NDA – Use of English (Comprehension) – 2005

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My thirst had by this time become insufferable, my mouth was parched and inflamed; a sudden dimness would frequently come over my eyes, with other symptoms of fainting; and my horse being Very much fatigued, I began seriously to apprehend that I should perish of thirst. To relieve the burning pain in my mouth and throat, I chewed the leaves of different shrubs but found them all bitter, and of no service.

A little before sunset, having reached the top of a gentle rising, I climbed a tree, from the topmost branches of which I cast melancholy look over the barren wilderness, but without discovering the most distant trace ora human dwelling, the same dismal uniformity of shrubs and sand everywhere presented itself; and the horizon was as level and uninterrupted as that of the sea.

from the tree, I found my horse devouring the stubble and bushw00d with great avidity, and as I was now too faint to attempt walking, and my horse too much fatigued to carry me; I thought it but an act of humanity, and perhaps the last I should ever have it in power to perform, to take off his bridle and let him shift for himself; in doing which I was suddenly affected with sickness and falling upon the sand as if the hour of death was fast app11)aching. Here then (thought I)offer a short but in the effectual struggle, terminate all my hopes of being useful in my day arid generation; here must the short span of my life came to an and whilst I reflected on the awful change that was about to take place, this world, with its enjoyments seemed to vanish from my recollection. Nature, however, at last, resumed its functions; and On recovering my senses, found myself stretched upon the sand, with the bridle still in my hand, And the sun just sinking behind the trees; I now summoned all my resolution, and determined to make another effort to prolong my existence. And as the evening was somewhat cool, I resolved to travel as far as my limbs would carry me, in hopes of reaching (my only resource)a watering-place, With this view; I put the bridle on my horse, and driving him before me, went slowly along for about an hour, when I perceived some lighting from the north-east, a most delightful sight, for it promised rain. The darkness and lighting increased very rapidly, and in less than an hour heard the wind roaring among the bushes. I had already opened my mouth to receive the refreshing drops which I expected; but I was instantly covered with a cloud of sand, driven with such force by wind, as to give a very disagreeable sensation on my face and arms, and I was obliged to mount my horse, and stopped under a bush to prevent being suffocated. The sand continued to fly in amazing quantities for nearly an hour, after which I again set forward, and traveled with difficulty until ten o’clock.

About this time I was agreeably surprised by some very vivid flashes of lightning followed by few heavy drops Ofrain. In a little time, the Sand ceased to fly, and Lighted, and spread out all my clean cloths to collect the rain, which at last I saw will certainly fall. For more than an hour, it rained plentifully and I quenched my thirst Wringling and Suckin gym-clothes.


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The word that is most suitable as title to this passage is

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The word 'melancholy' is used by the writer to connote

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The 'avidity' means

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'to take off his bridle and let him shift for himself' is

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'Nature however, at last resumed its functions' as used in this passage means that the

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Which of these statements is true about the passage?

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From your opinion the story ended as a _________

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From the tone of the writer, will you say that he was

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The context of the passage shows that the writer traveled

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The narrative technique can be termed as

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NDA - Use of English (Comprehension) - 2005
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