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Read the extract from the short story QWERTYUIOP and answer the questions that follow
 
Jobs don't grow on trees, the principal of the Belmont Secretarial College was fond of saying.

"Be positive," Mrs Price told her departing students, as she shook them by the hand in turn. "Go out into the world and win ! I have every confidence in you."

When she came to the last student, however, her confidence suddenly evaporated. She looked at Lucy Beck, and sighed.

"Good luck, my dear," she said kindly, but rather in the tone of voice of someone wishing a snowman a happy summer.

Lucy Beck was young and small and mouse-coloured, easily overlooked. She had a lonely 'O' level and a typing speed that would make a tortoise laugh.

"Whoever will want to employ me ?" she had asked Mrs Price once, and Mrs Price had been at a loss to answer.

Lucy wanted a job. More than anyone, more than anything, she wanted a job. She was tired of being poor. She was fed up with macaroni cheese and baked beans. She was sick of second-hand clothes.

     
  1.

What does the expression Jobs don't row on trees mean ?

  2. Where were the students 'departing' of to ?
  3.

What did Mrs Price think of Lucy's secretarial skills ? Give a reason for your answer.

  4. Why did Lucy want a job ?
     
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  Answers
  1. It means that jobs are not easy to find.
  2. They had finished their course and were leaving the college to get jobs.
  3. Lucy was a weak student who had not done well and was not capable. She could not type very fast.
  4. She was tired of being poor and having only poor food to at and second hand clothes to wear.
 
 
 
 

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