Home Unseen Passage No.2

Unseen Passage No.2

Read the extract and complete the activities given below:  12 Marks

My home is a haven for not just me and my wife, but for a horde of cockroaches as well. Most mornings my wife enters the kitchen to find them scurrying away after a night of feasting – a sight that certainly doesn’t improve her disposition, already soured by having to rise early. Grabbing a fly-swatter, she clobbers the fugitive to pulp. The stink would floor anybody, but frequent exposure has hardened her. To the accompaniment of some unladylike swearing, she resolutely cleans up the mess and tackles the housework.

This pre-dawn massacre is a regular feature. Yet the cockroach population has not decreased. On the contrary, much to our dismay, we notice fresh ‘reinforcements’. Prolific breeders, the vermin are as determined to survive as we are to exterminate them. Indeed, our ‘chemical warfare’ against the pests would have raised Hans Blix’s hackles. In the process we have built up a small arsenal of spray guns and supposedly toxic pesticides, to which they appear to be largely immune. In fact, it’s not unusual to find them curiously nosing around the pesticides-our WMD or “Weapons of Minimal Damage,” as my better half scornfully terms them. No wonder it’s said that cockroaches will survive even a nuclear attack.

We have tried various home-spun remedies in vain. Then we were told that chickens relish roaches. So we starved our six hens and two roosters for half a day and then marched them into the kitchen. They did a good job. Craning their necks into every nook and cranny, they worked overtime gobbling up the vermin.


A1: Different words used to refer the cockroaches:
fugitive, reinforcement, prolific breeders, vermin, pests, roaches (accept any four)

A2: Complete the statements using correct alternatives.
i. The writer’s home was shared by the writer’s wife and cockroaches.
ii. The ‘chemical warfare’ arsenal of the writer includes spray guns and toxic pesticides.
iii. WMD stands for Weapons of Minimal Damage.
iv. The writer got some hens and roosters to relish the cockroaches.

A3: Explain the remedies tried by the writer and his wife to get rid of the cockroaches:
clobbering with fly-swatter – use of spray guns – use of toxic pesticides – hens & roosters

A4: Household Pests:
Flies, Bed bugs, Ants, Wasps, Rats, Cockroaches, Mosquitoes, Spiders etc.

A5: Language study.   Do as directed:                              
i. Simple Sentence               ii. Perfect Present Tense

A6: Vocabulary. Write the Antonyms of the following words using Prefixes:                    
i. disappear         ii. irregular
iii. undetermined      iv. infrequent

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