CTET Paper-I English: Questions 244 - 247 of 294

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The day, the cat was killed, Maddy was gazing her mother wind that old clock with her same little smile, cranking the gold key into its funny little hole, as grandma wandered around the dining scraped their forks against the table and dripped the last bits of potatoes and corn from their open, awful mouths, that clock sat heavy on the white carpet, at the end of the hall, mom humming along to that terrible ticking. It made Maddy’s teeth clench. Truly, there was no point to these silly, endless family dinners. Always being 6 O’clock sharp and never over until that clock was wound, 13 years of her life wasted for this nonsense so far, burnt up in boredom, when all the while she had some very crucial matters to attend to back in her bedroom.

The loncase clock had been left by the previous owner, or may be the one before that, no one was sure. Cloaked in pine wood and always counting, no birds printed around the clock face, no farm scenes or flowers, just black numbers and wiry hands and that was it. Then near the bottom, a long silver pendulum behind a square of smokey glass. It was too heavy to tip, too tall to place anything on top, old and faded and always suspect. Her brothers avoided it at night and the cat avoided it entirely (or used to). The clock face glowing round and white, over the wooden suit, like a pale faced ghost or a porcelain reaper, feetless and shadows for arms. And mom wound sing along with the pendulum, while the boys knocked over the kitchen chairs wrestling and playing tag and grandmother would nap by the television and the nurse would paint her nails. All the time, her mom would smile and hum.

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“All the time, her mom would smile and hum. ” This suggests that Maddy-

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Choice (4) Response
a.

admired her mother’s calm

b.

was convinced her mother was more attuned to the mechanical working of the clock, not the time

c.

thought her mother was indifferent to time

d.

thought that her mother didn’t care about her family

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“It made Maddy’s teeth clench. ” The idiom ‘to clench one’s teeth’ can be introduced in an EBL class by-

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a.

giving a detailed meaning of the expression

b.

giving a worksheet where students use the idiom in a number of situations

c.

guiding students to find other ‘teeth’ idioms on their own by looking up the word ‘idioms’

d.

giving other similar idioms and asking children to guess the meanings in context

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The clock was ‘always suspect’. The subject thought-

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a.

it had one hand missing

b.

it tended to move slowly

c.

that it wasn’t working at all

d.

it brokedown periodically

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“Truly, there was no point to these silly endless family dinners. ” The correct transformation would be-

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a.

her mother forced her to sit through a lengthy dinner ritual

b.

the subject was preoccupied with some personal work and was impatient with others at the dinner table

c.

the subject found her siblings mentally unstable and took long to finish dinner

d.

the food could only appeal to the youngsters, not a teenager

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