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  Dear Vivien,

It was so kind of you to think of me when you knew about the job that would soon be becoming vacant in your Company. Thanks for writing to tell me about it and for speaking to your boss about it. I am very grateful to you, indeed.

In fact, your kindness makes me feel quite bad about saying this but I'm afraid that there's no way that I could take up this job. I have thought a great deal about it, trying to see a way to do it. But, finally, I realized that it was impossible.

You see, my main consideration will always have to be for my mother ( who I love all the more for being adoptive rather than natural ). She is old and disabled and needs someone to look after her. No doubt we have relatives but it's not the same. And, she will find it very difficult to move with me into a tiny flat ( for that's all I could possibly afford ) In Kuala Lumpur. Here, she has all her old friends and her vegetable garden and fruits ( which I look after actually ) to look at. She tells me to leave her behind but, would you if you were me ?

I know that I have often told you of my dissatisfaction with my present job. However, the conditions are tolerable and the pay, while being no fortune, is adequate to keep us living. We are, of course, helped by my married brothers, who send us something every month or so.

I wish I could accept your boss's job-offer. i would so have liked to have a job with some prospects of promotion and providing some kind of challenge. But, as you can see, I have no choice. So I must stay here for the time being. I'm sorry. And, I'm very touched and grateful for all you did.

Love,

Sue

               
1.   Sue was writing to Vivien because
               
    (A)

Vivien had found her a job in Kuala Lumpur.

 
(B) Vivien had news of a job vacancy.
    (C) Vivien's boss had written to her.  
    (D) Vivien had been thinking of her.  
               
2.   Sue
               
    (A) feels that she is rather bad.  
(B) is afraid of taking the job.
    (C) is still thinking whether to take the job or not.  
    (D)

has decided not to take up the job offer.

 
               
3.   Which of the following is NOT true about Sue's mother ?
               
    (A) She is old.  
(B)

She is strong enough to tend the vegetable garden.

    (C) She is not Sue's real mother.  
    (D) She finds it rather hard to do a number of things.  
               
4.  

Sue is unable to take up the job offer for all the following reasons, except

               
    (A)

Her mother will not allow her to go.

 
(B) She cannot leave her mother alone.
    (C) She does not feel it is right for her mother to live with relatives.  
    (D) Her mother will not like living in a flat.  
               
5.   Which of the following is TRUE of Sue's present job ?
               
    (A) The conditions are unbearable.  
    (B) The pay is rather high.
    (C)

It offers no prospect for promotion.

 
    (D) The pay is too low to be tolerated.  
               
6.  

What does "touched" mean in the passage ?

               
    (A) sad  
    (B) happy
    (C)

moved

 
    (D) felt  
         
 
 
 
 
 

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