Monday, 27 April 2015



1. She is so ______ that it is easy to trick her.
  (A) cunning
(B) sophisticated
  (C) gullible
  (D) sly
2. The convention center is filled with ______ who are waiting to see the rarest stamp from the 6th century.
  (A) philatelists
(B) ventriloquists
  (C) philosophers
  (D) cartoonists
3. His face was long and ______, exactly like a horse.
  (A) feline
(B) avian
  (C) bovine
  (D) equine
4. Only the ______ few get to be invited for the sale.
  (A) willing
(B) obliged
  (C) privileged
  (D) reluctant
5. There seemed to be ______ of poison in her drink.
  (A) senses
(B) evidence
  (C) traces
  (D) marks
6. Delia was ______ as to why the school bully was willing to help her.
  (A) puzzled
  (B) liberated
  (C) gracious
  (D) annoyed
7. When he returned home, he was surprised to see his house badly ______.
  (A) tattered
  (B) trespassed
  (C) ransacked
  (D) investigated
8. I had to ______ his invitation to the sneak preview as I had another appointment.
  (A) turn off
  (B) turn away
  (C) turn over
  (D) turn down
9. Since the two movies are screened ______, we have no choice but to choose one.
  (A) tardily
  (B) concurrently
  (C) punctually
  (D) consecutively
10. The room was suddenly ______ by bright lights that we were somewhat blinded.
  (A) illustrated
  (B) alliterated
  (C) disillusioned
  (D) illuminated



1.Write about the relationship between the two main characters

Rory and Granda had an unusual and interesting relationship. They may be two generations apart yet their relationship was so close and stable. Granda had looked after Rory since he was a baby after Rory's father walked out on them. When Granda became old and was not well Ron' felt responsible and that he should look after Granda. They know each other so well that Rory understood Granda's fear of Rachriadar and vice versa Granda understood Rory's fear of Castle Street. Rory did not blame Granda for the mistakes he made not even when he set the tlat on fire. Granda could do no wrong as tar as Rory was concerned. Granda knew he could rely on Rory to look out for him anytime and anywhere. On occasions when the situation required better lodgement, Granda took over and became the person in charge and Rory accepted it albeit under protest. When they had to get Out of Perth station quietly and quickly, Granda hot-wired a car under protest from Rory. Rory was able to calm Granda and make him accept a helping hand from strangers because of the trust between them.

2.Write about an important moral value that you have learnt

The important moral value I have learnt from the novel is that family relationships should be nurtured and not taken for granted.Granda had looked after Rory after Rory's father walked out on them. Now that Granda was getting old and forgetful, Rory took it upon himsnif to look after Gra nda. Nobody forced him or told him  to do it but Rory felt it was the right thing to do. He was willing to forego things that teenage boys should be doing. He did all the household chores, made sure Granda took his medication and had all his meals. He even kept Granda's pipe to make sure there wasn't any untoward incidents. Grandpa had been known to leave his pipe in his pocket and burned out the jacket.
Granda and Rory did not take their relationship for granted. Granda had on several occasions expressed appreciation to Rory for being there for him while Rory felt proud to have Granda as his grandfather. He was protective and defensive of Granda. They nurtured their relationship right up to the end even when they had a family in Jeff and Karen.
Sammy, Ruby and Tyrone also showed a strong family relationship. Sammy and Ruby were free and easy but respectful with each other. Ruby would tease Sammy and vice versa. But, when it came to making decisions, Ruby left it to Sammy showing him respect as head of the family. Tyrone was respectful and obedient to Sammy and Ruby.Family relationships should be nurtured and not taken for granted as family happiness and stability depend on this positive attitude.

3.Write about the major changes that Rory faced in his life and the problems that came with them.

