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Eddie's father was the manager of a trading company in Thailand. He was a hardworking employee and was well-respected by his staff. Last week, he was promoted to become the regional manager of Asia. That was fantastic news. The only drawback to this piece of good news was that it required him to be based in Hong Kong. His father tried to negotiate with his boss to let him continue working from Thailand. Unfortunately, this was not possible. This meant that if he wanted to take on the job, he would definitely have to relocate to Hong Kong.

That evening, Eddie's father went home and discussed the matter with his mother. They weighed out the pros and cons of the relocation. Obviously, this was a great career prospect not to be missed. However, they were concerned about Eddie's schooling and friends. Eddie was an only child so his friends were very important to him. His parents were worried about how he would take the news. The relocation would mean a new school environment for Eddie. He would also have to make new friends.

After dinner that same evening, Eddie's parents explained the situation to him. They tried to cushion the news by making the move seem exciting and adventurous. Eddie's initial reaction was one of shock. However, he kept an open mind and listened to all that his parents explained to him. He knew that for his father's sake, it was more sensible to move to Hong Kong so he agreed to their plans.

Eddie and his family had two months to move over to Hong Kong. There were so many things to prepare. Eddie's father had to settle his work duties here in Thailand. Eddie's mother had to search for a place to live in and a school for Eddie in Hong Kong. On top of all that, she also had to arrange for the movers to come. When she was looking for a school for Eddie, she would make sure that he was actively involved in the process. She wanted him to read about the schools and look at pictures of each school. This way, Eddie would feel more included in the relocation process and also, she could gauge how much he lied each school before making a decision. Soon, Eddie began a new chapter in his life.

   
Answer the following questions using complete sentences
  1. What does the 'news' in paragraph one refer to ?
  2. Quote the three-word phrase in paragraph one which suggests that the news had a downside.
  3. From paragraph one, how can we tell that Eddie's father was not willing to move ?
  4. What did Eddie's father do when he got home ?
  5. Name the two concerns that Eddie's parents had regarding how the relocation would affect him.
  6. What does 'the situation' in paragraph three refer to ?
  7. Which word in paragraph three suggests that Eddie's parents tried their best not to alarm Eddie when they broke the news to him ?
  8. Explain clearly what Eddie's reaction to the news was.
  9. What was Eddie's mother's part in the relocation process ?
  10. Why was Eddie also looking at information and pictures of the schools in Hong Kong ?
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Answers
 

1.

It refers to Eddie's father being promoted to become regional manager of Asia.
 

2.

The phrase is 'the only drawback'.
 

3.

He tried to convince his boss to let him continue working in Thailand.
 

4.

He discussed the news about his promotion with his wife.
 

5.

They were concerned as Eddie would have to change school as well as make new friends.
  6. It refers to Eddie and his family relocating to Hong Kong due to his father's work commitments.
  7. The word is 'cushion'.
  8. He was initially alarmed but understood that relocating was for the good of his father's career.
  9. She had to source for a house in Hong Kong, a school for Eddie, as well as to arrange for workers to move their furniture.
  10. He could decide which school he wanted to study in.
 
 
 
 
 

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