Extract Based Questions
Read the following extracts carefully and choose the correct option.
Question 1 : “And did you cut down the sweet things as I told you?”
i) The sweet things referred in the extract are
b) cream cakes
d) Both (b) and (c)
ii) Why does the speaker enquire if the sweet things have been cut down?
a) To tease Mrs. Phmphrey
b) Because they were good for Tricki’s health
c) Because they were spoiling Tricki’s health
d) Because he wanted to break the ice
iii) Select the correct meaning of the phrase ‘cut down’
a) To add the quantity of something
b) To reduce the quantity of something
c) To cut something into two pieces
d) To attack someone
iv) The opposite of the word ‘sweet’ is
Answer : i) (d) Both (b) and (c)
ii) (c) Because they were spoiling Tricki’s health
iii) (b) to reduce the quantity of something
iv) (a) sour
Question 2 : I tried to sound severe: “Now I really mean this. If you don’t cut his food right down and give him more exercise he is going to be really ill. You must harden your heart and keep him on a very strict diet.”
(i) Why did the speaker try to sound severe?
(a) To make Mrs. Pumphrey take his advice seriously and act on it
(b) To upset Mrs. Pumphrey
(c) To impression Mrs. Pumphrey
(d) To prove his authority
(ii) The advice of was given for
(a) Mrs. Pumphrey
(c) Everybody in Mrs. Pumphrey’s house
(d) Mrs. Pumphrey’s driver
(iii) Which word in the extract means ‘serious’?
(iv) Select the opposite of ‘hardened’
Answer : i) (a) To make Mrs. Pumphrey take his advice seriously and act on it
ii) (b) Tricki
iii) (c) Severe
iv) (a) Softened
Question 3 : As I moved off, Mrs. Pumphrey, with a despairing cry, threw an armful of the little coats through the window. I looked in the mirror before I turned the corner of the drive; everybody was in tears.
(i) Where was the speaker going?
(a) To the hospital
(b) To the church
(c) To the cemetery
(d) To attend a meeting
(ii) Why was everybody in tears?
(a) Because the speaker will never return
(b) Because the speaker was terminally ill
(c) Because Tricki was being hospitalised
(d) Because Tricki will never return
(iii) The word in the extract which is the opposite of ‘cheerful’ is
(c) moved off
(iv) What does the word ‘armful’ means?
(a) a small quantity
(b) a large quantity
Answer : i) (a) To the hospital
ii) (c) Because Tricki was being hospitalised
iii) (d) despairing
iv) (b) A large quantity
Question 4 : “Poor old lad”, I said, “You haven’t a kick in you but I think I know a cure for you.”
(i) Why does the speaker say “poor old lad?”
(a) Because Tricki is helpless
(b) Because Tricki did not get food to eat
(c) Because Tricki was unwell and listless
(d) Because Tricki hurt himself
(ii) What was the cure for Tricki?
(a) To put him on a strict diet
(b) To feed him chocolate and cake
(c) To keep him away from Mrs. Pumphrey
(d) To let Tricki eat whatever he wanted to
(iii) What was the meaning of ‘a kick’ in the extract?
(a) a disturbing factor
(iv) Find the word from the extract which means ‘heal,’
Answer : i) (c) Because Tricki was unwell and listless
ii) (a) To put him on a strict diet
iii) (d) alertness
iv) (b) cure