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Read the extracts and answer the questions that follow.
1. Don’t eat that chocolate, Amanda!
Remember your acne, Amanda!
Will you please look at me when I’m speaking to you
(a) Amanda has been asked to ___________ _.
(b) The speaker has asked Amanda to do so because she has a tendency to get _________ _.
(c) The speaker wants Amanda to look at him so that he can ensure that Amanda is ________.
(d) Why is Amanda not looking at the speaker?
Ans. (a) stop eating chocolates
(c) listening to her
(d) She is engrossed in her own thoughts.
2. Don’t bite your nails, Amanda!
Don’t hunch your shoulders, Amanda!
Stop that slouching and sit up straight,
(a) Who do you think is speaking to Amanda?
(b) In which mood is Amanda?
(c) What was Amanda’s posture?
(d) She was instructed not to :
Ans. (a) Amanda’s mother.
(b) Amanda is sulky and moody.
(c) She was sitting crouched up with her shoulders bent forward.
(d) bite her nail, bend her shoulders and sit straight.
3. Did you finish your homework, Amanda?
Did you tidy your room, Amanda?
I thought I told you to clean your shoes,
(a) In the first stanza, the speaker seems to be with the listener.
(b) Who speaks these lines and to whom?
(c) What are the various works she has to do?
(d) What does the parent think she asked her Amanda to do?
Ans. (a) annoyed
(b) These lines seem to be spoken by Amanda’s mother to her.
(c) She had to finish her homework, tidy up her room and clean her shoes.
(d) She thinks she asked Amanda to clean her shoes.
4. (I am an orphan, roaming in the street,
I pattern soft dust with my hushed, bare feet.
The silence is golden, the freedom is sweet.)
(a) Is the speaker an orphan? Why does she say so?
(b) Why is the above stanza given in brackets?
(c) Who is the speaker of the above lines?
(d) Why does the speaker want to be an orphan?
Ans. (a) No, she is not an orphan. She says so because she thinks orphans lead a carefree life.
(b) It is written in brackets because Amanda is thinking so, she is not speaking anything.
(d) She doesn’t want her parents’ interference.