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But I did not want to shoot the elephant. I watched him beating his bunch of grass against his knees, with the preoccupied grandmotherly air that elephants have. It seemed to me that it would be murder to shoot him. I had never shot an elephant and never wanted to. (Somehow it always seems worse to kill a large animal.) Besides, there was the beast's owner to be considered. But I had got to act quickly. I turned to some experienced-looking Burmans who had been there when we arrived, and asked them how the elephants had been behaving. They all said the same thing; he took no notice of you if you left him alone, but he might charge if you went too close to him.


The author did not want to shoot the elephant because he


A. was afraid of it
B. did not have the experience of shooting big animals
C. did not wish to kill animal which was not doing anybody any harm
D. did not find the elephant to be ferocious

Answer & Explanation:

Answer: Option B


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Harold a professional man who had worked in an office for many years had a fearful dream. In it, he found himself in a land where small slug-like animals with slimy tentacles lived on people's bodies. The people tolerated the loathsome creatures because after many years they grew into elephants which then became the nation's system of transport, carrying everyone wherever he wanted to go. Harold suddenly realised that he himself was covered with these things, and he woke up screaming. In a vivid sequence of pictures this dream dramatised for Harold what he had never been able to put in to words; he saw himself as letting society feed on his body in his early years so that it would carry him when he retired. He later threw off the "security bug" and took up freelance work.


In his dream Harold found the loathsome creatures


A. in his village
B. in his own house
C. in a different land
D. in his office

Answer & Explanation:

Answer: Option C


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Which one of the following phrases best helps to bring out the precise meaning of 'loathsome creatures'?


A. Security bug and slimy tentacles
B. Fearful dream and slug-like animals
C. Slimy tentacles and slug-like animals
D. slug-like animals and security bug

Answer & Explanation:

Answer: Option C


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The statement that 'he later threw off the security bug' means that


A. Harold succeeded in overcoming the need for security
B. Harold stopped giving much importance to dreams
C. Harold started tolerating social victimisation
D. Harold killed all the bugs troubled him

Answer & Explanation:

Answer: Option A


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Harold's dream was fearful because


A. it brought him face to face with reality
B. it was full of vivid pictures of snakes
C. he saw a huge elephant in it
D. in it he saw slimy creatures feeding on people's bodies

Answer & Explanation:

Answer: Option A


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