Here are are a list of reading comprehension exercises that you may complete to help you practice for your CXC CSEC English A exams. Please do not forget to click on "check" or "submit" to check how many questions you answered correctly.
Please carefully read and follow the directions given.
5) A second multiple choice reading comprehension 5 exercise
6) Another reading comprehension exercise 6. Please read the directions carefully
7) A reading comprehension exercise to fill in the missing paragraphs
8) This is an advanced level comprehension exercise in which you must fill in the missing paragraphs.
This is another CXC past paper type summary writing question.
(with suggested answer)
These are the types of summary writing questions that appear on section 1, Paper 2
of the CXC English A exam
(Suggested time: 35 minutes)
1. Read the passage below then write a summary of it in not more than 120 words. Your answer should be in continuous prose and in paragraph form. It should NOT be in note form.
Here is another CXC past paper type summary writing question.
Today is my very great pleasure to welcome Dr.
Tristan, the famous underwater explorer. His views
on man's treatment of the ocean are well
known. Dr. Tristan, you have expressed very
strong views about the way man treats the ocean.
Let us begin with this - What do you mean?
Simply that man still has the same approach to
fishing as he had to hunting in early times. For
example, man has indiscriminately slaughtered
whales and certain other species. We need to ask
ourselves, is man killing more fish than he needs?
Surely you don't expect us to treat the sea as we
treat the land?
I certainly do. We must use the sea, too, as
farmers instead of hunters. We must plant the sea and herd its animals.
Why is this so important? I'd always believed that
the ocean had endless resources, that it held
unlimited reserves of food which could last until
the end of the world.
That is a false concept which unfortunately,
many people share. The truth is that it is only in
the upper zone that the seas are productive of
life. This zone is very limited. We are rapidly
digging into a food reserve that is limited and
vulnerable, despite what most people think.
But even in the upper zone there must still be
several billions of fish in the open sea?
That's what you think. The fact is that the annual
tonnage of fishing has decreased by a great deal
in the past five years. However, I am not as
concerned about fishing in the open seas as about
fishing on the spawning grounds. Take, for
example, salmon. We catch these when they
gather for breeding. We do the same thing with
tuna and mullets, catching them near the shore
during mating season.
I suppose we're in danger of seriously depleting
our supply of food from the ocean?
The risk in our food supply is not the only
problem. The depleting of our resources from the
ocean is not merely a matter of fishing, you know.
Don't forget oil pollution. Ships frequently spill oil
along our coasts, wiping out millions of fish and
destroying plant life.
I am sure that there is a great deal more that you
can say on this topic, and I hope we will be able
to continue another time. Thank you very much for
That was good. Can I see some more summary writing questions?