14. Reading Skills Comprehension: A PAGE FROM MY DIARY


 Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:

There are five people at our table, including myself. I’ve already learnt a great deal about them in the short time we have been at sea, although we rarely meet except at meal times. First of all, there is Dr Stone, my favourite, I must confess. He is a man of about sixty-five, with grey hair and a humorous face. He gave up his practice a short while ago and is now travelling around the world before he retires to some quiet country village. During the day, he sits on the deck reading or else gazes out to sea through an old-fashioned telescope.

Then there is “grandmother”. I call her that because I cannot recall her name. In spite of being a grandmother, she looks remarkably young, not more than forty-five. She is on her way to visit a daughter who emigrated to Australia some years ago. Naturally, she is very excited at the thought of seeing her again and her three grandchildren whom she has never seen.

Then there is a man I do not care for very much, the engineer by the name of Barb. He has been on leave in England and is now returning to his work in Singapore. He seems to be full of energy; he swims or plays tennis, the best part of the day. I have never in my life met a man with such a loud laugh.

The other person who sits at our table is Mrs Hunt. I have found out hardly anything about her. She is extremely quiet and rarely talks, except to consult the doctor about her children’s various ailments. She is on her way to join her husband in India.

On the basis of your reading of the above passage, choose the correct option from the ones given. Write the correct option in your answer sheet:

(a) Dr Stone is travelling round the world because ____ _____

(i) he likes meeting people                         

(ii) he is having a holiday before he retires

(iii) he wants to visit the places he knew in the past        

(iv) he enjoys travelling abroad

(b) The writer calls the second person at the table “grandmother” because______________

(i) she looks old                                                               

(ii) she has three grandchildren

(iii) he has not been told her name                         

(iv) he has forgotten her name

 (c) The narrator is fond of ______________

(I) the ‘grandmother’                     (ii) Dr Stone                                       

(iii) Mrs. Hunt                                   (iv) Barb

(d) Barb is a person who is very ______________

(i) lively                                               (ii) lazy                                                 

(iii) arrogant                                     (iv) cynical

(e) Mrs. Hunt is _____________

(i) Laughable                                    (ii) foolish                                           

(iii) extrovert                                    (iv) reserved

(f) Dr Stone is seen ______________

(i) reading                                         (ii) travelling                                                      

(iii) reading or gazing out to sea (iv) sleeping

(g) The world ‘remarkably’ in the above context means ______________

(i) attractively                                    (ii) quite                                                             

  (iii) noticeably                                  (iv) extraordinarily


(a) (ii)                  (b) (iv)                

(c) (ii)                  (d) (i)                  

(e) (iv)                 (f) (iii)                  

(g) (iii)

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