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Joshua Sinclair was enthralled to see a photograph of Robert Walls splashed across the front page of the Sunday Herald with the headline 'Unsung No More'. "That's him !" he called out to his wife. He telephoned the daily and told them, "He saved my family ! I've never forgotten him ! I just want to say 'thank you' !".

Sinclair, his wife and three children had been awakened by the sound of people running and screaming outside their cabin door in Regal Star. When he opened it, a man shoved past him, grabbed their life preservers and disappeared. "Hold on to one another and stay close together," he ordered his family, herding them out. Rummaging through nearby cabins, he found four life jackets and put them on his wife and children. They scrambled aboard a lifeboat and waited as they saw crewmen struggling to lower it.

The boat lurched sideways at a sharp angle and the family was left stranded too far out from the ship to get back on. If they took the plunge five storeys into the black water, Sinclair, trained for emergencies during his Air Force career, knew they would drown. Slowly and steadily, he managed to help his children over the rail and onto the deck, but his wife was too far out. "Somebody help us !" he bellowed against the roaring wind and raging fire. The face of a young officer appeared on the deck. Relieved, Sinclair lifted his wife into Walls' arms, then clinging onto the young man's hands, crawled aboard.

Like a white vision, a ship came up, lights ablaze. "Jump into the water -- you'll be picked up," the Captain hollered through a loudhailer. "We'll jump from a lower deck," Sinclair yelled back. noticing that he did not have a life jacket on, Walls peeled his off and handed it to Sinclair. "Away you go," he winked, then darted from deck to deck, dodging the flames, dragging people to the side and helping them to get into the water.

By then, the burning ship was listing badly. Making his way down the stern of the promenade blow, Walls found dozens of elderly passengers huddling against the inferno. Many were too afraid to move. "You must get off. I'll help you," he urged gently. Making sure that their life jackets were put on properly, Wall coaxed them up onto the rail. One at a time, he pried each passenger's fingers from the railing. For those without the strength to go up onto the rail, Walls lifted them up and dropped them into the water. All were picked up by the lifeboats of Seacape Voyager.

Satisfied that no one was left behind, Walls ran to the rail, swung onto a rope and shimmied down into a lifeboat just as it passed beneath. He had saved over 50 people. For more than 30 years, this brave man remained their Unsung Hero.

     
  1. When Joshua Sinclair found life jackets, he gave them to his family first. This suggests that he was ______.
       
    (A) helpful
    (B) ludicrous
    (C) sacrificial
    (D) intelligent
       
  2. Robert Walls was likely ______.
       
    (A) the captain of Regal Star
    (B) a passenger on Regal Star
    (C) a crew member of Regal Star
    (D) a search and rescue officer from Seacape Voyager
       
  3. Which of the following statements is false ?
       
    (A) The ship was on fire.
    (B) Joshua Sinclair's entire family perished.
    (C) Robert Walls was the last person to get off the ship.
    (D) Robert Walls encouraged the elderly to jump off the ship.
       
  4. 'For more than 30 years, this brave man remained their Unsung Hero.' This sentence suggests that ______.
       
    (A) Robert Walls was a hermit for 30 years
    (B) Robert Walls' bravery was unappreciated
    (C) Robert Walls never claimed credit for helping others
    (D) Robert Walls did not know how to be a public figure
       
  5. What is the most likely reason that Robert Walls was 'unsung no more' (paragraph 1) ?
       
    (A) Somebody wanted to play a prank on him.
    (B) Joshua Sinclair had contacted the newspaper.
    (C) He had deliberately decided to make public what he had done on the ship.
    (D) Somebody had wanted to acknowledge his heroic acts and had contacted the newspaper.
       
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  Answers : 1C   2C   3B   4C   5D
 
 
 
 

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