Read the passages given below and answer the questions that follow:
INTRUDER : Keep it to yourself, and just answer my questions. You live here alone? Well, do you?

GERRARD : I’m sorry. I thought you were telling me, not asking me. A question of inflection; your voice is unfamiliar.

INTRUDER : (with emphasis) Do you live here alone?

GERRARD : And if I don’t answer?

INTRUDER : You’ve got enough sense not to want to get hurt.

GERRARD : I think good sense is shown more in the ability to avoid pain than in the mere desire to do so. What do you think, Mr – er –

(a) Who says this?

(b) What does ‘it’ refer to?

(c) Find a word from the passage which means ‘strange’.


(a) These words are spoken by the Intruder.

(b) ‘It’ refers to the story of Gerrard’s life.

(c) unfamiliar.