Rory was determined not to be separated from Granda who was not well and suffered from lapses of memory. He gave up playing football as he had to get dinner for Granda after school. Rory even told a few white lies when Granda misplaced his school jotter. He wanted people like Mrs Foley to think that it was Granda who was looking after him and not vice versa.He even coached Granda on how to behave on Parents' Night. He was genuinely worried that Granda be placed in a home.
After the flat caught fire, Rory faced a major change in his life. He was placed in a children's home and Granda was placed in an old folks' home. They had not been separated ever since Rory's father walked out on them. Rory could see that Granda was slowly dying in the home. To solve these problems, Rory worked out an escape plan and took Granda away from Rachnadar. They ran away to Darren's family caravan where they stayed in hiding for a few days. Rory was happy to see Granda recovering and was his old self again
Later, when they had to run away from the police, Rory faced the problem of deciding where to run to and at the same time, he could see that running away and around had taken a toll on Granda's health. Rory learned to place his trust on strangers as a way out. He would lose Granda if he did not. Sammy and his  family took them to the north while Rab and Annie helped them to get to Lake District.
Rory was willing to risk incurring Granda's anger when he decided they would go to Liverpool to look for his father. It would solve his problem of being solely responsible for Granda's welfare. Moreover, Granda was showing the strains of running around.Another major change in Rory's life was meeting up with his father and the latter's family. In spite of Granda's stories about Jeff, Rory finds Jeff easy to get along. He accepted the whole family and as he said they are together and will stay together as a family.
4.Write about the theme of the story.

A theme in the story is determination brings success. Rory and Granda were on an escape adventure from the local authorities as they were determined not to be separated as they had been when they were placed in Castle Street and Rachnadar. They wanted their freedom to live like the old days.
They went on an escape adventure and it was determination that made them willing Lo go through hardships as they had no final destination in mind.They had to keep running and be alert to avoid being caught by the police. They also had to be careful not to be recognized by the public who could identify them from their pictures in the local television news. This determination inspired some kind strangers to help them whenever the law caught up with them.
Granda showed strong determination in-that at times when he was really exhausted he would still put in extra efforts to escape being caught by the police. Rory had to pull him into the bushes and he survived it although he was in a panic. On another occasion, he picks speed and rolled into a ditch to escape the law. He even hit a  younger person on the head and hotwired car to escape. All these showed his determination and it brought success as they could escape from the law,
Rory and  Granda's determination to be together and to stay free brought success as they eventually ended up in Liverpool where Jeff, Rory's father was, They were reunited as a family.

5.Write about the plot of the story and state what you think of the plot.

Rory and Granda's were on an escape adventure from their hometown to Liverpool because they did not want to be separated from each other. They had cared for and looked after each other for a long time and with Granda getting on in years and becoming forgetful, Rory took over the responsibility of looking after granda on his own initiative.

One day, when the flat caught fire both Rory and Granda were placed in a children's home and an old folks' home respectively. Ganda was badly affected as he became withdrawn and lost. Rory knew that Granda was slowly dying in Rachnadar so he resolved to run away with Granda. The story climaxed with Rory and Granda making the great escape but with no destination in mind. They only wanted to be free and to be together. They spent a few happy carefree days at the caravan site. When the police caught up with them, Rory and Granda were helped by Sammy who sheltered them.
Their journey was a struggle to stay free. Strangers helped them all the way, giving them shelter and making safe plans for them. Rory had doubts about whether he was doing the right bed. All doubts were dispelled as Granda looked happier even when he was exhausted. Eventually, Rory decided they would travel south to Liverpool and look for his father, Jeff Macintosh Cranda objected and rage about this when he realized what Rory's plans were. When Granda almost lost his life in the cold bus shelter, they ended up in Liverpool. It was a happy ending as they meet up with Jeff and became a family again.
The plot runs in chronological order. The reader can follow Rory and Granda's interesting and sometimes heartbreaking journey from their hometown to their final destination. Rory as the narrator projects a solid account of their thoughts, feelings and gave good descriptions of the setting. Their approach makes it easy for the reader to understand and appreciate the story. I think the plot is simple sweet and relevant to our society were young people tend to forget their obligations to the old.


