S e e n C o m p r e h e n s i o n
Read the text and answer questions 1 and 2.
Once upon a time a dove and a bat were very good friends. One day the two friends decided to sit out on a journey. They flew over the rivers and hills and came to a big jungle. Both the friends were very tired, they needed to sit down and take a rest. Soon night fell and it was dark all around. A storm rose. It started to rain heavily. The dove and the bat started to look for a shelter.
They came upon a century-old rain tree. An owl had his nest in that tree. The dove and the bat knocked at the owl’s door. The old grumpy owl opened the door. The dove and the bat requested him to give them shelter. The owl unwillingly let them in. The two birds were hungry too. They begged for some food. The selfish owl was not happy. However, he shared his dinner with them. The dove was so tired that she could hardly eat. But the bat was sly. He ate greedily. He began to praise the owl with the thought of getting more food. The bat said, ‘O wise and brave owl, you are the most generous person I have ever seen. You are powerful and mighty.’
The owl was very pleased at the bat’s flattery. He puffed and ruffled himself, trying to look as wise and brave as possible. Then he turned to the dove and asked, ‘Now little dove, what do you think about me?’
All this time the dove was listening to her friend’s false praises. She was wondering how insincere his praises were.
The dove hung her head down and was quite. The owl got impatient. He wanted to hear more praises. He looked at the dove and asked, ‘don’t you have any good things to say about me?’ the bat joined the owl, ‘yes I don’t you have any words of praise for you kind host?’
The dove was ashamed of her friend bat and kept her eyes down. The owl urged the dove, ‘Come on, say something!’ The dove lifted her head slowly and said ‘Master owl, thank you very much for the shelter you have given me, thank you for the food you have offered me. I will remain ever grateful for this.’
1. Choose the best answer form the alternatives : 1X7=7
a. ‘The old grumpy owl opened the door.’ What does the word ‘grumpy’ mean here?
i) opulence ii) at ease iii) irascible
b. The owl was very pleased at the bat’s flattery. Here the word ‘flattery’ stands for____.
i) trace praise
c. ‘But the bat was sly.’ What does the word ‘sly’ mean here?
d. The owl unwilling let them in. Here ‘in’ is a/an___.
iii) noun iv) preposition
e. The owl was ___ with the flattery of the bat.
iii) unconvinced iv) fumeng
f. The synonym of ‘generous’ is ____.
i) cruel ii) heartless iii) frugal
iv) kind hearted
g. The owl got impatient. What does the word ‘impatient’ mean here?
i) ensue ii) requital iii) restless iv) remit
2. Answer the following questions from your reading of the above text. 2X4=8
(a) What was the reason of bat’s praising the owl?
(b) Was the old owl grumpy? If yes, how?
(c) How did the bat praise the owl?
(d) Was the bat’s praise upon the owl false? If yes, why?
3. Fill in the blanks with contextually appropriate words. 1X5=5
Sweets are (a) ___ among close relatives when there is good news (b) ___ births, weddings, promotions etc. Sweets of Bangladesh are mostly milk (c) ___. The common ones are roshgulla, sandesh, rasamalai, gulap jamun, kalo jamun and chom-chom. There are hundreds of (d) ___ varieties of sweet preparations. Sweets are therefore an important (e) ___ of the day-to-day life of Bangladeshi people.
1. a) iii. irascible
b) ii. obsequiousness
c) ii. shrewd
d) ii. adverb
e) i. contended
f) iv. kind hearted
g) iii. restless.
(a) The reason of bat’s praising the owl was to get more food.
(b) Yes, the old owl was grumpy. The owl unwillingly gave the dove and the bat shelter and food. He also became impatient to hear more praise about him.
(c) The bat praised the owl by saying that the owl was wise and brave, powerful and mighty. He was the most generous person the bat had ever seen.
(d) Yes, the bat’s praise upon the owl was false. It is because if the owl were generous, he would help them willingly. Again, if the owl were wise, he could understand the bat’s false praise. Besides, a wise, brave and mighty person never looks for praise.
3. (a) distributed
(b) like (c) based