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Renyi saw the array of sweets arranged in front of him. There were plenty to choose from and he was mystified as to which one to select. He ogled at the rainbow-colored wrappers holding sweet treasures within each bite. He licked his lips as he paused over the green-foiled chocolate mints resting on the bottom shelf.

He felt around his trouser pockets for his money but grimaced quietly when he realized he had taken out a scrunched up bus ticket from yesterday instead. He turned around and saw Krish, the notorious school bully, standing a few meters away from the entrance. He had his hands tucked inside his pockets and his mouth was in constant motion, chewing gum and popping it every few seconds. His huge physique seemed compressed in that tiny shirt of a uniform with the buttons bursting from its seams. He kept staring at the fancy red car parked outside. For an alarming moment, Renyi wondered if he was going to vandalize it.

Renyi quickly turned left at the aisle and moved into the toiletries lane, not wanting to be spotted. He walked down, eyeing the soaps and brushes and the various deodorants assembled in neat rows. Some had 'offer' tags hanging from their necks, with prices that still seemed exorbitant to Renyi. He went around putting the bottles into different places, engrossed in causing disarray in their perfect little world.

He walked on following the streams of ribbons and flower-shaped bulbs that dangled from the ceiling. Their greens and reds got him excited as he remembered the Christmas party at Roland's bungalow two weeks ago. They still had not taken down the decorations in various parts of the shop.

He saw the clothes stacked on racks and rubbed his shirt self-consciously. Seeing that Krish was nowhere to be seen, he moved quickly in a half-ducking position to the cashier's counter. He paused, watching her move back and forth as she stacked the magazines neatly on the rack, counting and stacking the separate piles. Renyi eyed his favorite minty chocolate, imagining the fresh mint and cocoa flavor invading his senses at the first bite.

He brought his hands closer to the counter, swallowed consciously and in a flash, hid the chocolate between his palms. He quickly tucked it into his pocket and felt his heartbeat slow down. He reveled in the
thrill, a new experience.

"Hey!" a familiar husky voice rang through the air. Blood drained from his face as he stood frozen to the spot.

   
Answer the following questions using complete sentences
  1. In what way were the sweets attractive to Renyi ?
  2. Renyi 'grimaced quietly' (paragraph 2) to himself. Explain clearly why he did so.
  3. What made Renyi wonder if Krish had the intention to vandalize the fancy red car ?
  4. Quote the sentence from paragraph 3 that suggests Renyi was not thrilled to see Krish.
  5. 'Some had 'offer' tags hanging from their necks, with prices that still seemed exorbitant to Renyi.' (paragraph 3) What does the writer mean by this sentence ?
  6. Based on paragraph 4, which month of the year do you think it could be ?
  7. Why did Renyi pick that particular moment to take the chocolate ?
  8. Why did Renyi's 'heartbeat slow down' (paragraph 6) ?
  9. Quote the sentence from paragraph 5 or 6 that suggests Renyi had committed the deed for the first time.
  10. Based on the last paragraph, suggest what could have happened. Give a reason for your answer.
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Answers
 

1.

There was a wide selection and each one was attractively wrapped in a rainbow-colored wrapper.
 

2.

He wanted to buy chocolate mints but he realized that he did not have any money; all he had was a useless bus ticket from yesterday.
 

3.

Krish was the notorious school bully, so vandalism seemed like something a bully would do.
 

4.

The sentence is 'Renyi turned left at the aisle and moved into the toiletries lane, not wanting to be spotted.'
 

5.

It means that some of the items in the shop were on sale, but the prices listed on the items were still to high for Renyi.
  6. It was January.
  7. Since the cashier was busy counting and stacking the magazines, he thought she would not notice him.
  8. He thought that he had gotten away with stealing the chocolate. / He thought he had successfully stolen the chocolate without anyone noticing him.
  9. The sentence is 'He reveled in the thrill, a new experience.'
  10. Krish could have seen him shoplifting and shouted out. It had to be Krish as Renyi and recognized the voice. / Since it was a husky voice, it had to be a male voice and the only other male who was near the store was Krish.
 
 
 
 
 

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