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Read the passage and answer the question that follow.


(1) The digital revolution has passed; we are living in the digital age. The effect on us all has been enormous and seems to impact every single thing we do. Computers and other technologies have been around for decades but what has really changed is the accessibility of such devices. Around 43% of the world’s population has a smart phone. Two areas that are commonly talked about are our memories and our ability to write.
(2) The first area of concern is the increase in available technology and how it impacts how we use our minds. Unfortunately, or fortunately, the human brain is not divided in easy access compartments which we can put our memories in and retrieve at any given moment, yet our memory sticks are. Often times our brains seem to be actually relatively poor storage for memories, particularly if you compare it to a hard drive so it’s really great that we have created devices that help us remember.
(3) A second issue that is raised is that children seem to be losing their fine motor skills. Fine motor skills are basically small movements such as typing or drawing and colouring in and there are many many more examples. Some research based on children’s ability to write with a pen or pencil suggests that these fine motor skills are reducing. The reduction in ability to write, while a concerning issue, seems to suggest that there isn’t a better alternative. Nowadays, with the use of computers, tablets and smartphones people generally don’t write with pen or pencil.
(4) It is clear that while we are using technology daily, our lives are changing as a consequence. There is no doubt that there are huge positives to this, however, it’s clear that some say that there are negatives also. We are able to create devices that help us with our memories which can improve levels of happiness and can make life much easier. Yet another positive is that our creation of devices could mean that we don’t ‘need’ to use our memories as much, so there is a possibility that we could free up our minds for other things like being creative.



Fine motor skills are still important _______.

Ato develop so we can do exams
Bso we must all focus on writing with a pen or pencil
Cbecause colouring in and drawing are fun
Dbut writing is maybe not so important


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Subject :IEO    Class : Class 3

Read the passage and answer the question.

Lake Baikal is a huge lake in Siberia, Russia. It is the biggest fresh water reservoir in the world. The lake is near Irkutsk. Somewhat crescent shaped, it is in the southern Siberia area of Russia. The lake is completely surrounded by mountains.
Baikal is about 636 kilometres long. It is 20 to 80 kilometres wide. At its deepest point, it is 1,700 metres deep. With this depth, it is the deepest lake on Earth. The lake is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It holds about 20% of the world's unfrozen surface fresh water. The word baikal means "rich lake", explaining the rich plants and animals found in the lake. There are more than 2,600 species of plants and animals. Of the 50 species of fishes, the most numerous are bullheads. Also abundant are the omul, salmon and lake whitefish.
Baikal's age is 25-30 million years: it is one of the oldest lakes. More than 300 streams and rivers feed into Lake Baikal like Reka and Vitim rivers, but the Angara River is the only outlet. The Selenga River is the largest source of water coming into Lake Baikal. Flowing north from Mongolia, it contributes nearly 50 percent of the lake's water. Lake Baikal may be warmer than other parts of Siberia, but in the winter it still gets very cold. The average air temperature in winter is minus 21 degrees celsius. Despite its size, Lake Baikal freezes over in the winter and usually melts in May or June.

The _________ River is the largest source of water coming into Lake Baikal.

AAngara
BSelenga
CReka
DVitim


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Read the poem carefully and answer the questions that follow :
No Men are Foreign Remember, no men are strange, no countries foreign
Beneath all uniforms, a single body breathes Like ours: the land our brothers walk upon Is earth like this, in which we all shall lie. They, too, aware of sun and air and water, Are fed by peaceful harvests, by war’s long winter starv’d.
Their hands are ours, and in their lines we read A labour not different from our own. Remember, they have eyes like ours that wake Or sleep, and strength that can be won By love. In every land is common life That all can recognise and understand.
Let us remember, whenever we are told To hate our brothers, it is ourselves That we shall dispossess, betray, condemn.
Remember, we who take arms against each other It is the human earth that we defile. Our hells of fire and dust outrage the innocence Of air that is everywhere our own, Remember, no men are foreign, and no countries strange.
–James Kirkup
The word “outrage” here means ___________.

A protect
B defame
C spoil
D complain


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