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What's inside the ENGLISH Grade 9 periodical exam?


NAME: ____________________________ GR.& SEC._________  SCORE:________ 

Directions: Read the sentences below and identify what they refer to from the given choices below each. Write the letter of your answer directly in the blank.

_____1.The unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of ethnicity, age, sex, or disability.

             A. discrimination                     C. poverty

             B. pollution                              D. human rights violations

_____2. Not having enough money to meet basic needs including food, clothing and shelter.

            A. discrimination                      C. poverty

            B. pollution                               D. terrorism

_____3. The introduction of harmful materials into the environment.

            A. discrimination                     C. poverty

            B. pollution                              D. terrorism

_____4. The disallowance of the freedom of thought and movement to which all humans legally have a right.

             A. human rights violations     C. terrorism

             B. poverty                               D. pollution 

_____5. The unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.

             A. pollution                            C. terrorism

             B.  discrimination                   D. poverty

_____6. Impartial and just, without favoritism or discrimination.

            A. diverged                           C. trodden

            B.  hence                               D. fair

_____7. Separate from another route, especially a main one, and go in a different direction.

            A. diverged                           C. trodden

            B.  hence                               D. fair

_____8. As a consequence; for this reason.

            A. diverged                           C. trodden

            B.  hence                               D. fair

_____9. An assertion of the truth of something, typically one that is disputed or in doubt.

            A. claim                                C. trodden

            B.  hence                               D. fair

_____10. Walk in a specified way.

            A. claim                                C. trodden

            B.  hence                               D. fair

_____11. An American poet and playwright who wrote the poem “The Road Not Taken.”

            A. William Faulkner            C. Robert Frost

            B. Edgar Allan Poe              D. Ernest Hemingway

_____12. What is the time setting of the poem?

            A. winter                             C. fall

            B. summer                           D. spring

_____13. Describe the conflict the speaker feels in the poem.

            A. He feels regretful.

            B. He has to make a decision which road to travel down.

            C. He cannot travel both roads, thus he feels anxious about making the right decision.

            D. All of the above

_____14. What do the following lines from the poem mean?

“And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood”

            A. The speaker wants to travel with someone so they could see the sights together.

            B. The speaker is filled with regrets for not choosing the other road at the beginning.

            . The speaker travels alone and he cannot travel both roads at the same time.

            D. The speaker thinks that the two roads are equally appealing.

_____15. What is the difference between the two roads in “The Road Not Taken?”

            A. One road has many flowers along the way.

            B. One road is shady and gloomy.

            C. One road has better scenery.

            D. One road is somewhat less travelled.

_____16. Which type of person is the speaker in the poem?

            A. a person who has great plans

            B. a person who had to make a decision

            C. a person who likes to travel

            D. a person lost in the woods

_____17. Which of the following words is synonymous to the word trodden?

            A. stroll                                         C. release

            B. walked on                                 D. tiptoed

_____18. Analyze the last stanza. What does the speaker mean by this line―

“Somewhere ages and ages hence”?

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

            A. He had a great life—thanks to his decision on choosing that road.

            B. That decision the speaker made is the turning point of his life.

            C. The speaker is imagining that sometime in the future he will be telling this story about the roads 

                  and the decision he made.

