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In order to approach the problem of anxiety in play, let us consider the problem of anxiety in play, let us consider the activity of building and destroying a tower. Many a mother thinks that her little son is in a ‘destructive stage’ or even has a ‘destructive personality’ because after building a big, big tower, the boy cannot follow her advice to leave the tower for Daddy to see, but instead must kick it and make it collapse. The almost manic pleasure with which children watch the collapse in a second of the product of long play-labour has puzzled many, especially since the child does not appreciate it at all if his tower falls by accident or by a helpful uncle’s hand. He, the builder, must destroy it himself. This game, I should think, arises from the not so distant experience of sudden falls at the very time when standing upright on wobbly legs afforded a new and fascinating perspective on existence. The child who consequently learns to make a tower ‘stand up’ enjoys causing the same tower to waver and collapse; in addition to the active mastery over a previously passive event, it makes one feel stronger to know that there is somebody weaker —-and towers, unlike little sister, can’t cry and call, ‘Mummy!’

1.  According to this passage, it gives the child great pleasure

  • A. for Daddy to see the tower he has built
  • B. to destroy the tower himself
  • C. to see his tower accidentally destroyed
  • D. to be helped to destroy the tower

2.  What other feeling does the child derive from the fall of his tower apart from pleasure?

  • A. Strength
  • B. Anxiety
  • C. Pity
  • D. Depression

3.  How does the author try to explain this ‘destructive stage’?

  • A. It is the last stage in child development
  • B. The child wants to displease his parents
  • C. It grows out of the child’s recent experiences of sudden falls
  • D. The child is just going through a destructive stage

4.  The expression ‘must kick it and make it collapse’ in this context means

  • A. is forced to kick it and demolish it
  • B. is obliged to kick it and make it collapse
  • C. cannot resist the urge to demolish it
  • D. ought to kick it and make it collapse

5.  In the passage ‘manic pleasure’ means

  • A. pleasure
  • B. childish pleasure
  • C. unlimited pleasure
  • D. human pleasure


A wolf, seeing a lamb drinking from a river, wanted to find a pretext for devouring him, He stood higher up the stream and accused the lamb of muddying the water so that he could not drink. The lamb said that he drank only the tip of his tongue and that in any case he was standing lower down the river, and could not possible disturb the water higher When this excuse failed him, the wolf said: ‘Well, last year you insulted my father.’ “I wasn’t even born then replied the lamb. ‘You are good at finding answer’ said the wolf, ‘but what do you mean by taking up so much of the path where I am walking?’ The lamb, frightened at the wolf’s angry tone and terrible aspect, told him, with all due submission, that he could not conceive how his walking on such a wide path could occasion him any inconvenience. ‘What!’ exclaimed the wolf, seemingly in great anger and indignation. ‘You are as impudent as your father who seized me by the throat last year and caused me to be kept in a cage for three months’. ‘If you will believe me,’ said the lamb, ‘my parents are poor simple creatures who live entirely by green stuff, we are none of us hunters of your species.’ Ah! I see it’s no use talking to you,’ said the wolf, drawing up close to him. ‘it runs in the blood of your family to hate us wolves, and therefore,as we have come so conveniently together, I’ll just pay off a few of your forefathers scores before we part.’ So saying, he leapt at the lamb from behind and garotted him. Adapted from Bennet. C.H(1978)

6. From the way the story ended, it can be concluded that the

  • A. lamb did not survive the encounter
  • B. wolf and the lamb parted amicably
  • C. wolf had encountered the lamb’s parents
  • D. lamb offended the wolf quite seriously

7.  The expression ‘when this excuse failed him’ suggests that the

  • A. wolf only made up the charges levelled against the lamb
  • B. lamb was more intelligent than the wolf
  • C. lamb was prepared for the charges levelled against him
  • D. wolf was uncertain of the charges levelled against the lamb

8.  The charges levelled against the lamb are

  • A. wandering, insolence and disrespect
  • B. exuberance, pollution, wickedness and stubbornness
  • C. garrulity, loquacity, pride and arrogance
  • D. pollution, insolence obstruction and aggression

9.  The expression angry tone and terrible aspect refers to the wolf’s

  • A. sonorous voice and overbearing attitude
  • B. towering size and thunderous voice
  • C. loud voice and fretting movement
  • D. harsh voice and menacing posture


10.  Which of the following aptly describes the moral of the story?

  • A. the sins of the forefathers are visited upon the children no matter how long it takes
  • B. if you have made up your mind to hang your dog, any rope will do for the purpose
  • C. the law is weak in defence of the poor against the rich and mighty
  • D. no matter how highly placed he is in society, the unmindful lawbreaker will always meet his nemesis.

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