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Mother Teresa passed away on 5 December 1997. People all over the world mourned her passing because she was such an enormous inspiration. Even after her death, there are people everywhere continuing the work that Mother Teresa had started years ago.

Mother Teresa was born in Albania in 1910. Her real name was Agnes. From a young age, her parents taught her and her siblings the importance of being charitable. Her mother taught her by example, often
welcoming the poor or sick into their home, or going out to help them. Mother Teresa was also taught the importance of religion. As a child, she enjoyed going to church, even joining the choir and learning how to play a musical instrument called the mandolin.

When Mother Teresa was twelve years old, she had the desire to dedicate her life to serve God. However, being so young, she was not yet sure of what to do. After all, most children her age were only concerned with their school work and their friends. Thus, Mother Teresa did not act at once. Instead, she waited until she was eighteen years old to decide that she wanted to be a missionary in India. Before going to India, however, she had to undergo training first-learning about being a nun and learning to speak English. Even after reaching India in 1929, Mother Teresa continued her training. By then, she had taken on the name of Teresa.

In India, Mother Teresa had the first glimpse of the poverty of the people around her. She started off as a teacher and the young children loved her for her kindness and patience. She even took care of those who were sick. Soon, Mother Teresa felt that she had to do more. What she really wanted to do was to care for the poorest of the poor, people who were cast aside by society. She understood that to help them, she had to experience their life. She was willing to sacrifice all that she had to live among them. She ate only rice because that was all the poor could afford. She even went for medical training so that she would know how to help the sick.

All her life, Mother Teresa helped these people out of love and compassion for them. People like Mother Teresa are few and far between.

   
Answer the following questions using complete sentences
  1. What do you understand by people 'mourned her passing' (paragraph 1) ?
  2. Why are people still continuing Mother Teresa's work after her death ?
  3. In what way did Mother Teresa's mother teach her by example ?
  4. Give evidence from paragraph 2 that suggests Mother Teresa had a normal childhood.
  5. Why did Mother Teresa not 'act at once' (paragraph 3) when she felt the call of God to serve him ?
  6. Referring to paragraph 3, give evidence that Mother Teresa did not know English initially.
  7. Give two qualities of Mother Teresa that made her well-loved.
  8. Why did Mother Teresa decide to live among the 'poorest of the poor' (paragraph 4) ?
  9. What motivated Mother Teresa to help those who were extremely poor ?
  10. What did the writer mean when he wrote that people like Mother Teresa are 'few and far between' (last paragraph) ?
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Answers
 

1.

It means people were very sad by her death.
 

2.

They are inspired by her.
 

3.

She showed Mother Teresa how to be charitable through her actions by welcoming the poor or sick into their home and going out to help them.
 

4.

She went to church, joined the choir and learnt how to play the mandolin.
 

5.

She was too young to know what she wanted in life then.
  6. She had to learn English before going to India.
  7. Her kindness and her patience made her well-loved.
  8. She felt that to help the poor better, she had to experience their life.
  9. Since society had cast these people aside and did not bother to help them, she decided to help them herself.
  10. The writer meant that people with Mother Teresa's qualities cannot be easily found in this world. / People with Mother Teresa's qualities are rare in this world.
 
 
 
 
 

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