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Read the passage carefully. Then choose the correct answer.
 
The boy saw the interesting book on the highest shelf. For a moment, he paused and stared at it intently. Suddenly, without any warning, he began to grab the top shelves with his bare hands and instinctively swung his feet up. Like an agile monkey, he climbed effortlessly up the top shelf in order to get the book, all the while making strange hums, like an aeroplane. Everyone gasped in horror at the precarious position the boy was in. The metal shelves had leaned dangerously on one side and they were vibrating with great gusto.

Then, as he reached out to the book, completely oblivious to the anxious faces below him, a sudden movement across the window caught his attention. Book quite forgotten, he turned around just in time to see a kingfisher perching by the branch outside the library.

The boy gave a long squeal of delight and promptly jumped down to the ground like a seasoned stuntman and rushed to the window to take a look. Had the window not been locked, he would have opened it and made his way on the ledge and to the branch hoping to be nearerthe kingfisher.

However, he could not do this and this irked him beyond words. His eyes watered and he started to wail.

"That naughty boy," grumbled one.

"Annoying brat!" snorted another.

"Don't ever let me see you behaving like him," muttered a mother to her son who was seen nodding away solemnly, rather taken aback by the boy's apparent show of bravado.

The words, said in audible whispers, shot through a lady's heart, apparently the boy's mother. She kept her eyes trained to the ground as she hurried to the window where her son was crying his eyes out.

Gently, she held the boy's hands.

Frowns appeared on the others' faces.

Softly, she spoke to the boy.

An exchange of angry whispers could be heard.

"If I were her, I would definitely slap the boy..." a fragment of a sentence wafted through the air and was caught by her ears. Still, she acted as if nothing happened.

The lady reached for her handbag and out came a bottle of water and a bottle of pills. She calmed the boy and gave him the medication. The boy picked the blue candy-like thing and popped it into his mouth. With the help of some swigs of water, he washed it down his throat. A few minutes later, he looked at his mother cheerfully and they left the library silently. There was no more noise or disruptions from the boy.

Things had gone back to normal, but not for the lady. She shook her head sadly muttering to herself, "They just cannot understand..."

     
  1. What was the boy doing in the library ?
       
    (A) He was reading a book.
    (B) He was making a perfect nuisance of himself.
    (C) He became a monkey.
    (D) He became an aeroplane.
       
  2. Something outside caught his attention. What was it ?
       
    (A) It was the King himself.
    (B) It was a fisherman.
    (C) It was a bird.
    (D) It was a fish.
       
  3. What shows that the boy was rather reckless ?
       
    (A) He could not care less about what he did.
    (B) He did not hesitate to jump down from a higher ground.
    (C) He made a lot of noise.
    (D) He did not mind the closed window.
       
  4. Was the mother of the boy affected by what the others said about her son ? How do you know ?
       
    (A) Yes, she kept her head low.
    (B) Yes, she tried to get the boy to leave with her.
    (C) No, she acted as if nothing happened.
    (D) No, she spoke to the boy calmly.
       
  5. Why do you think the boy behaved in that way ?
       
    (A) He simply loved books.
    (B) He simply loved kingfishers.
    (C) He had a condition that made him hyperactive.
    (D) He was simply naughty.
       
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  Answers : 1B   2C   3B   4A   5C
 
 
 
 

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