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Q.1. My first year of high school felt awkward. After leaving junior high at the head of my class with all the seniority the upper grade levels could afford me, it felt strange starting over as a freshman. The school was twice as big as my old school, and to make matters worse, my closest friends were sent to a different high school. I felt very isolated. I missed my old teachers so much that I would go back and visit them.
(i) Why was the narrator feeling awkward?
(ii) Why did the narrator feel strange?
(iii) Why was the author sent to a new school?
(iv) How would his old teachers encourage him?
Q.2. What did the author and his mother do on seeing the fire?
Q.3. The author felt isolated and sad in his new school. Why?
Q.4. How did his old teachers encourage and advice the narrator?
Q.5. Describe the reaction of the author and his mother on seeing the fire?
Q.6. My mother. then ran out of the house carrying a small metal box full of important documents. She dropped the case on the lawn and, in a crazed state, ran back into the house. I knew what she was after. My father had died when I was young, and I was certain that she was not going to let his pictures and letters go up in flames. They were the only things that she had to remember him by. Still I screamed at her, “Mom! No!”
(i) What happened to the author’s house?
(ii) Why did the author love his cat so much?
(iii) Why did his mother run out of the house?
(iv) What things did she want to save from the fire?
Q.7. Why did his mother rush back to the house?
Q.8. What did the author notice when he was sitting in the dining room?
Q.9. What did the author get from his new schoolmates?
Q.10. How did the author’s friends help him in rebuilding his life?