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Read the passage carefully. Then choose the correct answer.
 
Harry's mother was very ill. She had been in and out of hospitals for the past six months. At first, the doctors could not figure out what was wrong with her. They tested her for common diseases but the results all turned out negative. Finally, one doctor diagnosed her with cancer. The family reeled in shock when they heard this. Everyone was in denial. They sought two other doctors' opinions and both of them confirmed the diagnosis. Finally, it was Harry's mother herself who pulled herself together and faced the truth. The family saw how strong she was and learnt from her.

Last week, Harry's mother collapsed at home in severe pain. She was in agony as spasms of pain rippled through her. His father immediately called for an ambulance. She was sent to the nearest hospital and underwent emergency surgery. The family rushed to the hospital and waited anxiously. The surgery took nearly five hours. Finally, a doctor in scrubs came out of the operating theater. The family saw his grim face and their hearts sank. The doctor explained that he had removed as much of the tumor as he possibly could. However, there were certain parts that were too difficult to remove. The family did not know to react to this piece of information. On one hand, they were relieved that she was alive. On the other hand, they were disappointed that the surgery was not a complete success.

When Harry first set eyes on his mother on the hospital bed, his initial reaction was one of shock. She looked so frail and helpless. She had tubes to help her breathe better and there was a drip for her painkillers. The family felt heartbroken to see her in that state.

Over the next three months, Harry's underwent intensive treatment to fight the disease. It was not easy but she was very strong-willed. She refused to let her illness get her down. Her positive attitude affected the rest of the family and they all were very supportive of her. Harry's father would accompany her for each and every of her medical checkups. Every family member pitched in with the housework so that she need not do anything. It made them stronger and more united. However, everyone harbored an unsaid fear of her medical condition worsening.

     
  1. What does 'this' in paragraph one refer to ?
       
    (A) Harry's mother being very ill
    (B) Harry's family being in denial
    (C) Harry's mother being in and out of hospital
    (D) Harry's mother being diagnosed with cancer
       
  2. Which one of the following pieces of information is not true ?
       
    (A) Harry's mother learnt to be strong from her family.
    (B) Harry's mother had to undergo emergency surgery.
    (C) Harry's mother accepted that she was suffering from cancer.
    (D) Harry's mother was sent to the hospital because she had collapsed at home.
       
  3. Why was the doctor's face grim ?
       
    (A) The surgery took nearly five hours.
    (B) The family members were disappointed.
    (C) The surgery had not been very successful.
    (D) The family members were waiting anxiously.
       
  4. Why was Harry shocked ?
       
    (A) The family was heartbroken.
    (B) His mother could not breathe properly.
    (C) He knew that there was still parts of the tumor in her.
    (D) He had never seen his mother in such a fragile state before.
       
  5. How did the whole family show Harry's mother their support ?
       
    (A) They did not let her out of bed.
    (B) they adopted a positive attitude.
    (C) They took care of the household responsibilities.
    (D) They accompanied her for all her medical checkups.
       
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  Answers : 1D   2A   3C   4D   5C
 
 
 
 

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