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Question:

Read the following passages carefully and answer the given questions. Certain words/ phrases are given in bold in the passages to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.



PASSAGE



One day, the King came to the court and began attending to the routine matters people had brought to him, He happened to be in a bad mood that day. Just then, a messenger arrived out of breath, with a message that the Queen wanted to see the King in her palace. The King rose immediately and all the courtiers respectfully got to their feet. The jester however remained seated unaware that the King was departing. He belatedly got to his feet but while doing so, he was noticed by the King who perceived his behaviour as an insult. He ordered the jester to leave his kingdom with immediate effect, and not set foot on its soil under penalty of death. The courtiers were upset and protested. The jester was amusing and well-liked. But the jester obeyed the King’s commands and left the palace promptly. Several months passed by after the king had ordered the jester to leave his court. The King's anger had subsided now. He decided to invite the jester to return to his court. Messengers were sent to the neighbouring kingdoms to search for the jester and bring him before the King.



However, the very next day, when the King was standing in one of the palace balconies, he saw a horse carriage pass outside the palace. He glanced at the carriage out of curiosity and spied the jester sitting inside. The carriage was stopped. The King asked the jester angrily, "Why have you come back to the kingdom without my permission?" "Your Majesty", the jester replied politely, I left for China the day you drove me out of your court, l returned only after l had covered the floor of my carriage with the soil of the neighbouring country. l have thus not set my foot on your soil." The King found the jester's answer pleasing. He smiled and asked him to come to court from the next morning.



Why did the King himself ask the jester to return to his court?

Options:
A.He missed the jester’s wit and humour
B.The jester did not need the request the King had sent through his messengers
C.The courtiers thought the King was foolish for throwing out
D.The King appreciated the jester's cleverness in interpreting his order
E.None of the above
Answer: Option D

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Question 1.

Read the following passages carefully and answer the given questions. Certain words/ phrases are given in bold in the passages to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.



PASSAGE



One day, the King came to the court and began attending to the routine matters people had brought to him, He happened to be in a bad mood that day. Just then, a messenger arrived out of breath, with a message that the Queen wanted to see the King in her palace. The King rose immediately and all the courtiers respectfully got to their feet. The jester however remained seated unaware that the King was departing. He belatedly got to his feet but while doing so, he was noticed by the King who perceived his behaviour as an insult. He ordered the jester to leave his kingdom with immediate effect, and not set foot on its soil under penalty of death. The courtiers were upset and protested. The jester was amusing and well-liked. But the jester obeyed the King’s commands and left the palace promptly. Several months passed by after the king had ordered the jester to leave his court. The King's anger had subsided now. He decided to invite the jester to return to his court. Messengers were sent to the neighbouring kingdoms to search for the jester and bring him before the King.



However, the very next day, when the King was standing in one of the palace balconies, he saw a horse carriage pass outside the palace. He glanced at the carriage out of curiosity and spied the jester sitting inside. The carriage was stopped. The King asked the jester angrily, "Why have you come back to the kingdom without my permission?" "Your Majesty", the jester replied politely, I left for China the day you drove me out of your court, l returned only after l had covered the floor of my carriage with the soil of the neighbouring country. l have thus not set my foot on your soil." The King found the jester's answer pleasing. He smiled and asked him to come to court from the next morning.



Why did the King leave the court suddenly one day?

Options:
  1.    He was bored as the work was routine
  2.    He realised that he had forgotten to meet the Queen that day
  3.    He was upset that day
  4.    He was angry because the jester tailed to pay him due respect
  5.    None of the above
Answer: Option E
Question 2.

Read the following passages carefully and answer the given questions. Certain words/ phrases are given in bold in the passages to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.



PASSAGE



One day, the King came to the court and began attending to the routine matters people had brought to him, He happened to be in a bad mood that day. Just then, a messenger arrived out of breath, with a message that the Queen wanted to see the King in her palace. The King rose immediately and all the courtiers respectfully got to their feet. The jester however remained seated unaware that the King was departing. He belatedly got to his feet but while doing so, he was noticed by the King who perceived his behaviour as an insult. He ordered the jester to leave his kingdom with immediate effect, and not set foot on its soil under penalty of death. The courtiers were upset and protested. The jester was amusing and well-liked. But the jester obeyed the King’s commands and left the palace promptly. Several months passed by after the king had ordered the jester to leave his court. The King's anger had subsided now. He decided to invite the jester to return to his court. Messengers were sent to the neighbouring kingdoms to search for the jester and bring him before the King.



