NET/2011From Paragraph 11. What or who is the planet Mars named after? (1) ________________________________________________________________2. What causes the red appearance? (1) ________________________________________________________________From Paragraph 23. Apart from Earth, which other space object has the same features to that of Mars? (1) ________________________________________________________________4. Is the Mt. Everest on Earth higher than Olympus Mons? Why? (1) ________________________________________________________________5. Name 2 characteristics that the planet Mars shares with Earth. (1) ________________________________________________________________From Paragraph 36. In line 10, what does the word they refer to? (1) ________________________________________________________________ Page 3 of 9
  4. 4. Year 8 SPE Paper 2 V2. ENGLISHGURU WWW.SHAIOMARALI.COM | WWW.SHAIOMARALI.NET/20117. What are ‘Spirit’ and ‘Opportunity’? (1) ________________________________________________________________From Paragraph 48. Is Mars the brightest object in space to the naked eye? Why? (2) ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________From Paragraph 59. Why do humans send spacecrafts to Mars? (1) ________________________________________________________________From Paragraph 610. What is H.G. Wells’ book entitled ‘The War of the Worlds’ about? (1) ________________________________________________________________11. How did people react when the ‘War of the Worlds’ was presented live on radio? (1) ________________________________________________________________ Page 4 of 9
  5. 5. Year 8 SPE Paper 2 V2. ENGLISHGURU WWW.SHAIOMARALI.COM | WWW.SHAIOMARALI.NET/2011From the whole passage12. Match the meaning of these words with the correct meanings from the box. ( 3 ) possible common reality fantasy beaten matched a. Prevalent (line 3) : _______________________________________ b. Surpassed (line 18) : _______________________________________ c. Fiction (line 24) : _______________________________________Summary ( 10 )Using your own words where appropriate, write a summary paragraph of notmore than 65 words. In your summary, you are to describe the Planet Mars. Youare to use information from Paragraph 1 to 4.________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Page 5 of 9
  6. 6. Year 8 SPE Paper 2 V2. ENGLISHGURU WWW.SHAIOMARALI.COM | WWW.SHAIOMARALI.NET/2011SECTION B Reference Skills (10 marks)Study the leaflet below and then answer the corresponding questions. Page 6 of 9
  7. 7. Year 8 SPE Paper 2 V2. ENGLISHGURU WWW.SHAIOMARALI.COM | WWW.SHAIOMARALI.NET/2011The place as presented by the leaflet is a tourist spot in the United Kingdom.Answer these questions based on the information found in the leaflet.1. What is the name of the place presented by the leaflet? (1) _______________________________________________________________2. Name four attractions that are offered by the place. (2) _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________3. For group visits, what is the minimum number of people needed in order to get a free admission for one extra person? (1) _______________________________________________________________4. If someone got lost while walking by foot to the place, what should he or she look out for? (1) _______________________________________________________________5. Write TRUE, FALSE or NO INFORMATION for the following sentences (5) a. The place is located somewhere in Ballymoney. _______________ b. It is open every Sunday morning. _______________ c. The parking lot is very spacious. _______________ d. There is a lake nearby. _______________ e. It is almost impossible to find animals there. _______________ Page 7 of 9
  8. 8. Year 8 SPE Paper 2 V2. ENGLISHGURU WWW.SHAIOMARALI.COM | WWW.SHAIOMARALI.NET/2011SECTION C Guided Writing (10 marks)Write a 120-150 words composition. Choose one of the following:a) How to cook riceOR Page 8 of 9
  9. 9. Year 8 SPE Paper 2 V2. ENGLISHGURU WWW.SHAIOMARALI.COM | WWW.SHAIOMARALI.NET/2011b) Writing an e-mailOne of your cousins has just flown off to Australia to further her studies and youmade a promise that you will send an e-mail to her as soon as she arrives there.In your e-mail, you can include the following points:  About how you feel on her not being in Brunei.  Ask her questions about Australia.  Any advice you want to give her.  What you will be doing while she is away. END OF PAPER Page 9 of 9