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Read the passages given below and answer the questions that follow:
We all missed him greatly; but in a sense we were relieved. My wife was inconsolable. She wept and fretted. For the first few days she would not eat a thing. Then she wrote a number of letters to the curator. How was Baba? Back came the replies. ‘Well, but fretting; he refuses food too.’

(i) Why did all of them feel relieved?

(ii) Who was inconsolable? What did she do?

(iii) Find from the passage the antonyms of the given words:

(a) tensed, (b) accepts.   

Answer

(i) They felt relieved because the big bear had been sent to the zoo.

(ii) The writer’s wife was inconsolable. She wept and fretted. For the first few days she ate nothing.

(iii) (a) tensed — relieved.

(b) accepts — refuses.