For those students who are keen on learning English and would like to check themselves doing English Olympiad Year 9 Reading Test 1
Reading Comprehension Test for Year 9 Students
Read the article and choose the best answers (A, B, C, D) to the questions (1- 5)
Secrets of the Face
Is it really possible to judge someone’s character from their face? The Chinese seem to think so. For over 2,000 years they have been practising Siang Mien, which is the art of judging character and predicting fortune from an analysis of the face. It developed in the ancient imperial courts of China and consisted of jealously guarded secrets that were passed from master to a few chosen apprentices. The secrets of face analysis were hidden away in special books which only a very few could look at.
These secrets cannot have been that well guarded and must have got out because practically all Chinese practise some form of face analysis. Mothers tell their daughters that men with flat noses and small ear lobes will make shy and rather dull husbands.
So how this anallysis work? Well, to start with, people’s faces can be classified according to one of ten basic shapes, each of which has its own special name. A triangular face, for example, is called a fire-face. One which is square is known as a wall-face, while one which is diamond shaped is a jade-face. There are even bucket-faces!
Once the basic shape has been decided, then parts of the face such as the eyes, nose, chin and mouth can be analyzed in their turn. People who have not got conventional or beautiful faces should not worry, as ugly people tend to be lucky.
Anyway, let us see how Siang Mien works by using Princess Diana as a practical example. To begin with, we can say that she has got a jade-face which means that she must be strong-willed. This shape also belongs to people who are said to have had difficult childhoods. As you may know, the Princess’s parents were divorced when she was a child and this time must have been a period of great unhappiness.
Turning to more specific features, we can see that one eye is a little larger than the other. It is a known fact that people with eyes of different sizes are often brought up by stepparents. They are also believed to be charming as well as being capable of great jealousy. We can see from Diana’s photograph that the top of her ears goes above the line of her eyebrows. People who have high ears such as hers are likely to become famous before the age of 30, while those who combine this with eyes of different sizes will be lucky.
1. Siang Mien
A. was a secret art
B. was known by emperors
C. is quite recent
D. is generally practised
2. Chinese mothers think men with
A. big ears are exciting
B. small ear lobes are kind
C. flat noses are not interesting
D. small ear lobes and flat noses can’t be trusted
3. A jade-face is best described as
A. flat at the bottom and pointed at the top
B. pointed at the top and bottom
C. pointed at the bottom but flat at the top
4. People with eyes of different sizes
A. often have stepparents
B. are usually unhappy
C. are often divorced
D. are supposed to be generous
5. Princess Diana
A. proves the truth of Siang Mien
B. has low ears
C. was over 30 when she became famous
D. has an ordinary face
Read the story and choose the best answer according to the text.
During the baking hot months of the summer holidays my mother and I used to escape to one of the scattered lakes north of Prince Albert. In its magic surroundings we used to spend the long summer days in the open air, swimming and canoeing or just lying dreaming in the sun. In the evening the lake was always a bright, luminous grey after the unbelievable sunset colours had faded.
The last summer before we returned to England was particularly enchanted. For one thing, I was in love for the first time. No one will ever convince me that one cannot be in love at fifteen. I loved then as never since, with all my heart and without doubts or reservations or pretence.
My boyfriend Don worked in Saskatoon, but the lake was ”his place” – the strange and beautiful wilderness drew him with an obsessive urgency, so I suspected it was not to see me that he got on his motor-cycle as many Fridays as he possibly could, and drove three hundred-odd miles along the pitted prairie roads to spend the weekends at our place.
Sometimes he couldn’t come, and the joy would go out of everything until Monday, when I could start looking forward to Friday again. He could never let us know in advance, as we were too far from civilization to have a phone or even a telegraph service. Three hundred miles in those conditions is quite a journey. Besides, Don was hard up, and sometimes worked overtime at weekends.
One Friday night a storm broke out. I lay in bed and listened to the thunder and the rain beating on the roof. Once I got up and stood looking out over the treetops, shivering. I tried not to expect Don that night hoping he would have enough sense to wait until the storm ended. Yet in my frightened thoughts I couldn’t help imagining Don fighting the storm. His motorbike, which had always looked to me so heavy and solid, seemed in my thoughts frail enough to be blown onto its side by the first gust that struck it. I thought of Don pinned under it, skidding, his face pressed into the mud.
I crawled back into bed, trying to close my throat against the tears. But when my mother, prompted by the deep sympathy and understanding between us, came in to me, she kissed my cheek and found it wet.
“Don’t get upset, Jane,” she said softly. ”He may still come.”
When she had tucked me in and gone, I lay thinking about Don, about the danger of the roads … you couldn’t ride or walk along them safely after heavy rain; your feet would slip from under you. The roads in Northern Canada are not like the friendly well-populated English ones, where there are always farmhouses within walking distance and cars driving along them day and night.
It was hours later, that I suddenly realized the sound of the roaring engine was real. The storm was dying. I lay absolutely still, relief and pain fighting for ascendancy within me, each in itself overwhelming enough to freeze the breath in my lungs as I heard Don’s heavy tired footsteps on the wooden stairs.
1.The last summer was particularly fascinating for Jane because she
A. spent it in the magic surroundings.
B. had a lot of fun in the open air.
C. enjoyed unbelievable sunsets by the lake.
D. fell in love for the first time.
2. Jane believes that love at fifteen is
A. a sincere deep feeling.
B. associated with doubts.
C. full of reservations.
D. connected with pretence.
3. Don travelled three hundred-odd miles every weekend because he was
A. desperate to see the author before she left.
B. fond of riding his motorcycle.
C. attracted by the beauty of the lake.
D. fond of spending weekends with his friends.
4. Sometimes Don didn’t come to see Jane and her mother on Friday because he
A. thought they were too far from civilization.
B. had given up hope of seeing the author.
C. worked to make some extra money.
D. hated travelling in exhausting conditions.
5. Mother came into Jane’s room during the storm because she
A. felt Jane was afraid of the thunder.
B. felt Jane was worried about Don.
C. heard Jane walking in the room.
D. heard Jane crying in her bed.
6. According to the author the roads in Northern Canada were
7. “… relief and pain fighting for ascendancy within me…” means that the author felt
A. overwhelming pain.
B. relief and pain alternately.
C. relief as a prevailing emotion.
D. neither relief nor pain.