Comprehension: Andrew’s Birthday Party
- Title: Andrew’s Birthday Party
- Text: New Oxford Secondary English Course for SS2 pages 12 – 13
Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.
Andrew’s Birthday Party:
It was a sunny day in the month of May. The sun took its rightful position very early, lending credence to the general feeling that Andrew’s birthday was going to be greeted with the blessing of pleasant weather. The sky looked so bright that Andrew insisted on having an open-air party. The habitual doubting Thomases had no dissenting opinions to express.
Andrew had gone to great lengths to ensure a hitch-free party; a party which would remain the talk of the town. Although it was not intended to be free for all, a lot had been done to stamp the occasion on the memories of many people long afterwards.
The bright sun continued to smile. Andrew’s face beamed with pleasure with every passing moment. Very few of his contemporaries have so far succeeded in reaching the top of the ladder. Andrew in particular had been an orphan of storm. His father’s death during his third year in secondary school and that of his mother two years later were only two of this orphan’s storms. He suffered a physical misfortune when a stockfish machine severed his left middle finger. But Andrew did not despair.
The courage to fail is very cheap. Every fool can afford to fail. But it raises one above the herds of cowards and never-do-wells to be up and struggling. The reward of forbearance in the end is resounding success.
And so it was for Andrew. Ever since he finished his university education, it had been a success galore. He had got a good job in one of the country’s insurance companies. His pay was good, his promotion had been steady and his prospects seemed bright. At forty, he had a good car and had already bought a house of his own. The world was at his feet!
(Adapted from WASSCE Nov./Dec. 1989)
Questions and Answers:
1. At what age was Andrew celebrating a birthday party?
A – Andrew was celebrating a birthday party at the age of forty.
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