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Directions—(Q. 1–15) Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

King Hutamasan felt he had everything in the world not only due to his riches and his noble kinghts, but because of his beautiful queen, Rani Matsya. The rays of the sun were put to shame with the iridescent light that Matsya illuminated, with her beauty and brains. At the right hand of the king she was known to sit and aid him in all his judicial probes. You could not escape her deep-set eyes when you committed a crime as she always knew the victim and the culprit. Her generosity preceded her reputation in the kingdom and her hands were always full to give. People in the kingdom revered her because if she passed by, she always gave to the compassionate and poor.

Far away from the kingly palace lived a man named Raman with only ends to his poverty and no means to rectify it. Raman was wrecked with proverty as he had lost all his land to the landlord. His age enabled him little towards manual labour and so begging was the only alternative to salvage his wife and children. Every morning he went door to door for some work, food or money. The kindness of people always got him enough to take home. But Raman was a little self-cantered. His world began with him first, followed by his family and the rest. So he would eat and drink to his delight and return home with whatever he found excess. This routine followed and he never let anyone discover his interests as he always put on a long face when he reached home.

One day as he was relishing the bowl of rice he had just received from a humble home, he heard that Rani Matsya was to pass from the very place he was standing. Her generosity had reached his ears and he knew if he pulled a long face and showed how poor he was, she would hand him a bag full of gold coins– enough for the rest of his life, enough to buy food and supplies for his family. He thought he could keep some coins for himself and only reveal a few to his wife, so he can fulfill his own wishes.

He ran to the chariot of the Rani and begged her soldiers to allow him to speak to the queen. Listening to the arguments outside Rani Matsya opened the curtains of her chariot and asked Raman what he wanted. Raman went on his knees and praised the queen. I have heard you are most generous and most chaste, show this beggar some charity. Rani narrowed her brows and asked Raman what he could give her in return. Surprised by such a question, Raman looked at his bowl full of rice. With spite in him he just picked up a few grains of rice and gave it to the queen. Rani Matsya counted the 5 grains and looked at his bowl full of rice and said, you shall be given what is due to you. Saying this, the chariot galloped away.

Raman abused her under his breath. This he never thought would happen. How could she ask him for something in return when she hadn’t given him anything ? Irked with anger he stormed home and gave his wife the bowl of rice. Just then he saw a sack at the entrance. His wife said some men had come and kept it there. He opened it to find it full of rice. He put his hand inside and caught hold of a hard metal only to discover it was a gold coin. Elated he upturned the sack to find 5 gold coins in exact for the five rice grains. If only I had given my entire bowl, thought Raman, I would have had a sack full of gold.

  1. According to the passage, which of the following is definitely true about Rani Matsya ? (1) She was beautiful (2) She was intelligent (3) She was kind
  • Only (1)
  • Only (1) and (2)
  • Only (2)
  • All the three (1), (2) and (3)
  1. What does the phrase ‘pulled a long face’ as used in the passage mean?
  • Scratched his face
  • Looked very sorrowful
  • Put on makeup
  • None of these
  1. What can possibly be the moral of the story?
  • Change is the only constant thing in life
  • Teamwork is more we and less me
  • Do onto others as you would want others to do to you
  • Patience is a virtue
  1. Why was begging the only option for Raman to get food?
  • As he had lost all his property and was too old to do manual work
  • As Raman belonged to a family of beggars
  • As Raman’s family had forced him to beg
  • None of these
  1. Which of the following words can be used to describe Raman? 1. Deceitful 2. Selfish 3. Timid
  • Only 1
  • Only 1 and 2
  • All the three 1, 2 and 3
  • Only 2 and 3
  1. What did Raman find after he returned home from his meeting with Rani Matsya ?
  • The Rani’s soldiers
  • The five grains of rice that he had given to Rani Matsya
  • A sack full of rice and five gold coins
  • None of these
  1. What emotion did Raman feel when he saw that the Rani had given him five gold coins?
  • Determination
  • Regret
  • Suspicion
  • Thrill
  1. What did Raman do when Rani Matsya asked him for something in return for her charity?
  • He gave her five grains of rice out of his full bowl of rice
  • He handed over the entire bowl of rice that he possessed
  • He gave her the five gold coins that he had saved
  • None of these
  1. Why was Raman angry with Rani Matsya ?
  • Not mentioned in the passage
  • As she had not stopped despite Raman’s calling out to her
  • As she had insulted him in front of his family
  • As she had taken the rice grains from him and had not given him anything in return
  1. How did Raman treat his own family?
  • He loved his family a lot and always put their interests before his
  • ) He beat up his wife and children out of frustration
  • He gave his family plenty to eat
  • None of these


  1. All the three (1), (2) and (3)
  2. Looked very sorrowful
  3. Do onto others as you would want others to do to you
  4. As he had lost all his property and was too old to do manual work
  5. Only 1 and 2
  6. A sack full of rice and five gold coins
  7. Regret
  8. He gave her five grains of rice out of his full bowl of rice
  9. As she had taken the rice grains from him and had not given him anything in return
  10. None of these