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Read the passage carefully. Then choose the correct answer.
 
They had stayed overnight underneath the stars. Armed with sleeping bags and bags of snacks, they were joined by others. In just a few hours, the line had grown and snaked all the way to the back of the building.

Ally was ecstatic. She and her best friends were among the first few who had secured the premium spot, right at the edge of the red carpet. Now, they only had to pass the time. Spending time this way was painless for her as they chatted the night away.

Morning broke, yet there were still a few more hours before the first limousine would appear. Ally and her friends had to find ways to hide their bleary eyes and unwashed faces. Short trips to the nearby washrooms, made in turns to ensure that their spots were not taken up by some hungry vultures, and layers of make-up had transformed them into fresh-faced fan-struck teenagers.

A few bites of food and hasty gulps of coffee gave them that much needed energy to wait for the stars. Their bodies were driven by the excessive caffeine and soon they found themselves rather hyperactive and bubbly. They got even bubblier when the streams of bodyguards and security officers began to take their posts. The air crackled with festivity. Ally could not wait for the clock to strike ten. That would be the time the stars would arrive.

Soon, it was time. Loud screams reverberated into the air as everyone started to jostle further and further to the front. Ally was squashed but she did not care. She was right in front of the red carpet with only a velvet chain that separated her from her idols. She knew that she was in the most coveted spot ever and she was not willing to give it up. Not even for her life!

"They are late!" she grumbled. "Always fashionably late!"

Then, a wave of hysterical screaming reverberated through the air, signaling the arrival of the first star. Ally mentally forgave her stars for being late and joined the hysteria.

The stars arrived, one by one. Ally and her friends went wild with excitement but they still reserved their exuberance for the special one. Their necks craned hard to see if their special idol had arrived.

Then, an extra piercing scream from her best friend indicated that he was sighted. He sauntered on the red carpet, giving them that famous megawatt smile. His outfit was really flamboyant and screaming for attention. On any other crooner, it would be a laughing stock. On him, it was perfect.

Eyes widened with pleasure as hands tried to grab the edge of the costume. The glittering costume was his signature trademark. Ally was the closest to him and could very nearly curl her impatient fingers around the glittering blue fabric. Her mouth set in a tight line.

She stopped screaming, intent on her 'prey'. The wild screams of the swooning crowd was suddenly obliterated in her mind. She could only see the blue fabric. Ally strained forward. Nearer and nearer she went. She could almost touch the cubic zirconia when suddenly, she fell forward. The velvet chain fell along with her, as with twenty other fans. For a moment, Ally saw his blue eyes and then everything became black.

     
  1. What do you think Ally and her friends were doing that night ?
       
    (A) They were chatting all night long.
    (B) They were having a picnic.
    (C) They were waiting in a line.
    (D) They were camping under the stars.
       
  2. It was a long wait but they did not mind. Which phrase tells you that they were fine ?
       
    (A) ' ... they only had to pass the time.'
    (B) 'Spending time this way was painless ...'
    (C) ' ... they chatted the night away.'
    (D) ' ... secured the premium spot.'
       
  3. What does the phrase 'hungry vultures' refer to ?
       
    (A) It refers to scavengers that would eat up the leftovers.
    (B) It refers to the other people in the line who would take over their spots.
    (C) It refers to the hungry people in the line.
    (D) It refers to the fan-struck teenagers.
       
  4. How did they intend to welcome their favorite idol ?
       
    (A) They intended to scream their heads off.
    (B) They intended to go wild with excitement.
    (C) They intended to scream very loud.
    (D) They intended to scream louder than they had screamed before.
       
  5. Why did Ally stop screaming ?
       
    (A) She became a predator.
    (B) She was concentrating on trying to get the cubic zirconia.
    (C) She was concentrating on trying to touch her idol.
    (D) She was trying to see her idol's eyes.
       
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  Answers : 1C   2B   3B   4D   5C
 
 
 
 

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