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The day started out hot and humid, just like any other typical day in Hong Kong. Everyone seemed to be in a rush to go somewhere, elbowing and jostling around. Ai Ling was standing around with a small metal tin in her hand. Every few minutes, she would be walking around and shaking the tin to rattle the few coins that were already inside. Everyone avoided her like the plague.

No, Ai Ling was not a beggar. She was one of the many pupils dotted all around Hong Kong today, selling flags for a charitable cause. It depressed her to see how miserly Hong Kongers were. From afar, people would spot her with the foreboding tin and veer away from her direction. Others would walk past, avoiding eye contact. It made her wonder, "Since when did Hong Kongers become such self-absorbed people ?" With a sign, she continued her task.

By mid-day, Ai Ling was drained. Her stomach was also starting to growl. The sweltering heat only made things worse. She decided to take a break and have her lunch. There was a fast food restaurant nearby. The cool blast of air as she entered was a welcoming treat. She quickly bought her food and sat down to enjoy both the food and the air-conditioning. She wished she could just sit in there for the rest of the day. However, she knew that it would not be right. She had a duty to perform. After finishing her lunch, Ai Ling continued sitting for just a little longer before reluctantly dragging herself out into the streets again.

For the next three hours, Ai Ling trawled the streets hoping to meet people who might be willing to part with a few coins. Ironically, Ai Ling realized that she had actually collected more money from tourists than from the locals themselves. What a shame ! Thankfully, she still managed to fill up most of her metal tin. She felt rather pleased with her achievement, considering what a tough crowd she had  faced the whole day. Ai Ling then told herself that the next time she saw someone else selling flags in the streets, she would make it a point to donate something, even if it was only a token amount. After all, she knew exactly what they were going through.

   
Answer the following questions using complete sentences
  1. Which word in paragraph one tells us that the weather that day was expected ?
  2. Quote the sentence in paragraph one which shows that no one wanted to go near Ai Ling .
  3. How did Ai Ling feel about the reaction of the public towards her ?
  4. What were the two actions of the people who saw Ai Ling ?
  5. What does the 'task' in paragraph two refer to ?
  6. How was Ai Ling feeling by mid-day ?
  7. Explain clearly what 'it' in paragraph three refers to.
  8. What did Ai Ling feel was a 'shame' (paragraph four)?
  9. What exactly does the 'achievement' in paragraph four refer to ?
  10. What did Ai Ling decide to do after her experience ?
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Answers
 

1.

The word is 'typical'.
 

2.

The sentence is 'Everyone avoided her like the plague'.
 

3.

She was upset/disappointed.
 

4.

They avoided walking towards her or did not make eye contact with her when they walked past.
 

5.

It refers to selling flags and collecting donations for a charitable cause.
  6. She was feeling tired and hungry.
  7. It refers to staying in the fast food restaurant to enjoy the air-conditioning.
  8. The tourists were more generous than Ai Ling's fellow countrymen.
  9. It refers to collecting enough donations to fill her tin.
  10. She decided to make a donation to people selling flags in future as she realized what a difficult task it was.
 
 
 
 

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