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Read the passage below and answer the questions that follow.

THE STORY OF 'DANCE OF DESIRE'

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In a land before time began, a land of ancient gods, of high kings and warrior queens, a king's love for his children brought down a terrible curse on them which held them in bondage for nine hundred years. When the wife of the De Danann King Lir died, he married her sister Aoife. Because of his great love for his four children, their stepmother became insanely jealous and plotted a terrible revenge.

 

Lir protected his children from evil with the magic Sword of Light. The bearer of the sword was bestowed absolute power.

 

But the evil Aoife watched and waited and in time stole the magic sword from the king. With its magical powers she changed the children into swans and condemned them to an eternity of suffering in ocean waters. The king, powerless to help, could do nothing to save his children from the turbulent seas as without the sword his magical powers lay dormant.

 

The Expot, April 2004

     
  1.

Aoife is Lir's

       
    (A) sister
    (B) first wife
    (C) stepmother
    (D)

second wife

       
  2. Why did Aoife curse the children ?
       
    (A) She wanted to take over the throne.
    (B)

She was jealous of the king's love for them.

    (C) She was controlled by her evil stepmother.
    (D) She wanted to steal the children's magic sword
       
  3.

What was Aoife's curse on the children ?

       
    (A) She stole their magic sword.
    (B)

She turned them into swans.

    (C) She turned them into swords.
    (D) She banished them to the sea.
       
  4. Lir could not save his children because he
       
    (A) was afraid of Aoife
    (B) was turned into a swan
    (C)

had no powers without his sword

    (D) was powerless against the turbulent sea
       
  5. The word turbulent means
       
    (A) deep
    (B) large
    (C)

rough

    (D) shallow
       
  6. Which word in the passage shows that the king's powers were temporarily lost ?
       
    (A) Absolute
    (B) Bondage
    (C)

Dormant

    (D) Magical
       
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  Answers : 1D   2B   3B   4C   5C   6C
 
 
 
 

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