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      (Question No: 1 - 5): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/ phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

      Mihir and Mahadev lived in the same village. While Mahadev owned the largest shop in the village. Mihir was a poor farmer. Both had large families, with many sons, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. One day, Mihir, tired of not being able to make ends meet, decided to leave the village and move to the city where they were sure to make enough to feed everyone. They said their goodbyes, packed their few belongings and set off. When night fell, they stopped under a large tree. There was a stream running nearby, where they cold refresh themselves. Mihir told his sons to clear the area below the tree. He told his wife to fetch water. He instructed his dauthters-in-law to make up the fire and started cutting wood from the tree himself. Now, in that branches of the tree sat a thief. He watched as Mihir's family worked together. He also noticed they had nothing to cook. Mihir's wife too thought the same, for she said to her husband, "Everything is ready. But what shall we eat ?" Mihir raised his hands to heaven and said, "Don't worry. Heis watching all this from above. He will help us."

      The thief was worried. He had seen that the family was large and worked well together. Surely they did not know he was hiding in the branches ? He decided to make a quick getaway. He climbed down swiftly when they were not looking and ran for his life. But, he left behind his bundle of stolen jewels and money, which dropped down into Mihir's lap. He opened it and jumped with joy when he saw the contents. The family proptly gathered its belongings and returned to the village. There was great excitement when they told everyone how they got rich.

      Mahadev thought this was a nice quick way to earn some money! He commanded his family to pack some clothes and they set off as if on a journey. They stopped under the same tree and Mahadev started commanding everyone as Mihir had done. But no one in his family was willing to obey orders. They were used to having servants wait on them - so the one who went to the river to fetch water had a nice bath. The one who went to gather wood for the fire went off to sleep beneath the tree. And Mahadev only ordered every-one about, not conversation that they had rehearsed carefully. Mahadev's wife said, "Everything is ready. But what shall we eat ?" Mahadev raised his hands upwards and said, "Don't worry. He is watching all this from above. He will help us".

1. Which of the following cannot be said about Mihir's family?
(A) They respected and obeyed Mihir.
(B) They were so poor that they sometimes had to starve.
(C) They had no friends in the village when they were poor.

A. None B. Only (C)
C. Only (B) and (C) D. Only (B)

2. Why did Mihir and his family decide to camp under the 'thief's tree' ?

A. Being a large family they knew they could capture the thief B. It was a convenient spot to camp for the night
C. It was a convenient spot to camp for the night. D. There was a stream nearby and wood to build a house.

3. Why did the thief leave the valuables he had stolen behind?

A. Seeing  Mihir's faith in God the thief was filled with remorse. B. Feeling sorry for Mihir's family he decided to donate the valuables to them.
C. He was afraid that God would punish him for stealing. D. In his hurry to run away he forgot to take the valuables along

4. Which of the following best describes Mahadev ?

A. He was a rich businessman B. He bullied his wife so she obeyed him.
C. He paid his servants well to look after his family's needs. D. He was greedy and had cheated Mihir

5. Why did Mihir's family return to the village ?

A. To show off their new found wealth B. To buy back their land and start a business.
C. They had no need to shift to the city. D. To share their wealth with the other villagers.




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