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Worksheet No : 01
Grade 11
Date:_______________
Name of the student : ______________________

Figurative Language: Idioms, Similes, Metaphors


1. An idiom is

1. a phrase or expression meaning what it says


2. a phrase or expression with a different meaning
3. a definition
4. words that do not make sense
2. What does the idiom "you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar" mean?
1. Flies like vinegar more than honey.
2. It is a waste of time to argue.
3. People respond better to kindness.
4. It's easier to catch someone who eats honey.
3. Choose the words that make this statement true. The words must be chosen that show the
correct order they should appear in the sentence.
Idioms only make sense if someone takes them ___________ not ____________.

1. literally, figuratively
2. seriously, surprisingly
3. figuratively, literally
4. home, to grandmas
4. Which of the following is an example of a metaphor?
1. He's as lazy as a dog.
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2. My dad won't go hiking, he is a couch potato!


3. She was as cold as ice.
4. Her eyes shone like stars in the night.
5. Both metaphors and similes use "like" or "as" for a comparison.
1. True
2. False
6. Marcy was a waterfall when her dog was hit by a car. This is an example of a
1. personification
2. metaphor
3. similes
4. irony
7. Which is the definition of an idiom?
1. giving human characteristices to non-living things.
2. using "like" or "as" to compare two things.
3. comparing two things without using "like" or "as".
4. phrases that people use in everyday language that do not make sense literally but we
understand what they mean.
8. The following are examples of what type of figurative language?
- let the cat out of the bag
- play it by ear
- money talks
- cat got your tongue
1. metaphor
2. idiom
3. personification

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4. oxymoron
9. In the novel "The Keeping Room," Joey says: "Like hot water, anger rushes through me."
What type of figurative language is this an example of?
1. metaphor
2. simile
3. personification
4. hyperbole
10. What type of figurative language is in the following quote?
"I had no idea that seagulls were that fast. Quick as a flash the chip in my hand disappeared.
1. personification
2. metaphor
3. simile
4. idiom

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Worksheet No : 02
Grade 11
Date:_______________
Name of the student : ______________________

Reading Test
The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912
On April 10, 1912, the Titanic, largest ship afloat, left Southampton, England
on her maiden voyage to New York City. The White Star Line had spared no
expense in assuring her luxury. A legend even before she sailed, her
passengers were a mixture of the worlds wealthiest basking in the elegance
of first class accommodations and immigrants packed into steerage.
She was touted as the safest ship ever built, so safe that she carried only 20
lifeboats enough to provide accommodation for only half her 2,200
passengers and crew. This discrepancy rested on the belief that since the
ships construction made her unsinkable, her lifeboats were necessary only
to rescue survivors of other sinking ships. Additionally, lifeboats took up
valuable deck space.
Four days into her journey, at 11:40P.M. on the night of April 14, she struck
an iceberg. Her fireman compared the sound of the impact to tearing of
calico*, nothing more. However, the collision was fatal and the icy water
soon poured through the ship.
It became obvious that many would not find safety in a lifeboat. Each
passenger was issued a life jacket but life expectancy would be short when
exposed to water four degrees below freezing. As the forward portion of the
ship sank deeper, passengers scrambled to the stern. John Thayer
witnessed the sinking from a lifeboat. We could see groups of almost
fifteen hundred people still aboard, clinging in clusters or bunches, like
swarming bees; only to fall in masses, pairs or singly, as the great after part
of the ship, two hundred and fifty feet of it, rose into the sky, till it reached a
sixty-five or seventy degree angle. The great ship slowly slid beneath the
water two hours and forty minutes after collision.
The next morning, the liner Carpathia rescued 705 survivors. One thousand
five hundred and twenty-two passengers and crew were lost. Subsequent
inquiries attributed the high loss in life to an insufficient number of lifeboats
and inadequate training in their use.
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Questions:
1. From the second paragraph, give two reasons why the Titanic only carried
20 lifeboats.
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(2 marks)
2. In paragraph one, the writer contrasts the wealthy passengers with the poor
ones. Pick out two phrases from this paragraph which show this contrast.
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3. In paragraph three we are told that when the ship struck the iceberg, the
fireman on board compared the sound to the tearing of calico. Explain
what this phrase implies about how serious the collision sounded to the
fireman.
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(2 marks)
4. In paragraph four, an eyewitness in a lifeboat uses a simile to describe the
people left on board as the ship sinks.
a) Write down the simile*
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(1 mark)
b) Explain the effect this simile has on the reader.
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Worksheet No : 03
Grade 11
Date:_______________
Name of the student : ______________________

Reading Test
In this extract from Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens, Nicholas
has come to teach at Dotheboys Hall.

