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Read the passage carefully. Then choose the correct answer.
 
Abe was in the palace garden with his father. The king had just returned from his pilgrimage and looked fresher and energized. Abe did not think it was the trip that had caused this change but something else. He was right. The king walked over to the swing and sat down contentedly. He smiled at his youngest son and called him forward. "There's something I've been meaning to tell you," he began.

Abe watched as his father brought out a small parcel from within his layered robe. Removing the shimmery silk covering it, he revealed a small knife that glowed at its handle. The king brought it close and inhaled the sandalwood smell it emitted. "For thousands of years, kingdoms have been fighting to get hold of this. After years of prayers and hard work, I've finally managed to bring it into our country," he said.

The knife, although golden and sharp, did not seem all that special. Abe went closer and tried reading the scriptures engraved on its blade. His father quickly wrapped it up, not allowing him to examine it. "This is a very holy sword. Yes, it looks small and appears to be a knife. Nothing great? But many great things come small. You too will understand its worth one day," he finished.

Abe did not understand why his father had chosen to confide in him out of his three brothers. He did not comprehend the king's words either. They rose from their seats and left the garden upon hearing the call of the queen.

Laksh and Garuda had just returned from training. Their armour was tainted with blood and their arms in mud. Three horses had died and Abe's stallion was amongst them. He ran to them and pushed Garuda against the nearest wall. "Why did you have to take my boy?" he demanded. The servants broke them apart and held on to Abe as he struggled to break free. "It's the curse our father brought back home. They told us we have been cursed!" screamed Garuda. Abe could not understand what he meant. "They want our king to surrender what belongs to them. Otherwise..." Garuda stopped and began to weep.

Laksh ran to Garuda. He hugged his brother tightly and stared at Abe. "You were not there, so don't you dare!" he warned.

     
  1. According to the passage, the king 'looked fresher and energized' ( paragraph 1 ) because of ______.
       
    (A) his holy pilgrimage
    (B) the possession of the holy sword
    (C) seeing Abe after the long pilgrimage
    (D) his return back to his kingdom after a long trip
       
  2. Which of the following best explains why the king did not allow Abe to read the engravings on the knife ?
       
    (A) He wanted his eldest son to read it first.
    (B) Abe would destroy the knife by reading it.
    (C) He did not want Abe to know what the writings were about.
    (D) Abe was not meant to read it yet since he would not be able to understand its worth.
       
  3. According to paragraph 5, Abe was angry with Garuda because ______.
       
    (A) Garuda killed his horse
    (B) he blamed Garuda for his horse's death
    (C) Garuda had taken his horse without him
    (D) Garuda had taken his horse without his knowledge
       
  4. The king got the sword ______.
       
    (A) from God
    (B) by stealing it
    (C) after the brothers fought for it
    (D) after going to war and fighting over it
       
  5. Based on paragraph 5, which of the following scenarios is most likely ?
       
    (A) Garuda had killed Laksh's horse while fighting.
    (B) Garuda was tortured to tell the truth about the knife.
    (C) Some people had threatened Laksh and Garuda, and killed their horses.
    (D) Some people had demanded for Laksh and Garuda to return the horses that belonged to them.
       
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