READ THE PASSAGE AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS THAT FOLLOW.
Once there was a king of Scotland whose name was Bruce. He needed to be both brave and wise because the times in which he lived were wild and bad. The king of England was at war with him and had led a great army into Scotland to drive him out of the land. Battle after battle had been fought. Six times Bruce had led his brave little army against his enemies and six times his men had been beaten and driven into flight. At last his army was scattered, and he was forced to hide himself in the woods and in lonely places among the mountains. One rainy day, Bruce lay on the ground under a shed listening to the pitter patter of the drops on the roof above him. He was tired and weak at heart and ready to give up all hope. It seemed to him that there was no use for him to try to do anything more. As he lay thinking, he saw a spider over his head getting ready to weave her web. He watched her as she moved slowly and with great care. Six times she tried to throw her frail thread from one beam to another, and six times it fell short. Poor thing, said Bruce, you, too, know what it is to fail. But the spider did not lose hope even with the sixth failure. With still more care, she was ready to try for the seventh time. Bruce almost forgot his own troubles as he watched her swing herself out upon the thin line. Would she fail again? No! The thread was carried safely to the beam and fastened there. I, too, will try a seventh time! Bruce decided. He arose and called his men together. He told them of his plans and sent them out with messages of cheer to his disheartened people. Soon there was an army of brave Scotchmen around him. Another battle was fought, and the king of England was glad to go back into his own country. The lesson which the little creature had taught the king was very valuable.
Give a suitable title for the given passage?
ABruce the king
CBruce and the spider
DScotland and England
Select the most appropriate meaning of the given idiom or proverb:
Actions speak louder than words
A It is better to first do something than just talking about it.
B It is better to do something and never speak about it.
C It is better to keep speaking about everything, even if you do not do it.
D None of the above
Read the passages given below and answer the question that follow :
The Cricket and the Ants
It was summer and the cricket sat on an ear of wheat happily singing and enjoying the sun. He felt extremely sorry for the ants, who worked ceaselessly looking for grains of wheat to take back to their store. Poor things, they really did not know-how to enjoy life.
But soon the winter came and the thoughtless cricket had no food at all to eat. He would surely have died of hunger if it had not been for the generous ants who had given him some of their grain.
"Think of keeping something for the rainy days."
What was the cricket doing during the summer?
A He was sitting.
B He was singing and having fun.
C He felt sorry.
D None of the above.
Wind, come softly.
Don't break the shutters of the windows.
Don't scatter the papers.
Don't throw down the books on the shelf,
There, look what you did - you threw them all down.
You tore the pages of the books.
You brought rain again,
You're very clever at poking fun at weaklings.
Frail crumbling houses, crumbling doors, crumbling rafters, crumbling wood, crumbling bodies, crumbling lives, crumbling hearts the wind god winnows and crushes them all
He won't do what you tell him.
So, come, let's build strong homes,
Let's join the doors firmly.
Practice to firm the body.
Make the heart steadfast.
Do this, and the wind will be friends with us.
The wind blows out weak fires.
He makes strong fires roar and flourish.
His friendship is good.
We praise him every day. wind, come softly.
Complete the summary of the poem by picking the right option :
The poet urges the wind to blow __?__ because when it blows ____, it breaks the shutters of the windows, ____ the paper here and there and throws books down the shelf ____ their pages in the process. The poet chastises the wind for bringing in ____. The wind ____ and destroys the weak but gives ____ to the strong. The wind will not be able to ____. As if we make our bodies ____ and heart steadfast. Instead, like a ____ it will help us to be strong and determined. We will flourish in ____.