6. Read the following passage carefully and answer any FOUR questions given after it in a word or a sentence each. [4×1=4 Marks]
2. Read the following passages and answer the questions that follow in a word or a sentence each.
The Woman On Platform No 8 (Page No 86 to 88)
a) She took me into the station dining room and ordered tea, samosas, and jalebis. At once I began to relax and take an interest in this kind woman. The strange meeting with her had little effect on my appetite. I was a hungry schoolboy. I ate as much as I could without being impolite. She took pleasure in watching me I think the food strengthened our friendship, for under the influence of the tea and sweets I began to tat quite freely. I told her about my school, my friends, my likes and dislikes. She questioned me quietly from time to time, but preferred listening.
i. Who is ‘she’ referred to in this passage?
A.The Woman on Platform No.8.
ii. Where did she take the boy?
A. She took the boy into the station dining room.
iii. What did she order for him?
A. She ordered tea, samosas, and Jalebies for him.
iv. The strange meeting had no effect on his appetite. Write whether it is true or false.
v. I ate as much as I could without being Impolite. What did he mean by this statement? Choose the best answer,
a. I ate so much food with being polite,
b. I ate not much food without being polite
c. I ate sufficient quantity of food without being shy.
d. I ate scanty food with a feeling of fear.
A. (a) I ate so much food with being polite.
vi. What did he think of the food offered by the woman?
A. He thought the food strengthened their friendship
vii. What did he exchange with her during their talk?
A. He exchanged his ideas likes his school, his likes and dislikes with her during their talk
viii. What did the woman prefer, questioning or listening?
A. The women preferred listening
b) As it approached, a boy jumped off the platform and ran across the tracks to the next platform. He was a safe distance from the train and there was no danger unless he had fallen. But as he leaped across the tracks the woman with me gripped my arm. Her fingers dug into my flesh painfully. I looked up at her. Her face was filled with pain and fear, and then sadness swept over her eyes. She watched the boy until he disappeared in the crowd and only then she relaxed her hold on my arm. She smiled at me and took my hand again, but her fingers trembled against mine.
“He was all right,” I said, feeling that she needed reassurance.
i. What did Arun see when a train approached?
A. Arun saw a boy jumped off the platform and ran across the boy tracks to the next platform.
ii. What was the woman’s reaction on seeing the boy leap across the tracks?
A. On seeing the boy leapt across the tracks, the woman with him gripped his arm. Her fingers dug into his flesh painfully.
iii. What type of emotions did the boy observe in her face?
A.Her face was filled with pain and fear and then sadness swept over her eyes
iv. Why do you think sadness swept over her eyes when a boy was in danger?
A. I thought that she watched the safety of the boy
v. How long did she watch the boy?
A. She watched the boy until he disappeared in the crowd
vi. Only after the boy disappeared that she relaxed. Write true or false.
vii. “She relaxed only after the boy safely disappeared into the crowd.” The boy here is Arun. Write true or false.
viii. What type of relationship do you notice between the boy and the woman?
A. Son and mother
c) By now I really didn’t like Satish’s mother at all. She clearly thought that I and “my mother” came from a very poor family. Because of that, I did not intend to give the other woman away. I let her take my hand in hers, but I could think of nothing to say. I was conscious of Satish’s mother staring at us with hard, unkind eyes, and I found myself hating her. The guard walked up the platform, blowing his whistle as the train got ready to leave. I looked straight into the eyes of the woman who held my hand. She smiled in a gentle understanding way. I leaned out of the window then and put my lips to her cheek and kissed her.
i. Did Arun like Satish’s mother? Which other word in the passage shows his feeling?
A. Arun did not like Satish’s mother. She looked out them with hard, unkind eyes.
ii. What was the opinion of Satish’s mother on Arun and his mother?
A. She clearly thought that they came from a poor family . She stared at them with hard unkind eyes.
iii. Who is the other woman referred to here?
A. The other woman referred to here is the women on platform No 8.
iv. What was Arun conscious of?
A. Arun was conscious of Satish’s mother staring at them with hard, unkind eyes, and he found himself hating her.
v. Arun let her take his hand into hers and said nothing. Write whether it is true or false.
vi. Pick out from the passage train-related words. For example, guard.
