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Donna was on her way to the public library. She normally took a public bus but as it was such a beautiful day, she decided to take a leisurely stroll there instead. She hummed merrily to herself as she walked with a spring in her steps.

In the distance, Donna spotted a middle-aged lady in black-rimmed glasses. She looked awfully familiar but Donna just could not put her finger where she had seen the lady before. Was she a relative ? Was she a neighbor ? Donna racked her brains but her mind drew a blank. As the lady walked past Donna, she could not help but stare blatantly at the lady. This might seem to be a rude gesture but Donna's curiosity was piqued. The lady gave Donna a pleasant smile as she walked past. Donna was embarrassed to be caught staring and quickly gave a weak smile in return and looked away.

A little further on, Donna suddenly remembered. It was her primary school Science teacher !

"Mrs Lee ! Mrs Lee ! Is that you ?" Donna let out a yelp of surprise, forgetting that she was in public. The lady stopped in her tracks and turned around. She looked at Donna quizzically. By this time, Donna had run up to her, huffing and puffing. "Mrs Lee, don't you remember me ? I am Donna, your ex-student from Fairways Primary school. You taught me when I was in Primary Four." Now, it was the lady's turn to stare. she adjusted he glasses to get a clearer view of Donna's face. Then, she broke into a wide smile as a look of recognition crossed her face.

"Donna See ! I remember you now ! You were seated right at the front of the class. This is a surprise !" Mrs Lee exclaimed.

The two of them ended up going to a nearby coffee shop to sit down and have a chat. They reminisced about their memories of the school days. In the ended, Donna did not make it to the public library. After all, how often does one get a chance to meet up with his or her ex-teacher after having left the school for so many years ?

   
Answer the following questions using complete sentences
  1. Which word in paragraph one tells us that Donna usually took the bus to the library ?
  2. How was Donna feeling as she walked to the library ?
  3. Quote the five-word phrase in paragraph two which suggests that Donna was not able to recall who the lady was despite her best efforts to recall.
  4. Explain fully what the 'rude gesture' in paragraph two refers to.
  5. Why was Donna feeling 'embarrassed' (paragraph two) ?
  6. What did Donna do which suggests that she forgot she was in public ?
  7. Explain fully the two actions of the lady which suggest that she did not recognize Donna initially.
  8. Explain fully what 'this' in paragraph five refers to.
  9. Why did Donna and the lady proceed to a coffee shop ?
  10. In what way was there a change of plans for Donna ?
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Answers
 

1.

The word is 'normally'.
 

2.

She was in a good mood.
 

3.

The phrase is 'her mind drew a blank'.
 

4.

It refers to Donna staring at the lady.
 

5.

The lady had noticed Donna staring at her.
  6. She called out to the lady in a loud voice.
  7. The lady looked at Donna questioningly and adjusted her glasses to have a closer look at her.
  8. It refers to the two of them encountering each other after such a long time.
  9. They wanted to catch up on their time in school.
  10. She was supposed to go to the public library but instead she went to a nearby coffee shop to chat with Mrs Lee.
 
 
 
 

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