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One day, I saw a boy from my class walking home from school. He was rather new to our school and I hardly knew him. He was one of those students who topped all the tests. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, "Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday ? He must really be a nerd." I shrugged my shoulders and went on.

As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running towards him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him, so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him. He looked up and I saw a terrible sadness in his eyes. My heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him as he crawled around looking for his glasses. As I handed him his glasses, I said, "Those guys are jerks. they really should learn some manners."

He looked at me and said, "Hey, thanks !" There was a big smile on his face. It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude. I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he lived. As it turned out, he lived near me, so we decided to walk home together.

We talked all the way home. I asked him if he wanted to play football on Saturday with me and my friends. He said "Yes." Kyle hung out with my friends and me all weekend and the more I got to know him, the more I liked him; and so did my friends.

Monday morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books again. I stopped him and said, "Boy, you are really going to build some big muscles with this pile of books every day !" He just laughed.

Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends. When we were seniors, we began to think about college. Kyle decided on Georgetown University, and I was going to Duke. I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles apart would never be a problem.

On the morning of Graduation Day, I met Kyle at the school entrance. He looked great. He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school. He had filled out and actually looked good in glasses. He had become one of the most popular students. sometimes, I even felt jealous, and this was one of the times. But, he was looking really nervous. As the top student, he had to deliver the graduation speech. I was so glad it wasn't me having to get up there and speak. So, I slapped him n the back and said. "Hey, Big Guy, you'll be great !" He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful one) and smiled.

As he started his speech, Kyle cleared his throat, and began: "Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years -- your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach ... but mostly your friends. I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them. I am going to tell you a story ..."

I just stared at my friend with disbelief as he told the story of the first day we met. He had planned to kill himself over the weekend. He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his mother would not have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home. He looked at me and gave me a little smile. "Thankfully, I was saved. My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable."

I heard a gasp o through the crowd as this handsome, popular boy told us all about his weakest moment. I saw his mother and father looking at me, smiling that same grateful smile. Not until that moment id I realise its depth.

From paragraph 1 :
  1.

(a) What was Jake's first impression of Kyle ?

(b) "... he shrugged his shoulders". What does this action tell you about Jake's thoughts at that time ?

   

From paragraph 2-3 :

  2.

(a) How did Jake feel when he saw Kyle crawling about, trying to get his glasses ?

(b) Jake tried to make Kyle feel better. Name two actions he did to this effect. ?

    From paragraph 6 :
  3.

(a) What plans did Jake and Kyle have after they graduated from high school ?

(b) "the miles apart would never be a problem". Explain what the writer means.

    From paragraph 7 :
  4.

How had Kyle changed for the better in the years after he met Jake ?

    From paragraph 8-10 :
  5.

If Jake had not helped him, four years before, what might have happened to Kyle ?

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Answers
 

1.

(a) He thought he was a nerd.

(b) He decided it was none of his business.

 

2.

(a) He felt great sympathy for him.

(b) i.  He called the other boys "jerks".

     ii.  He invited him to play football with him and his friends.

 

3.

(a) Kyle decided on Georgetown University, and Jake was going to Duke.

(b) Their friendship would remain firm even though they were far apart.

 

4.

(a) i. He looked handsome and fit.

     ii. He had become one of the most popular students.

 

5.

He might have committed suicide.

 
 
 
 
 

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