A. Platform, whistle, window
vii. When he leaned out of the window to kiss her, was the train moving?
A. No, the train got ready to leave
viii. Pick out the word which is the antonym of soft.
A Gift For Christmas ( Page No 96 to 97 )
a) Della finished crying. She went up to the looking glass and began to powder her checks. Then she stood by the window and looked out dully at a grey cat walking on a grey fence in a grey backyard. Tomorrow would be Christmas Day, and she had only $ 1.87 with which to buy Jim a present. She had been saving every penny she could for months, with this result. Twenty dollars a week doesn’t go far. Expenses had been greater than she had calculated. They always are. Only $1.87 to buy a present for Jim Oh, the many happy hours she had spent planning for something nice for him! Something fine and rare, worthy of the honor of being owned by Jim
i. Why was Della crying?
A. Della was crying as she wanted to buy a Christmas presents for her husband Jim.
ii. Where did Delia go?
A. Della went up to the looking glass
iii. Where did Delia stand?
A. Della stood by the window
iv. Where did Delia lookout?
A. Della looked out dully at a grey cat walking on a grey fence in a grey backyard.
v. The day before Christmas is called——[Fill in the blank by choosing from the options.]
a) Boxing Day b) Shopping Day c) Christmas Eve
A. c) Christmas Eve
vi. Why had Delia been saving every penny for months?
A. Della had been saving every penny for months to a buy a present for Jim
vii. What did she do to get the money?
A. She had been saving every penny she could for months
viii. Write the synonym of the word gift from the passage.
b) She found it at last. It surely had been made for Jim and no one else. There was no other like it in any of the stores. It was a platinum watch-chain, simple but well-made. It was worthy of the watch. As soon as she saw it she decided that it was the right present for Jim. She paid twenty-one dollars for it and hurried home with the 87 cents that remained.
i. What did she find?
A. She found the present
ii. What was the impression that she did get after looking at the gift?
A. The impression was that the gift surely had been made for Jim and no one else
iii. What was the chain made of?
A. The chain was made of platinum
iv. How much did she pay to buy the present?
A. She paid twenty-one dollars to buy the present
v. How much money remained with her?
A. 87 cents remained with her
vi. What did she buy for Jim?
A. She bought a platinum watch chain for Jim
vii. She paid money in Euros. True or False?
viii. Write the synonym of the word hastened from the passage.
c) The door opened and Jim stepped in and closed it. He looked thin and very serious. Poor fellow, he was only twenty-two- and he was burdened with a family! He needed a new overcoat and he was without gloves. Jim’s eyes were fixed on Della, and there was an expression in them that she could not read, and it terrified her. It was not anger, nor surprise. He simply stared at her with a strange expression on his face.
i. How did Jim look?
A. Jim looked thin and very serious
ii. Who was burdened with a family?
iii. What did Jim need?
A. Jim needed a new overcoat
iv. Where were Jim’s eyes fixed?
A. Jim’s eyes were fixed on Della
v. How was Jim’s expression?
A. Jim simply stared at her with a strange expression on his face
vi. What did Della find in Jim’s expression?
A. Della found that there was neither anger nor surprise in Jim’s expression
vii. Jim was angry with Delia. True or False?
viii. Write the synonym of the word looked from the passage
The Doctor’s Word ( Page No 107 to 108 )
a) When the doctor resumed his seat, the patient asked in the faintest whisper possible, “Is that someone crying?” The doctor advised, “Don’t exert yourself You mustn’t talk.” He felt the pulse. It was already agitated by the exertion. The patient asked, “Am I going? Don’t hide it from me.” The doctor made a deprecating noise and sat back in his chair. He had never faced a situation like this. It was not in his nature to whitewash. People attached great value to his word because of that. He stole a look at the other. patient motioned a finger to draw him nearer and whispered, “I must know how long I am going to must sign the will. It is all ready. Ask my wife for the dispatch box. You must sign as a witness.
i. Who was crying?
A. Gopal’s wife was crying
ii. What was the doctor’s advice to Gopal?
