Comprehension


Direction: You have brief passages with questions following each passage. Read the passages carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.
PASSAGE
A farmer accompanied by his young son was driving his ass to the market in the hope of selling the ass for a good price. On the road, they met a bevy of girls who laughed and exclaimed, “See this pair of fools ? They are trudging along the dusty road, when they can be riding !” The man thought that there was sense in what they were saying. So he mounted his son on the ass and he walked at the side. Presently, they met some of his old friends, who greeted him and said, “You’ll spoil your son, by letting him ride while you toil along on foot! Make him walk. It’ll be good for him.” The farmer followed their advice and took his son’s place on the back of the ass while the boy trudged along behind. They would not have gone far, they were seen by women and children. The farmer heard them say, “What a selfish old man ! He rides in comfort, but lets his poor little fellow walk the distance.” So he asked his son to get up behind him. Further along the road, they met some travellers. They asked the farmer whether the ass was his property or was it hired for the purpose. The farmer told them that he was taking his ass to the market to sell it. The travellers said, “Good Heavens ! With the load like this, the poor beast will look exhausted and no one would like to purchase him. Why don’t you carry him.” Immediately, the farmer got off the ass, tied its legs with the rope and slung him on a pole and carried him in between them. This was such an absurd sight that people laughed at it. They called the farmer and his son lunatics. They had then reached a bridge over a river. Frightened by the noise around, the ass struggled, kicked, broke the pole, fell into the river and died. The farmer returned home vexed and ashamed. In trying to please all, he in fact, had pleased none and he had lost the ass in the transaction.
SOME IMPORTANT WORDS
bevy : young women
trudging : walking slowly or with heavy steps, because you are tired or carrying something
heavy. toil : to move slowly and with difficulty : slog.
absurd : not logical and sensible; ridiculous.
lunatics : persons doing crazy things that are often dangerous.
vexed : annoyed/worried

  1. The word vexed means










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    annoyed

    Correct Option: C

    annoyed


  1. The travellers asked the farmer to carry the ass because









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    the exhausted ass will have no takers in the market

    Correct Option: A

    the exhausted ass will have no takers in the market



  1. The farmer dismounted his son from the ass because









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    some old friends advised him to do so

    Correct Option: C

    some old friends advised him to do so


  1. The farmer made his son mount the ass because









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    a group of girls laughed at the farmer’s folly

    Correct Option: C

    a group of girls laughed at the farmer’s folly



  1. The farmer was taking the ass to the market to









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    sell the ass at the market

    Correct Option: C

    sell the ass at the market