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Solved Comprehension Passage 26


Once, an ant who had come to drink at a stream fell into the water and was carried away by the swift current. He was in great danger of drowning. A dove, perched on a nearby tree, saw the ant’s danger and dropped a leaf into the water. The ant climbed onto this, and was carried to safety. Sometime after this, a hunter, creeping through the bushes, saw the dove asleep, and took a careful aim with his gun. He was about to fire when the ant, who was nearby, crawled forward and bit him sharply on the ankle. The hunter missed his aim, and the loud noise of the gun awakened the dove from her sleep. She saw the danger and flew swiftly away to safely. Thus, the ant repaid the dove for having saved its life in the foaming current of the stream.

1. The ant came to the stream to
A) fall into it
B) to get rid of thirst
C) look at the swift current
D) carry back some water

2. The dove dropped a leaf into the water to
A) drown the ant      B) save the ant
C) help itself      D) perch on it

3. The dove was in danger because
A) there was a bush nearby
B) a hunter was about to shoot it
C) it had fallen off the branch
D) a hunter wanted to care for it

4. The word ‘aim’ in this passage means
A) to look at something
B) to have an ambition
C) to point a gun at something or someone
D) to try to reach somewhere

5. The ant repaid the dove by
A) biting the dove
B) bring the hunter
C) biting the hunter
D) none of these

Answer Key

1. B 2. B 3. B 4. C 5. C

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