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Read the passage carefully. Then choose the correct answer.
 
We were walking across a garden when my daughter spotted a cluster of familiar red flowers. She pulled me to one side and then, looking excitedly at me as though she had a secret to share, she pulled me down to her height and whispered in my ears.

I shot up straight almost as soon as she had finished her sentence. With my mouth ajar, I was about to tell her that it was probably not a good idea to do so when I was transported to the time when I was
around her age.

It had been a rather long day from school and I was dead tired. Iwas walking along the pathway that was lined with many ixora plants when my friend grabbed me by the arm. Before I could do anything,
he gleefully plucked a single flower from the cluster and showed it to me. Unimpressed, I was not about to be swayed by a puny flower and was about to admonish him when he turned the flower upside down to show me a tiny, almost invisible thread-like thing that protruded out from its stalk.

"Look!" he had said.

He pulled the faint yellowish 'thread' and right at the end of it, a tiny drop of nectar appeared. At least, that was what I think it was, as it was really quite sweet. That day, we raided the ixora plants. We really had a lot of fun. I could still taste the sweetness till today.

My daughter's urgent tug brought me back to reality. I turned to my daughter and decided that she too needed to know the joy of tasting sweet nectar from beautiful blooms.

For the next five minutes, I let her show me what my friend had taught me, twenty years ago. I squealed in mock delight. We ended up sucking drops of sweetness from the flowers.

That day, and for months onwards, my daughter kept talking, drawing, and singing about flowers

     
  1. What do you think it was that her daughter wanted to tell her to do that made the writer shoot up straight ?
       
    (A) Her daughter wanted to pluck all the flowers for herself.
    (B) Her daughter wanted to show her that one could suck sweet nectar from the flowers.
    (C) Her daughter wanted to eat the flowers.
    (D) Her daughter wanted to grow more flowers.
       
  2. Why do you think the writer did not scold her friend ?
       
    (A) She was stopped by her friend.
    (B) The flower had fascinated her that she had forgotten about it.
    (C) Both she and her friend were engrossed in sucking up the sweet nectar from the flowers.
    (D) Her friend had showed her an interesting trick.
       
  3. What did the writer decide to let her daughter do ?
       
    (A) She decided to let her daughter pluck the flowers.
    (B) She decided to let her daughter teach her how to suck the nectar from flowers.
    (C) She decided to let her daughter be a florist.
    (D) She decided to let her daughter squeal in delight.
       
  4. 'I squealed in mock delight.' Why did the writer pretended to be surprised ?
       
    (A) She wanted to play a prank on her daughter.
    (B) She wanted to let her daughter have the pleasure of explaining things to her.
    (C) She wanted her daughter to surprise her.
    (D) She wanted her daughter to know that she was ticklish.
       
  5. Give a good reason why her daughter kept talking, drawing, and singing about flowers.
       
    (A) She was very happy.
    (B) She was obsessed by it.
    (C) She wanted to be a florist.
    (D) She wanted to eat more nectar.
       
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  Answers : 1B   2C   3B   4B   5B
 
 
 
 

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