Test Yourself: Glam rock

Test Yourself: Glam rock

Photos courtesy of Bangkok Post and Missile
Photos courtesy of Bangkok Post and Missile

Test Yourself is where you can improve your reading skills. Whether it’s for tests like University Entrance Exams or IELTS and TOEFL, or even just for fun, these pages help you to read, understand and improve your English. This week's text is about a jewelry designer.

Read the following story by Parisa Pichitmarn from the Bangkok Post. Then, answer the questions that follow.

Pakorn Wongkittikraiwan looks very normal for somebody who designs such distinctive jewellery.

HIT MAKER

Dressed in a plain shirt and black trousers, the 30-year-old doesn’t look like your typical fashion designer. But he is one of the chief designers of rock-inspired jewellery brand Missile, which celebrates its 12th anniversary this year.

To mark the occasion, the company held an exhibition at Siam Center in January called The Greatest Hits. Pakorn was presented to the public as the man behind the brand, although his history with Missile began only seven years ago.

“It’s about letting customers see what we do and who we are. Many of them don’t know how to wear our accessories. We want them to realise that you don’t have to dress like a rock star with ripped jeans. Our jewellery can also work with suits and ties. Whatever brings out your personality and builds up your look,” he said.

GOLDEN OLDIES

Missile was founded in 2005 by Punsiri Siriwetchapun, one of Thailand’s most famous fashion photographers. Pakorn became a member of the team after graduating from Silpakorn University with a degree in textile design. His course allowed him to study everything from painting and sculpting to Thai art and metalwork. He started making his own jewellery which he sold at gift fairs. This helped to give him a solid background for life at Missile.

The company’s accessories are striking, yet classic-looking. They range from thick chain bracelets to necklaces with guitar charms to their trademark alphabet rings. Pakorn’s love for all things vintage explains the aesthetics of the pieces he creates.

“I get a lot of my inspiration from old designs. Sometimes I come across really weird gadgets or machinery from the past which give me ideas for my work. If I see something that I like, I can develop it into jewellery,” he said.

MAN WITH A PLAN

To mark the 12th anniversary, Pakorn designed the exhibition’s installation, while Punsiri photographed celebrities and Thai rock stars. Another highlight was Pakorn’s The Legend collection, made up of bracelets, necklaces and rings inspired by rock ’n’ roll nostalgia.

“I want our accessories to be more fun. You can adjust The Legend bracelet so that it shows different song titles. And we have rings which can be made tighter or looser, like strings on a guitar,” Pakorn said.

STYLE AND SUBSTANCE

“We’re listening to customers more because it’s true that some pieces are difficult to wear. For example, the shark’s teeth earrings look good but are too heavy.

“We want to stay true to our vision, but at the same time make the items more comfortable. It’s a balancing act,” he said.


Section 1

Read through the story and answer the following multiple-choice questions.

1. How long has Pakorn been at Missile?

a. 7 years.
b. 12 years.
c. 30 years.

2. When was Missile founded?

a. In January.
b. In 2010.
c. In 2005.

3. Where was the recent anniversary celebration of Missile held?

a. At Siam Square.
b. At Siam Paragon.
c. At Siam Center.

4. What degree did Pakorn study at Silpakorn University?

a. Art.
b. Textile design.
c. Metalwork.

5. Who is Punsiri Siriwetchapun?

a. A model.
b. The founder of Missile.
c. An artist.

6. What inspired Pakorn’s The Legend collection?

a. Rock ’n’ roll nostalgia.
b. Machinery from the past.
c. Guitar strings.

7. Why are Missile listening to their customers?

a. Some accessories are easy to wear.
b. Some accessories are hard to wear.
c. Some accessories are comfortable to wear.

Section 2

Specify whether each of the following words is used in the story as a countable noun or an uncountable noun.

8. encouragement

…………………….

9. machinery

…………………….

10. tightness

…………………….

11. nostalgia

…………………….

12. element

…………………….

Section 3

Write down the adjective forms of the following words used in the story in the space provided.

13. study

……………

14. fashion

……………

15. looseness

……………

16. personality

……………

17. reason

……………

Section 4

Read the following passage. Then, fill in the blanks with the correct words from the choices given.

Without a doubt, Missile is a brand that …..18….. those that are not afraid to be flamboyant, despite the wide appeal of some of …..19….. pieces. Pakorn will introduce a range of hats next month. Moving forward, he said the brand will …..20….. more perceptive of customers’ suggestions.

18.

a. attracts  
b. attract  
c. attracted

19.

a. its  
b. it’s  
c. it

20.

a. be  
b. have  
c. get

Section 5

Specify whether each of the following words is used in the story as a verb, noun or adjective.

21. develop

…………………….

22. sculpting

…………………….

23. solid

…………………….

24. chief

…………………….


Answers

Section 1

1. a.
2. c.
3. c.
4. b.
5. b.
6. a.
7. b.

