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Read the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow. (4+4=8) A. In the afternoon the second thing happened. Hana working hard on unaccustomed labour saw a messenger come to the door in an of icial uniform. Her hands went weak and she could not draw her breath. The servants must have told already. She ran to Sadao, gasping, unable to utter a word. But by then the messenger had simply followed her through the garden and there he stood. She pointed at him helplessly. Sadao looked up from his book…. “What is it?” he asked the messenger and then he rose, seeing the man’s uniform. “You are to come to the palace,” the man said. “The old general is in pain again.” “Oh”, Hana breathed, “is that all?
” i. The word ‘unaccustomed’ in the passage means the same as
a. unseasoned
b. tiresome
c. unaffected
d. Extraordinary
ii. Why was Hana ‘gasping unable to utter a word’?
a. She was doing unaccustomed labour b. She felt that there was an emergency c. She was terrified on seeing the soldier in uniform d. She thought of the dire consequences that traitors might face
iii. Sadao rose on seeing the man’s uniform because
a.He became scared of seeing a soldier at his doorstep. b.He rose on seeing that the man was a high official c.He realised that he was in trouble and got ready to face it. d.He understood that the General wanted to meet him.
iv. The last question by Hana shows
a.her curiosity b.her frivolousness c.her relief d.her caring nature B. Sometimes I think Grand Central is growing like a tree, pushing out new corridors and staircases like roots. There’s probably a long tunnel that nobody knows about feeling its way under the city right now, on its way to Times Square, and maybe another to Central Park. And maybe.......... because for so many people through the years Grand Central has been an exit, a way of escape ............ maybe that’s how the tunnel I got into... But I never told my psychiatrist friend about that idea. i. The narrator says that Grand Central was growing like a tree because……………… a. it had a lot of greenery around b. he stumbles upon new corridors and staircases every day. c. it had lots of new platforms being created frequently. d. it was continuously under construction for as long as the eye could see. ii. Identify the figure of speech used in the sentence ‘pushing out new corridors and staircases like roots’. a. metaphor b. simile c. imagery d. Personification iii. Why did anybody not know about the long tunnel? a. it is a secret tunnel under the city b. it is kept hidden from public view c. it is a kind of magical tunnel where time intersects d. because it was not meant for general public iv. What were the speaker’s feelings when he described the Grand Central? a. he was shocked b. he got upset c. he became anxious d. he was fascinated
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