In the Midst of Hardship by Latiff Mohidin

1. Which word tell us when they got home?
A. torn B. soak C. dawn D. returned 2. Why were their clothes soaky? A. They had been out for a swim B. They had been in the flood C. They had been working hard D. They were anxious about a lost possession 3. What was missing? A. Their son B. Some trees C. An albino buffalo D. Bloated carcasses 4. Why was there no sign of despair on their faces? A. They were unaffected by their experience B. They were unaware of their injuries C. They had learnt to be tough D. They were too tired 5. In the first stanza, the calmness on their faces is contrasted with A. The wounds and scratches on their bodies B. The despair in their hearts C. Their desperation D. Their hope 6. How long had they been out? A. The whole day B. Half a day C. 12 hours D. 24 hours 7. How do they cope with life’s difficulties and disappointments? A. They share jokes and smoke B. They sigh about life’s problems C. They complain about their hardship D. They gather in the kitchen for a meal 8. The line They were born amidst hardship implies they A. had experienced hardship B. were fated to be poor C. had to face hardship D. were in difficulty 9. The bloated carcasses (line 11) are symbols of A. their son’s loss B. disappointment C. dead animals D. death 10. From the title of the poem we can predict that it is about the A. people that gave up completely B. discovery of inner strength

He Had Such Quiet Eyes by Bibsy Soenharjo C. struggle to find meaning D. ways to become cynical

1. In stanza 1, we know that the boy has A. beautiful eyes and a kind smile B. captivated the girl with his eyes C. scolded the girl with his eyes D. ice in his eyes 2. What look does he give her? A. Innocent B. Ignorant C. Sweet D. Silly 3. The phrase two pools of lies means A. there was betrayal B. there were deceptions C. he was lying and stealing D. he cheated and lied to her 4. From stanza 1, we can conclude that the persona A. is feeling happy B. has fallen in love C. has enchanting eyes D. is pleading with her boyfriend 5. The persona wishes that she had been wise because she has A. not compromised B. followed her heart C. listened to advice D. loved the boy 6. Line 13 She’d be free from “the hows and whys” implies that the persona A. is full of regret B. is a curious person C. is uncertain of her future D. is asking too many questions 7. Which of these words describe the persona in the second stanza? A. Soft B. Naive C. Trustworthy D. Happy-go-lucky 8. The word dice in stanza 3 suggests A. a chance or risk that one takes in a situation B. a type of game for two people in a contest C. taking advantage of another person D. playing a losing game 9. What is the persona trying to say in stanza 3? A. Be nice to everyone B. Do not fall in love C. Do not lose in a game D. Be careful in a relationship

Mr Ross B. confident of her abilities D. extremely loving D. Lucy’s best friend D. Curious C. he was attracted to her B. 7. The typewriter moves by itself What does Lucy think when she first sees the mistakes on the paper? A. The fruitcake special B. She has gone mad Who was Miss Broome? A. QWEWRTYUIOP is about Lucy and Miss Broome who A. incur a lot of expense and loss Which trait best describes Aunt Mimi? A. 5. want to prove that they are excellent and efficient secretaries The following are Lucy’s characteristics except A. Uncle Bert C. a chemist in a cosmetics factory What did Anna discover? A. fierce and demanding QWERTYUIOP by Vivien Alcock 1. she had worked hard for the company and he wanted to reward her D. Ross and Bannister did not appreciate her long service B. selfish D. timid The first person Lucy meets when she reports for work is A. She has been very careless D. he was A. judgmental C. find out more about the fruitcake she had given them C. Miss Broome’s appearance D. 6. learn more about the perfect boy Aunt Mimi had found for her D. Anna is A. lacking in confidence B. Her feelings for David Amos Anna’s boss preferred to be with A. 4. attractive and creative C. go out with boys C. The late Bannister’s secretary Uncle Bert is hurt with Lucy’s harsh words and he says that she is A. The overall purpose of the poem is to advise the readers not to A. 6. under the effect of the perfume B. tell her he was in love with Sabina 2. Selfish B. getting Harry to tell her about her past C. 8. tell her what had happened on her dinner date with David Amos the night before When Anna returned to work. understanding B. we can conclude that Lucy is after all A. trust anyone B. not sell well B. David Amos wanted to see her to A. 2. A busy body Anna visited Aunt Mimi to A. applying lots of liquid paper each time she typed B. the chemists at his factory D. explain why he had behaved in a strange way B. A friendly ghost C. 3. smart and helpful C. Her skill as a typist is a disappointment C. be tempted by good looks 10. A new secretary B. Concerned D. Lucy is younger and prettier D. 9. a designer B. The office B. sweet and nice B. The volume of work C. she is getting old Lucy manages to persuade Miss Broome to leave by A. There is something wrong with the typewriter B. nice and friendly A perfume that caused men to go mad with love would A. fight each other to stay at Ross and Bannister’s D. are working at Ross and Bannister’s B. An amazing fruitcake recipe D. 3. brave and intelligent D. bring in lots of money D. work as secretaries at Ross and Bannister’s C. offer her money as compensation C. Ross and Bannister asked her to leave when Lucy came C. The perfume Intrigue C. 8. 7. ordinary-looking girls C. Harry Darke D. quiet and withdrawn C. fighting with her in the office The Fruitcake Special by Frank Bennan 1. 9. low self-esteem C. listen to advice D. learn how to make fruitcake B. his friends at the golf club David Amos invited Anna out for the evening because A. she was an attractive woman C. timid Miss Broome is nasty and angry because A. 4. At the end of the story. . 5. beautiful women B.10. ignorant D. Miss Broome What frightens Lucy when she starts typing? A. he had been affected by the smell of the perfume she was wearing When David Amos came to pick up Anna for the dinner date. have a short life span C. telling her that Mr Bannister needs her D.

