Comprehension Practice Set
From M.P. PSC State Forest Service Exam 2018
Directions-- Read carefully the given passage and answer the questions based on it--
The house next door had been empty for so long that we had quite forgotten that it was like to have neighbours. One day, however, a great furniture-van drew up near our front gate, and in a short time, tables, chairs, beds, pictures and countless other things were heaped up on the pavement. A small car arrived out of which emerged seven people : a man, a woman, and five children of various ages. The children hurried out and began laughing delightedly as the whole family trooped into the house. Windows were flung open; furniture was put into place; and little faces peered inquisitively at us over the fence and disappeared. It was our first introduction to the Robinsons.
Though we became firm friends with our new neighbours, we often had cause to be irritated by them. We lent them so many things, that we never quite knew whether something had been lost or borrowed. Our garden became an unsafe place : little boys dressed as cowboys or Indian would leap up from behind the bushes, point wooden pistols at us and order us to put our hands up. Sometimes our lives were spared; at others, we were mown pitilessly, in cold blood, at point-blank range with a sharp 'Bang ! Bang !' even more dangerous were the arrows that occasionally came sailing oven the garden fence. They had no sooner fallen, then Robin Hood would appear to retrieve them, dragging his unwilling sister, Madi Marian, behind him.
But we did not always go in fear of our lives. The Robinsons were friendly and helpful and when we left our house for the holidays, we knew we had nothing to fear so long as our neighbours were around. We understood what it was to have company in the long, friendless, winter evenings when Mrs. Robinson would drop in for a cup of tea and a chat; or when Mr. Robinson would lean over the fence and talk endlessly with father about gardening problems. The plot next door which had been so unsightly, so overgrown with weeds, blossomed in time into a delightful garden; and the empty house, so long deserted, was flooded with life and laughter.
1. How were the household items brought in ?
(a) In a Van
(b) In a Car
(c) In a Rikshaw
(d) On the head
2. How many members were there in the newly arrived family ?
3. How were the children of the new neighbour ?
(a) Dull and boring
(b) Quarrelsome and contentious
(c) Loved playing games
(d) Studious and thoughtful
4. What does the phrase 'Point-blank range' mean, in popular usage ?
(a) Extremely close 'can't miss' range
(b) Name of a popular game
(c) A kind of garden in England
(d) Helpful neighbours
5. How was the house next door changes after the arrival of Robinsons ?
(a) It was full of gardening problems.
(b) It was full of life and laughter.
(c) It was overgrown with weeds.
(d) Robinsons left it for holidays.
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