A. The Doctor advised to Gopal not to exert himself
iii. Why was Gopal’s pulse already agitated?
A. Gopal pulse was already agitated by the exertion
iv.” Am I going?” said Gopal. What did he mean by this?
A. Gopal meant that he was going to die
v. What was NOT there in the nature of the doctor?
A. The doctor’s nature was not to whitewash
vi. “I am going to “last” “Write the part of speech of the word last.
vii. Write the synonym, from the passage, of the word hide.
viii. Write the idiom used in the passage to mean to see somebody quickly so that nobodys sees that.
A. Hide it from me
b) Next morning, he was back at Lawley Extension at ten. From his car he made a dash for the sick bed. The patient was awake and looked very well. The assistant reported a satisfactory pulse. The doctor put his tube in his heart, listened for a while, and told the sick man’s wife, “Don’t look so unhappy, lady. Your husband will live to be ninety.” When they were going back to the hospital, the assistant, sitting beside him in the car asked. “Is he going to live, sir?”
“I will bet on it. He will live to be ninety. He has turned the corner. How he has survived this attack will be a puzzle to me all my life.” replied the doctor.
i. How was the patient when the doctor visited him me following morning?
A. The patient was awake and looked very well when the doctor visited him the following morning.
ii. What did the assistant report?
A.The assistant reported satisfactory pulse
iii. What did the doctor say to Gopal’s wife?
A. The doctor advised Gopal’s wife not to look so unhappy and he also told him that her husband would live to be ninety
iv. What would the doctor bet on?
A. The doctor would bet on to live to be ninety
v. What would be a puzzle to the doctor all his life?
A. How the patient, Gopal has survived from the death will be a puzzle to the doctor all his life.
vi. Write the idiom used in the passage to mean passed a very important point in an illness and began to improve.
A. Don’t look so unhappy
vii. Find out the word used in the passage to mean an act of giving somewhere quickly.
A. Made a dash
viii. The patient was awake— here the word patient is a noun and it means a sick person. Use the word patient in your own sentence as an adjective.
It is difficult to be patient when you are stock in a traffic Sam
Lost (Pages No 116 to 117)
a) This latter circumstance frequently emboldened the stockbroker to make secret overtures to the delightful little lady, overtures which might have fascinated certain Viennese actresses but were an insult to a respectable woman. The baroness, whose name appeared in the Almanac de Gotha, felt something very like hatred for the man from the ghetto, and for a long time, her pretty little head had been full of various plans of revenge.
i. What does the phrase “This latter circumstance’ refer to?
A. The stock broker
ii. Was the lady a Viennese actress?
iii. What were insults to a respectable woman?
A. The stock broker frequently emboldened to make secret overtures were an insult to respectful women
iv. “The stockbroker’ and ‘the man from the ghetto both are the same. Write true or false.
v. Where did her name appear?
A. Her name appeared in the Almanac de Gotha.
vi. Why did the lady develop hatred for the man?
A. The lady developed a hatred for the man as she was insulted
vii. Find the word from the passage which means different.
viii. Pick the antonym of ugly from the passage.
b) Next evening the enamoured stockbroker came to the abode of the charming little baroness and found her alone, lying on the couch, wrapped in dark fur and holding a dog whip in her small hand, which the man from the ghetto kissed. “You know our agreement,” she began.”Of course, I do,” the Stock Exchange baron replied. “I am to allow you to give me twenty-five cuts with the whip, and after the twenty-fifth, you will listen to me.”
i. Where did the stockbroker go?
A. The stock broker went to the abode of the charming little baroness
ii. Whom did he find?
A. He found the charming little baroness alone
iii. What did the lady hold in her hand?
A. The lady hold a dog whip in her small handiv.
iv. The lady was accompanied by her friends. Write true or false.
v. Write the word, from the passage, that means a house.
vi. Write the part of the speech of the word couch.
vii. When would the lady listen to the baron favourably?
