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Read the poem below and answer the questions that follow.

Mistake

Once it was a farm.

      'Here at Acme we manufacture plastics, everything from wire to elastics.'

 

I lived here once -- grew up here, in fact.

      'Last year we began to expand; we laid out eighty thousand for this land.'

 

I milked the cows, planted, dreamed.

      'The factory you are about to enter is an ultra-modern manufacturing center.'

 

My father owned it, and his father before him.

      'Yes, sir. We're going to create new products here; plastic hats, flowers, and cans for beer.'

 

When he died I decided to sell.

That money looked awfully good.

But now

 

Seeing this -- this factory,

I miss that farm.

Michael Mager

     
  1.

Which of the following statements is true about the persona ?

       
    (A) The persona was greedy.
    (B) The persona still lives on the farm.
    (C) The persona dreamed of building a factory on the farm.
    (D)

The persona was paid eighty thousand dollars for the farm.

       
  2. From the poem, we know that the farm
       
    (A) is worthless
    (B) is now deserted
    (C) is owned by the persona's siblings
    (D)

had been in the persona's family for a long time

       
  3.

The farm has sentimental value to the persona for the following reasons except

       
    (A) he grew up there
    (B) he once worked there
    (C)

he does not like the factory

    (D) it was left to him by his father
       
  4. The words in italics in the poem are most probably spoken by the
       
    (A) persona
    (B) persona's children
    (C)

manager of the factory

    (D) author who wrote the poem
       
  5. Acme bought the land to
       
    (A)

expand its factory

    (B) build houses for its workers
    (C) supply raw materials for its factory
    (D) extract the minerals from the land
       
  6. The persona sold the farm because
       
    (A)

the offer was good

    (B) his father had died
    (C) he had no time to take care of it
    (D) he was faced with financial difficulties
       
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  Answers : 1D   2D   3C   4C   5A   6A
 
 
 
 

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