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Mid Year Examination (#2): Section K

Read the passage below and answer questions 1 to 10. All answers must be in complete sentences.

 

Everything was ready. Then, it emerged. The body slid into his waiting hands and the baby cried out. Its blue skin turned pink. It was a boy, red-faced and dark-haired. His eyes alert, suspicious of the lights and the cold air. The doctor quickly cut his son's umbilical cord.

 

"He is beautiful," the nurse said. She waited while he examined the child. Then, she took the infant to the nursery to bathe and clean him. The weak cries stirred his wife.

 

"Where is the baby?" his wife asked, opening her eyes. "Is everything all right?"

 

"We have a son," the doctor said, smiling down at her. " You will see him as soon as he is clean. He is absolutely perfect."

 

His wife's face, soft with relief and exhaustion, suddenly tightened with another contraction. She cried out. He was startled but, at the same time, he understood what was happening.

 

"Nurse? I need you here right now," the doctor said.

 

After a moment of confusion, the nurse joined him by the table. "Twins?" she asked.

 

The baby was smaller and came easily, sliding so quickly into his gloved hands. He leant forward to make sure it did not fall.

 

"It's a girl," the doctor said as he cradled her like a football, face down, tapping her back until she cried out. Then, he turned the baby over to see her face. He froze. The tell-tale features were unmistakable.

 

"Poor coordination, possible heart complications and mental impairment." He remembered his professor's words as they examined a child with Down's syndrome years ago. The doctor felt shaky as he cut the umbilical cord.

 

"She must not know about this," he mumbled to himself. He then told the nurse to take the girl out of the delivery room immediately. "What shall I do now?" he murmured for he knew his wife would not be able to take the news.

 

The doctor found the nurse in the nursery, cradling the baby girl in her arms. "There is a place. I want you to take her there. They will take good care of her," the doctor said. She knew exactly where he was referring to.

 

Looking at the baby with pitiful eyes, the nurse wondered, "Would she be happy in an orphanage?" She wrapped the baby and left. Instead of heading for the orphanage, the nurse went home and packed her belongings. She drove to a faraway place where no one knew her. She was determined to raise the poor girl as her own.

 

Adapted from The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

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What did the doctor do immediately after the boy was delivered?

 

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He cut the boy's umbilical cord.



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Where did the nurse take the boy to after he was delivered?

 

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The nurse took the boy to the nursery after he was delivered.


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Which two-word phrase from paragraphs 2 to 5 tells you that the boy was in the pink of health?

 

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The phrase is "absolutely perfect."


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In paragraph 5, explain what the doctor meant when he said he understood what was happening.

 

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He knew that his wife was going to give birth again.



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Why did the doctor lean forward during the second delivery?

 

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He leant forward to make sure the baby did not fall.


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