Sunday, March 2, 2014

Animal Races in SEMIPRO Festival - Descriptive Text with Cloze Test and Vocabulary Exercise

SEMIPRO , a one-week festival in Probolinggo city, offers a number of enjoyable entertainment shows and competitions. In the festival which starts from late June to early July every year, there are also animal races, such as goat race, red cow race, and cow muddy race.

Goat Race

Goat race is one of the most ...(1)... tourist attractions held in SEMIPRO (A Week in Probolinggo City) festival. Since 2009, goat race has ...(2)... the enthusiasm of not only local contestants, ...(3)... those from other cities.

The most important element in this race basically lies ...(4)... the speed of the goats in reaching the finish line. Contestants are ...(5)... to bring additional equipment as well as noise-makers to stimulate the goats’ running speed.

Looking at the enthusiasm of its contestants and the locals from year to year, the goat race is ...(6)... to be held in SEMIPRO festival every year.

  1. A. interest
    B. interested
    C. interesting
    D. interests

  2. A. raise
    B. raising
    C. raises
    D. raised

  1. A. but also
    B. but as well
    C. also
    D. and

  2. A. in
    B. at
    C. of
    D. on

  1. A. allowing
    B. allowed
    C. allow
    D. allows

  2. A. like
    B. alike
    C. likeness
    D. likely

Red Cow Race

Similar ...(7)... goat race, red cow race has become an important agenda in SEMIPRO festival. Despite the fact that the red cow race was never ...(8)... in SEMIPRO festival until 2011, the race has received great interest of the locals.

The characteristics of red cows ...(9)... to those of race cows, marked with their speed and power. If a cow ...(10)... one or more races, it will be a very profitable bid for the owner. A five-thousand-dollar cow can be worth U$7,500 after winning a race.

  1. A. with
    B. as
    C. for
    D. to

  2. A. hold
    B. holding
    C. held
    D. be held

  1. A. belong
    B. belonged
    C. belonging
    D. belongs

  2. A. win
    B. won
    C. wins
    D. will win

Cow Muddy Race

One of the most ...(11)... and unique events in SEMIPRO festival is cow muddy race which takes place on muddy farming land. The race is ...(12)... to be part of daily life in Pendalungan culture, that is the combination of Javanese and Maduranese culture. Its integration into SEMIPRO festival in 2011 has made it one of the formal ...(13)... events held in Probolinggo city. The prizes offered in the formal race pay the highest contribution in attracting local racers as well as racers from ...(14)... regions and towns.

Beside its noises and tension, what makes the cow muddy race unique is that it requires the art and skill of making the cows run ...(15)... possible on muddy farm land. The fastest cows will win the race. However, it requires a certain skill to keep the cows in the right ...(16)... and reach the finish line in record time.

  1. A. attraction
    B. attractive
    C. attracted
    D. attractively

  2. A. believes
    B. believing
    C. believe
    D. believed

  1. A. annually
    B. annual
    C. annuity
    D. anniversary

  2. A. other
    B. others
    C. another
    D. the other

  1. A. as fast
    B. faster than
    C. the fastest
    D. as fast as

  2. A. directly
    B. direction
    C. directive
    D. direct

Vocabulary Exercise

Match the words on the left with the correct meaning or definition on the right.
  1. Attraction
  2. Enthusiasm
  3. Element
  4. Equipment
  5. Locals
  6. Worth
  7. Culture

  8. Integration
  9. Tension
  10. Skill
  1. An instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service
  2. Having a specified value
  3. A state of mental or emotional strain or suspense
  4. People who live nearby
  5. A lively interest
  6. The act of combining into an integral whole
  7. The attitudes and behavior that are characteristic of a particular social group
  8. An entertainment that is offered to the public
  9. An ability that has been acquired by training
  10. An abstract part of something

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