Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Journey - Comprehension



Comprehension
I. Answer the following questions.
  1. 'After spending a leisurely Sunday at home, the very thought of returning to work on Monday is tiring.' Do you agree? Have you ever felt so?
  2. The last sentence of the first paragraph and the first sentence of the second paragraph appear to contradict each other. What could be the reason for the change in decision?
  3. Why did the author get into debt? Think of some possible reasons.
  4. Why was the author reluctant to carry his own luggage? What would you do if you were in the author's place?
  5. The author feared that the whole world would laugh at him if he carried the trunk. Was the fear imaginary or real? Give reasons for your answer.
  6. Choose one sentence from the story that best expresses the author's false prestige. Support your answer with details from the story.
  7. What does the phrase 'opposite directions' in the last sentence suggest?
  8. How was the story told? Were the events narrated in the order in which they had happened?  Spot the sentences where the course of narration changed its directions. How effective was it?

II. Write the number of the paragraph that gives the stated information in each of the following sentences.
  1. The author enjoyed his married life.
  2. The author tried to convince himself that he had not done anything wrong.
  3. The author was ashamed of making his father carry his trunk.
  4. The author looks at himself and his father as two travellers taking two different roads.
III. The following statements are false. Correct them.
  1. The author offered to carry the trunk for some time.
  2. The author could decide on whether to allow his father to carry the trunk or not
  3. The author took unpaid leave.
  4. The father was not happy with the old shoes his son gave him.

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