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SPRING 2006 Marks: 40

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Just as most of us were finally beginning to grasp the Y2K problem, the confusion that may follow a computer’s failure to read zero-zero as the year 2000. Along comes September 9th, 1999.

Some older computers, we were told, might read 9-9-99 as a kind of shorthand used to mark the end of a program and shut something down! Like the northwest electric grid of the Bonneville Power Administration.

That got everyone’s attention focused on the last big nationwide power company readiness drill for the year two thousand.

Here in Washington State, and practically everywhere else in the United States and Canada, September 9th arrived without a hitch.

At least not a computer hitch. But there was a telephone call that threatened BPA’s power grid, one of the biggest in the country. The call came from someone who persuaded someone else to throw some switches. However, an alert operator rerouted power and

quickly fixed the problem.

Judi Johnson is a Bonneville Power Administrator; “There are people who would like Y2K to be a real event.”

After a tour of BPA’s control center, energy secretary Bill Richardson declared it and the

nation almost ready for New Year’s Day, 2000. He says, “I can report today that Bonneville is Y2K ready, and I have had reports from power companies all over the country that they have all passed with flying colors.”

The secretary acknowledged that 9-9-99 was never a serious concern but a way to focus on 1-1-2000.

In the end, the energy secretary said, it was not so much a test of Y2K readiness, as it was a show of confidence in the nation’s electric companies even though, he acknowledged, one percent is still not Y2K compliant.

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Question 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total


Question 11 12



Question No: 1 ( Marks: 1 ) – Please choose one

Choose the best option.

The K in Y2K means ____________ .





Question No: 2 ( Marks: 1 ) – Please choose one

It was feared that computers on September 9, 1999 would _________

start a virus spreading

shut down all programs

send wrong messages to power companies

process faster than usual

Question No: 3 ( Marks: 1 ) – Please choose one

On September 9, 1999 at Bonneville Power Administration

a person broke in and set some switches

the computer shut down but was fixed


a telephone call threatened to shut down power

nothing happened all day

Question No: 4 ( Marks: 1 ) – Please choose one

The secretary of energy thinks ______________.

almost all power companies in the world are ready for Y2K

there needs to be a lot of work done before Y2K

he had bad reports from power companies about September 9, 1999

almost all power companies in the US are ready for Y2K

Question No: 5 ( Marks: 1 ) – Please choose one

As January 1, 2000 gets closer, _________ of the nations electric ready. power companies are

99 percent

100 percent

1 percent

50 percent

Question No: 6 ( Marks: 3 )

How September 9, 1999 was was seen by most experts?


Question No: 7 ( Marks: 3 )

What did alert operator do on September 9, 1999?

Question No: 8 ( Marks: 10 )

Write a précis of the given passage.

Question No: 9 ( Marks: 4 )

Describe what you think is going to happen on January 1, 2000?

Question No: 10 ( Marks: 4 )

What are you doing to get ready for January 1, 2000?

Question No: 11 ( Marks: 5 )

Fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions of time.

“Till” and “before” are examples of preposition of time. Others include “from”, “during”, “after”, “for”, “by”, “at”, “on”, “in”, and “since”.

1. I got in touch with them_________________Eid.

2. He will have to wait ______________ he gets his passport before traveling to


3. Bats sleep __________ the day and 4. They will be away ____________ th oen mlyi dcdolme eo fo Fute b_r_u_a_r_y_ _to_ _t_h_e nenigdh ot.f March. 5. The concert should end _____________ midnight.

Question No: 12 ( Marks: 6 )

Fill in the blanks with suitable idioms from the given options. You may need to change the tense of the verbs accordingly.

Like a fish out of water dress up to the nines A vicious circle take the rap for (something)

1. There is no need to _________________________ for the camp fire.


2. She is always ___________________ what other people have done because she is afraid of reprisals.

3. The middle-aged woman felt ___________________ at her daughter’s party.

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