Note on Passage 9

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Read the following passage and answer the following given below:

I was very shy in my childhood. My first day at new school, I was half paralyzed when in the presence of a crowd. The teacher asked me to do a very smile things: I was sent to the blackboard to write my name and address. I knew my name and address, knew how to write it; but standing at the blackboard with the eyes of so many girls and boys looking at my back made me freeze inside and I was unable to write a single letter.

"Write your name," the teacher called to me.

I lifted the white chalk to the blackboard and, as I was about to write, my mind went blank. I could not remember my name, not even the first letter.somebody laughed and I stiffened.

" Just forget us and write your name and address, "the teacher said.

An impulse to write flashed through me, but the staring eyes at my back made me immobile; my hand refused to move. The children began to laugh and I flushed hotly.

"Don't you know your name?' she asked.

"Richard," I whispered.

"Richard what?"

"spell it."

I did

"Now can you write?"

"Yes, Ma'am."

"Then write it."

I turned to the blackboard and lifted my hand to write.Then, I was blank and empty within. I tried frantically to collect my senses, but I could remember nothing. A sense of the girls and boys behind me filled me to the exclusion of everything.I realised how utterly I was falling and I grew weak and leaned my hot forehead against the cold blackboard.The room burst into a loud and prolonged laugh that made my muscles freeze.

"You may go to your seat," the teacher said.

I sat and cursed myself .Why did I always appear so dumb when I was called to perform something in a crowd ? I knew how to write as well any pupil in the classroom and no doubt I could read better than any of them,and I could talk frequently and expressively when I was sure of myself.Then why did strange faces make me freeze ? I sat with my ears and neck burning, hearing the pupils whisper about me, hating myself, hating them.

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Very Short Questions

The other students laughed at the writer because he was unable to write a single letter infront of them in the blackboard.

Standing at the blackboard with the eyes of so many girls and boys looking at his back made the writer freeze.

The writer was really unable to perform the task because he did not feel comfortable among strangers.

We can say that he was nervous because when he lifted the white chalk to the blackboard and, as he was about to write, his mind went blank. He could not remember his name, not even the first letter.

The room bursted into a loud and long laugh because of a sence of the girls and boys behind him filled him to the exclusion of everything. He realised how utterly he was falling and he grew weak and leaned his hot forehead against the cold blackboard.

The boy was asked to write his name and address on the blackboard.

The boy feels cursing himself for appearing so dumb when he was called to perform something in a crowd.

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krishna

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