However, the very next day, when the King was standing in one of the palace balconies, he saw a horse carriage pass outside the palace. He glanced at the carriage out of curiosity and spied the jester sitting inside. The carriage was stopped. The King asked the jester angrily, "Why have you come back to the kingdom without my permission?" "Your Majesty", the jester replied politely, I left for China the day you drove me out of your court, l returned only after l had covered the floor of my carriage with the soil of the neighbouring country. l have thus not set my foot on your soil." The King found the jester's answer pleasing. He smiled and asked him to come to court from the next morning.



Why was the jester travelling in a carriage filled with the earth?

Options:
  1.    None
  2.    Only A
  3.    Only C
  4.    Only B
  5.    None of these
Answer: Option C
Question 3.

Read the following passages carefully and answer the given questions. Certain words/ phrases are given in bold in the passages to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.



PASSAGE



Once upon a time, there was a rich merchant who had four wives. He loved the fourth wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to delicacies. He took great care of her and gave her nothing but the best. He also loved the third wife very much. He was very proud of her and always wanted to show her off to his friends. However, the merchant was always in great fear that she might run away with some other men. He loved his second wife too. She was very considerate person, always patient and in fact was the merchant's confidante. Whenever the merchant faced some problems, he always turned to his second wife and she would always help him out and tide him through difficult times. Now, the merchant's first wife was very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and business as well as taking care of the household. However, the merchant did not love the first wife and although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her.



One day, the merchant fell ill. Before long, he knew that he was going to die soon. He thought of his luxurious life and told himself, "Now I have four wives with me. But when I die, I'll be alone. How lonely I'll be!" Thus, he asked the fourth wife, "I loved you most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now, that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?" "No way!" replied the fourth wife and she walked away without another word. The answer cut like a sharp knife right into the merchant's heart. The sad merchant than asked the third wife, "I have loved you so much for all my life. Now, that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?" "No!" replied the third wife. "Life is so good over here! I'm going to remarry when you die!" The merchant's heart sank and turned cold. He then asked the second wife, "l always turned to you for help and you've always helped me out. Now I need your help again.



When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?" "I'm sorry, I can't help you out this time!" replied the second wife. “At the very most, I can only send you to your grave." The answer came like a bolt of thunder and the merchant was devastated. Then a voice called out, "I'll leave with you. I'll follow you no matter where you go." The merchant looked up and there was his first wife. She was so skinny, almost like she suffered from malnutrition. Greatly grieved, the merchant said, "l should have taken much better care of you while l could have!"



Actually, we all have four wives in our lives. The fourth wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it’ll leave us when we die. Our third wife is our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, they all go to others. The second wife is our family and friends. No matter how close they had been to us when we're alive, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave. The first wife is in fact our soul, often neglected in our pursuit of material, wealth and sensual pleasure. It is actually the only thing that follows us where ever we go. Perhaps it’s a good idea to cultivate and strengthen it now rather than to wait until we're in our deathbed to lament.



What does the phrase like a bolt of thunder used the passage mean?

Options:
  1.    Like a very bright light
  2.    Like a pleasant feeling
  3.    Like a loud noise
  4.    Like a shock
  5.    None of these
Answer: Option D
Question 4.

Read the following passages carefully and answer the given questions. Certain words/ phrases are given in bold in the passages to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.



PASSAGE



One day, the King came to the court and began attending to the routine matters people had brought to him, He happened to be in a bad mood that day. Just then, a messenger arrived out of breath, with a message that the Queen wanted to see the King in her palace. The King rose immediately and all the courtiers respectfully got to their feet. The jester however remained seated unaware that the King was departing. He belatedly got to his feet but while doing so, he was noticed by the King who perceived his behaviour as an insult. He ordered the jester to leave his kingdom with immediate effect, and not set foot on its soil under penalty of death. The courtiers were upset and protested. The jester was amusing and well-liked. But the jester obeyed the King’s commands and left the palace promptly. Several months passed by after the king had ordered the jester to leave his court. The King's anger had subsided now. He decided to invite the jester to return to his court. Messengers were sent to the neighbouring kingdoms to search for the jester and bring him before the King.



