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End Year Examination (#3): Section F

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As a thirteen-year-old, the thought of finally moving to a new country sounded amazing. My parents were also looking forward to leaving, but were more cautious about the challenges ahead. I should have been as well.

The first day in a new country felt strange. I woke up and went outside. I was surprised by how fast people talked and the way they seemed to take deep breaths while speaking.

It was soon time for school. I was really excited to see my new school. I had this naive idea that I would make lots of friends and have a great time. How wrong I was. Straightaway, I was singled out as the refugee kid and was soon made fun of on a daily basis. It did not help that I did not speak the language but I could still understand when I was being made fun of. You do not need language skills to realise that you are not liked. What made it worse was what was behind the jokes: all the prejudices that go with the stigma of the word "refugee".

I was determined not to let people see my despair, so I had to gather my courage and prove people wrong. However, it was hard to stay strong. Day after day my self-esteem was being eroded little by little. During my time in middle school, which lasted for three years, I always sat alone at the school canteen.

It was not easy for me to understand why all this was happening. My parents knew about my difficulties but I did not want to trouble them as I felt they had enough problems of their own to deal with. There was hardly anyone to talk to or confide in but I believe nothing lasts forever. Unfortunately, at that time, it felt like eternity.

Nowadays, I can look back at my harsh times of growing up in a foreign country and see how it has made me the much stronger person that I am today. I feel that I have overcome all those difficulties of integrating into a new society, with its new language, culture and customs. These difficulties have helped me to believe in myself and to ignore people's prejudices. I can also use my experiences as a refugee to help others understand the truth behind the issues involved and gain an insight into how it feels to be a refugee.

Due to my background, not many people even believed that I would finish  high school. Having made It through university and gaining work experience have proven those people wrong. Instead of listening to others telling me how incapable I was because of being a refugee, I decided instead to set my own goals. Today, I have achieved some of them though I still have many more things I want to achieve.

I have proven that it is possible to integrate into a new society, preserve one's ethnic identity and most importantly, remain true to myself.

Adapted from "It Is Tough Growing Up As A Refugee" by Baharak Bashmani
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 "I should have been as well" tells us that the author should have been more __________ .
  1. suspicious of strangers
  2. cautious when she interacts with classmates
  3. prepared for the problems that she might face
  4. optimistic about her new life in a foreign country

Short Answer

C.


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ID 12570
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How did the author know that she was being made fun of by her classmates?
  1. Her parents revealed the truth to her.
  2. She could interpret her classmates' behaviour.
  3. She understood the language of her classmates.
  4. Another classmate informed her that she was being ridiculed.

Short Answer

B.


3.
ID 12571
DifficultyDifficulty
Which word in the passage tells us that feelings of shame and dishonour are associated with being a refugee?
  1. naive
  2. ethnic 
  3. stigma 
  4. prejudices 

Short Answer

C.


4.
ID 12572
DifficultyDifficulty
Why didn't the author confide in her parents about her problems?
  1. Her parents would not understand.
  2. Her parents were always not at home.
  3. She did not want her parents to worry about her.
  4. She did not have a close relationship with her parents.

Short Answer

C.


5.
ID 12573
DifficultyDifficulty
In what way has the author shown to others that she was capable?
  1. She set her own goals.
  2. She made it through university.
  3. She was recognised as a citizen of the new society.
  4. She learnt to speak the native language of her classmates.

Short Answer

B.


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