About the passage

Read to understand

A. Answer these questions with reference to the context.

1. ‘Nothing on earth could have persuaded the two to return.’

     a.   Who are the two referred to in this extract?

     b.   Where were they at this moment? Why?

     c.   Why could they not be persuaded?


2. ‘“I’m waiting for my pay,” he said.’

     a.   Who said these words?

     b.   Who was to pay him and for what?

     c.   Where was the speaker at his moment?


B. State whether the following statements are true (T) or false (F).

1. The weather was quite pleasant.

2. Henry Armstrong gained consciousness while he was buried.

3. There were other people in the graveyard apart from the three young men.

4. Jess was a professor who had offered to help the two students.

5. There was a horse and wagon beside the grave.

6. The casket was taken out of the grave.


C. Answer these questions.

1. Why did the young students feel reasonably ‘secure’?

2. What were the horse and the wagon waiting for? Why were they outside the wall?

3. How do you know that Jess was of ‘another breed’?

4. The two medical students were still in a frightened state the next day. How do you know this?



Discuss and write

1. Why do you think the students wanted the dead body?

2. What agreement do you think the students had made with Jess? 

3. The students were secure about what they were doing because of the absence of any witnesses. Do you think they had any sense of guilt? Justify your response.


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