The crowd surged toward through the narrow streets of Paris. There was a clatter of shutters being closed hastily by trembling hands — the citizens of Paris knew that once the fury of the people was excited, there was no telling what they might do. They came to an old house which had a workshop on the ground floor. A head popped out of the door to see what it was all about. “Get him! Get Thimonier! Smash his devilish machines!” yelled the crowd.
They found the workshop without its owner. M. Thimonier had escaped by the back door. Now the fury of the demonstrators turned against the machines that were standing in the shop, ready to be delivered to buyers. They were systematically broken up and destroyed — dozens of them. Only when the last wheel and spindle had been trampled underfoot did the infuriated crowd recover their senses.
“That is the end of M’Sieur Thimonier and his sewing machines,” they said to one another and went home satisfied. Perhaps now they would ﬁnd work, for they were all unemployed tailors and seamstresses who believed that their livelihood was threatened by that new invention.
1 The people thought that
(a). Thimonier was mad.
(b). they would be deprived of their livelihood.
(c). the sewing machine was dangerous.
(d). their lives were in danger.
- The passage throws light on
(a). How a well-meant invention can be misunderstood.
(b). How dangerous an invention can be.
(c). What mischief an inventor can do to ordinary people.
(d). Why inventions should be avoided.
- The aim of the crowd was to
(a). Humiliate Thimonier
(b). Destroy the sewing machines
(c). Kill Thimonier
(d). Drive Thimonier away
- Shutters were being closed because the shopkeeper
(a). Wanted to protect Thimonier
(b). Feared their shops would be destroyed
(c). Wanted to support the crowd
(d). Wanted to attack the crowd
- The crowd was protesting against
(a). The closing of workshop
(b). The newly invented sewing machine
(c). The misdoing of Thimonier
(d). Thimonier for keeping the invention a secret
Ans.: – 1. (c) 2. (a) 3. (d) 4. (b) 5. (c)