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Ready for the test? Take a deep breath and relax.

Don't forget to read the questions very carefully -

some questions that look tough, will be quite easy after you have read them properly. Do not spend
too much time on any question - and do your best.
Have fun and Best of luck!

Read "The Other Side of the Portrait" and answer questions 1 to 6.

One day, the Emperor, Krishnadevaraya displayed in the court, his portrait done by an artist. Those
in court praised the painting and the artist. Surprisingly. Tenali Rama remained silent, The Emperor
was puzzled. He asked, "Rama, don't you have anything to say?"

"My Lord, I don't find anything great I about this painting. In fact, it is incomplete. It shows only one
side of your face. The artist doesn't deserve any good word!" remarked Rama.

'Rama, you don't know how to judge a good painting. A painting need not be complete. One has to
imagine a lot to judge the beauty of a painting. It's very easy to find mistakes. Tell me, can you draw
anything like this? I doubt whether you can even hold the brush, leave alone paint any object. Will you
draw something and bring it to me?"

No one saw Rama in the court for some days. One day, he entered with two bodyguards holding a
painting. Everyone was confused to see only the back portion of a horse in the painting. "What is this
Rama? I can see only the tail of a horse," commented the Emperor.

"My Lord, its body is outside the canvas. Didn't you say, one has to imagine a lot to judge the value of
a good painting?" said Rama with a mocking laugh. Krishnadevaraya laughed loudly.

"Rama, none can outwit you," said the Emperor, as he reached for a purse to reward Rama.

Word Meanings:
portrait: a painting, photograph or drawing of someone's face
purse: a sum of money collected as a gift or offered as a prize

Source: 'The Other Side of the Portrait' -

1. In paragraph 5, the author uses the words mocking laugh to tell us that Tenali Rama
laughed to show that he was ____

A. Angry with others

B. Sorry to hurt others
c. Making fun of others
d. Disappointed with others

2. What is the main idea of the story?

A. Everyone has a reason for thinking in his or her own way.
B. Everyone looks for mistakes before praising others' work.
C. Everyone waits for a reward or praise for whatever he or she does.
*Everyone thinks artists make portraits with the side portion of the face.

3. "Surprisingly, Tenali Rama remained silent."

From the above line, we can say that Tenali Rama usually,
*A. says what he thinks immediately
B. agrees with the people of the court
C. makes good portraits of the Emperor
D. answers the Emperor's question quickly

4. Why did Tenali Rama draw only the back portion of the horse?
A. He wanted to present a much better painting than the portrait of a face.
B. He wanted to say that it takes many days to draw even one part of a horse.
C. He wanted to show that portraits of horses are better than portraits of faces.
*D. He wanted to prove that a portrait of the full face is better than only one part of it.

5. Given below are sets of words from the story. Both the words in one of the sets is the SAME in
meaning. Identify that set.
A. judge and reward
B. entered and reached
C. displayed and praised
*D. commented and remarked

6. Which word in the story means "to use cleverness to get an advantage over somebody"?
*A. outwit
B. deserve
C. imagine
D. confuse


7. Read the sentence given below and choose the word that means ALMOST the same as the
underlined word in it.
Will you help me make a cardboard house for the science project?
A. bind
B. route
C. start
*D. create

Read "Are Plastic Bags Harming the Environment?" and answer questions 8 to 13.


'Paper or plastic?' What should our choice be? The answer is not as easy as it may ill seem.
According to environmentalists, plastic bags and paper bags both have problems.

Plastic bags are everywhere. They can be found in pits, stuck on trees, and floating in the ocean.
What is the effect of all of these bags? Some experts say that they harm the environment. Plastic
bags can take hundreds of years to break down into tiny, soft pieces so that they become a part of
the soil. As they break down, they give out poisonous materials into the water and the soil.

Plastic bags in the ocean can choke wildlife. Endangered sea turtles eat the bags and often choke on
them, probably because the bags look like jellyfish, the main food of many sea turtles.

However, plastic bags do have some good points.

Plastic bags are some of the most reused items around the house. They hold school lunches and
carry just about anything. These uses decrease plastic bag waste.

