Reading comprehension test 263

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Question 1 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
One day, we were becalmed among a group of small islands, most of which appeared to be uninhabited. As soon as we were in want of fresh water, the captain sent the boat ashore to bring off a cask or two. But, we were mistaken in thinking there were no natives, for scarcely had we drawn near to the shore when a band of savages rushed out of the bush and assembled on the beach, brandishing their clubs and spears in a threatening manner.

The captain sent the boat to the shore to

A
look for inhabitants
B
find help
C
find a place to settle there
D
fetch some water
Question 1 Explanation: 
The captain sent them ashore to get some fresh water. It is directly stated in the passage.
Question 2 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
The savages brandished their spears in order to
A
display their skill
B
frighten the crew
C
welcome the crew to the island
D
tell the crew to leave
Question 2 Explanation: 
The savages took out their spears in a threatening manner to frighten the crew. The answer can be derived from the last line of the passage.
Question 3 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
The inhabitants of the islands were
A
man-eaters
B
pirates
C
cruel people
D
primitive tribes
Question 3 Explanation: 
As they used spears and clubs, the most logical deduction from this would be that they belonged to a primitive tribe. This is one question where you need to make a leap of faith in order to derive the answer.
Question 4 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Which word from the passage means a large container?
A
Club
B
Cask
C
Brandish
D
Savage
Question 4 Explanation: 
Cask means a large container, a barrel. Club is essentially a short staff, or stick, usually made of wood, and wielded as a weapon since prehistoric times. Brandish means to wave or flourish (something, especially a weapon) as a threat or in anger or excitement. Savage here means a member of a group of people regarded as primitive and ancient.
There are 4 questions to complete.