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Suarez used to be a good student in school and a well-behaved boy at home. However of late, he had mixed with the wrong company. He lost interest in his studies and his grades wee affected. His parents had received many phone calls from his teachers at school complaining about him. At home, he became a rebellious and disrespectful child to his parents. They had tried to coax him to change and even tried harsher methods like grounding him, but nothing seemed to work. He seemed to be spiraling from bad to worse. His parents were at a loss as to what to do with him. Then, an incident occurred which was the turning point in Suarez's life.

Two weeks ago, Suarez played truant from school. He went to a nearby shopping center to meet up with his group of undesirable friends. They loitered around the quiet shopping center, chatting with one another. Then, one of Suarez's friends suggested that they walk around the shops to kill time. In one of the shops, Suarez saw a comic book that he really liked. However, his pocket money was not enough to pay for the book so he surreptitiously slipped the book into his bag. Surprisingly, when the boys left the store, the security alarm did not sound.

Suarez was very relieved and happy that he had managed to pull off the act so successfully. He then went to the toilet as he was having a stomach ache. In the cubicle, he took out his cigarettes and lit up one of them. This caused the sound of an alarm to pierce the air. Suarez did not even realize that he was the cause of the noise until there was a banging on his toilet cubicle. The security guard demanded that Suarez come out of the cubicle at once. Suarez complied.

That day, the guard called up Suarez's parents down tot he shopping center. He recounted the smoke detector incident to them and Suarez was fined for smoking in the toilet. In addition, when Suarez was caught, the guard did a routine check on Suarez's bag and discovered the stolen book. That got him into more trouble. His parents managed to convince the guard not to report it to the police. From then on, Suarez realized the severity of his actions and has been trying to turn over a new leaf ever since.

   
Answer the following questions using complete sentences
  1. What was the reason for Suarez's change ?
  2. Why did Suarez's teachers call his parents ?
  3. From paragraph one, name the two ways in which Suarez had changed at home.
  4. Quote the three-word phrase in paragraph one which suggests that Suarez's parents did not know what to do with him.
  5. From paragraph two, what did Suarez do instead of going to school ?
  6. Which word in paragraph two slows that Suarez's friends were of poor character.
  7. What does 'the act' in paragraph three refer to ?
  8. Explain clearly what 'this' in paragraph three refers to.
  9. Why was Suarez in 'more trouble' (paragraph four) ?
  10. How did the incident affect Suarez ?
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Answers
 

1.

He was being influenced by bad company.
 

2.

They called to inform them about his change in behavior and his falling grades.
 

3.

He was disobedient and did not show respect to his parents.
 

4.

The phrase is 'at a loss'.
 

5.

He spent time loitering with his friends at the shopping center.
  6. The word is 'undesirable'.
  7. It refers to Suarez stealing the comic book from the store.
  8. It refers to Suarez smoking in the cubicle of the toilet.
  9. He had already been caught for smoking in the public toilet when it was discovered that he had stolen a comic book.
  10. Suarez realized that his actions had serious repercussions and promised to change for the better.
 
 
 
 

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