What do you and your friends think the title of the short story means?

a)The title of the novel, Catch Us If You Can' is intriguing. At first glance, it creates the image of some people challenging the authority to catch them as they are running away because of some wrongdoing. It is quite misleading in that way. One friend thought thatt the title refers to children playing a game of hide and seek either with adults or among themselves. But, knowing that the writer, Catherine Maci'hail is a writer of children's stories, the title may apply to children running away from home.

Do your grandparents live with your family?What type of relationship do you have with your grandparents

b)Yes, my paternal grandparents live with us because my father is their only child. I am very close to my grandmother as she has looked atter me all this while. My grandfather is rather distant and not very loving with us. My maternal grand parents live in another state and we have a close relationship. We visit them at least once a month because my mother says that grandparents provide the stability and foundation in a family.

c)No, both my paternal and maternal grandparents do not live with us because we live in the city and they live in the kampung in another state. They prefer living in the country which is more peaceful and the environment is cleaner. Wc visit them more than they visit us,
As a schoolboy ,do you think Rory should be burdened with the responsibility of looking after his grandfather who was not well?

d)No, I feel that Rory should not be burdened with the responsibility of looking after his grandfather who was not well, As a schoolboy, he should be out playing games like any teenager of his age and generally living a carefree life. Instead, he had to do all the household chores and make sure his grandfather took his medicine on time, He was doing the work of an adult.I guess Rory had no choice because as he put it, if his grandfather was not with him, he would have to go to a home. They had no one to turn to and if his grandfather went to a home, Rory would also be sent to a home.

Imagine that you are in Rory’s shoes,would you have done what he did that is take Granda on an escape adventure with no definite destination?Why? 

e)Yes, i would have done the same thing because I know that Granda would not survive in the old folks home. Even if Grande died while running away, I know that he would die a happy man.

Granda wanted to be with Rory all the time and relied on Rory to look after him.Do you feel that Granda was being selfish in wanting to keep By his side all the time

f)I feel that Granda was being selfish in doing that. He should have made the effort to contact his son rather than let Rory hear all the burden.

g) Define the term Generation gap?Does it exist in your family either between you and your parents or between you and your grandparents.Why was there no generation gap between Rory and his grandfather

Generation gap refers to a lack of understanding between the younger generation and the older generation. Old people feel that the young do not respect them and the customs and beliefs they hold close to their heart. Young people feel that the old do not understand their way of doing things. They feel that the old are old-fashioned and should not interfere with their way of life.It does exist in my family between my parents.They do not ask for my opinions and make all the decisions for me. For example, they decide on the games I should play, the friends i should have and my mother even picks the shirts I should wear when we go out even for family functions. I feel that they are unreasonable and this is the cause for the misunderstandings that sometimes arise between us.
Rory and his grandfather have lived together all their lives and know and understand each other very well. They care and love each other very much so this is why there is no generation gap between them.


Based on the novel that you have read,write about a character who faces challenges and overcomes them.

In the novel Catch Us If You Can, one character that faces great challenges is Rory. He was a young boy but he faced many challenges in life. First and foremost, he had to care for his granda who was suffering from memory loss and ill health. Afraid that his granda's condition would cause them to be separated, Rory did his level best to ensure that he took charge of the situation well. He made sure that his granda had his regular medical check-up and took his medication on time. However, fate had it that a fire caused by Granda left Rory completely helpless.

The fire left Rory and Granda without a home. They were separated. Rory stayed in Castle Street while Granda was placed in Rachnadar. Rory faced the challenge of having them together again. Granda was devastated by the plans made by the authorities. He could not bear to be separated from his grandson. Rory planned the Great Escape which along with it was great challenges. Granda's ill health caused Rory to fear for his granda's life.

