Read the extract and answer the following questions- 


The Second World War broke out in 1939, when I was eight years old. For reasons I have never been able to understand, a sudden demand for tamarind seeds erupted in the market. I used to collect the seeds and sell them to a provision shop on Mosque Street. A day’s collection would fetch me the princely sum of one anna. My brother-in-law Jallaluddin would tell me stories about the War which I would later attempt to trace in the headlines in Dinamani. Our area, being isolated, was completely unaffected by the War. But soon India was forced to join the Allied Forces and something like a state of emergency was declared. The first casualty came in the form of the suspension of the train halt at Rameswaram station. The newspapers now had to be bundled and thrown out from the moving train on the Rameswaram Road between Rameswaram and Dhanuskodi. That forced my cousin Samsuddin, who distributed newspapers in Rameswaram , to look for a helping hand to catch the bundles and, as if naturally, I filled the slot. Samsuddin helped me earn my first wages. Half a century later, I can still feel the surge of pride in earning my own money for the first time

(My Childhood)

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Question (i)

Which of the following is NOT a synonym for the word "erupted" in the given context?

  • (a) Exploded
  • (b) Emerged
  • (c) Subsided
  • (d) Flared


Answer as written by the student:

(c) Subsided

Step-by-Step explanation of the answer:

  • A synonym is a word that has the same or nearly the same meaning as another word.
  •  In the given context, the word "erupted" means to break out suddenly or violently, like a volcano or a fire.
  •  The words "exploded", "emerged", and "flared" are synonyms for "erupted" because they also mean to burst forth or appear quickly or intensely.
  •   The word "subsided" is not a synonym for "erupted" because it means to become less intense or violent, or to sink to a lower level.
  •  Therefore, the correct answer is C. Subsided.🌋

Question (ii)

 Why is it fair to say that the narrator's tone, when he says "Half a century later, I can still feel the surge of pride in earning my own money for the first time", is nostalgic and triumphant? Answer in about 40 words.


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CA Maninder Singh is a Chartered Accountant for the past 14 years and a teacher from the past 18 years. He teaches Science, Economics, Accounting and English at Teachoo