67. Reading Skills Comprehension: Grey Wooden House

Grey Wooden House

Read the following passage carefully and answer the following Questions:-                                                                                          

Then all the windows of the grey wooden house (Miss Hilton used to live here. Sh expired last week), were thrown open, a thing I had never seen before.

At the end of the day, a sign was nailed on the mango tree: FOR SALE.

Nobody in the street knew Miss Hilton. While she lived, her front gate was always locked: and no one ever saw her leave or saw anybody go in. So, even if you wanted to, you couldn’t feel sorry and say that you missed Miss Hilton.

When I think of her house I see just two colours. Grey and green. The green of the mango tree, the grey of the house and the grey of the high iron fence that prevented you-from from getting at the mangoes.

If your cricket ball fell in Miss Hilton’s courtyard you never got it back. It wasn’t the mango season when Miss Hilton died. But we got back about ten or twelve of our cricket balls.

The house was sold and we were prepared to dislike the new owners even before they I came. I think we were a little worried. Already we had one resident of the street who kept on complaining about us to our parents. He complained that we played cricket on the pavement; and if we were not playing cricket, he complained that we were making too much noise anyway.

One afternoon when I came back from school Pal said, “Are a man and a woman. She pretty, but he ugly like hell.” I didn’t see much. The front gate was open, but the windows were shut again. I heard a dog barking in an angry way.

One thing was settled pretty quickly. Whoever these people were they would never be the sort of people to complain that we were making noise and disturbing their sleep.

A lot of noise came from the house that night. The radio was going at full volume until midnight when the radio station closed down. The dog was barking and the man was shouting. I didn’t hear the woman.

 Answer the following questions briefly:

 (i) Nobody went into Miss Hilton’s house because of her front…………….

 (ii) Her house had only two colours, (i)…………., and (ii)…………..

 (iii) The high iron fence did not let the boys get…………..

 (iv) They never got it back if they’re……………. fell into her courtyard.

 (v) The boys were ready to dislike the……………..

 (vi) One resident of the street always…………….

 (vii) The new owners of Miss Hilton’s house were (i)………….., and (ii)…………….

 (viii) The man was shouting, the dog was barking, only……………. 

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