In the climax of the story, Rory's fear came true. He thought Granda was dead. Granda was not moving. He was cold. Rory ran for his life to get help.He felt responsible. He had planned the escape and his granda could be dead. However, all the challenges that Rory faced were not in vain. His granda survived the ordeal and they were reunited with Jeff Mclntosh.

There are great challenges in life. One needs to persevere and remain focus in order to overcome them. Rory never wavered in his plans to ensure that he and his granda were not separated.
 In the end, his efforts were paid off. Rory got to know a long lost father and Granda reunited with his estranged son.

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Opinion from one of the writers: INTHERA DEVI

Question 1:The character that you like best? Why?

The character that I like best in the novel is Granda. He is a delightfully funny man. He has no serious motives except that he wants to be together with his grandson, Rory at all times. Although he is forgetful and often helpless, he has a good sense of humour. He loves  his grandson who he says makes up for his 'lost' son. This is a good example of a loving grandfather.
Granda's forgetful actions are very amusing in the novel. For instance he threw Rory's homework jotter together with the rubbish down the chute. Once he was almost arrested for shoplifting when a hanger suit on it got caught in the belt of his raincoat and he walked out of the shop with it attached to him.Granda was very popular with Rory's friends. They were always eager for more stories about him and they too loved him very much.

Question 2:The most memorable character

The most memorable character in this novel for me is Rory. He was such a filial grandson that any grandfather could have. Rory loved his grandpa so much that he called him Granda. Rory could not handle losing his Granda when he was admitted at the Hospital. It had almost broken his heart. He felt as if his heart had been smashed like concrete into tiny bits. Rory always consoled himself with the thought of his Granda beside him. Whenever Rory's heart felt hurt, his Granda always mended it. As they were on their journey escape from the hospital, Rory prayed silently for his Granda. He pleaded god not to let his Granda die before they got to the caravan. He also made a promise to God that he would go out every Saturday collecting for the Salvation Army and even join it for the sake of his Granda. This loving attitude of Rory has made him a memorable character for me.
Question 3:AThe lesson that I learnt:
In this novel the lesson that I have learnt is to be loving to the elders. Rory loved his grandpa so much in this novel. His love and care for the grandfather was portrayed in many ways. Whenever his grandpa made simple errors Rory was so forgiving. He never got angry with him. In fact he taught his grandpa little things such as with the Parents' Night coming up, Rory was trying to coach Granda on how to behave.He did not like  people giving comments about his grandpa. He really took care of him just like a mother taking care of her infant. When Granda was hospitalised, Rory felt so sad for him and decided to escape with him.He had pure love for his grandpa. From his actions in the story I learnt that we must take care of old people with a loving heart as well.

Question 4:The theme??

In the novel, one of the themes is love and it is portrayed well through the character of Val Jessup, a social worker who, in her enthusiasm of her first case, really takes the time to understand Granda and Rory's problems. Val Jessup is nervous about Rory living alone in the flat after the mishap and so she drives him to Castle Street. She takes Rory to the hospital to see his grandfather but keeps her worries about the latter's health a secret. Eventually, it is Val Jessup who tells Rory that the authorities have moved Granda to Rachnadar and that Rory, being a young boy cannot be left alone to take the responsibility of caring for his aged and unwell grandfather. When Rory and his grandfather are on the run, Val Jessup appears on the television to address them, appealing for them to get in touch, stating that the authorities are only worried about them and that it is Granda's health that is the main concern. Even though Val Jessup is just a social worker and not related to Granda or Rory, we can see the element of love in her. She loves Granda and Rory like her own family members.

Question 5:The happy event that you can quote:

The happy event in this novel is when Rory finally meets his Granda's family and his Dad's family as well. They all insisted that Rory to go home with them. Rory realised that he had two little sisters as well. His Dad's wife was called Karen. Rory's beloved Granda was happy to see his two little granddaughters. He let them climb all over him and even kissed him. Rory was finally able to stay in Liverpool.His dad's family also stayed near to him and his Granda. His dad always came to his place every day and helped out with the daily chores. Rory and his Granda visited his dad's place for dinner, Life was very meaningful finally for Rory and his Granda. Reuniting back with the family is a happy event in the story.


