7.   Which of the following made the widow look fright-      said the pedal. “If anyone should grumble, it is me”, said
     ening?                                                  the small reel inside the bobbin. When the needle moved,
     (1) Her ugly face                                       it took the thread from the bobbin and made stitches un-
     (2) Her proverty                                        der the cloth “I do all the important work and here I am
                                                             stuck up day and night in this stuffy box. You all have a
     (3) Her lack of clearnliness
                                                             fine time sitting there staring at the world”, he contin-
     (4) Her mask
8. According to the author, people play different tricks
                                                                 “Now children”, said the kindly old balance wheel," "You
     in order to ...
                                                             all know what important work the lady is doing today.
     (1) frighten others who are feebleminded                She is stitching a school dress for her daughter who will
     (2) expose people who lead a different life             be admitted in school tomorrow. We must all work hard
     (3) earn their bread                                    and stitch it beautifully”. “I have had enough food today.
     (4) connect both the ends of the forest                 It is too hot here and I am tired of the needle poking his
9. Which of the following is NOT TRUE in the context         nose in all the time”, said the small reel. “Listen my chil-
     of the passage?                                         dren”, continued the old wheel. “I have been with this
     (1) The witch was really a fearful monster              machine for about hundred years. At first we belonged
     (2) Dhiru succeeded in solving the mystery about the    to a dress maker. He made us work hard. One day this
         witch                                               lady"s grandfather come to the shop. He liked the ma-
     (3) Dhiru was stronger than the witch                   chine and bought it. The old gentleman wanted his daugh-
                                                             ters to learn sewing but they did not use us much. Still,
     (4) The witch had no relatives to take care of her
                                                             we were fed regularly with oil and cleaned by the ser-
10. The wido had nobody to support her. This made
                                                             vants for years. We have stood in this corner and seen
                                                             many things. We saw the old gentleman die. His children
     (1) eager to solve the mystery about the witch          then started quarrelling. Slowly they became poor. The
     (2) bold enough to hold her fast                        servants were dismissed. Then one by one, the children
     (3) feel sympathy for her                               went away and the house was closed. After many years
     (4) curious to known her story                          this lady came with her husband. She had a daughter
     Choose the word which is most nearly the SAME in        after a few years. The lady started using us after pour-
meaning as the word given in bold as used in the pas-        ing oil into these old joints. She did not listen to her
sage.                                                        husband"s suggestion to sell us off to a scrapdealer.”
11. TOOK.....FOR                                                 As the wheel finished everyone was quiet for some
     (1) sought                 (2) remembered               time. Then the reel said, “We are very sorry and we
     (3) considered             (4) offered                  would rather break into pieces than let down the lady.”
12. HARASSED                                                 They all continued to work till the scissors snipped the
                                                             thread and the beautiful dress was ready.
     (1) deceived               (2) troubled
                                                             1. Why was the reel of thread feeling dizzy?
     (3) stolen                 (4) frightened
13. KEEN                                                           (1) It was moving on the needle stand.
     (1) careful                (2) perfect                        (2) It was being shaken by the needle.
     (3) efficient              (4) eager                          (3) It was being wound with thread.
     Choose the word which is most OPPOSITE in mean-               (4) It was made to rotate at a very fast rate.
ing of the word givne in bold as used in the passage.              (5) None of these
14. FINALLY                                                  2. What was the lady doing on the sewing machine?
     (1) usually                (2) partially                      (1) She was stitching a dress for herself.
     (3) lately                 (4) initially                      (2) She was winding cotton thread on the reel.
15. FAST                                                           (3) She was stitching a dress to sell.
     (1) slowly                 (2) lightly                        (4) She was stitching a school dress for her daugh-
     (3) idly                   (4) loosely                            ter.
                                                                   (5) None of these
EXERCISE–3                                                   3. Who brought the sewing machine to the house?
    Read the following passage carefully and answer the            (1) The child"s grandfather
questions given below it. Certain words are printed in bold        (2) The lady"s father
to help you locate them while answering some of the ques-
                                                                   (3) The grandfather of the child"s mother
                                                                   (4) The lady"s husband"s father
    The balance wheel whirled and the rusty food pedal
clattered up and down. The needle hopped over the                  (5) None of these
smooth stitching pleats, folds and moving smoothly           4. Which of the following did not happen after the old
around the neckline. The reel of cotton thread jumped              gentleman"s death?
and shook on its needle stand. “Stop, you are making me            (1) The infighting among his children.
dizzy”, said the reel. “stop, grumbling, you foolish thing”,