            D. All of the above

_____19. What does the “road” symbolize in “The Road Not Taken”?

            A. The road could symbolize the journey of life.

            B. The road could mean choices the speaker has to make in life.

            C. One decision leads to another and you never actually know what could be the outcome.

            D. All of the above

_____20. What is the central idea or the profound meaning of the poem?

            A. The poem is about the importance of enjoying life.

            B. The poem talks about loving nature and taking care of our environment.

            C. The poem is about the conflict people face when making important decisions.

            D. The poem emphasizes on how other people can help us in decision making.

_____21. Meeting uncertainty with understanding means ________

            A. creating a vision and values for people.

            B. being clear when communicating.

            C. anticipating problems and taking advantage of opportunities.

_____22. In order to counteract volatility, one must ________

            A. devise goals to respond rapidly to change.

            B. stay adaptable to changes.

            C. know how to cope to changes by turning VUCA as an advantage.

_____23. Fighting ambiguity is ________

            A. anticipating threats and taking advantages of opportunities.

            B. motivating others to develop skills and embrace creativity.

            C. promoting collaboration and teamwork.

_____24. A complex world can be turned into an advantage by ________

            A. having a clear understanding of goals and vision.

            B. reacting quickly to change.

            C. having good communication with peers while promoting cooperation of members.

_____25. We live in a VUCA world where ambiguity makes us feel that _______

            A. the future is unpredictable.

            B. we lack clarity for it is hard to know the root cause of the problem

            C. change is violent and uncontrollable.

Nothing Gold Can Stay

by Robert Frost (1874-1963)

Nature’s first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf’s a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay.


_____26. What is the meaning of subsides in the poem?

            A. to settle down                           C. increases

            B. sadness                                      D. color

_____27. Who is the “her” referred to in lines 2 and 3?

            A. Gold                                          C. Nature

            B. Leaf                                           D. Eden

_____28. In “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” the author concentrates upon ______________.

            A. loss of beautiful things that eventually disappears

            B. all things are bright and beautiful

            C. all’s well that ends well

            D. all of the above

_____29. What is personified in the poem?

            A. Environment                          C. Flower

            B. Nature                                    D. Love

_____30. What meaning, other than color, does “gold” have in the poem?

            A. the enduring faith

            B. the ephemeral nature of things

            C. discover the beautiful things around us

            D. beauty comes from the things one least expects

_____31. What is the tone of the poem?

            A. pessimistic                            C. gloomy

            B. nervous                                 D. happy

_____32. What is the theme of the poem Nothing Gold Can Stay?

            A. Nothing of value lasts forever

            B. Transition, transience and nature

            C. Fleeting nature of beauty, youth, and life itself

            D. all of the above support the theme

_____33. “Nothing Gold Can Stay” is a short poem that holds profound messages within literary devices. What is the message of the poem?

            A. One should value the beauty around them before it disappears with time.

            B. That every beautiful thing in this universe is short-lived just like the flowers now in full bloom 

                 will soon wither.

            C. It unfolds the idea of change and decay, thus happy moments should be recognized and 

                 appreciated before they lose their charm and glory.

            D. all of the above

On His Blindness

Sonnet 19

by John Milton (1608-1674)

When I consider how my light is spent

Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,

And that one talent which is death to hide

Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent

To serve therewith my Maker, and present

My true account, lest he returning chide;

"Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?"

I fondly ask. But Patience to prevent

That murmur, soon replies: "God doth not need

How do you view the persona’s

demeanor to his circumstance?

Either man's work or his own gifts; who best

Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state

Is kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed

And post o'er land and ocean without rest:

They also serve who only stand and wait."


_____34. He is deemed to be one of the literary figures who stand prominently in English Literature. He wrote the poem “On His Blindness.”

            A. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

            B. Percy Bysshe Shelley

            C. Rudyard Kipling

            D. John Milton

_____35. John Milton represents the religious consciousness of the Puritans of England. His poem “On His Blindness” embodies this Puritan fervor. Consider this line: “When I consider this line: “When I consider how my light is spent.” Light here means

            A. life                                             C. eyesight

            B. happiness                                   D. blindness

_____36. “And that one talent which is death to hide.” The talent referred to here is

            A. acting                                        C. singing

            B. writing ability                           D. orating

_____37. “When I consider how my light is spent.” The phrase “is spent” refers to this:

            A. eyesight gone                           C. money gone

            B. old age                                     D. wasting away

_____38. When the speaker, who is the author himself, learned that he was going blind, his reaction was expressed in this line:

            A. “When I consider how my light is spent”

            B. “Doth God exact day labor, light denied?”

            C. “They also serve who only stand and wait”

            D. “Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best...”

_____39. Two lines below illustrate the religious attitude that the speaker finally takes toward his ailment:

            A. “And post o’er land and ocean without rest”

            B. “God doth not need either man’s work or his own gifts”

            C. “Who best bear his mild yoke, they serve him best”

            D. “They also serve who only stand and wait”

Source: Serrano, Josephine B. & Lapid Milagros G. English Communication Arts & Skills through Anglo-American and Filipino Literature (5th Edition). Quezon City:

Phoenix Publishing House Inc., 2001.

