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Shelly's aunt was pregnant with her second child. She already had a son, Mike. This time, she was expecting a baby girl. She was due to deliver the baby in a month's time.

One Tuesday evening. Shelly and her parents were at an Italian restaurant having dinner. They were there to celebrate her parents' twentieth wedding anniversary. They had just finished their soup and were waiting for their pizza to arrive. Then, the phone of Shelly's mother rang. It was her grandmother calling. Apparently, her aunt was on her way to the hospital. She was about to have her baby early ! Her mother gasped at the unexpected news. After she put down the phone, she broke the news to them immediately. Shelly's father quickly called for the waiter and informed him of the situation. In a matter of ten minutes, the pizzas were packed and the bill was paid.

In the car, all of them were talking animatedly about the turn of events. They were very excited. Shelly was very anxious to meet her new baby cousin. When they arrived at the hospital, Shelly's grandparents and her other aunts and uncles were sitting around in the waiting room.

Half an hour later, Shelly's uncle appeared. On his face was a smile that stretched from ear to ear. Everyone knew by this that the baby had arrived. Everyone ran forward to congratulate him. However, they still could not see the baby yet. She had to be weighed, measured and cleaned up first. About half an hour later, the entire family piled into the hospital room to see Shelly's aunt. She was tired but otherwise feeling fine. The baby was adorable and so tiny. She looked so fragile. everyone took turns to carry the baby, including Shelly.

That night, Shelly's parents agreed that that was the most remarkable wedding anniversary they had ever had. They had celebrated it by becoming an aunt and uncle once more.

   
Answer the following questions using complete sentences
  1. Quote the nine-word phrase which shows that Shelly's aunt was giving birth to her child in another four weeks.
  2. Explain fully why Shelly and her parents were at the Italian restaurant.
  3. Which word in paragraph two tells us that Shelly's mother was surprised to receive the phone call ?
  4. Explain fully what the 'situation' in paragraph two refers to.
  5. Name the two emotions that Shelly felt while in the car ride to the hospital.
  6. Explain fully what 'this' in paragraph four refers to.
  7. What did everyone do when they saw Shelly's uncle ?
  8. How was Shelly's aunt feeling after giving birth ?
  9. Why did Shelly find her new cousin fragile ?
  10. In what way did Shelly's parents become 'an aunt and uncle once more' (paragraph five) ?
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Answers
 

1.

The phrase is 'due to deliver the baby in a month's time'.
 

2.

Shelly's parents were celebrating their twentieth wedding anniversary.
 

3.

The word is 'unexpected'.
 

4.

Shelly and her parents had to leave the restaurant immediately and could not stay to complete their meal as they had to rush to the hospital.
 

5.

She felt thrilled and eager to see her new baby cousin.
  6. It refers to Shelly's uncle smiling widely.
  7. They went up to him to congratulate him on the birth of his daughter.
  8. She was feeling exhausted but was in good health.
  9. Her new baby cousin was very small.
  10. They had just seen their niece who had just been born.
 
 
 
 
 

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