Here the headmaster, Mr

Squeers, shows him the schoolroom and the pupils for the first time.
By degrees, the place resolved itself into a bare and dirty room with a couple
of windows whereof a tenth part might be of glass, the remainder being
stopped up with old copy-books and paper. There were a couple of long old
rickety desks, cut and notched and inked and damaged, in every possible
way; two or three rooms, a detached desk for Squeers and another for his
assistant. The ceiling was supported like that of a barn, by cross beams and
rafters, and the walls were so stained and discoloured, that it was impossible
to tell whether they had ever been touched with paint or whitewash.
But the pupils the young nobleman! The last faint traces of hope, the
remotest glimmering of any good to be derived in this den, faded from the
mind of Nicholas as he looked in dismay around! Pale and haggard faces,
lank and bony figures, children with the countenances of old men,
deformities with irons upon their limbs, boys of stunted growth, and others
whose long meager legs would hardly bear their stooping bodies, all crowded
on the view together; there were the bleared eye, the hare lip, the crooked
foot, and every other ugliness or distortion that told of un-natural aversion
conceived by parents for their offspring, or of young lives which, from the
earliest dawn of infancy, had been one horrible endurance of cruelty and
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There were little faces which should have been handsome,

darkened with scowl of sullen suffering; there was childhood with the light of
its eye quenched, its beauty gone and its helplessness alone remaining.

Questions:
1. What impression do you get of the schoolroom from the first paragraph?
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(2 marks)
2. Write down two phrases from the second paragraph which tell us clearly that
the boys have been badly treated.
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(2 marks)
3. How does the writer give us a strong sense of how dreadful this school is?
You should comment on:
the kind of details he includes
the words he uses
the length of the sentences
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(5 marks)

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Worksheet No : 04
Grade 11
Date:_______________

Grammar; Adverbs & Adjectives


A) Complete the following exercise with adjective or adverb form of the words.
1. That pitbull looks

2. She spoke

. (angry)

. (quiet)

3. Erica listened to her mother

4. Mary makes

. (careful)

mistakes. (careless)

5. Children grow

(quick)

6. He is very

today. (happy)

7. It's raining

. (heavy)

8. Morgan was

hurt in a car accident. (serious)

9. His situation was very

. (serious)

B) Complete each sentence using a word from the list. Sometimes you need the adjective
(careful etc.) and sometimes the adverb (carefully etc.).
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careful

complete

continuous

financial

fluent

happy

nervous

perfect

quick

special

1. Our holiday was too short. The time passed ___________.


2. Tom doesn't take risks when he's driving. He's always___________.
3. Sally works ________. She never seems to stop.
4. Alice and Stan are very ________ married.
5. Monica's English is very _______ although she makes a lot of mistakes.
6. I cooked this meal ______ for you, so I hope you like it.
7. Everything was very quiet. There was _______ silence.
8. I tried on the shoes and they fitted me________.
9. Do you usually feel ________ before examinations?
10. I'd like to buy a car but it's __________ impossible for me at the moment.

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Worksheet No : 05
Grade 11
Date:_______________

Grammar; Conjunctions
Fill in the blanks with the given conjunctions below. (Capitalize where needed)
now that

although

because

while

nor

otherwise

thus

nonetheless

because of

therefore

unlike

since

both

as

1. Stephen Crane's schooling was not continuous; _______________he read all of


the 19th-century English writers and the Greek and Latin classics.

2. Medical scientists have not yet discovered what causes muscular dystrophy,
an inherited disorder that strikes nerve tissue and cripples its victim.
_______________ do they know what causes sudden death syndrome.
3. _______________more and more is learned about the biochemical changes that
go on in the body _______________it grows older, scientists may someday be
able to modify those changes to ensure better health for the aged.
4. _______________the emphasis on the technical study of language and
literature, Roman education was remote from the real world and the interests
of the schoolboys.

5. _______________the Greeks, who considered physical health a part of


education, the church considered the human body something to be ignored.

6. Abundance of prey can vary locally within a region. _______________, whales


must be prepared to move constantly in search of the highest food densities.
7. _______________some teachers guide the natural development of the child's
innate powers, others build knowledge into the child's mind through a
systematic method of instruction.
8. A greenhouse is used _______________for displaying plants and, where winters
are cold, for growing plants that would not _______________ , survive the
seasonal change.
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9. _______________its creation in 1903, the High Court of Australia has been


responsible for interpreting the constitution.
10. _______________T.S. Eliot published few poems, they have had a tremendous
influence on modern poetic technique

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Grammar; Comparative & Superlative


Use the adjectives in either the comparative or the superlative form.
late

young

young

cheap

fast

hard

tall

exciting

long

old

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.

The movie lasted _______________ it was expected.