_____40. What is personified in the poem “On His Blindness”?

            A. Temperance                               C. Patience

            B. Death                                         D. Prudence

_____41. What are the literary devices utilized in the poem?

            A. Metaphor, Personification, Alliteration and Oxymoron

            B. Metaphor, Personification and Apostrophe

            C. Allusion, Paradox and Onomatopoeia

            D. Metaphor, Personification, Alliteration and Allusion

_____42. In line 3 “And that one Talent which is death to hide”, what figure of speech is being used here?

            A. Paradox                                      C. Biblical Allusion

            B. Alliteration                                 D. Metaphor

_____43. What does Milton’s soul wish for?

            A. To serve humanity

            B. To serve those who are in need

            C. To serve God by writing great poetry

            D. All of the above

_____44. What literary device is used in the following line: “Ere half my days in this dark world and wide?”

            A. Personification                           C. Alliteration

            B. Biblical Allusion                        D. Metaphor

_____45. Which of the following is the tone of the poem?

            A. melancholic                               C. ominous

            B. regretful                                     D. aggressive

_____46. Which type of poem is “On His Blindness”?

            A. Sonnet                                        C. Lyric

            B. Blank Verse                                D. Couplet

_____47. What is the theme of “On His Blindness”?

            A. Those who offer their life to God and accept that He is in control of their fate are loved best.

            B. It expresses Milton’s fear of punishment to realization and consolation within himself

            C. Milton’s faith in God as he is losing his sight

            D. all of the above support the theme

_____48. What is the attitude of the speaker in the poem "On His Blindness"?

            A. We are unique individuals; we can serve God in different ways.

            B. Despite his disability, he still has a place in God’s creation.

            C. The best servants of God are those who bear life’s heavy burdens the greatest.

            D. all of the above

_____49. The ability to find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties.

            A. resourcefulness           C.deceive

            B. sincerity                       D. harmful

_____50. To believe something that is not true, typically in order to gain some personal advantage.

            A. resourcefulness           C.deceive

            B. sincerity                       D. harmful

_____51. Causing or likely to cause harm.

            A. resourcefulness           C.deceive

            B. sincerity                       D. harmful

_____52. You mean that they behave in a dishonest way by making other people believe something that is not true.

            A. resourcefulness           C.deceive

            B. sincerity                       D. deceitful

_____53.  Strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties. 

            A. love                               C.deceive

            B. sincerity                       D. deceitful

_____54. The capacity to endure continued subjection to something, especially a drug, transplant, antigen, or environmental conditions, without adverse reaction.

            A. tolerance                      C.deceive

            B. sincerity                       D. deceitful

_____55. The condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death.

            A. tolerance            

            B. sincerity                       D. deceitful

_____56. Showing a readiness to give more of something, as money or time, than is strictly necessary or             expected.

            A. tolerance                      C.generous

            B. sincerity                       D. deceitful

_____57. Not under the control or in the power of another; able to act or be done as one wishes.

            A. freedom                             C.generous

            B. sincerity                       D. deceitful

_____58.Having an obligation to do something, or having control over or care for someone, as part of one's job or role.

            A. freedom                             C.generous

            B. responsible                       D. deceitful

_____59. Recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another.

            A. freedom                             C.discrimination

            B. responsible                       D. deceitful

_____60. Having or showing a modest or low estimate of one's own importance.

            A. freedom                             C.discrimination

            B. humble                       D. deceitful


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