Section 2

8. Uncountable noun.
9. Uncountable noun.
10. Uncountable noun.
11. Uncountable noun.
12. Countable noun.

Section 3

13. Studious.
14. Fashionable.
15. Loose.
16. Personal.
17. Reasonable.

Section 4

18. a.
19. a.
20. a.

Section 5

21. Verb.
22. Noun.
23. Adjective.
24. Adjective.

SCORE

21-24: Excellent!
17-20: Good.
13-16: Fair.
12 or fewer: You'll do better next time!

Vocabulary

  • accessory: a thing that you can wear or carry that matches your clothes, for example a belt or a bag; an extra piece of equipment that is useful but not essential or that can be added to something else as a decoration - เครื่องประดับ, ส่วนประกอบเพิ่มเติม
  • adjust: to change something slightly, especially to make it more correct, effective, or suitable - ปรับ
  • aesthetics (noun): the study of beauty and art and the understanding of beautiful things - สุนทรียศาสตร์, การศึกษาความงาม
  • anniversary: a date when you celebrate something that happened in a previous year that is important to you - วันครบรอบ
  • background: the type of career, training, or education that someone has had - ประวัติ
  • balancing act: an attempt to cope/deal with several often conflicting factors or situations at the same time - การทรงตัว
  • bracelet: a piece of jewellery which is worn around the wrist or arm - กำไลข้อมือ
  • brand: a type of product made by a particular company - ตรา, ยี่ห้อ
  • celebrity: someone who is famous, especially in the entertainment business - คนมีชื่อเสียง
  • chain (noun): a series of connected metal rings, used for pulling or fastening things; a length of chain used for a particular purpose - โซ่
  • charm: a small object worn on a chain or bracelet, that is believed to bring good luck - เครื่องรางของขลัง, เครื่องราง
  • classic (adj): old and respected - ที่เป็นแบบดั้งเดิม
  • collection (noun): a group of objects, often of the same sort, that have been collected (gathered together over period of time) - สิ่งของที่รวบรวมไว้, การสะสม การเก็บรวบรวม
  • come across (verb): to meet or find somebody/something by chance - พบโดยบังเอิญ
  • designer (noun): a person who comes up with ideas and plans for things such as new products, fashion, inside of houses, gardens, etc - นักออกแบบ, ดีไซน์เนอร์
  • distinctive: easy to recognize because it is different from other things - พิเศษ, มีลักษณะเฉพาะ
  • earring (noun): some beautiful piece of decoration placed on the ear for beauty - ตุ้มหู
  • exhibition: a public show where art or other interesting things are put so that people can go and look at them - นิทรรศการ งานแสดง
  • gadget: a small tool or piece of equipment that does something useful or impressive - อุปกรณ์ขนาดเล็ก, กลไกขนาดเล็ก
  • highlight (noun): the most exciting, impressive, or interesting part of an event - จุดเด่น, จุดสำคัญ, เหตุการณ์สำคัญ,
  • inspiration: someone or something that gives you new ideas or enthusiasm to do something - แรงบันดาลใจ
  • inspire: to give someone the idea for a piece of work - ทำให้เกิด บันดาลใจให้
  • mark (verb): to celebrate or officially remember an event that you consider to be important - เฉลิมฉลอง, ระลึกถึง
  • necklace: a piece of jewellery consisting of a chain, string of beads, etc. worn around the neck - สร้อยคอ
  • nostalgia (noun): a feeling of sadness mixed with pleasure and affection when you think of happy times in the past - ความอาลัยอาวรณ์, ความรู้สึกโหยหา, ความคิดถึง
  • occasion: a special event, ceremony or celebration - โอกาส, งาน
  • personality: the part of a person that makes them behave in a particular way in social situations, e.g., in friendly or unfriendly way, or in a confident or shy way - บุคลิกลักษณะ  ลักษณะเฉพาะตน
  • plain: ordinary; with nothing added - ธรรมดา
  • rip: to tear something quickly and with a lot of force - ฉีก, กรีด, ตัด
  • sculpt: to make figures or objects by carving or shaping wood, stone, clay, metal, etc - แกะสลัก
  • shark (noun): a large sea fish with very sharp teeth and a pointed fin on its back. There are several types of shark, some of which can attack people swimming - ปลาฉลาม
  • solid (adj): strong; definitely good and steady but perhaps not excellent or special - แน่น, แข็ง
  • textile: involved in making woven or knitted cloth - สิ่งทอ, ผ้า
  • the public: people in general - ประชาชน, สาธารณชน, มหาชน
  • trademark (noun): a name, symbol or design that a company uses for its products and that cannot be used by anyone else - เครื่องหมายการค้า
  • trousers: pants; a piece of clothing covering the body from the waist to the feet, divided into separate parts for each leg and worn by both men and women - กางเกง
  • typical: having the usual qualities or features of a particular type of person, thing or group - เป็นแบบฉบับ, เป็นสัญลักษณ์
  • vintage: old style from the past -
  • vision: the ability to imagine how a country, society, industry, etc. could develop in the future and to plan in a suitable way - วิสัยทัศน์
  • weird: very strange - แปลกประหลาด
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