Plastic bags require less energy to produce than paper bags and cause less air pollution. Plus, plastic
bags give out less waste into the water.

Paper bags do, however, break down more quickly than plastic bags. They also don't choke wildlife.
What, then, should people do?

A possible solution would be to use biodegradable plastic bags. 'Biodegradable' means that the bags
naturally break down, like, for example, a banana peel does when you leave it outside.

Perhaps the simplest solution for now, however, is to pack provisions in reusable bags, such as cloth
Word Meaning:
break down: to break into very tiny, soft pieces and become part of the soil in a safe way
Source: 'Are Plastic Bags Harming the Environment? Reported by John Roach and written by Sara
Ives, National Geographic Kids News

8. Which of these BEST summarises the passage?

A. Plastic bags are as harmful as paper bags.
B. Paper bags are easier to maintain than plastic bags.
C. Plastic bags are harmful to nature and not useful in anyway.
*D. Both plastic bags and paper bags have good and bad points.

9. Which of these do we see in the first paragraph of the passage?

A. We can make a choice if we really want to.
*B. It is difficult to decide on the correct choice.
C. The answer depends on the choice we make.
D. There is no need to find an answer or a choice.

10. 'Plastic bags can take hundreds of years to break down,'

The underlined expression is used to show that the plastic bags remain plastic
A. for a certain number of years
B. for about one thousand years
*C. for a period of a hundred years
D. for an unknown number of years

11. Which of these qualities of paper bags would be their MAIN plus point?
A. their ability to mix easily with the soil
*B. their ability to be reused many times
C. their ability to hold things of any size
D. their ability to be folded into I sizes

12. Why do sea turtles swallow plastic bags?

*A. because they look like jellyfish
B. because they look very nice
C. because they are very small
D. because other turtles swallow them
13. At the end of the passage, which of these does the writer suggest we use?
*A. bags made of thin plastic
B. bags that are very cheap
C. bags that can be used again
D. bags made of thick brown paper


14. Which word is the OPPOSITE of "drench"?

A. wet
*B. dry
C. clean
D. dampen

15. Which of these is a CORRECT sentence?

*A. Manish sings very well.
B. They sips their drinks slowly.
C. Sunil fool everyone in the class.
D. Aruna say to dance to the music.

16. Choose the answer that makes the BEST sense to the question below.
Would you like to have a chocolate?
*A. Yes, thank you!
B. You're welcome.
C. It doesn't matter.
D. Oh, sorry. Thanks not!

17. Choose the word with the correct spelling for the sentence below.
Jagdish copied the wrong _____ on the envelopes.
A. addreses
B. adressess
*C. addresses
D. adreasses

Read the information in the notice given below and answer questions 18 to 23.


Idea : Jubel Dcrux

Boy : I want a pen please.

Shoopkeeper :Here take this

Boy takes one & tries writing. He keeps on trying many more.

Shopkeeper :Arent you going to buy one?

What does the boy say

Mail your entry to: 'Say ItYourseff',Tinkle, P.O. Box No. 9332, Cumba lla Hill Post Office, Mumbai -

Prize Winning Entries of 'Say it Yourself-227'

Man : Look at this portrait, Suppandi. Doesn't the face here look like mine?
Suppandi : No Sir!
Man (angrily) : Why not

What does Suppandi say ?

Suppandi: Because the portrait is hanging on the wall and you are not.

Suppandi: This portrait does not show whether the king in it is bald or has hair because he is wearing
a turban. But you have a bald head.

Suppandi: Because the portrait does not look like a joker.

There are additional prizes too for another 15 entries.

Source: 'Say it Yourself No. 230';Tinkle, November, 2007

18. The MAIN activity in this contest is to

A. write a new story
B. describe a character
C. use the pen or buy it
*D. complete a dialogue

19. In this activity, which question should we answer to win the prize?
A. What! Why not?
*B. Aren't you going to buy one?
C. What does Suppandi say?
D. Doesn't the face here look like mine?

