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Directions (1-15): Read the following passage carefully and answer the question given below it. Some words have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
In the olden days, students used to stay in the teacher’s house and learn. At a young age, boys were sent to the teacher’s house. This system of education was called ‘Gurukula’.
Prabhakaran was a boy of twelve. He was staying in his teacher’s house to learn Sanskrit. Prabhakaran was a good student and his teacher liked him. But the teacher didn’t show his affection towards the boy. Rather, he was stricter towards him. One day Prabhakaran was not very attentive in the class. This made the teacher angry. He beat him severely. Prabhakaran wept for some time. Then he wanted to wreak his vengeance on the teacher. In his rage he decided to kill the teacher. He chalked out a plan for this; Prabhakaran would climb up to the roof of his teacher’s bedroom with heavy granite stone and drop it on the teacher’s head when he was asleep. So after taking the dinner, Prabhakaran went out, picked up a heavy stone and climbed to the roof of the room. After some time his teacher and his wife retired to bed. Before sleeping they talked for some time. During the talk Prabhakaran heard his name being mentioned. He listened to their conversation attentively. The teacher’s wife was equally fond of Prabhakaran. She was telling the teacher, ‘this morning you were very harsh on Prabhakaran. You beat him umpteen times, mercilessly. Is he not the best boy in your class? If you behave in this manner he will run away from here and you will lose a good student.’
The teacher replied, ‘you are right, I should not have been so cruel to him. But you know he was not attentive in the class. I was taking an important lesson and he was talking to another boy. When I saw it I lost my temper. Prabhakaran should not miss important lessons. So I beat him in such a way that the punishment may deter him from such indifference in future.’
On hearing this, Prabhakaran became very sad. It was with good intention that the teacher punished him. He was overwhelmed with remorse. The whole night he sat on the roof. The next morning after lessons, he approached his teacher when he was alone and confessed to him everything.

Q1. Why did the student decide to remain on the roof whole night?
(1) He felt so guilty that he did not have courage to come down.
(2) He waited for the teacher to sleep
(3) He waited to hear the conversation in the teacher’s room
(4) He did not know the way to come down
(5) None of these

Q2. What was the plan of the student to take revenge?
(1) To create a situation so that the teacher becomes helpless.
(2) To kill the wife of the teacher
(3) To peep into his bedroom from the roof top
(4) To crush the teacher’s head with a stone at night
(5) None of these

Q3. In which system of education was Prabhakaran studying?
(1) The system of read and recite
(2) The system of day and night school
(3) Staying in teacher’s house and work for him
(4) The Gurukula system of learning Sanskrit
(5) None of these

Q4. Why did the teacher not show affection to Prabhakaran?
(1) He developed hatred towards him
(2) He knew that Prabhakaran was a potential killer
(3) Prabhakaran did not have sympathy towards teacher’s wife
(4) The teacher had seen him talking with other boys
(5) None of these

Q5. The purpose of the teacher to punish the boy was –
(1) to reform him as he was bad in studies
(2) to teach him as he was not paying attention
(3) to send message to the class to improve their behavior
(4) to make the boy vindictive
(5) None of these

Q6. Which behavior irritated the teacher most?
(1) Going to roof top with granite stone
(2) Listening to the bedroom conversation
(3) Indulging into the conversation with other boys during class
(4) The weeping of Prabhakaran
(5) None of these

Q7. In the opinion of teacher’s wife, Prabhakaran was …..
(1) most dishonest, insincere boy
(2) the best student in the class
(3) a short tempered sensitive boy
(4) a student who deserved much more punishment
(5) a sycophant who used to praise the teacher for no reason

Q8. What was the Prabhakaran’s reaction on hearing the conversation in his teacher’s bedroom?
(1) should wait for the couple to sleep and kill them both
(2) how wrong am I to kill such a nice teacher
(3) I should jump onto the bed of the couple from roof top
(4) Alas! I should not have heard the conversation
(5) None of these

Q9. Which of the following is TRUE in the context of the passage?
(1) The Gurukula system of education was forced on Prabhakaran
(2) The teacher assaulted the student mercilessly
(3) The teacher’s wife was astonished at the behavior of Prabhakaran
(4) Prabhakaran did not have guilt feeling even after hearing the conversation
(5) Prabhakaran had no plan to kill the teacher

Q10. Which of the following is NOT TRUE in the context of the passage?
(1) In old days boys at young age were sent to teacher’s house
(2) But for bedroom conversation, Prabhakaran would not have killed the teacher
(3) Prabhakaran was the best student in the class
(4) The teacher’s wife was of the view that Prabhakaran might run away
(5) The teacher was teaching an important lesson

Directions (11-12):  Which of the following words is most opposite in meaning of the word printed in bold as used in the passage?

Q11. Remorse
(1) greed
(2) satisfaction
(3) morse
(4) guilt
(5) accuracy

Q12. Severely
(1) harshly
(2) calmly
(3) lightly
(4) happily
(5) accidentally

Directions (13-15): Which of the following words is the same in meaning as the word printed in bold as used in the passage:

Q13. Retired
(1) tired
(2) exhausted
(3) fell
(4) went
(5) reclined

Q14. Umpteen
(1) twenty
(2) nineteen
(3) many
(4) regular
(5) rarely

Q15. Deter
(1) abstain
(2) encourage
(3) deploy
(4) pull
(5) stop



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