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CBSE Notes 2011-2012 » VIII-English

THE LAST BARGAIN

In the heat of the mid-day the houses stood with shut doors. I wandered along the crooked lane. An o...

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In the heat of the mid-day the houses stood with shut doors.
I wandered along the crooked lane.
An old man came out with his bag of gold.
He pondered and said, "I will hire you with my money."
He weighed his coins one by one, but I turned away.
1. The houses were shut because
(a) they feared the thieves (b) they feared the king
(d) it was very hot.
(c) it was very cold
2. The poet wandered about
(a) in search of money (b) in search of power
(d) in search of the child.
(c) in search of some work he could love
3. The old man weighed his coins one by one to
(a) tempt the poet (b) count carefully
(c) show his gold (d) send the poet away.
4. The word 'crooked' here means
(a) evil (b)bad
(c) dangerous (d) not straight.

It was evening. The garden hedge was all aflower. The fair maid came out and said, "I will hire you ...

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It was evening. The garden hedge was all aflower.
The fair maid came out and said, "I will hire you with a smile."
Her smile paled and melted into tears, and she went
back alone into the dark.
1. The evening scene was
(a) unattractive (b) hot
(c) cold (d) beautiful
2. The fair maid wanted the poet
(a) to go away (b) to stay with her
(c) to hire her (d) to praise her smiles.
3. The fair maid had come
(a) from the garden (b) from the hedge
(c) out of the darkness (d) from the road.
4. The word 'aflower' means
(a) covered with flowers (b) without flowers
(c) with withered flowers (d) with falling flowers.

The sun glistened on the sand, and the sea waves broke waywardly. A child sat playing with shells. H...

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The sun glistened on the sand, and the sea waves broke waywardly.
A child sat playing with shells.
He raised his head and seemed to know me and said,
"I hire you with nothing."
From henceforward that bargain struck in child's play made me a free man.
1. The child was playing
(a) on the sand (b) in the sea
(c) on the road (d) in the poet's lap.
2. The waves seemed to be
(a) happy (b)unhappy
(c) playful (d) bad.
3. The child wanted the poet
(a) to be his servant (b) to be his playmate
(c) to go away (d) to work for him.
4. The word 'glistened' means
(a) glided (b)shone
(c) brightened (d) lighted.

"Come and hire me," I cried, while in the morning I was walking on the stone-paved road. Sword in ha...

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"Come and hire me," I cried, while in the morning
I was walking on the stone-paved road.
Sword in hand the King came in his chariot.
He held my hand and said, "I will hire you with my power,"
But his power counted for naught, and he went away in his chariot.
1. The poet wanted
(a) money (b) food
(c) work and freedom (d) work and money.
2. The king in the poem was
(a) rich (b) powerful
(c) kind (d) just.
3. The king wanted to give the poet
(a) his power ib) his sword
(c) his money (d) his kingdom.
4. The poet did not accept the king's offer because he wanted
(a) more money (b) more power
(c) work (d) freedom.

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