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Comprehension Wednesday 10th February 2021

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


“How did you get in here? We’re closed!”

The voice startled Daniel. In the far corner of the room stood a grand desk with feet carved like an eagle’s talons. Behind the desk sat a small man in a dusty suit. His wavy brown hair was wild and tangled, falling over his handsome face. On the desk in front of the man lay a battered book. His hand hovered over an open page, clutching a fountain pen. He stared at Daniel with eyes the colour of thunderclouds.

“Sorry,” said Daniel. “Didn’t mean to bother you. Someone’s chasing me.” As he spoke, his eyes were drawn to the book on the desk, which had begun to tremble against the dark grain of the wood, as if there was something in the pages trying to get out.

The man in the suit frowned. He glanced from Daniel to the book and back. Then he snapped the book shut, locked it away in his desk, and got up and marched past Daniel to the door.

“See?” he said, pointing to a sign hanging on the door that read CLOSED. “Closed.” He tried the door handle, opened the door. “I could have sworn I locked it.” He spun back to face Daniel, staring at him through narrowed eyes.


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.  R - What were the feet of the desk shaped like?
  2. I - What colour was the mans eyes?
  3.  R - True or False - The desk was made from light wood.
  4.  I – How is the man feeling about Daniel looking at his book?
  5.  R - What did the man tell Daniel to look at?


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