First Year Senior School Exam Paper




Name: ________________________________ 

Subject: English

Total Marks:                

        / 125

         Questions: 69        

Time: 60 mins


Before starting this exam look at every page and identify all the questions.

At the end of the exam make sure to check that you have answered all of the questions.


  • Choose the correct modifier from the parenthesis and then say if it is an adverb or adjective. After you must identify the word it modifies by drawing an arrow to it.

1.       An electronic multimedia presentation is a (real/really) good idea.

2.      When it’s produced to a high standard it works very (good/well).

3.      You can make a (real/really) big difference by expressing much more than you can with just words.

4.      With a combination of (good/well) pictures, (carefully/careful) chosen sounds and of course (brilliant/brilliantly) expressed words and gestures your audience will never forget the idea you conveyed.                                                                                                 



  • Fill in each blank in this paragraph by writing a demonstrative, possessive, or indefinite pronoun that can be used as an adjective from the box below.


themselves         their         they       us         they      

these     some          such


  1. British scientists believe _______ may have identified how humans could potentially live forever – and it’s all about flatworms.________ flatworms, known as planarian worms, have long fascinated scientists with ________ apparently limitless ability to regenerate.Experts at Nottingham University have been examining how two species of flatworms are able to regenerate __________ again and again. ______ areraising hopes for ______ that ________ scientists could one day use ________ techniques find ways of alleviating the effects of ageing in human cells.


  • Read at the sentences below and write T or F (True or Flase) next to them.
  1. A) We use adjectives to modify nouns.

B) Never capitalize proper adjectives.

C) We don’t use adverbs to modify descriptions of actions.

D) Always avoid double negatives.

E) Adverbs modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs.                                            



  • Read the sentences below and underline the word in the parenthesis that correctly completes each sentence.
  1. We (can’t/can) never dunk the basketball
  2. The hoop (is/isn’t) hardly reachable by somebody just over 6” tall.
  3. Somebody told me there are magic trainers that help, I (couldn’t/could) never believe this idea.
  4. That (isn’t/is) not playing fairly. In fact, I call it cheating of the highest degree.
  5. No one (should/shouldn’t) be allowed to do this. If they do, forget a slam dunk, I will bring a jetpack and fly dunk!



  • Rewrite the following sentences, correct the the double negatives if necessary.
  1. Dee Pressor felt he wasn’t going nowhere. He couldn’t hardly wait for the day to be over.


  1. Nothing he did never amounted to anything.


  1. He eventually solved his problem and went to bed. Why hadn’t he never done this sooner he asked himself. Guess what; he couldn’t barely even work that out!



  • Underline any sentences in the passage below that contain double negatives. Correct each double negative by changing the words as needed.

16.    Have your fingers or toes ever gotten so cold that you can’t barely feel them? If so, perhaps you had frostbite. It occurs when the body’s tissues freeze in the cold. Nobody should never spend a lot of time outside without knowing the symptoms and treatment of frostbite. Frostbitten tissue doesn’t look healthy; it is often pale and hard to the touch. Many victims can’t hardly recognize frostbite because they have little pain. It’s important not to ever rub or massage frostbitten tissue. Nobody shouldn’t use any heating devices or fires to try to warm up frostbitten body parts because many victims can barely feel the frostbitten area, they can be easily burned. Instead, warm up frostbitten body parts by gradually warming them in a container of warm, not too hot, water.                                                                                                                


  • After reading each run-on sentence below. Choose the way to repair it.
  1. Johnsy leads a happy life he never has a bad day.

A) This sentence is correct                     B) life, he                      C) life; he

  1. The time is near for him to reach superstardom and if it doesn’t happen soon it will never happen.

A) This sentence is correct     B) superstardom, and    

C) superstardom; and      D) snow. And

  1. The show begins at 5:30 make sure you wake up in time to get ready for it.

A) This sentence is correct             B) 5:30, make                  C) 5:30. Make

  1. He always knew he was destined for greatness this is something he always believed in.

A) This sentence is correct           B) greatness; this        C) greatness, this

  1. He was amazing at the Massive Marshmellow Music Mosh and can’t wait for next year!

A) This sentence is correct              B) Mosh, and                    C) Mosh; and

  1. Awaking from his dream having woke up everybody in the house with his loud singing voice that sounded more like shouting, Johnsy, who didn’t know what it was like to be a star, was clutching his pillow that looked like a giant marshmellow thinking he now knew what it was like to be on stage in front of millions of people. His dreams are so vivid.

A) This sentence is correct          B) shouting; Johnsy        C) stage, infront



  • Draw a line to join and correctly complete the sentences below.

23.   Coordinating conjunctions                   always come between the words or clauses that they join.

24.    Subordinating conjunctions                are words or phrases that express a strong emotion.                                                          

25.   Interjections                                             usually come at the beginning of the subordinate clause.                                                                                                                                         



  • Write the conjunction in each sentence, along with the words or groups of words it joins.

26.     When I was younger I enjoyed burning ants to a crisp, but my mum said I was cruel.

27.      Both the sun and a magnifying glass are needed. You harness the power of the sun into a concentrated beam of light through the magnifying glass’ lens.

