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Read the extract and answer the following questions.

Extract:

No member of the Garoghlanian family could be a thief. I stared first at my cousin and then at the horse. There was a pious stillness and humour in each of them which on the one hand delighted me and on the other frightened me. Mourad, I said, where did you steal this horse? Leap out of the window, he said, if you want to ride. It was true, then. He had stolen the horse. There was no question about it. He had come to invite me to ride or not, as I chose

(The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse )

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Question (i)

List any two sensory details present in this extract. 

Answer:

Answer as written by the student::

Two sensory details present in this extract are "a pious stillness and humour" and "leap out of the window".

 Step-by-step explanation: πŸ“

  •    Sensory details are words or phrases that appeal to one or more of the five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.
  •    To find sensory details in a text, we can look for words that describe how something looks, sounds, smells, tastes, or feels.
  •    In this extract, one sensory detail is " a pious stillness and humour", which describes how the cousin and the horse look and act. This appeals to the sense of sight.
  •    Another sensory detail is "leap out of the window", which describes what the narrator has to do if he wants to ride the horse. This appeals to the sense of movement and touch.

Question (ii)

 Complete the sentence appropriately.

The phrase "There was no question about it" suggests that ____________.

Answer:

Answer as written by the student::

The phrase "There was no question about it" suggests that the narrator was sure that his cousin had stolen the horse.

 Step-by-step explanation: πŸ“

  •    To complete a sentence with an appropriate word or phrase, we need to understand the meaning and context of the sentence.
  •    In this case, the sentence is about the narrator's reaction to his cousin's invitation to ride a stolen horse.
  •    The phrase "There was no question about it" means that there was no doubt or uncertainty about something.
  •    Therefore, we need to fill in the blank with something that the narrator was certain about.
  •    Based on the extract, we can infer that the narrator was certain that his cousin had stolen the horse, because he asked him where he stole it and he did not deny it.
  •    So, we can complete the sentence with "the narrator was sure that his cousin had stolen the horse".

Question (iii)

 Explain any one possible inference that can be drawn from the line "No member of the Garoghlanian family could be a thief".

Answer:

Answer as written by the student::

One possible inference that can be drawn from this line is that the Garoghlanian family had a strong sense of honour and honesty.

 Step-by-step explanation: πŸ“

  •    An inference is a logical conclusion based on evidence and reasoning from a text.
  •    To explain an inference, we need to provide both the evidence from the text and our reasoning behind it.
  •    In this case, the line " No member of the Garoghlanian family could be a thief" is a statement made by the narrator about his family background.
  •    The evidence from this line is that the narrator believes that his family members are incapable of stealing anything from anyone.
  •    Our reasoning behind this inference is that this belief implies that his family values honour and honesty above anything else, and that they respect other people's property and rights.
  •  Therefore, we can explain our inference by saying that this line shows that the Garoghlanian family had a strong sense of honour and honesty.

Question (iv)

Identify the line from the text that bears evidence to the fact that the narrator was not expecting his cousin to have a horse.

Answer:

Answer as written by the student:

The line from the text that bears evidence to the fact that the narrator was not expecting his cousin to have a horse is "I stared first at my cousin and then at the horse".

 Step-by-step explanation: πŸ“

  •   To identify a line from the text that supports a fact, we need to look for words or phrases that show or imply the fact.
  •   In this case, the fact is that the narrator was surprised to see his cousin with a horse.
  •    The line that shows this fact is "I stared first at my cousin and then at the horse".
  •    This line implies that the narrator was shocked and confused by his cousin's appearance with a horse, and that he had to look twice to make sure he was not dreaming or mistaken.
  •    Therefore, we can identify this line as the evidence for the fact.

Question (v)

 What does the term 'pious' indicate about the cousin and the horse?

Answer:

Answer as written by the student::

The term 'pious' indicates that the cousin and the horse were devout or religious in some way.

 Step-by-step explanation: πŸ“

  •   To explain what a term indicates about something, we need to define the term and relate it to the context of the text.
  •    In this case, the term is 'pious', which means showing or having a sincere and respectful attitude towards a religion or a god.
  •    The term is used to describe the cousin and the horse in this extract, which suggests that they had some kind of religious or spiritual quality or appearance.
  •    This could mean that they looked innocent, humble, or faithful, or that they followed some moral or ethical principles.
  •    Therefore, we can explain what the term indicates by saying that it shows that the cousin and the horse were devout or religious in some way.

Question (vi)

 Which of the following headlines best suggests the central idea of the extract?

  • (a) A Boy's Dilemma Between Family and Law
  • (b) A Cousin's Generous Offer to Share a Horse
  • (c) A Family's Tradition of Honour and Honesty
  • (d) A Horse's Mysterious Appearance and Disappearance

Answer:

 Answer as written by the student:

The best headline that suggests the central idea of the extract is (a)  A Boy's Dilemma Between Family and Law.

 Step-by-step explanation: πŸ“

  •    To choose the best headline for an extract, we need to consider which one captures the main theme or message of the text.
  •    In this case, the extract is about a boy who is faced with a conflict between his family loyalty and his moral conscience when he finds out that his cousin has stolen a horse.
  •    The central idea of this extract is how the boy deals with this dilemma and what it reveals about his character and values.
  •    The headline that best reflects this idea is A. A Boy's Dilemma Between Family and Law, because it summarizes the main problem and tension in the extract.
  •    The other headlines are either too specific (B), too general (C), or too irrelevant (D) to convey the central idea of the extract.

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