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    look nervous or feel excited

    This is one of my comprehenion test questions. The given answer is C. But I would think A might be the answer, in which excited means nervous and upset so that one cannot relax. Am I right?


    One day, when I was working as a psychologist in England,an adolescent boy showed up in my office. It was David. He kept walking up and down restlessly, his face pale, and his hands shaking slightly. His head teacher had referred him to me. "This boy has lost his family," he wrote. "He is understandably very sad and refuses to talk to others, and I'm very worried about him. Can you help?”
    I looked at David and showed him to a chair. How could I help him? There are problems psychology doesn’t have the answer to, and which no words can describe. Sometimes the best thing one can do is to listen openly and sympathetically.
    When he first met the author, David .
    A. felt a little excited
    B. walked energetically
    C. looked a little nervous
      D. showed up with his teacher

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    Re: look nervous or feel excited

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    This is one of my comprehenion test questions. The given answer is C. But I would think A might be the answer, in which excited means nervous and upset so that one cannot relax. Am I right?


    One day, when I was working as a psychologist in England,an adolescent boy showed up in my office. It was David. He kept walking up and down restlessly, his face pale, and his hands shaking slightly. His head teacher had referred him to me. "This boy has lost his family," he wrote. "He is understandably very sad and refuses to talk to others, and I'm very worried about him. Can you help?”
    I looked at David and showed him to a chair. How could I help him? There are problems psychology doesn’t have the answer to, and which no words can describe. Sometimes the best thing one can do is to listen openly and sympathetically.
    When he first met the author, David .
    A. felt a little excited
    B. walked energetically
    C. looked a little nervous
      D. showed up with his teacher
    I think it is a bad question. B is also a possibility.

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    Re: look nervous or feel excited

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    This is one of my comprehenion comprehension test questions. The given answer is C. But I would think A might be the answer, in which excited means nervous and upset so that one cannot relax. Am I right?


    One day, when I was working as a psychologist in England,an adolescent boy showed up in my office. It was David. He kept walking up and down restlessly, his face pale, and his hands shaking slightly. His head teacher had referred him to me. "This boy has lost his family," he wrote. "He is understandably very sad and refuses to talk to others, and I'm very worried about him. Can you help?”
    I looked at David and showed him to a chair. How could I help him? There are problems psychology doesn’t have the answer to, and which no words can describe. Sometimes the best thing one can do is to listen openly and sympathetically.
    When he first met the author, David .
    A. felt a little excited
    B. walked energetically
    C. looked a little nervous
      D. showed up with his teacher
    Given the choice between "excited" and "nervous" I would select "nervous". Someone who is excited may have a ruddy complexion but probably not have a pale one. Actually, I would say that David looked nervous or very nervous. I don't believe that "looked a little nervous" fully describes his condition.

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