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Sajak ini menggunakan gaya percakapan penyair dengan seseorang. Orang yang dimaksudkan di sini ialah seorang yang pandai bermain seruling. Sekali pandang ia seperti sajak percintaan kerana banyak menggunakan perkataan yang lembut dan romantis.

Are you still playing your flute
Are you still playing your flute
when there is no time for our love
I am feeling guilty
to be longing for your song

Tetapi percakapan yang lembut dan romantis dengan pemain seruling itu hanyalah satu cara atau gaya penyair meluahkan segala yang mengganggu fikirannya. Sajak ini bertemakan kemasyarakatan . Keseluruhannya merupakan luahan rasa penyair tentang keadaan masyarakat di negaranya dan antara bangsa yang penuh kemelut dan kacau bilau.
Penyair mengenang sang pemain seruling. Sebenarnya yang dikenang oleh penyair ialah kampong yang sedang tenat.

Are you still playing your flute
in the village so quiet and deserted
amidst the sick rice field

Dia menceritakan tentang keadaan dirinya yang berada di kota…kota yang sakit sedangkan kampong sudah sunyi kerana ditinggalkan oleh anak-anak muda. Apakah pemain seruling itu masih ada di kampong bermain serulingnya? . Ini juga bermaksud adakah sang pemain seruling masih mempertahankan seni dan tradisinya.

Alat musik seruling dipilih kerana inilah alat muzik yang paling dekat dengan alam. Cuma sebatang buluh dan tidak memerlukan teknologi canggih untuk menciptanya. Jadi semuanya balik kpd alam. Balik kepada keaslian.

the melody concealed in the slim hollow of the bamboo
uncovered by the breath of an artist
composed by his lips
arranged by his fingers
blown by the wind
to the depth of my heart

Penyair merasa bersalah untuk melayan rasa rindu kepada pemain seruling itu. Begitulah rasa bersalahnya dia memikirkan sesuatu yang indah seperti seni . Di kota dia sepatutnya sibuk kerana di situ kehidupan berlalu dengan pantas.

while here it has become a luxury
to spend time watching the rain
gazing at the evening rays
collecting dew drops
or sniffing scented flowers.

Seolah-olah dia memberikan masanya kepada perkara-perkara yang remeh sedangkan kehidupan sedang dilanda oleh masalah yang sangat besar. Masalah-masalah ini dipaparkan dalam bait seterusnya. Pada masa itu ramai yang menganggur. Orang-orang kita berpecah belah kerana politik . Dan di merata dunia spt Bosnia dan Palestin, orang Islam sedang diburu oleh bom-bom ganas.

in the hazard of this city
my younger brothers unemployed and desperate
my people thorn by politic
my Muslim friends slaughtered mercilessly
this world is old and badly injured.

Is this the end of our love?
time is forcing us as artists
not to be ourselves.

Ini bukan masa untuk memberi perhatian kepada seni. Ini adalah masa untuk bekerja keras. Apabila seniman tidak dapat melayani kecintaannya kepada seni maka itu seperti mereka dituntut untuk tidak menjadi seniman lagi



Story beginning…….Last night I  was with my family at the night market.All of a sudden…….

Last night, I was with my family at the night market. All of a sudden when I wanted to buy the last piece of a fried chicken, a pair of strong  hands grabbed it first and leaving me speechless.I told the owner that I was the one who ‘booked’ it first so definitely it should be mine.We starred at each other for a while. Finally, he put it down and put a smile on his handsome face. "Yours," he said charmingly.I was trembling over with excitement.

