is a practice exercise in which you can read the first ten lines of
a narrative text and then answer some questions on it which test all
of the above:
Mr Merriweather was dozing by the fireside. His newspaper slipped
from his grasp, his head fell forward and he started to wander by
the banks of a fast-flowing river. Then a coal slipped, the fire
crackled and he woke up with a start.
He reached down to retrieve his newspaper and then remembered
something that he wanted to ask his wife. But Mrs Merriweather was
He listened for a while. The cottage seemed very quiet. The
he called out "Molly!" several times but received no reply.
He shuffled out into the hall and saw that Molly's rainwear was
missing from its accustomed hook. And her Wellingtons which always
stood with the umbrellas in the umbrella stand had also gone. Whatever
would have possessed her to go out on a night such as this?
1. Which statement tells you that Mr Merriweather was dreaming?
A: he was dozing by the fireside
B: his newspaper slipped from his grasp
C: his head fell forward
D: he started to wander by banks of a river
E: a coal slipped
2. Mr Merriweather felt sure that his wife had left the house because:
A: the cottage seemed very quiet when he woke up
B: the door to the hall was open
C: her raincoat was not on its peg
D: her umbrella had disappeared
E: she had taken all her possessions
3. The word accustomed in line 8 could most accurately be
4. The two short sentences in line 6 are effective because they
convey Mr Merriweather's sense of:
5. What sort of weather is suggested by the passage?
A: a wet, stormy and windy night
B: a cold frosty night
C: a mild and breezy night
D: a windy but dry night
E: a snowy night
Now scroll down to check your answers;
The answers are 1D, 2C, 3B, 4C, 5A