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After finishing his lunch one Sunday afternoon, Robin decided to take a walk out to the thick jungle area about thirty kilometers away from his isolated home situated in the outskirts of the city and away from the main road. Enjoying the cool breeze, Robin followed the routes that he knew like the back of his hand. As he walked along with his dog following closely and faithfully behind him, Robin looked out for the various species of birds and insects. Spotting one particularly unique-looking bird, Robin ran after it. Jumping over a log, he accidentally stepped into a ditch and felt something roll beneath his feet.

Almost instantly, Robin felt an intense pain in his right foot. Looking down, he saw the huge head of a rattlesnake, its jaws tightly clamped over his entire foot. Through his blinding pain, however, Robin was aware that his dog, Jimmy, was trying desperately to get the snake off his foot. The little dog's efforts seemed to prove futile until in utter desperation, Jimmy tore at the serpent's head. Then and only then did the snake release its grip and slither off into the bushes.

Grateful to his faithful dog, Robin sank to the ground. He dimly remembered his father saying that panic would cause the venom to rush to the head at a much faster speed. Hanging on to his rationality, the young boy tried to survey his options. His foot was beginning to swell and had already gone numb. In his condition, Robin knew that he would not be able to make the thirty-kilometer walk back home.

Robin's father was watching television when his youngest son came running in with the words, "Robin got bitten by a snake." Without a word, Bob Hayes jumped up and followed his son into the kitchen. Robin was lying unconscious on the floor while his mother sat sobbing beside him. Being bitten by rattlesnakes was not an unusual occurrence. Their home was in close proximity to the jungle area. However, thus far, Bob had only encountered such incidents with his farm animals. Seeing his son lying on the floor with a huge bluish gash in his foot, Bob was at a loss as to what to do. With their home so far away from the city and the hospital, Bob knew that the only thing that might possibly save his son was to drive him to the hospital himself since calling an ambulance would take too long. Aware that his son's life depended on how quickly he could reach the hospital, Bob drove as fast as he could. At the hospital, both doctors and nurses worked untiringly on Robin who was in a serious condition. The venom had prevented his blood from clotting, thus causing internal bleeding. Robin had stopped breathing on his own for almost a minute. The doctors feared the worst -- he could bleed to death.

At the end of a seven-hour operation, doctors were not very hopeful about Robin's survival. Nevertheless, Bob and his wife refused to give up and sat by Robin's bedside praying for his recovery.

On the fifth day, their prayers were answered. Robin regained consciousness and after a few hours, he was able to talk to his parents. It was apparent to the doctors that there was no damage to the brain and doctors pronounced him fully recovered. Recounting his experience a few days later, he spoke of a white robed figure which lifted him in his arms and carried him thirty kilometers to his home just when he thought he would not be able to walk home. Said Robin, "I know it was God or an angel sent by God."

   
Answer the following questions using complete sentences
  1. Quote the six-word phrase from the first paragraph that has the same meaning as 'very well'.
  2. Robin 'felt something roll beneath his feet' (paragraph 1). What was it ?
  3. How did Robin get his foot released from the jaws of the snake ?
  4. What is the meaning of 'dimly' (paragraph 3) ?
  5. What should a victim do right after being bitten by a venomous snake according to paragraph 5 ? Explain why he should do that.
  6. Why was Robin not able to walk back home ? Give two reasons.
  7. Explain clearly why the writer says being bitten by a rattlesnake was not an 'unusual occurrence' for the family in paragraph 4.
  8. Why did Bob take Robin to the hospital instead of waiting for the ambulance ?
  9. Explain how a victim can die from a rattlesnake bite.
  10. How did the doctors determine Robin was free from brain damage ?
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Answers
 

1.

It is 'like the back of his hand'.
 

2.

It was a rattlesnake.
 

3.

Robin tore at the snake's head until it released its grip.
 

4.

It means 'vaguely'.
 

5.

A victim should keep calm so that the venom would not rush to the head at a much faster speed.
  6. His house was too far away and he had a swollen leg that had become numb.
  7. As they live close to the jungle area, rattlesnakes are common and they had bitten their farm animals.
  8. He felt that the time taken for the ambulance to arrive and take Robin to the hospital would be too long and Robin might not survive.
  9. The venom can prevent the victim's blood from clotting and the victim can bleed to death.
  10. Since Robin was able to talk to his parents after few hours of regaining consciousness, the doctors believed he was free from brain damage.
 
 
 
 
 

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