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Read the passage carefully. Then choose the correct answer.
 
He came from an unknown country, though not to the extent that the country was not listed or recognised by others. Rather, a country that had not been known to produce any Olympic medallists before, unlike America or China where gold medallists seem to be mass-produced on a daily basis.

Ngembele was poor. He came from a small village in one of the deepest jungles in Africa but had made his way to civilisation, mainly through his sheer curiosity and determination. Ngembele started his journey out of his village by simply running. He ran away from the comfort of his hut just to find out how it would feel like if he were to have no home.

He soon found out that he had gotten lost, and had to live on wild berries and rainwater while trying to avoid being preyed upon by larger animals. How he managed to survive those sinister African jungle nights, no one knew, but he soon ran his way out of the jungle and into a friendly town near the edge of the jungle where he was promptly taken in as an adopted child to a certain family by the name of Akonkwo, who could not resist the doe-eyed and chubby-cheeked boy of eight.

Ngembele was thankful, for he was an orphan to begin with and since no one in his native village would miss him, he settled down right away into the Akonkwo family. The Akonkwo family, with their own children to begin with, was big. Soon, Ngembele found out that he must outsmart, outlearn, and outrun the boys in the family. They were full of mischief and the only way was not to get mad but to get even.

Ngembele soon found himself always on the run. He had to run from his brothers when they turned into bullies. He had to run fast to the dining table to make sure that he had his share of food. He had to run to his adopted parents for help when things got out of hand.

Ngembele practically had to run all the time. Soon, he realised that it was easier for him to run than to walk. His physical self was perfect for it-tall and lanky with strong muscular limbs. He found that it saved him time too. In a nutshell, Ngembele stopped walking.

Ngembele was sent to school and it was in school that his natural talent for running attracted the attention of Mr John White, an athletics coach. Whenever Ngembele ran, a pair of eyes would follow suit. Soon, Ngembele was running for the school's athlete meet and ran his way up to the national level.

Four years later, he found himself on a running track halfway across the world in a foreign land. Still, when the gun was shot, he just ran. He ran to the finishing line and broke the white ribbon. The stadium broke into thunderous cheer. Ngembele looked up and frowned. He did not quite understand the fuss. For him, he did not do anything special. What was the whole fuss about? He had just run as hard as he could, like what he had always done. Nothing special-not even when a certain giant company that sold fizzy drinks offered him an endorsement deal worth millions of dollars.

     
  1. Why was his country not recognized ?
       
    (A) It was never listed formally as a country.
    (B) It had never produced any Olympic medalists before.
    (C) It was not a country to begin with.
    (D) It was not famous.
       
  2. It was easy for Ngembele to get adopted as ______.
       
    (A) he was already an orphan
    (B) he looked really cute
    (C) the Akonkwo family had no son
    (D) no one from his native village would miss him
       
  3. What made it easier for him to run than to walk ?
       
    (A) He had to run away from his siblings all the time.
    (B) He had to save time.
    (C) He was physically suited for running.
    (D) He had a strong body.
       
  4. Which phrase tells you that the Olympics was not held in Africa ?
       
    (A) 'a pair of eyes would follow'
    (B) 'ran his way up the national level'
    (C) 'halfway across the world'
    (D) 'stadium broke into thunderous cheer'
       
  5. The stadium broke into thunderous applause when Ngembele came in ______.
       
    (A) first
    (B) second
    (C) third
    (D) first runner-up
       
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  Answers : 1B   2B   3C   4C   5A
 
 
 
 

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