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Deborah checked in her luggage two hours before the flight was scheduled to depart. This was in line with standard airline regulations. She had arrived at the airport an hour ago. Her parents were worried that they might get caught in peak-hour traffic along the way and decided that it was better to be early than late. Thankfully, the roads to the airport were relatively clear.

Deborah and her parents were on their way to new York. Her sister had been working there for the past four years. She was a professional dancer and worked for a professional dance company in New York. Her job required her to travel all around the United States to perform. It was during one of these trips three years ago that her sister met Doug.

Doug was an American accountant. He had gone with a friend to watch the dance performance. His friend was also an acquaintance of one of the other dancers in the company. That was how Doug and Deborah's sister got to know each other. Now, the two of them were getting married next month. That was why Deborah and her parents were going to New York.

Deborah was going to be one of the flower girls at her sister's wedding. She and her parents had to be in New York to do the final fittings of their dresses and suits. They also had to be present for the wedding rehearsal. While they were there, they took the opportunity to do some sightseeing in New York. This was their first visit there. Deborah visited Times Square with all its bright lights and the majestic Statue of Liberty. Deborah bought souvenirs for a few of her friends back in Australia.

Finally, the big day arrive. Everyone was giddy with excitement. Deborah's sister was a nervous wreck. She was worried that she might forget something or that something might go wrong. They had to keep reassuring her that everything was fine. In the end, the wedding ceremony proceeded without at hitch. It was a beautiful and touching ceremony. After the ceremony was over, all the guests were invited to a reception in the outdoor garden patio. It was a splendid day and the food was delicious.

   
Answer the following questions using complete sentences
  1. What does 'this' in paragraph one refer to ?
  2. Why were Deborah and her parents at the airport so early ?
  3. Which word in paragraph two tells us that Deborah's sister danced for a living ?
  4. What was the job requirement of Deborah's sister ?
  5. Explain fully how Deborah's sister and Doug met.
  6. Explain clearly why Deborah and her parents were taking the flight.
  7. Explain fully the two things which Deborah and her parents had to do while in New York.
  8. Quote the two-word phrase which shows that Deborah's sister was feeling edgy on her wedding day.
  9. What was Deborah's sister worried about ?
  10. Give the reason why Deborah's mother cried.
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Answers
 

1.

It refers to the standard airline regulations that all luggage had to be checked in two hours before a flight was scheduled to depart.
 

2.

Deborah's parents were worried that they might get caught in peak-hour traffic along the way and decided to leave the house early.
 

3.

The word is 'professional'.
 

4.

She had to travel all over the United States to perform.
 

5.

They met through mutual acquaintances at one of her performances.
  6. They were going to New York to attend the wedding of Deborah's sister.
  7. Deborah and her parents had to go for the final fittings for their dresses and suits and they also had to attend the wedding rehearsal.
  8. The phrase is 'nervous wreck'.
  9. She was worried that she might forget something or that something might go wrong.
  10. She was feeling very happy that her daughter was getting married.
 
 
 
 
 

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