English CXC Practice

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Here is a CXC past paper type summary writing question.
This is the type of summary writing question that has been on CXC English A past papers
 
NB: CXC suggests spending no more than 35 minutes to answer the summary writing question in Section one, paper 2 of the English A exam. Read carefully the following conversation between Ross and Susan and then answer the question below it. Ross:

Susan Charles, a fine secretary you are! Don't you know that the students from Guadeloupe arrive on September 15th?  
 
Susan:
Both the boys and the girls. So what else is new?
 
 
Ross:
None of your wisecracks. That's only a month away and we haven't found accommodation for them as yet. The hotel says there won't be any room at that time. As secretary of the club, it's your responsibility...  

 
Susan:
I know, I know. I'll arrange for them to stay in private homes. I'm sure the villagers won't mind taking them in for a small charge. It's only for two weeks. Our visitors are booked to leave on the 30th.  

 
Ross:
Not a bad idea. Why don't you write to all the villagers asking them to write to us if they are interested in putting up these students? I wonder how much they'll charge.  
 
Susan:
I'll ask them to give their rates. We'll have to insist, though, that the villagers who are interested must be able to speak French. The Guadeloupans speak no English.  
 
Ross:
At least not the six who are coming. Should the villagers provide meals?  
 
Susan:
Breakfast and dinner, except on Sundays when they must include lunch as well.  
 
Ross:
I think we should let the villagers know that two club members will want to inspect homes and chat with the applicants before making the selection.  
 
Susan:
Agreed. Letters from those who are interested should reach us by August 26th. Then our members can visit on the 28th.  
 
Ross:
After six p.m., I suppose? Should the villagers write to you as secretary?  
 
Susan:
Right on both counts; I'll tell them to write to:
   The Secretary
         Denby Sports Club
P.O. Box 63
   Arroyo Village.
 
 
Ross:
But suppose a villager can put up more than one student?
 
 
Susan:
All the better, my friend, all the better.
 
 
 
Imagine that you are Susan. In not more than 150 words, write the letter to the villagers. Marks will be given for (1) content, (2) organisation and (3) expression  
30 marks

Here are CXC past paper type reading comprehension questions

These questions do not have any suggested answers. You should attempt to answer them to give yourself practice on CXC type reading comprension questions. These are the types of questions that will appear in section 2, paper 2 of the English A exam. 1. Read the following extract carefully and then answer all the questions set on it. Pita panicked. There was nothing he could do. He was trapped. Trapped with hundreds of others. The monster had come and was slowly, surely dragging them from the deep. He swam through the excited crowd to try the bottom. Then he tried the top again. The great monster had encircled them completely. There were millions of holes in its great hands, but none large enough. If only they were a little larger. Pita tried to push himself through one of the holes again. He squeezed and squeezed. Great tails lashed around him. Not only he but against his eyes. If only his head could get through. He pushed again, hard, and the pain quivered through his body. There was nothing he could do. He heard the breakers roaring above now. That meant they were nearing the shore. Pita whipped his tail in fury. The monster was gradually closing its hands. There were cries now above the surface. Below, the monster grated on sand. The shore! They had reached the shore! Frantically, Pita flung himself against one of the tiny holes. He gave a cry as the scales tore from his back - then a cry of joy. He was free! Free! He...
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