Governor Sutiyoso has launched his mass rapid transportation plan. This includes monorail, subway, water transportation, and Busway. Among the public transportation plan, Busway has been put into effect. The air conditioned bus fleet with their special roads have been operated since last year. Now, more routes are being constructed to cover the five mayoralties. In fact, the existence of Busway makes pros and cons.
Some people consider Busway can solve a traffic problem faced by the metropolitan city. Everyday millions of people commute from their houses to their respective work places. This badly needs adequate public transportation. If fifty persons go to their offices by cars, they need fifty cars roaming on the street. This number of cars can be replaced by only one Busway. Consequently, with reduced vehicles the streets are less congested. Therefore, it can decline traffic jams. Apart from reducing traffic jams, Busway easies Jakarta inhabitants to go to their workplace or other destination. For this reason more access on Busway is being accomplished. Other Busway roads have been constructed, such as, Kota-Kalideres and Kota-Pulogadung. This definitely make easier for people who go for recreation to the zoo.
Besides reducing traffic jam and comforting passengers, Busway can minimize air pollution. As stated, Busway can replace other vehicles in a great number. It apparently declines the danger of pollution. Less vehicles means less carbon monoxide coming out from the exhausted fumes. As a result, the residents of Jakarta are less threatened with sickness caused by air pollution. And if Busway administration can manage the public transport well, Busway can create a new icon of Jakarta.
Those who resist the exsistence of Busway argue that instead of solving problem, Busway create a new problem. Busway even makes traffic worse. The Busway line makes the roads narrower. Narrow roads cause passing vehicles to get stuck especially during rush hours. Furthermore, Busway adds up corruption that has become a vicious circle in this country. As reported in a newspaper the purchase of Busway fleet is under corruption suspect. Billions of rupiah are believed to have been put into the city administrator\\\'s pocket. In terms of the expense, Busway fare is also much expensive than an ordinary bus. It costs Rp 3.500,. for one ride, while the common bus only costs Rp 2.000,. With the difference in bus fare, it is likely that passengers prefer to ride ordinary buses.
Apparently, Busway still creates different outlooks among the residents of Jakarta. In spite of all the critics, the governor of Jakarta firmly continues to extend its routes.
1. What does the text discuss?
A. The benefits of Busway
B. The existence of Busway
C. The weakness of Busway
D. People who oppose Busway
E. People who support Busway
2. In paragraph two, people mainly talk about ....
A. Busway is comfortable
B. Taking a public transport is easy
C. Millions of people drive their cars
D. More Busway roads are being constructed
E. Busway benefits the city\\\'s residents
3. What is the argument of people who are against Busway?
A. Busway fare is twice as much as that of ordinary bus
B. Busway pollutes the capital city
C. Busway is not air conditioned
D. Busway is uncomfortable
E. Busway makes roads narrower
4. Which of the following is NOT TRUE according to the text?
A. More Busway roads are constructed
B. Busway makes the street less congested
C. The governor is unsure about the development of Busway
D. The city needs sufficient public transportation
E. Busway can replace many cars to transport passengers
5. ‘Consequently, with reduced vehicles the streets are less congested.\\\' (Paragraph 1) what word can replace the underlined word?
a. Dirty. d. Polluted.
b. Smelly. e. Crowded.
Death penalty for serious criminals has been discussed by our experts. Those who agree say that death penalty will scare the criminals off. However, those who disagree say that it is inhuman not effective and we can not correct the wrong sentence after the criminals die.
In Switzerland, this penalty does not exist. Most people argue that the possibility of making the wrong decision is always there although it is true that spending life behind the bars is not easy either. Also every person should have a chance for rehabilitation. In this way he or she can start all over again in another life style.
Those argue that there is no use to feed the terrorists in prison with their money. When they get out, they will create a lot of troubles by blackmailing and killing people. So, who says that jails will stop them from being guys?
My own opinion is divided. On the one hand, I want to be humane, and on the other hand, I wonder if those people are worthy of feeling.
1. The text mainly discusses .....
A. The death penalty controversy
B. The punishment in our country
C. The death penalty in Switzerland
D. Those who support death penalty
E. Those who are against death penalty
2. Which of the following is NOT the reason for those who are against death penalty?
A. Death penalty is inhuman
B. Death penalty is on effective
C. There\\\'s possibility of misjudgment
D. It is harder to live behind bars than to die
E. Every person should have a chance for rehabilitation
3. What is the writer opinion about death penalty?
A. He is not able to decide
B. He is against death penalty
C. He agrees with death penalty
D. Death penalty is worthwhile punishment
E. The criminals deserve to receive the benefit of humane feeling
4. "However those who disagree say that it is inhuman, not effective and we can not correct the wrong sentence after the criminals die". (paragraph 1)
The underlined word can be replaced by ....