However, the very next day, when the King was standing in one of the palace balconies, he saw a horse carriage pass outside the palace. He glanced at the carriage out of curiosity and spied the jester sitting inside. The carriage was stopped. The King asked the jester angrily, "Why have you come back to the kingdom without my permission?" "Your Majesty", the jester replied politely, I left for China the day you drove me out of your court, l returned only after l had covered the floor of my carriage with the soil of the neighbouring country. l have thus not set my foot on your soil." The King found the jester's answer pleasing. He smiled and asked him to come to court from the next morning.



Why did the jester remain seated while the King was leaving?

Options:
  1.    To show he was unhappy with the kings decision Io leave early
  2.    To get the King‘s attention
  3.    To show the King that leaving early was insulting to those who had come to the court
  4.    He did not realise that the king was leaving
  5.    He was distracted by the queen's messenger
Answer: Option D
Question 5.

Read the following passages carefully and answer the given questions. Certain words/ phrases are given in bold in the passages to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.



PASSAGE



One day, the King came to the court and began attending to the routine matters people had brought to him, He happened to be in a bad mood that day. Just then, a messenger arrived out of breath, with a message that the Queen wanted to see the King in her palace. The King rose immediately and all the courtiers respectfully got to their feet. The jester however remained seated unaware that the King was departing. He belatedly got to his feet but while doing so, he was noticed by the King who perceived his behaviour as an insult. He ordered the jester to leave his kingdom with immediate effect, and not set foot on its soil under penalty of death. The courtiers were upset and protested. The jester was amusing and well-liked. But the jester obeyed the King’s commands and left the palace promptly. Several months passed by after the king had ordered the jester to leave his court. The King's anger had subsided now. He decided to invite the jester to return to his court. Messengers were sent to the neighbouring kingdoms to search for the jester and bring him before the King.



However, the very next day, when the King was standing in one of the palace balconies, he saw a horse carriage pass outside the palace. He glanced at the carriage out of curiosity and spied the jester sitting inside. The carriage was stopped. The King asked the jester angrily, "Why have you come back to the kingdom without my permission?" "Your Majesty", the jester replied politely, I left for China the day you drove me out of your court, l returned only after l had covered the floor of my carriage with the soil of the neighbouring country. l have thus not set my foot on your soil." The King found the jester's answer pleasing. He smiled and asked him to come to court from the next morning.



Which of the following cannot be said about the jester?



A. He was afraid of the king and obeyed his orders without question.



B. He had enjoyed visiting China so much he wanted to live there.



C. He did not respect the king because of his short temper.

Options:
  1.    Only A
  2.    All A, E & C
  3.    B & C
  4.    A & B
  5.    None of these
Answer: Option B
Question 6.

Read the following passages carefully and answer the given questions. Certain words/ phrases are given in bold in the passages to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.



PASSAGE



One day, the King came to the court and began attending to the routine matters people had brought to him, He happened to be in a bad mood that day. Just then, a messenger arrived out of breath, with a message that the Queen wanted to see the King in her palace. The King rose immediately and all the courtiers respectfully got to their feet. The jester however remained seated unaware that the King was departing. He belatedly got to his feet but while doing so, he was noticed by the King who perceived his behaviour as an insult. He ordered the jester to leave his kingdom with immediate effect, and not set foot on its soil under penalty of death. The courtiers were upset and protested. The jester was amusing and well-liked. But the jester obeyed the King’s commands and left the palace promptly. Several months passed by after the king had ordered the jester to leave his court. The King's anger had subsided now. He decided to invite the jester to return to his court. Messengers were sent to the neighbouring kingdoms to search for the jester and bring him before the King.



However, the very next day, when the King was standing in one of the palace balconies, he saw a horse carriage pass outside the palace. He glanced at the carriage out of curiosity and spied the jester sitting inside. The carriage was stopped. The King asked the jester angrily, "Why have you come back to the kingdom without my permission?" "Your Majesty", the jester replied politely, I left for China the day you drove me out of your court, l returned only after l had covered the floor of my carriage with the soil of the neighbouring country. l have thus not set my foot on your soil." The King found the jester's answer pleasing. He smiled and asked him to come to court from the next morning.



What was the impact of the jester being absent from the court for some months?

Options:
  1.    The King grew more depressed daily
  2.    A lot of time and manpower was wasted searching for the jester
  3.    The King was no longer irritated with the jester
  4.    Another courtier was appointed as jester
  5.    The jester settled down in a neighboring country
Answer: Option C