20. What is the TOTAL number of prizes for this contest likely to be?
A. 1
*B. 3
C. 15
D. 18

21. In the notice, what does "announce" mean?

A. to speak to publishers
B. to talk in a programme
*C. tell everyone something
D. to write something by hand


Suppandi: This portrait does not show whether the king in it is bald or has hair because he is
wearing a turban. But you have a bald head.

In the description above, whom did Suppandi's friend think he looked like?
A. a boy
*B. a king
C. Suppandi
D. a bald man

23. According to the information in the notice, which of these will happen to the prize winning
A. They will be titled 'Say it Yourself - 227'.
B. They will be published in Tinkle No. 548.
C. The prizes will be shared between two people.
*D. They will be displayed in Cumballa Hill Post Office.


24. Choose the CORRECT word to complete the sentence below.

The fruit seller went to the ____ to buy some apples to sell in the market.
*A. grove
B. clump
C. orchard
D. vineyard

25. Which phrase CORRECTLY completes the part of the sentence given below?

I was studying for my test _____

A. while the doorbell rings
*B. when the telephone rang
C. to hard too get good marks
D. so there was no one in the house
Read "What is Gymnastics?" and answer questions 26 to 31.

What is Gymnastics?

Gymnastics is an enjoyable sport that keeps the body fit. Many girls and boys learn it at
Warming up
Training begins with a 10 to 20 minute warm-up to stretch the muscles. It is important to do a warm-
up, so that the muscles and joints don't get injured.
Gymnasts make beautiful shapes with their bodies. Some shapes, such as 'the dish', are quite easy
to do, while for others like 'the bridge', gymnasts need to practise a lot to perform well.

The Bridge
A gymnast must have strong arms and a flexible back and shoulders to perform this movement. From
this position, an experienced gymnast is able to kick her legs over her head to land back on her feet.

The Dish
Gymnasts develop good stomach and leg muscles with this exercise. The lower back is pressed into
the floor. The shoulders, arms and legs are lifted a few centimetres off the ground.

Box splits
In this shape, the back is straight and the legs are stretched wide to form a straight line. It takes a lot
of practice to make the hips and legs do this.

Forward Roll
Rolling is useful for linking one movement with another. It is best practised on a soft mat. The
gymnast starts in a sitting position with the arms stretched forwards and the back straight.
She then leans forwards and puts her hands on the sides of the head to take the body weight, tucking
in the head.
She gives a push with the feet, rolls forwards, then comes back to a sitting

Word Meaning:
flexible: to be able to bend the body easily without feeling any pain
experienced: having deep knowledge or skill in something
tucking: bending or folding inwards into position

Source: 'What is Gymnastics?My Best Book of Gymnastics, Christine Morley, Kingfisher Publications,

26. What does the passage MAINLY tell us?

A. how gymnasts do warm up exercises
B. how gymnasts dance aswell as exercise
C. how gymnasts do different exercises on the bar
*D. how gymnasts make shapes with thei r bodies

27 What is the position of the legs in a box split?

A. They are raised upwards in a straight line.
*B. They are spread wide on either side of the hips.
C. They are crossed one over the other on the floor.
D. They are placed on the floor in a standing position.

28. Which word in the passage means' 'to do something again and again in order to become very
good at it''?

*A. practise
B. develop
C. perform
D. warm-up
30. Which action immediately follows the sitting position with the back straight and arms
stretched, in a forward roll?
*A. leaning forward
B. pushing the feet
C. holding the head
D. tucking in the head

31. Why does the bridge exercise probably require strong arms?
A. to spread the arms and legs wide apart in a straight line
B. to be able to walk on the floor using both the arms and legs
*C. to support the weight of the body when the legs are up in the air
D. to push the body forwards so that the legs can be bent forwards


32. We can rearrange the letters of one of the words given below to form the phrase "THE
RACE". Identify the word.

33. Which of the sentences given below has a SPELLING MISTAKE?

A. I am going to invite my friend for a party tomorrow.
B. The school library has very good story books in it.
C. We like to play with colours during the festival of Holi.
*D. My uniform got caught on a lose nail in a chair in my class.