At dawn they returned home their soaky clothes torn and approached the stove their limbs marked by scratches their legs full of wounds but on their brows there was not a sign of despair a. Why did they return only at dawn? Why were their clothes soaky? What caused the scratches and wounds on their limbs? What attitude is shown by the couple? Practice 1 Explain the meaning of the following lines from the poem. married David Amos D. returned to her job at the factory B. went to work for another company C. those quiet eyes Were breathing desolate sighs Imploring her to be nice And to render him paradise .D. He had such quiet eyes She did not realise They were two pools of ice Layered with thinnest ice To her. 1 2 3 They were two pools of lies Layered with thinnest ice Never to compromise With pleasure-seeking guys She’d be free from “the hows and whys” Be sure that nice really means nice Then you’ll never be losing at dice He Had Such Quiet Eyes by Bibsy Soenharjo 4 Practice 2 Read the stanza below and answer the questions that follow. d. c. 1 2 3 4 but on their brows there was no sign of despair they had to brave the horrendous flood They were born amidst hardship and grew up without a sigh or a complaint Practice 2 Read the stanza below and answer the questions that follow. discuss the evening date 10. Anna finally A. made fruitcake In the Midst of Hardship by Latiff Mohidin Practice 1 Explain the meaning of the following lines from the poem. b.

and left. He’d changed his mind and was trying to think of some excuses to get out of our evening together. I’ve been trained. d. e. c.. b. “So when are you going to bring a nice boy home?” she asked. not very many. d. Where are Anna and Mr Amos? What happened earlier in the factory? Why did Mr Amos behave in such a strange manner? What are Mr Amos’s feelings towards Anna now? What has happened to make Mr Amos change his mind? . He was nice. b. c. d. Who is speaking to Miss Beck? What does the machine refer to? Why does the speaker think there was trouble with the machine? What is preventing Miss Beck from telling the speaker the truth? What kind of trouble does Miss Beck have with the machine? The Fruitcake Special by Frank Bennan Read the extract below and answer the questions that follow. ”well.” “Yes.” he began. d.) a. “I don’t know why I behaved like that.about today. “There was that boy Armstrong you saw two years ago. sir. Why does the lady not realise she has been deceived? What did the man do to deceive the lady? What imagery is used to describe the man’s eyes? What is the attitude of the man towards the lady in the first stanza? QWERTYUIOP by Vivien Alcock Read the extract below and answer the questions that follow.” What does the above sentence tells us about Aunt Mimi’s character? Who is Armstrong? Why is Anna not interested in Armstrong? Practice 2 “Look Anna. b.” said Momma. I knew it. Miss Beck?” he asked. d. e.” a... I’ve got a diploma. then honesty compelled her to add. e. so they all had. Who is Lucy speaking to? Where was Lucy trained? What kind of diploma does Lucy have? Why is Lucy so defensive? What is the tone of the speaker in the last sentence of the extract? Practice 2 “Did you have trouble with the machine.. “Yes. Yes.” (She was afraid to say what trouble in case he thought she was mad. trying to help me. b.” he continued. c. Practice 1 “I don’t make mistakes.” Lucy said. “. c.” he said sadly. c. looking me right in the eye. Practice 1 She decided to say what she thought at once – as she always did. How many people are involved in the conversation above? Why is Aunt Mimi so concerned about Anna bringing a nice boy home? “She decided to say what she thought at once – as she always did. a. at the factory. a.a. my dear. e. b.

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