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English Comprehension for Primary

The English Comprehension series aims to help pupils familiarise themselves with the different types of passages and the different questioning techniques used. Pupils also get acquainted with the latest examination format, ensuring that they are equipped with critical skills to answer comprehension questions confidently.

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Read the story below carefully and answer the questions that follow. Once upon a time, there was a man called Robin Hood. He was called “The Prince of Thieves” because he stole money from the rich and gave it to the poor. He met his great friend and helper, Little John, in a strange way. Early one morning, Robin was walking across a narrow bridge over a river when, suddenly, he saw a huge man walking towards him. This was Little John, and he was so called because he was so big. Neither of them would give way, so they fought in the middle of the bridge for three hours. Little John was agile. He handled his long sturdy staff deftly. Finally, they both fell into the river. They continued to wrestle in the water. As soon as they had stopped fighting, they stood up in the water and started laughing at themselves. From that first encounter, they remained loyal friends and fought against the infamous Sheriff of Nottingham. Robin Hood had a price on his head for robbing the rich who made the life of the poor a misery. Choose the correct answer and write the number in the brackets. 1. Why was Robin Hood called “The Prince of Thieves”? (1) (2) (3) (4)

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2. Who did not give way on the narrow bridge? (1) Robin Hood (2) Little John (3) Neither Robin nor John (4) Both Robin and John

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English Primary 2 Comprehension Exercise 1

3. What was strange about Little John’s name? (1) (2) (3) (4)

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a dwarf. a giant. ordinary. handicapped.

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4. The statement Robin Hood had a price on his head tells us that (1) (2) (3) (4)

there was a reward for his capture there was a hat on his head he was an intelligent man he was a businessman

5. Why do you think Robin Hood and Little John became good friends after that first encounter? (1) They hated fighting and wrestling. (2) They thought they were equally strong. (3) They could laugh at their own silliness. (4) They liked to have fun together.

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1. agile – able to move quickly and easily e.g. Most of the athletes in the competition are strong and agile. 2. sturdy – strong and not easily damaged e.g. Every worker wears a sturdy pair of boots in the construction site. 3. deftly – skilfully and quickly e.g. The footballer dribbled the ball deftly and scored a goal. 4. wrestle – fight with somebody by holding and trying to force him to the ground e.g. The two boxers started to wrestle in the boxing ring until the shorter boxer was overpowered. 5. encounter – meeting, especially one that is unexpected e.g. My neighbour was injured in an encounter with a snatch thief. 6. infamous – well known for being bad or evil e.g. The infamous robbers had no pity for the poor and homeless.

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SALE!

Read the advertisement below carefully and answer the questions that follow.

DISCOUNTS

CLEARANCE

SUNNY LEATHER GOODS

ALL STOCKS MUST BE SOLD

30%

13th & 14th July 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunny Leather Warehouse, Queens Industrial Park, Singapore

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LEVEL A Going at 30% !

LEVEL C To be sold at 70%!

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All to go at 50% each!

Sunny Leather Warehouse is holding a clearance sale of Sunny leather goods at very attractive discounts of 30% to 70% of the normal prices. The goods on sale are footwear for ladies and men on Level A; handbags, wallets, purses, suitcases and umbrellas on Level B and jackets, winter wear, gloves and belts on Level C. The sale is on 13th and 14th July from 10 o’clock in the morning to 10 o’clock at night at the Sunny Leather Warehouse. For further information,you can ask the receptionist, Miss Chong Mei Mei, at Ground Floor Reception Counter. They are giving good discounts as they want all the goods to be sold. 3

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English Primary 2 Comprehension Exercise 2

Answer the questions in complete sentences. 1. What is the advertisement about?

2. What is the highest discount offered?

3. If a customer is interested in buying a handbag, where should she go?

4. What is the main material used to make the products?

5. If you want to get additional information, whom would you see and where would you go?

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Second, on the lines formed from the folds, draw lines diagonally from corner to corner.

Fifth, mark a small cross at each corner of the cut corners. Then, bend each half of the cut corner to reach the small circle in the centre. Move anti-clockwise, do the same with the other cut halves until all the cut halves meet in the centre. Make sure that the corners overlap slightly in the centre.

Fourth, from each corner, cut along the line to the point marked 4 cm from the small circle in the centre.

Sixth, put the pin through the bent overlapping four corners which have met in the small hole in the centre into the eraser. The pinwheel is now fixed to the eraser. Hold the pencil in your hand and let the wind rotate the pinwheel. There, you have made a pinwheel.

