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Read the Passage Carefully. 1. I Remember My Childhood as Being Generally Happy and Can Recall Experiencing Some of the Most Carefree Times of My Life. but I Can Also Remember, Even More Vividly, Moments of Being Deeply Frightened. as a Child, I Was Truly Terrified of the Dark and Getting Lost. These Fears Were Very Real and Caused Me Some Extremely Uncomfortable Moments. - English Core

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Read the passage carefully.

1. I remember my childhood as being generally happy and can recall experiencing some of the most carefree times of my life. But I can also remember, even more vividly, moments of being deeply frightened. As a child, I was truly terrified of the dark and getting lost. These fears were very real and caused me some extremely uncomfortable moments.

2. Maybe it was the strange way things looked and sounded in my familiar room at night that scared me so much. There was never total darkness, but a street light or passing car lights made clothes hung over a chair take on the shape of an unknown beast. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw curtains move when there was no breeze. A tiny creak in the floor would sound a hundred times louder than in the daylight and my imagination would take over, creating burglars and monsters. Darkness always made me feel helpless. My heart would pound and I would lie very still so that 'the enemy' wouldn't discover me.

3. Another childhood fear of mine was that I would get lost, especially on the way home from school. Every morning, I got on the school bus right near my home ‒ that was no problem. After school, though, when all the buses were lined up along the curve, I was terrified that I would get on the wrong one and be taken to some unfamiliar neighbourhood. I would scan the bus for the faces of my friends, make sure that the bus driver was the same one that had been there in the morning, and even then ask the others over and over again to be sure I was in the right bus. On school or family trips to an amusement park or a museum, I wouldn't  let the leaders out of my sight. And of course, I was never very adventurous when it came to taking walks or hikes because I would go only where I was sure I would never get lost.

4. Perhaps, one of the worst fears I had as a child was that of not being liked or accepted by others. First of all, I was quite shy. Secondly, I worried constantly about my looks, thinking people wouldn't like me because I was too fat or wore braces. I tried to wear 'the right clothes' and had intense arguments with my mother over the importance of wearing flats instead of saddled shoes to school. Being popular was very important to me then and the fear of not being liked was a powerful one.

5. One of the processes of evolving from a child to an adult is  being able to recognise and overcome our fears. I have learnt that darkness does not have to take on a life of its own, that others can help me when I am lost and that friendliness and sincerity will encourage people to like me. Understanding the things that scared us as children helps to cope with our lives as adults.

(a) On the basis of your reading of the above passage, make notes using headings and subheadings. Use recognizable abbreviations wherever necessary.

(b) Make a summary of the passage in not more than 80 words using the notes made and also suggest a suitable title.

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Solution

(a)
1. Recalling childhood moments
     1.1. happy & carefree
     1.2. terrified of darkness & getting lost

2. Childhood fears
    2.1. Feeling helpless in dark
         2.1.1 Strange shadows - an unknown beast
         2.1.2. Moving curtains
         2.1.3. Creaking sounds
         2.1.4. Imagining burglars & monsters
         2.1.5. Lying still, with pounding heart
   2.2. Fear of getting lost (on way home)
        2.2.1. Scanning school buses - familiar faces, same driver
        2.2.2. re-confirming the bus
        2.2.3. Not letting leaders out of sight
        2.2.4. Avoiding adventurous act.
        2.2.5. Going with surety of not being lost
   2.3. Fear of not being liked
        2.3.1. Quite shy
        2.3.2. Worried about looks - fat, wore braces, clothes
        2.3.3. Wearing right clothes
        2.3.4. Flat vs. saddled shoes for school
        2.3.5. Imp. of popularity  
 
3. Coping with childhood fears as an adult
   3.1. Undg. evolution process - child to adult
   3.2. Recognising & overcoming fears
   3.3. Accepting help from other​s
   3.4. Role of friendliness & sincerity​
   3.5. Undg. things that scared 

List of abbreviations used
1. & - and
2. act. - activities
3. vs. - versus
4. imp. - importance
5. undg. - understanding

(b) Title: Recalling Childhood Fears as an Adult

My childhood was generally happy and had carefree moments. However, darkness scared me with its shadows, unexpected movement of curtains and creaking sounds. It made me feel helpless and I used to lie still, with a pounding heart. I was scared of getting lost. Before boarding my school bus, I scanned it for familiar faces. I was shy and afraid of not being liked by others. As I evolved from a child to an adult, I realised that understanding things that scared us as a child help in coping with life.

Concept: Reading Skill (Textual)
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