Read the extract and answer the following questions.


THE presidents of the New York Central and the New York, New Haven and Hartford railroads will swear on a stack of timetables that there are only two. But I say there are three, because I’ve been on the third level of the Grand Central Station. Yes, I’ve taken the obvious step: I talked to a psychiatrist friend of mine, among others. I told him about the third level at Grand Central Station, and he said it was a wakingdream wish fulfillment. He said I was unhappy. That made my wife kind of mad, but he explained that he meant the modern world is full of insecurity, fear, war, worry and all the rest of it, and that I just want to escape. Well, who doesn’t? Everybody I know wants to escape, but they don’t wander down into any third level at Grand Central Station.

(The Third Level)

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Question (i)

 What is the setting of the extract?


Answer as written by the student:

The setting of the extract is the Grand Central Station in New York.

Step-by-step explanation: 🚉

  • The setting of a story is the time and place where it happens.
  •  To find the setting of the extract, we need to look for clues in the text that tell us when and where the narrator is.
  •  One clue is the name of the station: Grand Central Station . This is a famous train station in New York City. 🗽
  •  Another clue is the mention of two railroads : New York Central and New York, New Haven and Hartford. These are real railroads that operated in the northeastern United States. 🚂
  •  Therefore, we can infer that the setting of the extract is the Grand Central Station in New York. 🗺️

Question (ii)

What is the narrator's attitude towards the modern world in the extract?

  1. He is optimistic and hopeful about it.
  2. He is indifferent and bored by it.
  3. He is dissatisfied and unhappy with it.
  4. He is curious and fascinated by it.


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