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Read the passage carefully. Then choose the correct answer.
 
It called out to me. I could not resist it. I grew so tense that I could not think. The wallet... the leather wallet... the beautiful brown leather wallet. I had to get it.

I picked it up. I was strangely calm. The wallet was in my hands. It would have cost me two hundred dollars. I had that amount in my old wallet. I could buy it easily. I also had with me my five credit cards which I could have used to pay for it.

However, it would not be the same. There would not simply be any thrill to it. I had to have it for free! Only then would I feel invincible! Coolly, I fingered the wallet, happy that it was in my hand. I knew it was perfect for me. I liked the size, the color, the make. I paused at the display glass, pretending to be interested in the pens that lay in a neat row. I have no liking for pens although it brought me to the time when it all started.

I was seven when it started. I saw that Netty, my best friend then, had this lovely pen that could light up and play music whenever she wrote with it. I had asked to borrow it. What I did next, I knew, was wrong, but how could something that was wrong feel so right? I slipped the pen into my bag and pretended that I had returned it to her when she asked me some time later. She insisted that I had not and that promptly made me bawl. No one could resist a cute girl with bouncy curls crying her heart out. That was just what had happened. Netty was reprimanded for being careless and I accused her for not being a good friend. For years, she had been puzzled over the whole incident.

I blinked and was transported back to the present. The wallet was quickly placed into my bag and I walked out of the store, triumphant. I was no shoplifter. I was in no hurry to disappear from the scene of the crime. I hung around the mall to see if there were other things that I fancied.

At last, my shopping days were over. I felt a gentle but firm tap on my shoulder and as I whirled around, I saw a man in uniform. Still, I was unrepentant. I insisted my innocence but a good shake of my bag revealed two wallets. Though identical, one was somewhat worn out.

The guard picked up the wallets. They were of the exact make, color and size. I was caught red-handed. He notified the police who soon came to take me away. My parents were informed and were asked to come down to the police station. I waited in trepidation, wondering what was going to happen to me.

     
  1. Why did the writer resort to stealing the wallet even when she could have paid for it ?
       
    (A) She did not want to part with her money.
    (B) She wanted to experience the thrill of stealing things.
    (C) She would only be happy if she got it for free.
    (D) She found the price too expensive.
       
  2. When did she start this habit ?
       
    (A) Whenever she went shopping
    (B) When she was seven years old
    (C) When she refused to return her friend's pen
    (D) When her friend became puzzled
       
  3. A shoplifter would ______.
       
    (A) steal other things
    (B) hang around at the scene of the crime happily
    (C) disappear as fast as he could from the scene of the crime
    (D) hang around in the other malls to steal other things
       
  4. What did the writer do when the security guard tapped her shoulder ?
       
    (A) She ran away.
    (B) She froze on the spot.
    (C) She protested her innocence.
    (D) She broke down and confessed.
       
  5. What was the writer feeling when she was at the police station ?
       
    (A) Angry
    (B) Depressed
    (C) Elated
    (D) Fearful
       
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  Answers : 1B   2C   3C   4C   5D
 
 
 
 

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