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SECTION - A
(Reading - 20 Marks)
1. Read the passage carefully.
The story begins with an escaped convict threatening to slit the throat of a youngorphan boy named Pip. Much later we discover a bond between these two unlikely characters and cannot help but admire Charles Dicken's masterpiece Great Expectations.
Bizarre and eccentric characters litter the novel from beginning to end but none match the strangeness of elderly Havisham. She is a woman who, jilted at the altar years before, is heartbroken and unbalanced. She lives the rest of her life dressed in her bridal gown. The cobweb covered wedding cake and other food remain undisturbed on the table, reminding her of the life she has missed.
A work of fiction? Well for Dickens perhaps not. In 1856, five years before the publication of Great Expectations, Eliza Donnithorne from Newtown, Sydney, was left standing at the altar when her husband-to-be failed to show up. For the next 30 years, she never left her house again and lived the life of a hermit. Food and decorations from the wedding celebrations were left to rot on the table right up until Miss Donnithorne's death in1886.
It would seem the story of poor Miss Donnithorne's situation might have reached Dickens was in Londan during the time he was thinking about and writing his novel, and may have helped form the basis of one of literature's most remarkable characters.
Choose the most appropriate option
(A) Great Expectations is probably best known as :
(i) a file.
(ii) a short story.
(iii) a play.
(iv) a novel.
(B) The passage probably comes from :
(i) a history book. (ii) a newspaper.
(iii) a book about Eliz Donnithorne. (iv) an articles about Great Expectations.
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