Passage for Exercise-6

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below: 

   There was a girl named Valliammai who was called Valli for short. She was eight years old and very curious about things. Her favourite pastime was standing in the front doorway of her house, watching what was happening in the street outside. There were no playmates of her own age on her street, and this was about all she had to do.

   But for Valli, standing at the front door was every bit as’enjoyable as any of the elaborate games other children played. Watching the street gave her many new unusual experiences.

   The most fascinating things of all was the bus that travelled between her village and the nearest town. It passed through her street each hour, once ‘going to the town and once coming back. The sight of the bus, filled each time with a new set or passengers, was a source of unending joy for Valli.

   Day after day she watched the bus, and gradually a tiny wish crept into her head and grew there: she wanted to ride on that bus, even if just once. This wish became stronger and stronger, until it was an overwhelming desire. Valli would stare wistfully at the people who got on or off the bus when it stopped at the street corner. Their faces would kindle in her longings, dreams, and hopes. If one
of her friends happened to ride the bus and tried to describe the sights of the town to her, Valli would be foo jealous to listen and would shout, in English: “Proud! Proud!” Neither she nor her friends really understood the meaning of the word, but they used it often as a slang expression of disapproval.


(a) What was the short name of the girl?
(b) How old was Valli?
(c) What was her favourite pastime?
(d) What gave her many new unusual experiences?
(e) What was asource of unending joy for Valli?
(f). What sort of wish came into Valli’s mind?
(g) When would Valli be jealous?

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