Read the extract and answer the following questions-


I went back into the room and sat down on the chair. I opened the box beneath the table and took out a book, the Materia Medica. I opened it at the table on which stood the lamp and a large mirror; a small comb lay beside the mirror. One feels tempted to look into a mirror when it is near one. I took a look. In those days I was a great admirer of beauty and I believed in making myself look handsome. I was unmarried and I was a doctor. I felt I had to make my presence felt. I picked up the comb and ran it through my hair and adjusted the parting so that it looked straight and neat. Again I heard that sound from above.

(The Snake and the Mirror)

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Question (i)

 What does the book Materia Medica contain?

  • (a) A collection of medical stories
  • (b) A guide to medical practice
  • (c) A list of medicinal substances
  • (d) A history of medical science

Answer :

Answer as written by the student:

(c) A list of medicinal substances

Step-by-step explanation:

  •  To answer this question, we need to know what the book Materia Medica is about.
  •  Materia Medica is a Latin term that means "medical material" or "medical matter".📚
  •  It is a genre of books that contain information about the sources, properties, effects, and uses of various drugs and remedies.💊
  •  Therefore, the correct option is C. A list of medicinal substances.👏

Question (ii)

 What does the narrator's temptation to look into a mirror reveal about his personality? Answer in one word.

Answer :

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