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Prince Karim bent down and avoided the blow. He swiftly somersaulted and retrieved his sword stuck in the sand. He quickly got back on his feet, surprising the attacker with his agility. The attacker could not stay focused for long. Karim cornered the fellow and tied him up using his own sash. He knew the attackers were sent by his father's enemy, his own maternal uncle.

Prince Karim was too far away. He might not be in time to stop his father's killer-to-be. So far, he had lost 30 of his men. His best friend, Zoha, lay injured in the market. He spat out the camel milk in frustration and looked at his horse for some form of direction. "Tell me, boy! Can we do this?" he asked. The loyal animal neighed a response and trotted forward towards its master, nuzzling his cheek gently. Karim wore his cloak and climbed onto his horse. He sped out into the desert, hoping to reach his kingdom before the light faded and rescue his father. His mother had always warned him and his father about her brother, but they never knew he would really betray them.

Sameera turned around and saw the vague outline of a horse and its rider speeding at a wild pace towards the lake. She continued to wash her clay pot before submerging it fully into the lake. She took her time, delaying her actions so as to satisfy her curiosity. "Who'd ride into a sandstorm on purpose?" she wondered aloud. Before long, the horse and the man came to a halt directly behind her.

Prince Karim had carefully veiled his face to prevent recognition as well as for protection from the dust the horse swept up with its speed. He took one long look at Sameera's shabby clothes and assumed she would know the shortcut through Beggar's Creek.

"Pardon me, Miss, but would you by any chance be familiar with the route to Beggar's Creek?" he asked. In her hastiness to get up, Sameera accidentally tugged at her face veil. It dropped to the ground. Karim stared at her, mesmerised.

     
  1. The attacker was surprised by ______.
       
    (A) Prince Karim's sword
    (B) Prince Karim's anger
    (C) Prince Karim's swiftness
    (D) Prince Karim's passion for fighting
       
  2. According to paragraph 2, the 'killer-to-be' refers to ______.
       
    (A) Prince Karim's attacker
    (B) the uncle of Prince Karim's father
    (C) the brother of Prince Karim's father
    (D) the brother of Prince Karim's mother
       
  3. Sameera delayed her actions at the lake because ______.
       
    (A) she saw the rider and was terrified
    (B) she wanted to figure out who the rider was
    (C) she wanted to wash her clay pot thoroughly
    (D) she wanted to warn the rider about the sandstorm
       
  4. The purpose of Prince Karim's veil was to ______.
       
    (A) disguise himself only
    (B) protect and defend himself
    (C) disguise and protect himself
    (D) disguise and defend himself
       
  5. Which of the following best explains why Prince Karim assumed Sameera might know the way to Beggar's Creek ?
       
    (A) He recognized her
    (B) Her attire was unusual.
    (C) She was an exquisite beauty.
    (D) Her clothes were not in a good condition.
       
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