28.     They pop and crackle a bit when they cook, and they give off such a stench that it hurts my nostrils.                                                                                                                       


  • Read the sentences and underline the prepositional phrase.

29.       The newspapers talk about sport, arts, current events, and lifestyles.

30.       There is a deeper meaning if you read between the lines.

31.       Every paper has its own personality within its pages.

32.       From the front cover to the back page it is designed to influence you.



  • Read the passage below and fill in every gap using a preposition.

33. _____ the third day _____ rain they had killed so many crabs _____ the house that Datch had to cross his drenched courtyard and throw them _____ the sea, because the newborn child had a temperature all night and they thought it was due _____ the stench. Sea and sky were an ash-gray colour and the sands _____ the beach, which _____ March nights glimmered like powdered light, had become a stew _____ mud and rotten shellfish. The light was so weak _____ noon that when Datch was coming back _____ the house _____ throwing away the crabs, it was hard _____ him to see what it was that was moving and groaning _____ the rear _____ the courtyard. He had to go very close to see that it was an old man, a very old man, lying face down _____ the mud, who, _____ spite _____ his tremendous efforts, couldn't get up, impeded _____ his enormous wings.  Frightened _____ that nightmare, Datch ran to get Firm, his friend, who was putting water ____ the sick child, and he took him _____ the rear _____ the courtyard. They both looked _____ the fallen body _____ mute stupor. He was dressed like a rag-picker. There were only a few faded hairs left _____ his bald skull and very few teeth _____ his mouth, and his pitiful condition _____ a drenched great-grandfather had taken away any sense _____ grandeur he might have had. His huge buzzard wings, dirty and half-plucked, were forever entangled _____ the mud. They looked _____ him so longingly and so closely that Datch and Firm very soon overcame their surprise and _____ the end found him familiar. Then they dared speak _____ him, and he answered _____ an incomprehensible dialect _____ a strong sailor's voice. That was how they skipped _____ the inconvenience _____ the wings and quite intelligently concluded that he was a lonely castaway _____ some foreign ship wrecked _____ the storm. And yet, they called _____ a neighbor woman who knew everything _____ life and death to see him, and all she needed was one look to show them their mistake."He's an angel," she told them. "He must have been coming ______ the child, but the poor fellow is so old that the rain knocked him down."


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  • Choose the correct verb(s) according to the sentence and insert it in the gap to complete the past, present, or future tense.

35.      I have actually___________ before.                (flies /flown/fly)

36.      I spread my wings after I ________ the point of no return.         (passed/passing/pass)

37.      It _________ unbelievable to be soaring in the sky like a bird.           (will feel/felt/feel/feels)

38.      I’m so excited about _________ it again.                             (do/done/doing)


  •    Underline the verbal phrases in the sentences below

39.     Music making is the Science of Language’s favourite hobby.

40.     He likes it so much he forgets about ringing his friends back and eating his dinner.

41.     He takes every chance he gets to sit down and create beats.


  •   Underline the verbal phrases in the sentences below and then distinguish if it is a gerund or a participle form after the verb by putting a ‘G’ for gerund or a ‘P’ for participle.

43.      He threatened _____________ the police about the accident. (tell)

44.      She stopped ___________ to that store when she found out about the manager’s dishonesty. (go)

45.      She hired a boy __________ her grass. (cut)

46.      He suggested _____________ another doctor. (consult)

47.      He deserved _____________ a medal. (get)

48.      He promised ______________ her a gift. (bring)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   (6)


  • Write the corrections in the space opposite the sentence.

49.     I finished to read Harry Potter.              ____________________________________

50.     Do you mind to go to the shop. ____________________________________

51.     I prefer don't go.____________________________________

52.     She refused telling me.____________________________________

53.     I don't like read the newspaper.____________________________________

54.     She offered taking us to the airport. ____________________________________


  •    Write a sentence using forms of each of the two verbs in brackets.

55.      (encourage, study)


56.      (thank, give)


57.       (mention, meet) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

58.       (information, bring) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


  •    Read the sentences and use the space provided to distinguish what they are really trying to say. Use full sentences and examples to explain your answer.

59.    You are what you eat.


60.    That man is as busy as a bee.


61.    The internet is an information highway.

__________________________________________________________________________________                                                                                                                   (3)


  • Read at the sentences below and write T or F (True or False) next to them. If your answer is ‘True’ and use the space underneath to explain why.

62.     The sentence ‘Mary is as pretty as a picture.’ And the sentence ‘Her hair shines like the sun.’ are examples of similes.


63.     ‘He eats dictionaries for breakfast’and ‘Her mind is a computer’ are two examples of metaphors.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ (4)

  • Read at the sentences below and write S or M (Simile or Metaphor) next to them.

64.     Jobs feet smell like rotten fish.                                    65.     That boy is sly as a fox.

66.     Cheese’s nose is as sensitive as a hounds’.               67.     You are a little devil.

68.     Ginger is an angel.                                               69.     Mika’s eyes sparkle like the stars in the sky.



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