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English Primary 2 Comprehension Exercise 3

Choose the correct answer and write the number in the brackets. 1. You have to use a piece of paper which is (1) round (3) triangular

(2) square (4) rectangular

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2. How many types of items are needed for making this object? (1) Two (3) Four

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3. The small circle is marked where the diagonal lines meet (1) to fix the centre (3) to make a hole

(2) to not cut it up (4) to measure the length

4. Why should the four corners overlap when they are folded? (1) They are too long. (3) They should be apart.

5. The pinwheel can be rotated by the following except (1) the wind (3) a finger

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1. diagonally – joining two opposite sides of something at an angle 2. 3.

e.g. It saves some time if you walk diagonally across the park. overlap – part of one thing covers part of the other e.g. The top cloth overlaps the one underneath it, so I cannot see the cloth below it. rotate − move round a central point e.g. The bicycle wheels rotate as the boy cycles on the road.

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BASIC / OE Read Tom’s diary entry on Mother’s Day below carefully. Then, answer the questions that follow. Day

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6.00 a.m. 7.00 a.m. 7.30 a.m. 8.30 a.m. 10.00 a.m.

I woke up and then took a shower. I prepared breakfast for the family. The family had breakfast. Mum praised me for preparing the sandwiches and drinks. Dad sent me for my guitar lesson. Dad dropped Mum off at grandparents’ flat. I went to a confectionery store with Dad, brother and sister. We bought a chocolate cake. Then, we went to a florist’s to buy two bouquets of roses and two Mother’s Day greeting cards. Next, we went to a gift shop to buy presents.

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We went home and I laid the table for lunch. I decorated the house for Mother’s Day celebration. Terry and Tara helped me while Dad cooked lunch. We helped to clear up the kitchen. Grandpa and Grandma arrived with Mum. We wished both Grandma and Mum “Happy Mother’s Day”. We thanked them and Mum for ther unconditional love. Then they cut the chocolate cake. Grandma and Mum had each a bouquet of roses. Each of us gave Grandma and Mum presents. We had a delicious lunch.

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English Primary 2 Comprehension Exercise 4

Answer the questions in complete sentences. 1. What was the special occasion?

2. Where did Tom go at 8.30 a.m.?

3. Why did the family go without Mum to the shops?

4. Why did they buy two bouquets of flowers and two greeting cards?

5. What did the children say to their mothers?

1. confectionery – sweets or chocolate e.g. The company sells confectionery from overseas. 2. unconditional – without conditions or limits e.g. The story is about the unconditional love a mother has for her child.

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You have a cousin who lives in Sabah, West Malaysia. She writes to you about the Pasar Tamu (Morning Market). Read the letter below carefully and answer the questions that follow. Dear Marina,

123, Kampung Tamu, 89150 Kota Belud. 12 July 2015

Do you want to know about our pasar tamu in Sabah? It is an open-air market which is held every Sunday morning. Farmers, fishermen and traders travel many kilometres to sell their goods at the pasar tamu. The fishermen come with their baskets of fish and place some fish on their plastic mats. There are pails of water for them to clean the fish for their customers. The fishermen are often heard shouting, “Fresh, fish for sale! Come and buy my fresh fish!” The farmers who come with some goats and buffaloes always try to catch every potential buyer’s attention by asking enthusiastically “Goats and buffaloes! Are there any offers?” There are women traders too. A lady who sells fresh eggs insists that the eggs are good farm-fresh eggs. Some women sit on nipah mats on the ground. They cover their heads with a batik cloth. They smile and talk to each other as they sell their wares, “Rice cakes for sale!”, “Big baskets, small baskets! Many colours!”, “Pots and pans for your kitchen!” There is an interesting trader. He beats on the gong and calls out to attract customers at the same time, “Come one. Come all! Come to my medicine stall! Come and buy my medicine to cure all your aches and pains!”. The scene is chaotic and noisy but interesting and colourful! When you visit me during your school holidays, I shall take you to a pasar tamu! You will see for yourself why I enjoy going to the pasar tamu. Till then, goodbye!

Your cousin, Rose

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English Primary 2 Comprehension Exercise 5

Choose the correct answer and write the number in the brackets. 1. Which statement is false about the pasar tamu? (1) It is held every Sunday morning. (2) It is an open-air market. (3) It is found in Sabah. (4) It sells factory products.

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3. Which of the following are local handicrafts? (1) Rice cakes (2) Pots (3) Pans (4) Baskets

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4. Why does the medicine man beat his gong? (1) He wants to attract the attention of the people. (2) He wants to make a lot of noise. (3) He has a soft voice. (4) He does it for fun.