34. Which of these things would you say as you look into a pool to see the floor at the bottom of
the pool?
A. How tall the pool is!
B. How high the pool is!
*C. How deep the pool is!
D. How down the pool is!

Read "Rice" and answer questions 35 to 40.

Do you know about rice, beautiful rice?

White as snow and ever so nice.
Where does it come from?
Where does it grow?
Tell us the story of rice you know.

Food for the folks of hot lands is rice,

White as the snow and very nice,
Finest of paper and straw it will make,
Starch, meal and flour to make a cake.

Hail to the sailors who bring us rice.

Hail to the puddings that always taste nice.
Hail to the land where it is planted in rows
India, the hot land where snowy rice grows!

- Norah Smith
Source: 'Rice', Vikas Rhymes for Rhythm,
Mabel Aranha & A. Sivaram, Book 4, Vikas Prakashan
35. Which of these does the poet like about rice?
A. its colour
*B. its softness
C. its thinness
D. its stiffness

36. What is the poem MAINLY about?

A. the dishes the poet makes
*B. the beauty of snow and rice
C. the food and folk of hot lands
D. the wonder of rice and its uses

37. Which of these does the poet want to say in Stanza 3 of the poem?
*A. Rice grows well in warm places.
B. Rice grows well in snowy places.
C. Rice grows well if planted in the plains.
D. Rice is brought to India from other places.

38. Which word sounds the SAME as' 'rows''?

A. lose
*B. goes
C. does
D. shoes

39. In the last stanza, the word "hail" means .

A. to call out as a signal for something
B. to speak to everyone who comes to India
*C. to praise someone for a good deed done
D. small balls of ice hardened by snow that fall as rain

40.Which of these expressions from the poem shows that the poet COMPARES "rice" with
A. ever so nice
*B. white as snow
C. finest of paper
D. planted in rows


41. Which of these words BEST describes a pet dog, which wags its tail at anyone it sees?
A. funny
B. honest
*C. friendly
D. faithful

The passage below has some blanks. Choose the correct word that should appear in the blanks, from
the options given below. Use the numbers to match the blank and the options.
Nine-year-old Jesse Courtney of Oregon, USA, ___(42) ___to his mum that he could hear popping
and crackling sounds in his ear. She took him to the doctor who discovered that ____(43) had nested
in the canal of his left ear, causing this pain. The doctor flooded the ear ____(44) water and the
spiders came out, The first one was dead ___(45) the second one that came out was alive.

While this discovery shocked Jesse's mum, ___(46) excited Jesse who thought he was special. He
took the spiders home in ajar and ____(47) to school, the next day, to show them to his friends.

Source: 'Jesse and the Spiders' -


Now choose the correct option for each of the blanks numbered 42 to 47 in the passage above.
42. A. complain
B. complains
C. complained
D. complaining

43. A. A. pair of spiders

B. a pair of spider
C. a pair of spiders
D. the pair of spiders

44. A. In
B. in
C. from
D. with

45. A. So
B. if
C. but
D. since

46. A. It
B. he
C. she
D. that

47. A. then
B. after
C. there
D. before

Read the passage below and choose the CORRECTLY punctuated phrase for the blanks that
are numbered 48 and 49.
Laugh Till You Drop!
(48) posed this question to little Monisha: "If you had ten rupees and I asked you for eight
rupees, how much would I you have left with you?"
"Ten," said Monisha firmly.
The teacher said, "How do you make it ten?"
"Well," replied little Monisha. "You may ask me for eight rupees, (49) "

Source: 'Laugh Till You Drop!', Chandamama, November 2007

48 A. During an arithmetic lesson, the teacher

B. During an Arithmetic lesson, the teacher
C. During an arithmetic lesson, the Teacher
D. During an Arithmetic, lesson, the teacher

49. A. But that does'nt mean youl'l get it

B. but that doesnt mean youll get it!
C. but that doesn't mean you'll get it!
D. but that doesnt' mean you'll get it?

50. Which letter can be added before the word "ear" to make a new word having TWO
DIFFERENT meanings?
*A. n
B. t
C. h
D. f

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