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Directions (1-10): Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow by selecting the most appropriate option.
One day the king announced that he had a dream. “You know, Tenali Rama, you and I were walking in a strange place, just the two of us. We came to a path between two pits. One of them was filled with honey and the other was a cesspool, filled with silt and garbage. The path was narrow, we had to cross it. As you and I tiptoed on this path, we both slipped. I fell into the pit of honey and you fell into the cesspool filled with silt”.
All the courtiers laughed and gasped. They were delighted that this pest, Tenali Rama, had got his due atleast in a dream. The King said further, “I drank all the honey I could and somehow clambered back to the path. But you, poor fellow, were still struggling in that silt and just as you were about to climb onto the path, you slipped and fell back, head-first this time. Then, I woke up”.
The courtiers all laughed their heads off. Only Tenali Rama didn’t. But next morning, he was back at the court, this time with a dream of his own. “Yesterday, your Highness told us a dream. Last night I had a dream and it continued where you left off. You climbed out of the honey pit and I after trying many times got back to the path. But you and I couldn’t really go back home in that state, could we? So, I licked all the honey off your body with my tongue and you then cleaned me off in the same way.”
Q1. Which of the following questions did Tenali Rama ask of the King while narrating his dream?
(a) Could we go back home in that condition
(b) Why was the path made narrow
(c) May I continue from where you left off
(d) None of these
Q2. Why did Tenali Rama not laugh?
(a) He did not understand the joke
(b) He was not listening attentively
(c) He himself was the object of ridicule
(d) He was telling a story
Q3. Why did the courtiers laugh?
(a) Both the King and Tenali Rama had fallen
(b) Tenali Rama had fallen in the pit of honey
(c) The King had fallen
(d) Tenali Rama had fallen in the garbage pit
Q4. Which of the following is the meaning of the phrase “got his due”, as used in the passage?
(a) Got his money back
(b) Go back what he wanted
(c) Was taught a lesson
(d) Got a sweet dream
Q5. Where did the King and Tenali Rama narrate their dream stories to others?
(a) In the dream
(b) In the court
(c) In the garden
(d) Not mentioned in the passage
Q6. From which point did Tenali Rama’s story of his dream start?
(a) From the point from where the King had started his story
(b) His falling in the pit
(c) King falling in the pit
(d) His coming out of the pit after many trials
Q7. Which of the following is the meaning of the phrase “just as”, as used in the passage?
(a) Only little
(b) As long as
(d) Only when
Q8. Which of the following may not be the most probable reason for the King to tell his dream story?
(a) He had actually dreamt of it and so wanted to share with others
(b) There was no other business to be done that day
(c) Courtiers had instigated the King to do so
(d) The King wanted to make fun of Tenali Rama
Q9. At which point did the King end his story of the dream?
(a) Tenali Rama slipped back in the pit, head first
(b) Tenali Rama slipped in the pit for the first time
(c) The King somehow getting out of the pit
(d) Tenali Rama struggling in the pit
Q10. Which of the following is true in the context of the passage?
(a) The King and Tenali Rama dreamt the same night
(b) The King and Tenali Rama told their dream to others the same day
(c) Tenali Rama dreamt before the King
(d) Tenali Rama dreamt one night after the King had dreamt
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