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5. When Marina visits Rose, she would find the pasar tamu (1) interesting and colourful (2) boring and smelly (3) noisy and untidy (4) quiet and peaceful

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1. nipah mats – mats made of the leaves of nipah palms which grow well in soft mud e.g. Nipah mats are still popular in villages in the country. 2. gong – a musical instrument usually round in shape and made of brass e.g. He beat on the gong so loudly that the sound was deafening.

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BASIC / OE Read the notice below carefully and answer the questions that follow.

RECYCLING CAMPAIGN There will be a recycling campaign in Queens Township. All residents are invited to help in the campaign to save our environment. Volunteers from the Queens Township Environmental Action Committee will be present at Courtyards Blocks A, C and E to receive any unwanted books, magazines, old newspapers, clothes, bottles and toys. However, wooden items such as furniture will not be accepted. Date : 18 July 2015 Day : Saturday Time : 9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Place : Courtyards Blocks A, C and E, Queens Township, Singapore For big items such as electrical goods, please contact our staff at 6789 2222 for transport arrangements. Everyone (volunteers, donors, supporters and helpers) will be served snacks and refreshments during the campaign. The Organiser Queens Township Environmental Action Committe Singapore Answer the questions in complete sentences.

1. Who will receive the unwanted items?

2. What is the objective of the campaign?

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English Primary 2 Comprehension Exercise 6

3. Complete the table with the correct information. Date Day Time Place

Things that can be accepted Things that cannot be accepted

4. What items are unacceptable?

5. What should Mr John Tan do to have his old refrigerator recycled?

1. township – a town and the area surrounding it e.g. The transport system of the township will be improved soon. 2. courtyards – open spaces partly or completely surrounded by buildings e.g. Courtyards can be used for holding various activities in both residential and commercial areas.

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Read the poster below carefully and answer the questions that follow.

WATER IS PRECIOUS! WASTE NOT WANT NOT! Ways to save water :

Water is a precious matter to each and every one of us. We use water every day for washing, cooking and drinking purposes. So, we must make good use of every drop of water and not waste this precious matter. If we do not waste it, then we will not be short of it.

Here are a few ways to save water :

Check the taps in the house to make sure they are not leaking.

Take showers, not baths, in long tubs as taking baths requires a lot

of water.

When you are soaping yourself during a shower, turn off the tap.

When brushing your teeth, use a cup or mug of water to rinse your mouth.

Rainwater is clean and free, so collect rainwater to water plants and wash

the porch.

Wash the car with buckets of water, not water direct from the hose.

Wash a full load of clothes in the washing machine every time.

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English Primary 2 Comprehension Exercise 7

Choose the correct answer and write the number in the brackets. 1. The notice is mainly about (1) keeping clean (3) washing oneself

(2) watering plants (4) how not to waste water

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2. When something is precious, we should (1) waste it (3) store and not use it

3. When we are soaping ourselves during a shower, we should (1) turn off the water (3) cool the water

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we waste what we do not want we should not waste other people’s things if we do not waste anything, we always have enough when we have all the things we want, we stop wasting

5. Which of the following is a good way to save water? (1) Water plants with a hose. (2) Wash cars with a pail of water. (3) Let the tap run while brushing one’s teeth. (4) Wash one or two pieces of clothes in the washing machine. ( ) 1. precious − valuable and important e.g. Like water, time is precious and do not waste it. 2. rinse − wash with clean water e.g. I rinse the face towel with clean warm water before washing my face. 3. porch − a covered structure at the entrance to a building e.g. My father’s car is parked at the porch every day.

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Read then interview below carefully and answer the questions that follow.

Interviewer : Mr Tang, you’re a driving instructor. How long have you been teaching people to drive? Mr Tang

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Interviewer : How many people have you taught? Mr Tang : I don’t know exactly. Hundreds, maybe. I have taught people from all walks of life. Interviewer : What about your hobbies? Are they to do with cars too? Mr Tang : Oh yes! My son is sixteen and we have been making a car together. We hope to finish it next year. We are also working on a motorbike. For the last few days we have been disassembling it. We have been working to rebuild it completely and when we’ve finished, we will sell it. I have been working a lot recently so we haven’t done as much on the bike as we would love to. Interviewer : There’s quite a car culture in your house. What about your wife? Does she like cars? Mr Tang : Oh, she’s a driving instructor too. She has taught longer that I have. She has taught more people. Interviewer : Thank you for the interview. Mr Tang

: You’re welcome.

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