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  1. 1. Activity 1 Arachne, the Weaver A Greek Myth Arachne lived with her father, an artisan famous for the beautiful dyes he used to color his fine wools. At young age, she had learned to spin her father’s wool into a delicate, soft thread and to weave the thread into the finest cloth. As Arachne grew, so did her skills. Each piece of cloth she wove was more be beautiful than the last. She soon earned a reputation as the finest weaver in all of Greece. People traveled for miles just to watch her skillful hands create fine, colorful cloth. Even the nymphs of the forests would sometimes lurk about the windows of her cottage, hoping to catch a glimpse of Arachne’s talented hands at work. Before long, however, people began to whisper, “No human could have taught her to spin the thread and weave it into such magnificent cloth. Athena, the goddess of wisdom and art, must have taught her.” Such talk made Arachne angry. One day, she could stand it no longer. “I learned my skills through long days and nights of practice,” she said. “Athena is no match for my skills.” The crowd was stunned. Finally an old woman spoke up. “You fool! You must ask Athena’s forgiveness for such a remark.” “Never!” snapped Arachne. “I challenge Athena to answer my words by participating in a contest to prove just who is the most skillful.” Before Arachne could finish her challenge, the old woman transformed herself into a tall, beautiful woman dressed in flowing white robes. Every one knew immediately that the old woman was Athena herself. Arachne was momentarily shaken but soon recovered. She would not retract her challenge. The two approached a pair of looms and began to weave the colorful wool into cloth. For a few moments their skills seemed equal, but gradually Athena moved ahead. Infuriated at the though of losing, Arachne began to weave pictures of evil things gods had done to people. Athena answered this impertinence by grabbing Arachne and saying. “You and all your descendants shall spin, and your spinning will remind people never to compete with the gods.” At that Arachne shriveled into a small brown spider with six thin legs. She hung from one of the fine threads on her loom. All spiders are descended from Arachne, and their webs are a reminder that no mortal is equal to the gods. Total words: 400 Time: -------
  2. 2. Please write the best answer to each question. 1. An artisan can best be described as a _____. (A) rebellious citizen (B) strict parent (C) skilled craftsperson (D) friend of the gods 2. The would delicate means ______ (A) fine in texture (B) tight-fitting (C) thick (D) sticky 3. Your reputation is ______ (A) the knowledge you possess (B) Your secret knowledge of others (C) you beliefs about the gods (D) the judgment others make of you 4. Another word for lurk is ____ (A) sneak (B) play (C) fight (D) laugh 5. If you participate something, you (A) decide the winner (B) take part in it (C) watch it as it occurs (D) ignore it 6. If you transform something, you (A) move it from one place to another (B) copy it (C) change its form or appearance (D) make it invisible 7. The word retract could best be replaced with (A) explain (B) take back (C) repeat (D) change 8. Another word for infuriated is (A) depressed (B) losing (C) opposed (D) enraged 9. Impertinence can best be described as (A) competition (B) cleverness (C) rude behavior (D) dishonesty 10. If something shrivels, it (A) contorted (B) changes (C) frightens (D) dies
  3. 3. Activity 2 GENERAL KNOWLEDGE 1. a person who hates his fellow men MI--------ST 2. The conclusion of a speech PE-----ION 3. A universal remedy PA---EA 4. Putting off till to-morrow what can be done to-day PR---------ION 5. An adjective meaning ‘worldly’ MU---NE 6. A chronological record of seasons, etc. AL---AC 7. One who has reached his eightieth year OC--------AN 8. A time when day and night are of equal length. EQ---OX 9. A place for the temporary disposal of bodies. MO----RY 10. To make a detailed list. IT---SE 11. The entrance to the underworld in classical mythology. AV---US 12. An officer next above a captain. M---R 13. A self-evident truth. TR---M 14. Disbelief SC------SM 15. A Greek philosopher. PL--O LITERATURE 1. A collection of words that makes sense. SE----CE 2. A figure of speech in which a comparison is made. SI--LE 3. The author of Robinson Crusoe DE--E 4. A metrical foot containing two syllables. IA--IC 5. Picture-writing. HI---------CS 6. An outline or summary of