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Learning English text in narrative, news item, descriptive, spoof, hortatory, review, and other types with generic structure and language features

Text 1
The following text is for question 1 to 5 (UN 2008/2009)

I usually woke up at 8.a.m and went to the press center to check the daily schedule of briefings and press conferences, usually held by the United Nations officials or disaster mitigation team chief, Alwi Shihab.

It was challenging to visit different refugee camps to find soft stories, human interest stories. Then, I went back to press center in between to cover the press conferences of the day.
It was heart breaking when I saw these survivors fight for food and secondhand clothing, which they said were limited and inadequate. Emerging to a glaring, full noon, it was time to go back to the press center to write stories and race against time, always fearing that the internet connection would come crashing down.

And after everything was done, only then I remembered to eat. Most times, I only ate once a day because you always had to rush and it was difficult to find food. You had to travel quite far, about a 30-to-45 minute trip by car to find fresh food

1. How often did the writer eat a day? (UN problem)


a. three times
b. seldom
c. twice
d. never
e. once

2. “…disaster mitigation team chief, Alwi Shihab” (paragraph 1).
The synonym of the underlined word is …(UN problem)

a. decreaser
b. lightener
c. reliever
d. developer
e. writer

3. What’s the writer’s occupation? (UN problem)

a. a social worker
b. a volunteer
c. a journalist
d. a presenter
e. a TV reporter

4. What is the purpose of the text? (Enrichment problem)

a to explain the readers about the victim of disaster
b. to inform the readers about the writer’s activities
c. to retell the readers about the writer’s activities
d. to persuade readers that the victims should be helped
e. to amuse the readers about the writer’s story

5. “…they said were limited and inadequate” (paragraph 3).
The underlined word refers to …(Enrichment problem)

a. I
b soft stories
c. Survivors
d. Officials
e. schedules

Key answer:
5. c
4. b
3. c
2. a
1. e

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