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We lived in a small attap house in rural Malacca at that time. The youngest of four sons, I was born just after my father passed away. My mother became the sole breadwinner of the family. The Tans were our most immediate neighbors. Though they too lived in an attap house, they were not as poor as we. They reared chickens and ducks. Best of all, they had a dog.

The dog would appear at our doorstep every now and then hoping that at least one of us would let it in. However, my mother was very particular about animals in the house. One afternoon, her heart softened when she saw our pleading eyes and she finally relented. From then on, the dog would play and be around us more often than with the Tans. We were always afraid that the latter would be offended, but when they moved to another village, they conveniently left their dog behind. It became one of us.

Being small-built and scrawny for our age, my brothers and I were constantly bullied by neighborhood boys bigger-sized than us. With Stefan around, however, the boys kept a clear distance. Its menacing growl and sharp fangs would send them fleeing.

In our village was a government-sanctioned dogcatcher called Ricky. He would scout the area in his van for dogs without collars and shoot them instead of taking them to the pound. He would further proceed beyond the call of duty by cutting the dog's tail and selling it in the black market for a few cents. We could not afford a collar for Stefan and we knew his fate lay in Ricky's hands.

One day, when I was at home with my mother, we heard a loud 'bang'. Soon, our fears were confirmed. I rushed to my window and saw Stefan lying on the road. Any dog would have collapsed and died instantly. Amazingly, Stefan picked himself up and limped painfully to our doorstep. Tears rolled down my cheeks as I stood there in disbelief. I recalled when Stefan first appeared at our doorstep, at the very spot where it now took its final breath.

     
  1. When the writer's mother 'finally relented' ( paragraph 2 ), this means that she ______.
       
    (A) let go
    (B) gave in
    (C) felt pity
    (D) gave up
       
  2. By describing his brothers as 'small-built and scrawny' ( paragraph 3 ), the writer suggests they were ______.
       
    (A) brawny
    (B) cowardly
    (C) unfriendly
    (D) undernourished
       
  3. Which of the following best explains how the Tans were not responsible pet owners ?
       
    (A) They just left the village without taking Stefan with them.
    (B) They gave Stefan to the writer's family before leaving the village.
    (C) They allowed Stefan to be with the writer's family more than with them.
    (D) They wee offended when Stefan spent more time with the writer's family than with them.
       
  4. What was Ricky's official duty ?
       
    (A) Search for dogs without collars and shoot them
    (B) Search for dogs without collar and cut their tails
    (C) Search for stray dogs and take them to the pound
    (D) Search for stray dogs, cut their tails and sell them at the black market
       
  5. 'Soon, our fears were confirmed.' ( paragraph 5 ). The fears refer to ______.
       
    (A) Stefan dying on the road
    (B) Stefan being shot by Ricky
    (C) Stefan being chased by Ricky
    (D) Stefan being run over by Ricky's van
       
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