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"Wake up !"

I jumped out of bed so violently that I almost knocked my mother down.

"What's wrong with you ?" Mother asked with concern. "These days, you have been acting so weirdly. You walk around in a doze and you have nightmares every night !

"Eh ... oh... nothing, Mother," I stammered, hoping to think of a better excuse to appease her. "I must have been eating too much before bedtime and so I have not been sleeping well. I guess that's why I am so tired in the day too." I cast my eyes downwards, not daring to meet her gaze.

"In that case, no more food for you after nine." She gave me another concerned look and left the room.

I could not tell her what was bothering me. No one would believe me or they would think it was a figment of my imagination. Ever since I started reading this book called 'Read On if you Dare !' by an anonymous writer, I had been experiencing strange things while I was awake and in my sleep.

I felt as if I was being watched all the time. Sometimes, I could feel its presence so close that my hair would stand on end. I tried to shake off this paranoia but I continued to feel its eerie presence around me. Sometimes, this strange formless entity would pursue me as I ran to get away from it. At night, I dreaded to go to sleep because of this recurring nightmare that did not make sense to me at all.

Throughout this time, I could not stop reading this book. I felt drawn to it in a mysterious way. There was a strange force pulling me towards it and forcing me to flip the pages and read on. Finally, I could not bear this madness any more. I went to seek the help of an old man. Old Man Li, as he was known in my neighborhood, was rumored to be a witch doctor.

My first encounter with him was frightening. His house was dark and gloomy. It smelt of burning incense. He recited a few chants and performed an unusual ritual. He sprinkled some magical dust on the book that he claimed would dispel the evil spirit that resided within its pages. After a few more visits, my nightmares stopped and I did not feel its presence any more. I could not thank Old Man Li enough. As soon as I got home, I burnt the storybook although its memory would forever be engraved in my mind.

   
Answer the following questions using complete sentences
  1. Why do you think the writer cast his eyes downwards and did not want to meet his mother's gaze ?
  2. Why did the writer not tell his experiences to his mother ?
  3. What was strange about the writer's behavior ?
  4. What does an 'anonymous writer' mean according to the passage ?
  5. What was the 'paranoia' (paragraph &) the writer was referring to in the passage ?
  6. Why do you think the writer sought the help of Old Man Li and not anyone else ?
  7. What was the unusual ritual Old Man Li performed ?
  8. Explain in your own words why Old Man Li performed this ritual.
  9. Was Old Man Li successful in his attempt ? Support your answer with evidence from the passage.
  10. What did the writer mean by 'its memory would forever be engraved in my mind' (paragraph 9) ?
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Answers
 

1.

he probably felt guilty for lying to his mother./ He did not want his mother to look at his face in case she figured out he was lying.
 

2.

He thought she would not believe him or she would think he was just imagining them.
 

3.

he was having nightmares every night and walking about in a daze during the day.
 

4.

It means no one knows who wrote the book as he has not revealed his name.
 

5.

It was the strange feeling he had of something invisible following him all the time.
  6. Old Man Li was a witch doctor who would have encountered strange experiences.
  7. He sprinkled some magical dust on the writer's book.
  8. he believed that the magical dust would get rid of the evil spirit that lived in the pages of the book.
  9. He was successful because the writer's nightmares stopped and he did not feel like h was being followed any more.
  10. He meant that he would never be able to forget the frightening experience with the book.
 
 
 
 
 

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