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The Letter

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Tortured by doubt and remorse, he sat down in
the glow of the charcoal sigri to wait.

(a) Who is tortured by doubt and remorse ?
(i) Ali
(ii) The postman
(iii) Lakshmi Das
(iv) The postmaster
.

(b) He is tortured by doubt and remorse because
(i) he couldn't understand the love and feelings of a father for his daughter
(ii) he had expelled Lakshmi Dass from his job
(iv) he was very rude and harsh with his wife

(c) He is waiting for
(i) the arrival of his friend
(ii) the arrival of his son
(iii) Ali's daughter, Miriam
(iii) he had scolded the postman unnecessarily
(iv) coachman Ali to give him the letter of

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The postmaster did not receive his own letter all that day. He was worried all night and getting
up at three, went to sit in the office.

(a) the postmaster was expecting a letter from

(i) his wife
(ii) his son
(iii) his daughter
(iv) his brother

(b) The postmaster was worried because

(i) he couldn't get any news about the well-being of his daughter.
(ii) he couldn't get any news of his son who had gone to another city for a job
(iii) his wife had not written to him a letter telling about her health
(iv) he couldn't get any news of his brother who had a feud with the villagers

(c) What did one night spent in anxiety teach the postmaster ?

(i) He realised that joys and sorrows are a part of life.
(ii) He realised that tough times come in everyone's life.
(iii) He realised that death is inevitable.
(iv) He realised the sufferings and anxiety of Ali, the father.

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Then please note it down, brother. It will be useful if a letter should come when I am not here.
For how should the villager who had spent three quarters of his life hunting know
that Miriam's name was not worth a pice to anyone but her father ?

(a) Who is Ali calling brother here ?
(i) The clerk
(ii) The postman
(iii) The postmaster
(iv) The Superintendent

(b) He is asking brother to note down

(i) his address
(ii) his name
(iii) Miriam's address
(iv) Miriam's name

(c) What is the reaction of brother when Ali says the above said words ?

(i) He lost his temper and told Ali to get away from there.
(ii) He smiled at Ali and told him to wait.
(iii) He noted down the name gladly.
(iv) He was very glad to hear this

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"Here, look at this !" and Ali produced an old tin box and emptied five golden guineas into the
surprised clerk's hands. "Do not look so startled." He continued. "They will be useful to you, and they
can never be to me. But will you do one thing ?

(a) From where had Ali got the five golden guineas ?

(i) He had stolen the money
(ii) It was his life's savings
(iii) He had borrowed them from someone
(iv) He got them after selling his house

(b) Ali said they will be useful to you, and they can never be to me because he

(i) knows that his end was near
(ii) didn't have much of the needs
(iii) knew that the clerk needed money
(iv) had left worldly pursuits and had become a saint

(c) Ali requested the clerk to

(i) write a letter for him
(ii) go to Miriam and enquire about her well being
(iii) perform his last rites as per Muslim traditions
(iv) deliver Miriam's letter at his grave

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But he is a bit touched, sir. In the old days, he committed many sins, and may be he shed some
blood within sacred precincts and is paying for it now," the postman added in support of his statement.

(a) The statement made by the postman was that

(i) Ali was a crook
(ii) Ali was a clever Shikari
(iii) Ali was a mad man and he used to be there everyday
(iv) Ali was suffering from a serious disease.

(b) Why does the postman say But he is a bit touched, sir ?

(i) because he visited the post office everyday and asked for his letter.
(ii) because he didn't eat anything for days
(iii) because he confided in the postman and had told him everything about his life
(iv) because the postman knew about his life history from the people around

(c) How is 'Ali' paying for it now ?

(i) His son doesn't take much care of him.
(ii) His wife had died recently
(iii) His business had failed
(iv) He has not received any letter from his daughter

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For several days Ali had not come to the post office. There was no one with enough sympathy
or understanding to guess the reason, but all
were curious to know what had stopped the old man. At last he came again, but it was a struggle
for him to breathe and on his face were clear signs of approaching end. That day he could not
contain his impatience.

(a) Ali had not come to the post office for many days because he

(i) had gone to the city to meet his daughter
(ii) had gone to attend a marriage
(iii) was in the hospital
(iv) was not keeping well for so many days

(b) Ali couldn't contain his impatience because
(i) everybody made fun of him
(ii) he was very ill and knew that his end was near
(iii) he had lost hope of a letter from his daughter
(iv) being ill he could not wait in the post office for the letter any longer.

(c) The people at the post office were
(i) very helpful
(ii) worried about Ali's health
(iii) understood Ali's feelings
(iv) selfish and heartless

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