I find detective stories _______________than any other ones.
Steve was much _______________any of his classmates.
Although she looks younger, she is _______________of the two.
We could barely catch _______________train to London.
Tom put up his hand to solve _______________question on the worksheet.
The man went to all the shops to find _______________shoes he could find.
I don't think we could have come any _______________,Besides, there was a

speed limit.
9. Of his three daughters, the king loved _______________,best.
10.Edward is _______________ ,his twin Fernando since Fernando was born first.

Complete the sentences with the comparative or superlative forms of these adjectives.
You can use an adjective twice when necessary.
long

thin

overpopulated

good

crowded

much

1. The Volga is _______________,river in Europe and the 16th longest one in the
2.
3.
4.
5.

world.
Britain is one of _______________, countries in the world.
It is _______________,than even China and India.
And England is _______________,country in Europe.
Both my parents are working, but my mother makes _______________,money

than my father.
6. Leyla used to be _______________,until two years ago; she has gained a lot of
weight, so she is very fat now.
7. My classmate Jake's English grade is _______________,than mine.
8. In fact, Jake's grade is _______________,of all in our class.
Prepositions

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Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions; in, out, off, up...(Separate
answers with a comma and a space as needed.)
1. They had to put __________the meeting when the general director didn't
turn__________.
2. He made __________a story when he was late for the first class, but the
teacher didn't believe him.
3. We still haven't come __________with an interesting theme for the advertising
campaign.
4. He came __________a very old letter written by his grandmother to his
grandfather while he was looking ---- an old photo for his research paper.
5. The plane wasn't allowed to take __________because of bad weather
conditions.
6. Most people prefer taking __________a hobby to relieve stress.
7. Do you get __________well __________your sister?
8. The diamond ring that her boyfriend bought for her turned __________to be a
fake one.
9. His application was turned __________as he didn't complete the necessary
requirements in time.
10.They had been waiting at the departure lounge for almost three hours when
they finally got __________the train.
Fill in the blanks with the suitable prepositions.
1. Some people are very keen __________working in a team, but some others
don't like depending on others
2. I'm terribly bored of having that day- __________-day battle with my
manager, so I'm planning to resign.
3. My son is mad __________-science and technology. I guess he'll become an
engineer.
4. I wish I were experienced __________-the field of marketing.
5. People who are good __________-making friends usually work in the field of
trade, which requires having good communicative skills.
6. Most office workers are fond __________-having frequent coffee breaks.
7. I wish my daughter were interested __________-learning foreign languages.
8. In the competitive business world, one has to be perfect __________communicating with customers.
9. Working at a big company will certainly enable you to have a large circle
__________-friends.
10.Everyone hopes to get a job with prospects __________-promotion, but not
many people manage to do so.
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Self Assessment
Choose the appropriate options to complete the sentences.
1. Right now, an important meeting..... during which the committee......the
future of the project
I.
has been held / decides
II.
is being held / is going to decide
III.
is holding / decides
IV.
was held / is deciding
V.
held / has decided
2. Stephen King......many bestsellers since his first book......in 1974.
I.
is writing / was being published
II.
was writing / had been published
III.
had written / has been published
IV.
wrote / is published
V.
has written / was published
3. .......had I left the shop......I remembered that I'd left my credit card there.
I.
Either/ or
II.
The more /the less
III.
Neither/ nor
IV.
Both / and
V.
No sooner/than
4. The local cinema is losing business, since most people in the town......to the
bigger cinema at the shopping mall outside of town.
must have gone
ought to go
would rather go
could be going
had better go
5. Mike's looking very happy today- Sarah......to go out with him.
I.
must have agreed
II.
should agree
III.
would have agreed
IV.
had better agree
V.
used to agree
6. Hawaii and Lebanon are two places ...... you can ski in the morning and
I.
II.
III.
IV.
V.

I.
II.
III.
IV.
V.

sunbathe on the beach in the afternoon.


What
When
Where
Whose
Which
7. While......in New York City during the 1980s, Eyiem was surprised ...... how

I.
II.

many languages were spoken there.


live / heard
having lived / hearing
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IV.
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lived / to be hearing
to live / being heard
living /to hear
8. ...... all her eggs In the basket, Ella went confidently to the market, where she

hoped......them all.
I.
Having placed / to sell
II.
To be placed / selling
III.
To have placed / having sold
IV.
To place / being sold
V.
Placing / to be sold
9. The electricity was off all day today, so no one could use their fans or air
conditioners, even though it was one of ...... days of the year.
I.
too hot
II.
the hottest
III.
such a hot
IV.
as hot
V.
so hot
10.If ...... book is like the first chapter, then I don't think I'm going to read ...... of
I.
II.
III.
IV.
V.

it.
every / something
all of/ no longer
each / nothing
the whole / any more
most / everything

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