Reading Comprehension Passage 06 MCQ Test With Answers - A MURDER AT THE ROYAL HOTEL
A MURDER AT THE ROYAL HOTEL
I have been staying at the Royal Hotel for some time now. This morning, as I walked past a room on the first floor, suddenly I heard a woman's somewhat muffled voice: "Help!" the woman was obviously trying to scream. Then I heard a man's voice. "Don't move, or I'll shoot you!" the man was shouting angrily. "Oh, please don't shoot me," the woman was crying. Then the man gave a final, blood-chilling laugh. And I heard a shot.
And I felt a shiver run down my spine simultaneously... Without giving the matter a second thought, I knocked on the door loudly. "Come in," said the woman, however, in a soft voice, and I rushed into the room. "What's the matter?" I asked her: "Can I help you?..." "Who're you?" the woman asked angrily. "I... I heard a shot," I declared, somewhat hesitatingly. And I added: 'Are you all right?"
The woman laughed, "Of course I am all right." She then turned to the man: "Put you gun in your pocket, dear," she simply said...
"What on earth is happening here?" I asked, I think with some rightful exasperation. The man's answer was that they were not quarrelling at all, but that they were actors and were trying to memorize their parts for a new play.
Adapted from L.G. ALEXANDER'S Question and Answer.
We may surmise, deduce, infer, conclude from the narrative that the narrator
is a hotel keeper.
frequently stays at hotels.
is currently staying at the Royal Hotel.
has a room on the first floor.
is a very curious man and frequently pokes his nose into other people's business.
either husband and wife or lovers.
exasperated with one another.
having a genuine quarrel.
going to perform a play at the hotel.
rehearsing, so they're play-acting.
is very happy, too.
puts his gun in his pocket.
asks the woman if he can help her.
a true-life drama.
just a pleasant little anecdote.
a scene from an exciting play.
a passage from a novel.
a joke written by two actors.
we shouldn't poke our nose into other people's business.
actors should be cautious when they are learning their parts.
people should mind their own business when staying at a hotel.
things are not sometimes what they seem to be.
one should never speak to a stranger.