Reading Comprehension Passage 36 MCQ Test With Answers - A STREET ACCIDENT
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A STREET ACCIDENT One day in my car when I was a little slow in making a getaway at the green light while our patient fellow-citizens immediately began honking furiously behind me, I suddenly remembered another occasion set in similar circumstances. A motorcycle ridden by a skinny little man wearing spectacles had gone around me and planted itself in front of me at the red light. As he came to a stop the little man had stalled his motor and was vainly striving to revive it. When the light changed, I asked him with my usual courtesy to take his motorcycle out of the way so that I might pass. I suppose the little man was getting a little irritable over his wheezy motor. Hence he replied according to the rules of Parisian courtesy, that I could go and climb a tree. I insisted, still polite but with a slight shade of impatience in my voice. I was immediately told in no uncertain terms that I could go to hell. Meanwhile several horns had begun honking noisily behind me. With great firmness I begged my interlocutor to be polite and realize that he was blocking the traffic. The irascible character, probably exasperated by the now-evident ill-temper of his motor, informed me that if I wanted what he called a thorough dusting-off he would gladly give it to me. Such cynicism filled me with a healthy rage and I got out of my car with the intention of teaching a good lesson to this foul-mouthed individual. I was at least a head taller than my adversary and my muscles have always been sound. I still believe the dusting-off would have been received rather than given. But no sooner had I set foot on the pavement than from among the gathering crowd a man stepped forth, rushed at me, informed me that I was the scum of the earth and that he would not allow me to strike a man who had a motorcycle between his legs and hence was at a disadvantage. Albert CAMUS, The Fall. There is an obvious note of sarcasm in the statement, "Our patient fellow-citizens immediately began honking furiously." The narrator means that
these people piling up behind him enjoyed honking furiously.
they should -- and could -- have been a bit more patient.
they were in a hurry because a patient fellow-citizen was being taken to a hospital.
these people knew their citizens' rights quite well.
he would have done the same -- had he been in their place.
The narrator thinks that the little man
must have been having trouble with his motorcycle quite frequently.
knew the rules of Parisian courtesy quite well.
should really have bought himself a brand new motorcycle.
was doing it all on purpose.
would go on blocking the traffic forever.
As he got out of his car, the narrator was intending to
throw the motorcycle out of the way.
honk back at the people.
beat up the little man.
beg the little man to be a little bit more polite.
talk to the crowd.
The narrator had not expected that the
lights would change to green so soon.
little man would put up a fight.
motorcycle could be repaired that day.
little man could be so tranquil.
bystanders would take sides with the little man.
The proposed "dusting-off" did not take place one way or the other, because
somebody from among the crowd told the narrator that he was the scum of the earth.
the little man refused to have a fight with him.
the narrator was emotionally incapable of manhandling a little man; his compassionate feelings would not allow his to do such a thing.
the narrator was prevented from fighting by somebody from among the crowd.
the little man was at a great disadvantage.
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