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Read the passage carefully. Then choose the correct answer.
 
"Let's go! We are going to be late!" shouted Glen gleefully as he tightened his schoolbag on his back. Three other faces broke into a smile upon hearing his words. They could not wait to soak their feet in the water and perhaps catch a small fish or two, just for kicks. They were clearly not heading towards where they should be-school.

The cold imposing white building became smaller and smaller. Their little hearts grew braver by the minute. They knew exactly where to go.

The canal was huge but that morning, there was only a small lazy stream of dirty water in it. With great gusto, Glen, the leader of the pack, hoisted himself over the railings and climbed down the huge monsoon drain. In the process, he got himself very dirty but the excitement of truancy was too great to be bothered by some loose buttons and tears in his shirt.

In a fraction of seconds, the other boys joined him. Soon, screams and laughter of delight reverberated into the air but no one else could hear them for they had chosen a canal that was far from anyone.

Glen spied many tiny fish darting to and fro in the murky water. They had no economical value and were practically worthless but nevertheless, the thrill of catching them bare-handed was priceless. Glen raced after an extra fat one. He plunged his hands to grab it only to have it slip between the cracks of his fingers.

The fish dived back into the water and stared at him. Glen was startled. It was as if the fish was mocking him. Glen became furious and was adamant in getting the fish. He knew exactly what he would do
when he caught it. He would squeeze the life out of the creature.

The fish swam away; Glen followed from behind. He ran and ran, effectively splashing himself with water. He was so intent on his prey that he did not realise the floor of the drain becoming wetter than
before. He did not even realise that the tiny stream that snaked right in the middle of the canal had grown in size and that the water level was no longer at his ankles but had risen up to his knees! He just wanted revenge.

Glen got further and further. He was not missed by his classmates as they too were lost in their own world.

Glen suddenly stopped. The annoying fish had disappeared! Glen tried to catch his breath and looked around. He realised that he was lost! There was no sign of his friends. Glen gasped in fear. Besides being lost, Glen finally realised the fix he was in-the water level was rising fast and now it was swirling angrily to his waist! Frantically, Glen tried to look for a way out as the water level rose higher and higher.

     
  1. How many boys played truant altogether ?
       
    (A) Two boys played truant altogether.
    (B) Three boys played truant altogether.
    (C) Four boys played truant altogether.
    (D) Five boys played truant altogether.
       
  2. Why do you think the boys' hearts 'grew braver' ?
       
    (A) They could no longer see the school.
    (B) They knew exactly where to go.
    (C) They were pleased to get out from school.
    (D) They were further from school and knew that they were safe.
       
  3. Explain the meaning of the word 'lazy' in the phrase' ... a small lazy stream of dirty water'.
       
    (A) tired
    (B) dirty
    (C) slow
    (D) lethargic
       
  4. What activity did the boys love doing In the canal ?
       
    (A) Running after the fish
    (B) Fishing for fish
    (C) Catching fish with their bare hands
    (D) Chasing one another
       
  5. How do you know that Glen was a cruel person ?
       
    (A) He would squeeze the fish when he caught it.
    (B) He did not chase after the fish.
    (C) He was the leader of the pack.
    (D) He gave a desperate cry when he saw that the water level was rising.
       
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  Answers : 1C   2D   3C   4C   5A
 
 
 
 

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