Then something which I never expected did happen. Out of a blue, a burly man with a moustache and round eyes, about his late twenties snatched  my handbag. I was taken aback by his swift action.This guy must be a professional snatcher.I screamed for help. That handsome man who was a few metres away quickly turned back and chased this so-called professional snatch-thief. Within minutes he came back with my handbag unopened and in good condition as it was.I quickly expressed my gratitude to him.Soon we became friend. “ I ‘m Faisal”.He said confidently.Yours? “Izzah” I answered shyly. We contacted each other until I found him as a very exciting,humorous,kind and confident gentleman.I was quite amazed when he told me that he was on his final year,medical studies  at Universiti Sains Malaysia.He used to help me in my assignment and always cheer me up.

 Soon we decided for a date.It was indeed my first time dating a gentleman and I did not know how to behave myself especially when it comes to eating together at a table.At home,I normally eat freely and do not worry of any protocol or whatever etiquettes.My mum was always there to cheer me up and I had my two plates of rice easily.So this time we were supposed to meet at Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet at KB Mall in Kota Bharu.I was feeling awry at first but after so many persuasions, I finally agreed.We enjoyed on our first date,do some window shopping, watched  movie at a nearby cinema and then chit-chatting with friends and classmates.I was extremely happy with this first date what more he bought a gift which I never expected.Imagine receiving an android phone,Asus Zenfone was something that made every student feeling on top of the world. He wanted to kiss me in the car but I told him it was too early to do this.

So we headed home.I called mum that I would be back in an hour and told her to get in touch with dad just in case if dad is looking for me.Faisal suddenly turned quiet.I didn’t know what actually was hovering in his mind but one thing for sure I knew that he has invested quite a large sum of money to please and made me happy.He drove his car and I noticed  that it was not on the  same route returning  home that normally I was familiar with. “Where are we heading to ?” I asked him but he just gave a weird smile.I began to worry and put my phone on GPRS.This was just to keep me safe if something unexpected happen.It was true as I expected.Faisal began to drive in a dark hallway.It stopped at a dilapidated house,scary as it looked.He asked me to get out of the car but I did not move even a single step. He started to get  mad and  pull me out roughly.Soon I was brought inside the house.I was feeling scared and tears started to roll down my cheek.Then he started to violate me and told me that he needed me as much as I needed him.I told him this was not the right way.He should see my parents and told  them of his honest intention but not to treat me like a beast.I yelled at him and told him that if he ever touched me,he would be in a very serious problem.Meanwhile my new Zenfone beeped which means I was being followed.

I began to have the confident and kicked him.Then I struggled and shoved him but to no avail as he was quite strong and fully determined to get me. I screamed at the top of my voice and he quickly close my mouth with his big bare hand. Tears rolled down my cheeks.I had  no choice but to beg him to let me go.I was praying silently that the phone beeped just now would bring somebody to save me.He started to undress himself. I knew I could not fight  him. I prayed to the Almighty to send me a saver.Indeed it was a miracle.Suddenly I heard the door was kicked wide opened and I saw a few men including my dad heading towards me.All of them could not wait any longer and bashed Faisal until he passed out.

Soon one of my dad’s friend called his counterpart,a detective at the crime unit,police headquarter.Within minutes two glittering blue lights patrol cars arrived.I walked slowly to my dad and  hugged him tightly. “Dad,you have saved my dignity” I cried on his shoulder. After that on the way home,we dropped by at a lake and threw out this so-called valuable gift,Asus Zenfone.It was better for me not to have this prestigious and sophisticated phone in my hand and forget the whole thing rather keeping it and remember this new friend who wanted to violate and take  advantage of me.Faisal was put in the pentetiniary for 15 years on charge of attempted rape.He deserved to be inside there anyway.To me I have learn a bitter lesson.I swear that I would not trust any other man other than my hero-my beloved dad.

MMP, tusyen malam.
-Izzah Atira,-Farhana Azman Shah-Aiesyah Humaira'