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It was a cool, breezy evening. It had been a long time since the temperature had dipped this low so Neil and his brother, Freddy, took this chance to stay out in the patio for a little while longer after dinner. as they sat there, they sipped the homemade lemonade that their mother had prepared and chatted for a while. Despite their four-year gap in age, the two brothers had always been close.

Their relaxing evening was disrupted by a sudden explosion. The boys almost choked on their drinks. They stood up and tried to scan the area to see what might have caused it. In the distance, they spotted a glow. They deduced that Mr. Jacob's farm was on fire. Neil immediately ran into the house and called for the fire brigade. Meanwhile, Freddy and his father ran as fast as they could towards Mr Jacob's farm to render help.

As soon as Freddy, Neil and their father arrived at the farm, the house was already ablaze. Thankfully, Mr Jacob and his family had managed to escape the inferno. Mrs Jacob was checking her children to make sure that they were unharmed. The boys and men who had gathered tried to put out as much of the fire as they could. In about ten minutes, the sirens of the fire engines could be heard wailing in the air. Everyone stepped aside and let the firefighters do their job. Poor Mr Jacob could only stand by helplessly as his house was burnt to a crisp.

It took the firefighters almost two hours to put out the blaze. It turned out that Mr Jacob's kitchen stove had a leaking gas pipe which caused the explosion and the resulting fire. That evening, all the neighbors rallied around the Jacob family. They offered the family food and lodging for the night.

During the period of time that the house was being rebuilt, Mr Jacob and his family stayed with his cousin who lived nearby. This way, the children's schooling was not affected and Mr Jacob could supervise the construction of his house. In the midst of this tragedy, Mr Jacob was very grateful to have such good neighbors who lent a helping hand in his time of need.

     
  1. According to paragraph one, why were Neil and Freddy out on the patio ?
       
    (A) They needed to chat in private.
    (B) They were having their dinner there.
    (C) They were enjoying the cool evening.
    (D) The temperature in the house had dipped very low.
       
  2. What does 'it' in paragraph two refer to ?
       
    (A) The fire at Mr Jacob's farm
    (B) The sudden explosion nearby
    (C) The brothers' relaxing evening
    (D) The brothers choking on their drinks
       
  3. What did the people gathered at Mr Jacob's farm do ?
       
    (A) They helped to fight the fire.
    (B) They helped to check Mr Jacob's children.
    (C) They helped Mr Jacob and his family to escape from the fire.
    (D) They helped to ensure that Mr Jacob's children were unharmed.
       
  4. Which one of the following pieces of information is not true ?
       
    (A) The cause of the fire was a leaking gas pipe.
    (B) The firefighters took two hours to put out the fire.
    (C) Mr Jacob's neighbors conducted a rally that night.
    (D) Mr Jacob's neighbors offered him and his family a place to stay for the night.
       
  5. Why was Mr Jacob grateful ?
       
    (A) He could construct a new house.
    (B) His neighbors had been very helpful.
    (C) His cousin helped him build a new house.
    (D) His children's performance at school was not affected.
       
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  Answers : 1C   2B   3A   4C   5B
 
 
 
 

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