A. The lady would listen to the baron after twenty-fifth cut
viii. The man from the ghetto kissed the dog whip. Write Yes or No.
c) “Certainly, but promised you to grant your wish after the twenty-fifth blow, and you have only received twenty-four,” the cruel little atom of virtue cried, “and I have witnesses to prove it.” With these words she drew back the curtains over the door, and her husband, followed by two other gentlemen, came out of the next room, smiling. For a moment the stockbroker remained speechless on his knees before his Delilah, then he gave a deep sigh and sadly uttered that one most significant word: “Lost!”
i. What did the lady promise?
A. The lady promised him to grant his wish after the twenty-fifth blow
ii. Was the baron ready to receive the twenty-fifth blow?
iii. Whom does the phrase the cruel little atom of virtue refer to?
A. The lady
iv. Who were the witnesses?
A. Her husband and two other gentlemen
v. Find the word, from the passage, which means very important.
Vi. Write the antonym, from the passage, of the word vice.
A. Vice x Virtue
vii. Who does the word Delilah refer to?
A. Delilah refers to the cruel little atom of virtue
viii. Why did the stockbroker remain speechless?
A. The stock broker remained speechless as the lady had a witness to prove her revenge.
An Interview (Pages No 124 to 125)
a) ‘I am not the Dean,’ he explained. “I am the medical school Secretary. I was Secretary here long before you were born, my boy. Before your father, probably. I remember well enough when the Dean himself came up to be admitted.’ He removed his glasses and pointed them at me.’ I’ve seen thousands of students pass through the school. Some of them have turned out good, and some of them bad – it’s just like your own children.
I nodded heartily, as I was anxious to please everyone.
‘Now, young feller,’ he went on more briskly, I ve got some questions to ask you.’
I folded my hands submissively and braced myself mentally.
“Have you been to a public school?” he asked. ‘Yes.’
‘Do you play Rugby football or Association?’ ‘Rugby.”
‘Do you think you can afford to pay the fees?’ ‘Yes.’
He grunted, and without a word withdrew. Left alone, I diverted my apprehensive mind by running my eye carefully over the line of black-and-white pictures of past deans, studying each one in turn. After ten minutes or so the old man returned and led me in to see the living holder of the office
i. ‘I am not the Dean,’ he explained. Who does the word I refer to?
A. The Medical School Secretary
ii. How long was the Secretary there in the college?
A. The secretary was here long before the narrator was born
iii. Name the games mentioned in the passage.
A. Rugby and football
iv. What was the last question to the speaker?
A. The last question to the speaker was the narrator thought that he could afford to pay the fees.
v. How did the narrator divert his apprehensive mind?
A. The narrator diverted his apprehensive mind by running his eye carefully over the line of back-and-white pictures of past deans, studying each one in turn.
vi . Where did the old man take the narrator?
A. The old man took the narrator to see the living holder of the office
vii. Pick the word, from the passage, which means have enough money to pay.
viii. Pick the antonym of slowly from
b) He frowned at his paper pad for a few seconds. His face suddenly lightened, and I saw he had come to a decision. My hands gripped the arms of the chair as I waited to receive it. Rising, he shook me briskly by the hand and told me he had pleasure in admitting me to St Swithin’s.
I wondered for some time afterward how he had been able to discover from these questions that I had the attributes of a successful doctor, but I later found out that even this brief interview was superfluous, as the Dean always took the advice of his old secretary and told applicants whose looks this man disliked that there were no vacancies.
i. “My hands gripped the arms of the chair… “What does it express?
A.The narrator wanted to receive a decision
ii . What was the narrator waiting for?
A.The narrator waited to receive a decision from the dean
iii. What did the Dean do raising from the chair?
A. The Dean had raised from the chair and shook the narrator briskly by the hand
iv. Why did the narrator wonder?
A. The narrator wondered for some time afterward now he had been able to discover from these questions.
v. Later he found out something. What was it?
A. Later he found out that evening brief interview was superfluous.
vi. Pick the word, from the passage, that means not necessary.
vii. How were the applicants selected for admission?
A. The applications were selected for admission by the dean without the approval or disapproval of the secretary.
viii. Why was the interview superfluous?
A. The interview was superfluous as the dean always took the advice of his the old secretary and told applicants whose looks this man dislike that there were no vacancies