I'm sorry, I haven't written for so long. My family and I have just returned from an interesting holiday at Lake Maninjau near Padang. The lake was a crater surrounded by densed forests and rice fields. We swam in the lake, ate fish from the lake and enjoyed the cool breezes. 7
After that, we had a two hour trip to Bukit Tinggi, a small hill top town which was clean, cool and friendly. Our trip around the hill took us to the coffee, clove and cinnamon plantation. The traditional Minangkabau houses, with the roof shaped like a buffalo's horn can be seen everywhere.
I really enjoy my vacation. Do come over and have a look sometime.
What does the text tell you about?
A. Traditional Minangkabau houses.
B. Traveling guidance for visitors.
C. The amazing view of West Sumatera.
D. A trip throughout West Sumatera.
Where did the writer and his family go after visiting Lake Maninjau?
A. Country side.
B. Bukit Tinggi.
C. West Sumatra.
D. A small hill.
From the text, we know that
A. it took 3 hours from Lake Maninjau to Bukit Tinggi
C. Maninjau lake was situated far away from the forests and rice fields
D. the writer and his family visited an interesting place during their holiday
The following text is for questions 27 to 30.
Bale Kambang is a small village on the Southern coast of East Java, seventy kilometers from Malang town, two hours' drive from south. It is well-known for its long beautiful white sandy beach as well as the similarity of its temple to the one of Tanah Lot in Bali.
In Bale Kambang, there are three small rocky islands namely Ismaya island, Wisanggeni island and Anoman island, those names are taken from "wayang" figures (Java traditional puppets). These islands are surrounded by Indonesian Ocean which huge waves frighten most overseas cruisers.
C. Names of rocky islands are taken from "wayang" figures.
D. The rocky islands are in the middle of the sea.
"... on the southern coast of East Java, ..." (paragraph 1).
The underlined word is closest in meaning with …………..
The following text is for questions 31 to 34.
Two friends talked and sang merrily as they walked through the forest. Suddenly, a bear appeared. The first man quickly climbed a tree. The second one was very scared because the bear was big and strong. It can also easily kill him. He thought hard and when the bear came near, he laid very still on the ground and controlled his breath. The bear came close to him, sniffing and smelling his body all over. Surprisingly, the bear walked away and thought that the man was dead.
The friend came down from the tree when the bear went away. He asked his friend mockingly, "What did the bear tell you? ". The second friend was silenced for a while. "The bear told me to never trust a friend who escapes and leaves you alone when you need him most," he said. The first friend realized his mistake and was ashamed of his behavior.
How did the second" man escape from the bear's attack?
A. By climbing a tree.
B. By running through the forest.
C. By laying on the ground.
D. By singing together.
What is the main idea of the first paragraph?
A. Two friends walked through the forest.
B. The first friend climbed a tree.
C. Two friends met a bear in the forest.
D. The second man laid down on the ground.
What is the moral value of the above story?
A. We should learn to climb a tree.
B. We should never be afraid of anything.
C. We should always listen to our heart.
D. We should never leave our friend behind.
"... never trust a friend who escapes and leaves you alone..." (last paragraph)
The underlined word refers to.
A. the bear
B. the second man
C. the first man
D. a friend
The following text is for questions 35 to 38.
Crispy Hash Brown Recipe Ingredients:
3 tbsp olive oil, canola oil or grape seed oil
1 lb russel backing potatoes, peeled and grated, salt and pepper.
Heat 3 tbsp of oil in a large frying pan on medium heat.
Squeeze out as much moisture as you can from the grated potatoes. It's easier to do this with potatoes ricer. If you don't have it, you can use paper towel to squeeze it.
3. Add the grated potatoes on the hot frying pan, spread them out along the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on the potatoes. If they have been fried to golden brown, they are ready for a flip. Continue to cook until they are golden brown on the bottom. Put them on the serving plate. Serve for 4 people.
What should we do first to make crispy hash brown?
A. Peel and grate the fried potatoes.
B. Heat the oil in the frying pan.
C. Squeeze the grated potatoes.
D. Sprinkle some salt and pepper.
How many portions can we serve based on the recipe above?
"Squeeze out as much moisture as you can..."(step 2)
D. Serving plate
The following text is for questions 39 to 42.
Gardenia plants are popular for the strong sweet scent of their flowers. Gardenia is the national flower in Pakistan. In Japan and China, the flower is called Kuchinashi (Japanese) and Zhi zi (Chinese).
Gardenia plants are evergreen shrubs. Their small trees can grow to 1 - 5 meters tall. The leaves are 5 - 50 centimeters long and 3 - 25 centimeters broad, dark green and glossy with a leathery texture. The flowers are in small groups, white, or pale yellow, with 5 -12 lobes (petals) from 5 -12 centimeters diameter. They usually bloom in mid-spring to mid-summer. Many species have strong aroma.
To cultivate gardenia as a house plant is not easy. This species can be difficult to grow because it originated in warm humid tropical areas. It demands high humidity and bright (not direct) light to thrive. It flourishes in acidic soil with good drainage and thrives on 20°— 23° C during the day and 150 - 16° C in the .evening. Potting soils developed specifically for gardenias are available. It grows no larger than 18 inches in height and width when grown indoor. In climates where it can be grown outdoors, it can reach the height of 6 feet. If water hits the flowers, they will turn brown.
How tall is a gardenia tree?
A. 3 - 25cm.
B. 5 - 12cm.
C. 5 - 50 cm.
D. 1 – S m.
What is the main idea of the last paragraph?
A. It is easy to plant a gardenia tree.
B. A gardenia plant needs high humidity.
C. It's not easy to plant gardenia as a house plant.
D. A good drainage is important for gardenia plant.
For questions 46 to 48, complete the text with the correct word.
Ki Hajar Dewantara is named as Bapak Pendidikan Indonesia because of his brilliant ideas in Indonesian education. Although he was (46) ….. during colonial times, he had modern views. He also thought that everybody had the right to get (47) ..... He was also chosen as the minister of Indonesian education under President Soekarno's Administration. He did his job (48) ….. and was bestowed Bintang Mahaputra.