a book. SY----IS 7. The publisher’s recommendations, which appear on a book jacket. B---B 8. The oldest topic in the English language. BE---LF 9. A short poem expressing the writer’s sentiments. L---C 10. A manuscript containing two sets of writing. PA------ST SCIENCE 1. One who strove to transmute base metals into gold. AL-----ST 2. A minute particle of matter. MO----LE 3. A theory put forward by Einstein. RE------TY 4. One of the planets. JU---ER 5. A device for measuring changes of temperature. TH-------ER 6. A method by which heat is transmitted. RA----ION 7. The branch of knowledge, which deals with antiquities. AR-------GY 8. The discoverer of radium. C--IE 9. The positive part of an atom. PR---N 10. The outer ring of the earth’s atmosphere. ST--------RE
  4. 4. RELIGION 1. A person who is not a Jew. GE---LE 2. A name given to Christ meaning ‘the Anointed One’. ME---AH 3. A system of teaching by the method of question and answer. CA-----SM 4. A statement of religious belief. C---D 5. A set of rules regarding religious conduct. CA--N 6. The Ten Commandments. DE-----UE 7. Certain scriptural writings the authenticity of which is in doubt. AP-----HA 8. The last book of the New Testament. RE-----ION 9. The belief in a personal God. T---SM 10. A Mohammedan priest. MU---IN PSYCHOLOGY 1. past experiences retained in the mind. ME--RY 2. A famous Russian physiologist. PA--OV 3. An innate impulse. ` IN----CT 4. An automatic response to a stimulus. RE---X 5. The ability to perceive relationships between things. IN--------CE 6. A predominant state of feeling. SE-----NT 7. A psychological disorder. NE----IS 8. An American school of psychology. BE--------SM 9. A splitting of the personality. SC---------IA 10. The damming up of a strong desire. RE-----ION MUSIC 1. An extemporized composition. IM--------ION 2. A piece of music played at a funeral. RE---EM 3. A person of wide musical experience. MA---RO 4. A musical term signifying decreasing in volume. DI------DO 5. An interruption of the regular musical beat. SY------ION 6. A musical instrument of Hawaiian origin. UK---LE 7. The predecessor of the piano. HA-------RD 8. The entire range of an organ. DI----ON 9. A musical composition for full orchestra. SY----NY 10. Two or more notes played together. CH--D
  5. 5. Activity 3 Read the passage carefully and answer the questions. Mary, Jane, Susan, Jill and Phyllis are friends. Jane and Jill are short; the rest are tall. Jill, Mary and Phyllis are fair; the rest are dark. Susan, Jill and Phyllis have bicycles. a. Who is tall and fair, but has no bicycle? b. Which girl is short and fair, and has a bicycle? c. I meet a tall, fair girl who has a bicycle. Who is she? d. I meet a tall, dark girl who has a bicycle. Who is she? e. She has no bicycle. She is short and dark. Who is she? f. Two tall girls are riding their bicycles. Who are they? g. I see two tall and fair girls walking together. Who are they?
  6. 6. Activity 4 Read the passage carefully and answer the questions. There are five friends A B C D and E. English is the favorite subject of A and D. The others prefer Mathematics. C and E have cars. A and D have bicycles. B and D prefer playing football. The others like tennis. a. He has no car and does not ride a bicycle. He prefers Mathematics to English. Who is he? b. They have cars. They prefer playing tennis to football. They like mathematics c. He likes playing football. He has no car but owns a bicycle. Who is he? d. Two friends are playing tennis. They both like Mathematics. Who are they? e. They prefer playing tennis. They have cars. They do not like English. Who are they? f. I see someone riding a bicycle. He is going to play tennis. Who is he?
  7. 7. Activity 4 Read the passage carefully and answer the questions. There are five friends A B C D and E. English is the favorite subject of A and D. The others prefer Mathematics. C and E have cars. A and D have bicycles. B and D prefer playing football. The others like tennis. a. He has no car and does not ride a bicycle. He prefers Mathematics to English. Who is he? b. They have cars. They prefer playing tennis to football. They like mathematics c. He likes playing football. He has no car but owns a bicycle. Who is he? d. Two friends are playing tennis. They both like Mathematics. Who are they? e. They prefer playing tennis. They have cars. They do not like English. Who are they? f. I see someone riding a bicycle. He is going to play tennis. Who is he?

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