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Comprehension (5.4)

Read the passage and answer the questions.

Being Someone Special

"Mummy, am I special?" asked Ali.
"How special do you want to be?" his mother replied.
"Like inventing the fastest computer. That sort of special."
"Well, you are always special to me even if you did not invent the fastest computer, Ali."
Ali liked it everytime his mother said he is special. But deep inside, he really wanted to be somebody special.
Almost all of his friends seemed to have something that made them different in a way that the others admired. There was Kimberly who was top of the class in almost everything. Nigel was the best football player, scoring goals in every match he played. Gopal was the fastest runner in the whole school. When it came to drawing, there was little bespectacled Rajoo who could put anything you asked for onto paper and made it looked so real.
In class, the prettiest girl was Marianne, she had long dark hair. Ali didn't want to be beautiful like Marianne but he definitely wished he was taller than anyone of his age. He also wanted big strong arms with bulging muscles, like Menghwa. But Ali was thin and so were his arms and legs.
"Ali, you ought to be pleased with yourself and how you look. Be a nice, ordinary boy," his mother said, as if she knew what he was thinking. "You should be pleased that your ears are not sticking out a little bit more or you have one of those terrible noses."
"Thanks mum, that's not what I meant. I really want to be special and do something special." Ali left the room, still comparing himself with his friends and thinking how he too would not be ordinary.

1. What did Ali like to hear from his mother?

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2. Who was the best football player and why was he a good player?

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3. What did Ali wish for physically?

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4. Why did Ali's mother say he should be pleased with his looks?

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5. Why did Ali ask his mother if he is special?

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