Form 3 English TestTest 3: Writing correct sentencesTotal: 40 marksName: ________________________________ Date: _____________________Read the passage below, then answer the questions that follow.Van Hunks and the DevilTable Mountain is famous for its ‘tablecloth’ of cloud, and the legend of the cloud’sorigin dates back to the 18 th century. After a lifetime of adventure, a Dutch piratecalled Jan Van Hunks retired to the slopes of Devil’s Peak, which forms part of theTable Mountain range.His wife was something of a nag and in order to avoid arguing with her and her sharptongue, Van Hunks would retreat into the mountain to smoke his pipe in peace.On one such occasion he was approached by a shadowy stranger, who asked toborrow some of Van Hunks’ tobacco.The stranger and Van Hunks began bragging about how much they could eachsmoke, so they decided to have a contest to determine the winner. They agreed thatthe prize would be a boat loaded with gold. The smoking competition lasted manydays, and in the end, Van Hunks was the winner.What Van Hunks didn’t realise was that his opponent was none other than the Devilhimself!Storm clouds suddenly moved in, with booming thunder and lightning, and after atremendous flash, all that remained of Van Hunks was a burnt patch of bush.The story went on to become a legend: it is said that Table Mountain’s ‘tablecloth’ ofcloud is the cloud of smoke left over from the smoking contest. When Cape Town’sinfamous southeaster wind howls in summer, making the ‘tablecloth’ pour over TableMountain, people comment grimly that the Devil and Van Hunks are having anothersmoking competition!1/5English Test 3© Pearson Botswana. Permission is given to photocopy these pages for school use.
Questions1. Explain the meaning of the following words (which are in bold in the passage)as they are used in the story.a) bragging: ___________________________________________________ (2)________________________________________________________________b) nag: _______________________________________________________ (2)________________________________________________________________c) legend: ____________________________________________________ (2)______________________________________________________________d) howls: _____________________________________________________ (2)______________________________________________________________2. Find and write down two examples of proper, common and abstract nounsfrom the story.a) Proper nouns: (i) _______________________(ii) ___________________ (2)b) Common nouns: (i) ______________________(ii) __________________ (2)c) Abstract nouns: (i) ______________________(ii) ___________________ (2)3. What type of person was the pirate’s wife? How do you know?(4)____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________2/5English Test 3© Pearson Botswana. Permission is given to photocopy these pages for school use.
4. Why do you think Van Hunks agreed to the contest with a stranger? (3)___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________5. Jan van Hunks defeated the stranger, but he did not get the boat full of gold.What lesson do you learn from this? (3)___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________6. Why do you think the word “grimly” is used in the story? (2)__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________7. Unscramble the following to form logical sentences.a) that, people, to, legends, try, always, something, stories, teach, are (2)__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________b) it, important, think, any, about, lesson, is, in, the, legend, to (2)__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________3/5English Test 3© Pearson Botswana. Permission is given to photocopy these pages for school use.
c) children, usually, through, taught, life, are, traditional, African, lessons,stories (2)__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________d) usually, and, the, legends, of, beliefs, people, values, the, reflect (2)__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________e) most, another, on, the, passed, through, one, legends, spoken, are, from,to, generation, form (2)__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________8. Use each of the following groups of words in sentences of your own, using thetenses indicated. You can add any other words you want to.a) conservation, important, future (present tense) (1)________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________b) moon, people, travel (present perfect tense) (1)________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________c) education, girls, past (past simple tense) (1)________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________4/5English Test 3© Pearson Botswana. Permission is given to photocopy these pages for school use.
d) responsible, promote, driving (present continuous tense) (1)________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________[Total: 40]5/5English Test 3© Pearson Botswana. Permission is given to photocopy these pages for school use.