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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Unseen Eleven Plus Questions

The word `unseen’ appears in many different language examinations. I can remember pretending to relish the unseen texts in Latin at school. Suppose the Eleven Plus was livened up with questions and exercises where children were faced with a drill to translate?

You could offer this to your child.

Your task begins now.

Translate the following passage into modern English. Remember your academic future depends on your perseverance and ability to think and reason.

Svmer is icumen in
Lhude sing cuccu!
Growth sed and bloweth med
and springth the wude nu.
Sing cuccu!

Awe bleteth after lomb,
lhouth after calve cu;
Bulluc sterteth, bucke uerteth,.
Murie sing cuccu!

Cuccu, cuccu,
Well singes thu cuccu.
Ne swik thu naver nu!
Sing cuccu nu, Sing cuccu!

You may need to offer your child a few clues:

Lhude = loud

Awe = you

Llouth = loweth

Swike = cease

There are a number of translations on the internet!

Your child may prefer an exercise of this nature over a typical unprepossessing eleven plus exercise in the order of:

Arrange these words in alphabetical order:

There thanks thunder thimble thought

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