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Comprehension Tuesday 2nd February 2021

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Read through the following text twice before trying to answer the questions.


There was a glimmer of movement in the entranceway, and a ripple of excitement passed through the crowd. And then silence fell – a silence so deep and heavy that it seemed to hang in the atmosphere like mist.

The shop’s door swung open. The fine golden gate turned to dust, scattering in the wind.

The air was suddenly alive with a hundred scents: the perfume of toasted coconut and baking bread; of salty sea air and freshly fallen rain; of bonfires and melting ice.


A dove emerged from the darkness of the shop and soared through the air, wings flashing white in the blackness. The enchanted crowd watched as it climbed until it was lost to the night. And then, as one, they gasped. The black sky exploded with light and colour, and a message in dazzling firework sparks and shimmers spelled out: The Nowhere Emporium is open for business. Bring your imagination...


Now you have read it twice, have a go at answering the following questions independently. Use the format that has been set up for you on Purple Mash. 


Please answer using full sentences.


  1.  C - What does the phase 'ripple of excitement' compare the crowd to?
  2.  R - What happened to the gate?
  3.  R - List 3 things that could be smelt when the door opened.
  4.  I – How did the crowd feel when watching the dove?
  5.  R - What did the dove create?


Home learners please could you submit your answers on by using the 2do template on Purple Mash.