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It was summer already and Meng Lan wanted to look for a vacation job during the holidays. She did not want to be like the many other undergraduates on campus who were busy making plans to idle away their time frivolously.

Meng Lan was an international student. She came from Taiwan. Her parents had scrimped and saved just to be able to send her to Australia to further her studies. They could not give her extra money to buy an air ticket to go home for her holidays. Meng Lan had been in Australia for a year. She had not gone home since he arrival. She was starting to feel a little homesick. She decided to look for a vacation job so that she could save up some money to buy an air ticket home at the end of the year.

One of Meng Lan's friends had introduced her to a waitressing job at a cafe in the neighborhood. She was very grateful for her friend's recommendation. The fact that the cafe was nearby meant that Meng Lan could walk to and from work and that would save transportation costs.

Meng Lan was an exemplary employee. She learnt the ropes very quickly and the owner of the cafe was very impressed with her performance. Meng Lan was also very polite to the customers. As such, the owner actually made her an offer. He offered to let her continue working there during the weekends once her school term started again. Meng Lan could not believe her ears. Her eyes lit up and she nodded her head immediately. She knew that being able to continue working once the holidays ended meant that she would be able to increase her savings more quickly.

True enough, at the end of the year, Meng Lan was able to afford an air ticket home to see her parents. Not only that, she even had some money left over to buy them each a present from Australia. She could not wait to be reunited with them.

   
Answer the following questions using complete sentences
  1. Explain fully in what way Meng Lan did not want to be like the other undergraduates.
  2. Quote the three-word phrase from paragraph two which suggest that Meng Lan's family was not rich.
  3. What was Meng Lan's motive of finding a vacation job ?
  4. What does the 'recommendation' in paragraph 3 refer to ?
  5. Why was it advantageous for Meng Lan to be working at the cafe ?
  6. Which word in paragraph four tells us that Meng Lan was a model employee ?
  7. Name two attributes about Meng Lan that impressed the owner of the cafe.
  8. Explain fully what the 'offer' in paragraph four refers to.
  9. Why was the cafe owner's offer good for Meng Lan ?
  10. What did Meng Lan do with her savings in the end ?
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Answers
 

1.

She did not want to spend her holidays wastefully.
 

2.

The phrase is 'scrimped and saved'.
 

3.

She wanted to save up enough money to buy an air ticket to visit her parents at the end of the year.
 

4.

It refers to a waitressing job Meng Lan's friend had introduced to her.
 

5.

The cafe was not far from her house, so she could save transportation costs by walking to and from work.
  6. The word is 'exemplary'.
  7. She was a fast learner and was polite to the customers.
  8. It refers to the cafe owner giving Meng Lan a job during the weekends even after her school term had started again.
  9. She could save up money faster so that she could buy an air ticket home.
  10. She used her savings to buy an air ticket home and presents for her parents.
 
 
 
 

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