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Read the passage carefully. Then choose the correct answer.
 
There was this pair of twins who was so queer in their ways that people nicknamed them the 'Quirky Twins'. Their real names, Kooky and Konky, were as peculiar as their personalities! One of their peculiarities was the way they spoke. Their speeches were peppered with idioms, proverbs, similes and metaphors.

The twins lived in a small village surrounded by mountains and a huge lake. Villagers loved to bring their families there for a picnic or a swim in the lake. One day, the twins went to the lake with some friends. They were splashing about in the lake when Kooky stepped on something sharp.

"Oooh, ouch! I think I stepped on something as sharp as a needle. I'm seriously hurt," he groaned. The group got out of the water. Konky took a look at Kooky's foot and saw a tiny prick. "I think you are making a mountain out of a molehill! It's just a small wound," Konky said.

"Well, Mr Know-it-all, are you as blind as a bat that you can't see the blood oozing like a river?" asked a very indignant Kooky. "My eyesight is as sharp as an eagle's! Your foot is perfectly fine, so don't make a song and dance about it!" Konky snapped.

The twins would have gone on arguing if their friends had not intervened. Finally, Kooky put a plaster over his wound and they went into the water again. Soon, they encountered problems making their paper boat float properly on the water.

"Let's put on our thinking caps!" Konky urged. Kooky jumped up. "I know, I know! We can make the sail bigger!" he exclaimed excitedly.

"No, we can't do that, silly. The sail will be too heavy for the boat and it will topple," Konky said in a very superior manner.

"You don't have to act like a smart aleck, you know. Fine, I wash my hands off this matter," said Kooky in a hurt tone as he walked away. Konky felt very ashamed of himself. "Sorry," he said quietly.

Kooky was a little surprised that his twin would initiate an apology. Touched, he gave his brother a hug. The day continued with the group having a lot of fun.

However, all of us know that a leopard will never change its spots. The next day, the twins argued for the umpteenth time.

     
  1. Why were the twins nicknamed the 'Quirky Twins' ?
  2. What were the villagers' recreational activities ?
  3. What happened to Kooky when the twins and their friends were at the lake ?
  4. What does 'making a mountain out of a molehill' mean ?
  5. Why did the twins stop arguing ?
  6. Why did Konky suggest putting on their thinking caps ?
  7. Give one appropriate word to replace the phrase 'in a very superior manner' (paragraph 7).
  8. What did Kooky do that made Konky ashamed of himself ?
  9. Explain clearly what the writer means when he compares the proverb 'a leopard will never change its spots' (last paragraph) to the twins.
  10. Based on your reading of the passage, who would you say was more dominant -- Konky or Kooky ? Give a reason for your answer.
       
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