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Ramayya lived in the town with his wife. He was not rich but he could care of his family. Two sparrows built a nest in the roof of his house and the mother-bird laid her eggs in it. The male bird said that Ramayya wife was quarrelsome. He added that they should help poor Ramayya. The female bird advised her husband to mind his own business and to see that the cat did not come near their nest.

The male bird saw a diamond nose-jewel in the muck-heap. He picked up the jewel and brought it to his wife. The female bird said that it was useless to her and advised her husband to go out and find some grub as the young ones were hungry. The male bird dropped the nose-stud on the floor and flew away in search of food.

Ramayya wife saw the diamond nose-jewel lying on the floor. She picked it up and wore it. Ramayya advised her to hand over the jewel to the village magistrate. But his wife did not heed his advice. In the house of Meenakshi Ammal, they were searching for the missing jewel. The servant maid Kuppayi was suspected of stealing it. The police searched her house and found nothing.

Ramayya was filled with fear. His wife put the stud away in her box.

Soon she had a fever and she had to be confined to the bed. The she sparrow observed that the fever might be the end of her. She rebuked her husband for bringing the nose-jewel and tempting the woman. She said that they should not be greedy for what belonged to others. Ramayya wife still had the diamond nose-jewel with her. But her fear of getting caught was more than the pride of having a diamond jewel.

Question 76 (7 of 7 Based on Passage)

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What happened to Ramsay՚s wife at the end? (Marks 2)

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Ramayya caught was more than a feeling of having the diamond nose stud. The wife spent the rest of her life in fear. The fear of getting caught was more than a feeling of having the diamond nose stud.

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The Tie That Does Not Bind

“Oh, so you՚re going abroad? Can you bring me back … ?” I՚ve been asked to bring back a vaccine for a course Once I searched the suburbs of Paris for two days for a special brand of ceramic paint. Having spent a lot of money for Cartier lighter refills, I had the dangerous in the air confiscated at the airport just before boarding because the gas might be dangerous in the air.

Now, two months before a trip, I stop talking to people so they won՚t suspect I՚m about to travel. But someone always catches me. I have heard you are going to New York, and I want you to get something for me. It՚s just a little thing you can find anywhere. I don՚t know exactly how much it costs, but it shouldn՚t be much. We՚ll settle up when you get back:

What Gilson asked me to buy was, in fact a little thing: a tie.

But not just any tie. He wanted a tie with a small embroidered G. Any color would do, if it had his initial Look, this is a special flight, 1 explained. We are only staying Saturday through Tuesday. On the day we arrived I didn՚t have time to think about the tie, but strolling around on Sunday I did see ties bearing various letters in more than one shop window. They were cheap, just a dollar but all the shops were closed. On Monday, lunch lasted the whole afternoon. Then it was Tuesday morning, time to leave It was only when I saw our airport bus waiting outside the hotel that I remembered the tie.

I told the group to go on. I would get a taxi to the airport. Ad so I went in search of a nearby shop where I had seen ties. But I couldn՚t find it. I walked further down the street-one, two, three blocks - all in vain. Back at the hotel a bit anxious now, I took my suitcase, got a taxi, and asked the driver to rush to the street where I had seen them. The driver stopped at each shop we passed so I could look from the window. The stores had all sorts of ties, but not the kind I was looking for.

When I finally thought I had located the right shop, I decided to go in and check. The driver refused to wait. Parking was prohibited, he said. I promised to double the fare, jumped out and run into the shop. Was I going to miss the plane just for a damned tie? The salesman was unbearably slow. When I realized that the smallest change, I had was a ten dollar note, I grabbed ten ties of different colors so I wouldn՚t have to wait for change. I rushed out with the ties in a paper bag.

On the street I looked around. The taxi had vanished, taking my suitcase. What is more, I was going to miss the plane. I ran to the corner, and hope flared up again: the taxi was waiting in the next street. Quick to the airport! As I settled down inside the taxi. I sighed with relief Gilson was going to have enough initialized ties to last him a lifetime. When I reached the airport, I paid the taxi driver the double fare and grabbed my suitcase. Panting, I boarded the plane under the reproachful gaze of the other passengers, all primly seated with their seat belts fastened. Ready to take off. Departure had been delayed because of me. “At least I hope you found your tie” said one who knew the story. “I did,” I answered triumphantly. After making myself comfortable, I reached for the paper bag to show the ties. I had left it behind in the taxi.

Question 77 (1 of 11 Based on Passage)

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Look at the following situations the writer was in. He could have avoided the situation and saved himself. Glance through the write up again and comment on what the writer should have done in the following situations.

The writer remembered about the tie when the bus was leaving for the airport

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He should have gone directly to the airport. It is wrong time for shopping

Question 78 (2 of 11 Based on Passage)

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The following titles summarizes the story. Write the suitable passages under the given titles.

Search begins

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told the group to go on. I would get a taxi to the airport. And so, I went in search of a nearby shop where I had seen ties. But I couldn՚t find it. I walked further down the street-one, two, three blocks - all in vain. Back at the hotel, a bit anxious now, I took my suitcase, got a taxi, and asked the driver to rush to the street where I had seen them. The driver stopped at each shop we passed so I could look from the window. The stores had all sorts of ties, but not the kind I was looking for.

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