CBSE Class 8 English Worksheet - Revision (15)
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Section – A (Reading)
A. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:
„Then I saw a man standing in the street outside this block. I used to stay closed in my room all day, and only slip out after dark for an hour or two. I watched him for a bit from my window, and I thought I recognized him…. He came in and spoke to the porter… When I came back from my walk last night I found a card in my letterbox. It bore the name of the man I want least to meet on God‟s earth.‟
I think that the look in my companion‟s eyes, the sheer naked scare on his face, completed my conviction of his honesty. My own voice sharpened a bit as I asked him what he did next.
„I realized that I was bottled as sure as a pickled herring, and that there was only one way out. I had to die. If my pursuers knew I was dead they would go to sleep again.‟
„How did you manage it?‟
„I told the man who valets me that I was feeling pretty bad, and I got myself up to look like death. That wasn‟t difficult, for I‟m no slouch at disguises. Then I got a corpse-you can always get a body in London if you know where to go for it. I fetched it back in a trunk on the top of a four-wheeler, and I had to be assisted upstairs to my room. You see I had to pile up some evidence for the inquest. I went to bed and got my man to mix me a sleeping-draught, and then told him to clear out. He wanted to fetch a doctor, but I swore some, and said I couldn‟t abide leeches. When I was left alone, I started in to fake up that corpse. He was my size, and I judged he had perished from too much alcohol, so I put some spirits handy about the place. The jaw was the weak point in the likeness, so I blew it away with a revolver. I dare say there will be somebody tomorrow to swear to having heard a shot, but there are no neighbours on my floor, and I guessed I could risk it. So I left the body in bed dressed up in my pyjamas with a revolver lying on the bedclothes and a considerable mess around. Then I got into a suit of clothes I had kept waiting for emergencies. I didn‟t dare to shave for fear of leaving tracks, and besides, it wasn‟t any kind of use my trying to get into the streets. I had had you in my mind all day, and there seemed nothing to do but to make an appeal to you. I watched from my window till I saw you come home, and then slipped down the stairs to meet you … There, sir, I guess you know about as much as me of this business.‟
A.1. On the basis of your reading of the passage complete the following statements:
(i) The writer‟s companion was scared because
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