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They had told themselves that they would leave before the crack of dawn. "It'll be more comfortable traveling in the cool morning." they agreed.

 

They got up at five as planned, when their trusty alarm clock clanged with what seemed enough noise to wake the dead. Hardly able to keep their eyes open, they stumbled to the bathroom and then groggily changed into their travel clothes.

 

Things seemed to be working fine. They were only about twenty minutes behind schedule. The first sign of the problems to follow, however, soon appeared. Hassan came in with a gloomy face.

 

"Can't start the stupid car !" he said. "One day I'm going to get rid of that rusty tin can."

 

Sharul went out to see if she could persuade the car to start. She turned the switch. It coughed once, twice and again. She tried again. A little sputter. She pressed the accelerator a few times, then the clutch a few times, experimenting. She turned the switch again. Sputter, sputter and then a soft purr.

 

It's started. Come on, Hassan ! " she shouted.

 

Hassan came running out, banged the door and got into the car. They zoomed off.

 

Then. "Did you put in the bags ?" he asked.

 

Back to the house again with sullen expressions. As he kept the engine running. Sharul rushed to the door, and then came rushing back.

 

"The keys," she said.

 

"Where are yours ?"

 

"Left inside my handbag."

 

She rushed back to the house before he could think of an adequate insult.

 

"Marvellous !" he muttered to himself. "A wonderful start to a relaxing day ! Beautiful !"

               
1.   They wanted to leave
               
    (A) at five o'clock.  
(B) as early as possible.
    (C)

before it got bright.

 
    (D) before five o'clock.  
               
2.   The alarm clock
               
    (A) usually failed.  
(B) was a real nuisance at times.
    (C) sometimes rang softly.  
    (D)

had a loud alarm.

 
               
3.   When they got up they
               
    (A)

were very sleepy because it was so early

 
(B) felt ill because of eye infection
    (C) couldn't see where they were going in the dark.  
    (D) fell down because they could not see where they were going  
               
4.   Before Hassan tried to start the car
               
    (A) Sharul had problems of her own.  
(B)

they were quite happy.

    (C) he was already in a bad mood.  
    (D) he appeared to have problems.  
               
5.   Their car, probably
               
    (A)

had often given trouble before.

 
    (B) had never given trouble before
    (C) would never start in the mornings.  
    (D) was made of tin.  
               
6.  

When Sharul tried to start the car

               
    (A) she failed as the car was useless and old.  
    (B) lost her temper and coughed and sputtered.
    (C)

she failed in the beginning but finally succeeded.

 
    (D) succeeded on her very first attempt.  
         
7.   Which of the following sounds does a car make when the engine is running well ?
         
    (A) sputter  
    (B)

purr

 
    (C) cough  
    (D) sputter and cough  
         
8.   Which of the following is NOT true ?
         
    (A) They left their bags behind.  
    (B) Sharul left her house keys in her handbag.  
    (C) Sharul did not have handbag with her when she went back tot he house.  
    (D)

Hassan was so upset with Sharul that he forgot to insult her.

 
         
9.   How was Hassan feeling at the end of this passage ?
         
    (A) He was relaxed and enjoying himself.  
    (B) He thought that the sunrise was beautiful.  
    (C)

He was fed up and disgusted.

 
    (D) he was feeling wonderful and thought the day had started very well.  
         
 
 
 
 
 

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