Directions (1-10) : Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions. Certain words/phrases are given in (bold) to help you locate them while answering some of the questions. Once upon a time, there lived a king. Behind his palace, there was beautiful garden in which there was a tree that bore golden apples. One day, the gardener came to the royal court and said, 'My lord! Every night before going to bed I count the apples. But the next morning, I find an apple missing.' The king was (alarmed.) He asked his three sons to look into the matter. First, he sent the eldest prince to guard the tree throughout the night. But as the night progressed, the eldest prince fell asleep. And next morning again an apple was gone.
The (following) night the second prince had to guard the tree, but he too fell asleep before midnight. And the next morning, an apple was stolen. Now it was the turn of the youngest prince to guard the tree. He sat under the tree, keeping awake. As soon as the clock struck twelve, the youngest prince heard a hustle through the air. As he looked up, he saw a bird alighting on the tree. Its feathers were all made of gold.
The prince was alert. Just as the bird plucked of an apple, the prince shot an arrow at it. The bird flew off, but the arrow had struck its wings and one of its golden feathers fell down. The prince picked it up and took it to the king. The kings was pleased at the youngest prince as he had identified the thief. But now the golden feather was the (talk of the town.) This feather is worth more than the whole kingdom!' said the minister. 'If single feather is so precious, I must have the whole bird!' said the king. 'And my youngest son will go in search of it.' So, the youngest prince readily set out. After some distance, he saw a fox sitting at the edge of a rock. Are you on the way to catch the golden bird, O prince ?' asked the fox. 'Yes!' replied the prince. Then take my advice, if you want to, said the fox. This evening, you will come to a village in which there are two inns opposite each other. One of them is big and bright and the other has only one small and damp room. Go to the small one, stay here, but don't sleep. The youngest prince thanked the fox for the advice and continued on his way. By the evening, he came to a village where there were two inns. The small one had indeed a miserable look. But the prince followed the fox's advice and stayed there. He waited.
When it was midnight, he heard a rustle through the air. Suddenly, he saw the golden bird alighting on the window of his room. Without wasting time, the prince plunged at the bird and it was in his (firm) grip. At dawn, the prince started back for the palace. On the way, he again met the fox sitting on the rock. 'Won't you reward me for my advice, O prince ?' asked the fox. 'Of course, I will' said the prince. 'Ask what you wish!' Then pluck a feather of the golden bird and keep it on my head, said the fox.
As soon as the prince kept a golden feather on the fox's head, there arose a dark cloud of smoke. When the smoke settled, the fox had disappeared and there stood a beautiful maiden, smiling at the prince. The prince was surprised. A sorceress had changed me into a fox because I had come to know her secret. Only the touch of the golden feather could have brought me back to my human form.' The prince fell in love with the maiden and took her to his palace. The king was overjoyed to get the golden bird. He also gave his (consent) for the prince's marriage with the maiden. In a grand ceremony, the youngest married to the beautiful maiden. And together, they lived happily ever after.
1. Which of the following is most nearly the same in meaning to the word 'FOLLOWING' as used in the story?
Ans : 4
2. As mentioned in the story, the youngest prince decided to stay in a substandard inn because :
A. he did not want to hunt the fox.
B. he was advised to do so.
C. he liked it better than the other inn.
- Only B
- Both B and C
- Only A
- Only C
Ans : 1
3. Which of the following is most nearly the (same) in meaning to the word 'ALARMED' as used in the story?
Ans : 1
4. Which ov the following is most nearly the (opposite) in meaning to the word 'FIRM' as used in the story?
Ans : 3
5. Which of the following characteristics of the youngest prince comes across distinctly through the story?
- He was mischievous.
- He was popular.
- He was notorious.
- He was obedient.
Ans : 4
6. As mentioned in the story, the king chose the youngest prince to catch the bird because :
- he was one of his favourite sons.
- by that time he had more faith in his capabilities.
- his wife has requested him to assign this task to their youngest child.
- None of the given options
Ans : 2
7. Which of the following statements is true in the context of the story?
- The elder brothers were always jealous of the youngest prince.
- The bird with the gold feathers was the gardener's pet.
- The fox misguided the young prince.
- None of the given statements is true.
Ans : 4
8. Which of the following is most nearly the (opposite) in meaning to the word 'CONSENT' as used in the story?
Ans : 2
9. Which of the following correctly explains the meaning of the phrase 'talk of the town' as used in the story?
- A rare decorative item
- Easy to handle
- A popular topic of discussion
Ans : 3
10. Which of the following can be an appropriate title for the story?
- The Wise Fox
- The Lazy Prince
- The Secret Behind The Rotten Apple
- The Bird With The Golden Feather
Ans : 4