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SS1: ENGLISH LANGUAGE – 3RD TERM

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Quiz 9 of 18

SS1: English Language – Complex Sentences I

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QUESTION

Read the following passage carefully.

1Mengueme is chief of the Yanyans, and is highly respected among his people. 2He is the only one of the elders who has survived his own generation. He puts on his chief’s uniform 3when he comes to visit the Commandant and takes it off 4as soon as he is out of the European town. 5When the Germans made the first war on the French, his younger brother was killed fighting the French. When the Germans made the second war on the French, 6his two sons were killed fighting the Germans. “Life”, he says, “is like the chameleon, changing colour all the time.”

(From Ferdinand Oyono, Houseboy (London: Heinemann, 1960) p. 36

Source: Adapted from Intensive English for SSS 1

Some of the clauses in the passage have been emphasized and numbered. Classify them into main and subordinate clauses, using the following table. The first one has been done for you as an example.

ANSWERS

Main Clause    

1.  Mengueme is Chief of the Yanyans …

2. He is the only one of the elders …

6. … his two sons were killed fighting the Germans.

Subordinate Clause

3… when he comes to visit the commandant

4… as soon as he is out of the European town

5. When the Germans made the first war on the French …

QUESTION

Read the following passage carefully.

1Mengueme is chief of the Yanyans, and is highly respected among his people. 2He is the only one of the elders who has survived his own generation. He puts on his chief’s uniform 3when he comes to visit the Commandant and takes it off 4as soon as he is out of the European town. 5When the Germans made the first war on the French, his younger brother was killed fighting the French. When the Germans made the second war on the French, 6his two sons were killed fighting the Germans. “Life”, he says, “is like the chameleon, changing colour all the time.”

(From Ferdinand Oyono, Houseboy (London: Heinemann, 1960) p. 36

Source: Adapted from Intensive English for SSS 1

Some of the clauses in the passage have been emphasized and numbered. Classify them into main and subordinate clauses, using the following table. The first one has been done for you as an example.

ANSWERS

Main Clause    

1.  Mengueme is Chief of the Yanyans …

2. He is the only one of the elders …

6. … his two sons were killed fighting the Germans.

Subordinate Clause

3… when he comes to visit the commandant

4… as soon as he is out of the European town

5. When the Germans made the first war on the French …