Reading comprehension test 277

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Question 1 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
It happened one day, about noon, going towards my boat; I was exceedingly surprised with the print of a man's naked foot on the shore, which was very plain to be seen in the sand. I stood like one thunder-struck, or as if I had seen an apparition. I listened, I looked round me, I could hear nothing, nor see anything. I went up the shore, and down the shore, but it was all one; I could see no other impression but that one. I went to it again to see if there were any more, and to observe if it might not be my fancy; but there was no room for that, for there was exactly the very print of a foot toes, heel and every part of a foot.

On finding the footprint on the shore, what did the author do?

A
Did not pay much attention to it
B
Observed it with curiosity
C
Began to investigate its origin
D
Ran away in fear
Question 1 Explanation: 
On finding the footprint on the shore, the author began to investigate its origin and he went to see it again whether there were any more footprints.
Question 2 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Which one of the following words best describes the emotion evoked by the footprint in the author?
A
Curiosity
B
Indifference
C
Fear
D
Surprise
Question 2 Explanation: 
The emotion evoked by the footprint in the author is fear because of the highlighted words in the line '..I stood like one thunder-struck, or as if I had seen an apparition. I listened, I looked round me, I could hear nothing, nor see anything.
Question 3 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
How does the author convince himself that the footprint is a real one?
A
By finding the person who made it
B
By being told about it by a witness
C
By thinking about it for some time
D
By examining it carefully and noticing its details
Question 3 Explanation: 
The author convinced himself that the footprint is a real one by examining it carefully and noticing its details. The answer can be taken from this line '..there were any more, and to observe if it might not be my fancy; but there was no room for that, for there was exactly the very print of a foot toes, heel and every part of a foot..'
Question 4 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Which one of these expressions best brings out the effect of the footprint on the author?
A
Seen an apparition
B
Stood like one thunder-struck
C
Went up the shore
D
Looked round himself
Question 4 Explanation: 
The expression which brings out the effect of the footprint on the author the best is 'seen an apparition'. This is a tough question.Both options A and B express the effect on the author. However, option A is more suitable because it conveys both the sentiments of being afraid and surprised by something at the same time. In fact, this is a really close question and is one of those where you need to pick the best answer from two correct options.
Question 5 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
What does the word 'apparition' mean in context of the passage?
A
Human
B
Mammal
C
Mermaid
D
A ghost
Question 5 Explanation: 
The word apparition refers to a ghost. This is a pure vocabulary question as the options are close.
There are 5 questions to complete.

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