English Class 11
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Read the extract and answer the following questions.


MRS PEARSON: [embarrassed] Mrs Fitzgerald —I know you mean well —in fact, I agree with you —but I just can’t —and it’s no use you trying to make me. If I promise you I’d really have it out with them, I know I wouldn’t be able to keep my promise. 

MRS FITZGERALD: Then let me do it. 

MRS PEARSON: [ flustered] Oh no —thank you very much, Mrs Fitzgerald —but that wouldn’t do at all. It couldn’t possibly be somebody else — they’d resent it at once and wouldn’t listen— and really I couldn’t blame them. I know I ought to do it — but you see how it is? [She looks apologetically across the table, smiling rather miserably.] 

(Mother’s Day)

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Question (i)

List any two sensory details present in this extract.


Answer as written by the student:

Two sensory details present in this extract are "flustered" and "smiling rather miserably".

Step-by-step explanation: 📝

  •   Sensory details are words or phrases that appeal to one or more of the five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.
  •  To find sensory details in a text, we can look for words that describe how something looks, sounds, smells, tastes, or feels.
  •    In this extract, one sensory detail is "flustered", which describes how Mrs Pearson felt nervous and confused by Mrs Fitzgerald's offer to confront her family for her. This appeals to the sense of emotion and sound.
  •    Another sensory detail is "smiling rather miserably", which describes how Mrs Pearson expressed her embarrassment and helplessness with her facial expression. This appeals to the sense of sight and emotion.

Question (ii)

 Complete the sentence appropriately.

The phrase "they’d resent it at once and wouldn’t listen" suggests that ____________.


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