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Directions (01 to 10): Read the following passage and answer the following questions below. Some words are highlighted for your attention.
A teenager lived alone with his father, and the two of them had a very special relationship. The father believed in encouragement. Even though the son was always on the bench, his father was always in the stands cheering. He never missed a game. This young man was the smallest of the class when he entered high school. His father continued to encourage him but also made it very clear that he did not have to play football if he didn’t want to. But the young man loved football and decided to hang in there. He was determined to try his best at every practice, and perhaps he’d get to play when he became a senior. All through high school he never missed a practice or a game, but remained a bench warmer all four years. His faithful father was always in the stands, always with words of encouragement for him. When the young man went to college, he decided to try out for the football team as a “walk-on.” Everyone was sure he could never make the cut, but he did. The coach admitted that he kept him on the roster because he always puts his heart and soul to every practice, and at the same time, provided the other members with the spirit and hustle they badly needed. The news that he had survived the cut thrilled him so much that he rushed to the nearest phone and called his father. His father shared his excitement and was sent season tickets for all the college games. This persistent young athlete never missed practice during his four years at college, but he never got to play in the game. It was the end of his senior football season, and as he trotted onto the practice field shortly before the big play off game, the coach met him with a telegram. The young man read the telegram and he became deathly silent. Swallowing hard, he mumbled to the coach, “My father died this morning. Is it all right if I miss practice today?” The coach put his arm gently around his shoulder and said, “Take the rest of the week off, son. And don’t even plan to come back to the game on Saturday.” Saturday arrived, and the game was not going well. In the third quarter, when the team was ten points behind, a silent young man quietly slipped into the empty locker room and put on his football gear. As he ran onto the sidelines, the coach and his players were astounded to see their faithful team-mate back so soon. “Coach, please let me play. I’ve just got to play today,” said the young man. The coach pretended not to hear him. There was no way he wanted his worst player in this close playoff game. But the young man persisted, and finally feeling sorry for the kid, the coach gave in. “All right,” he said. “You can go in.” Before long, the coach, the players and everyone in the stands could not believe their eyes. This little unknown, who had never played before, was doing everything right. The opposing team could not stop him. He ran, he passed, blocked and tackled like a star. His team began to triumph. The score was soon tied. In the closing seconds of the game, this kid intercepted a pass and ran all the way for the winning touchdown. The fans broke loose. His team-mates hoisted him onto their shoulders. Such cheering you’ve never heard! Finally, after the stands had emptied and the team had showered and left the locker room, the coach noticed that the young man was sitting quietly in the corner all alone. The coach came to him and said, “Kid, I can’t believe it. You were fantastic!” Tell me what got into you? How did you do it? He looked at the coach, with tears in his eyes, and said, “Well, you knew my dad died, but did you know that my dad was blind?” The young man swallowed hard and forced a smile, “Dad came to all my games, but today was the first time he could see me play, and I wanted to show him I could do it!”
1). Why the teenager was always on the bench?
a) Because he was lazy and did not wanted to play
b) He was not playing well
c) He was smallest of the class
d) Both (a) and (b)
e) Both (a) and (c)
2). What did the father do whenever there is match?
a) He was busy in his work
b) He watched it in television
c) He was always in the stands cheering him
d) He scold him for not playing in the ground
e) None of these
3). What did the young man do when he went to college?
a) He joined football club
b) He started training his friends
c) He started playing football on ground
d) He decided to try out the football team for walk-on.
e) He decided to stop playing football
4). What was the reason given by him for not attending the practice match?
a) He is ill
b) He is busy and not have the time to play
c) He no longer wants to play practice match
d) The coach has not invited him for match
e) He cannot attend the match due to his father death
5). For what reason the teenager wants to play the match?
a) He is tired of being in the stand
b) He wanted the team to lose the match
c) He wanted to make coach feel ashamed of him
d) He wanted to make his father see his match
e) He is sad and wanted to get rid of it by playing football
6). What does the word fantastic means in the above passage?
e) Skill and abilities
7). What does intercepted means?
b) Strong wind
d) Condition or state
e) None of these
8). What does the phrase trotted mean?
e) To regain one’s ability
9). Which of the following cannot be the meaning of encouragement?
10). Choose the word that means opposite to roster?
Answers with Detailed Explanation:
1. (c), because of his height he was always on the bench
2. (c), the teenager’s father was always in the stands for encouragement and for cheering him
3. (d), since he was always on the bench before college so he wanted to try out football for walk on
4. (e), due to his father death he was not in state to attend the match
5. (d), the teenager wanted to make his father watch his match from the heaven which he cannot see when he was alive due t o blindness
6. (a), fantastic means fanciful or remarkable just as incredible do.
7. (c), intercepted means to restrict or interrupt something or someone or impede do
8. (d), trotted means small steps or run or we can say that it means the same as jog
9. (d), except (d) all are synonym of encouragement
10. (c), disembark meaning is opposite of roster (list).
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