English Comprehension Easy and Short Passage Reading with Questions and Answers for class 7, 8, 9, 10 12, Exercise 5

Read the following passage and try to answer the questions given below:

His spirit inspired me with great respect. He seemed to have no strength, and he never once hit me hard, and he was always knocked down; but he would be up again in a moment, sponging himself or drinking out of the water-bottle, with the greatest satisfaction in seconding himself according to form, and then came at me with an air and a show that made me believe he really was going to do for me at last. He got heavily bruised, for I am sorry to record that the more I hit him, the harder I hit him; but he came up again and again until at last he got a bad fall with the back of his head against the wall. Even after that crisis in our affairs, he got up and turned round and round confusedly a few times, not knowing where I was; but finally went on his knees to his sponge and threw it up: at the same time panting out, “That means you have won.”

From “Great Expectations”

by Charles Dickens


  1. Whose spirit inspired the author with respect?
  2. What do you understand by “going to do for me”?
  3. How was “he” finally defeated?
  4. Why did “he” throw up his sponge?
  5. Give the opposites of the following words: strength, down, respect. won, hard.


  1. The author’s opponent inspired him with respect.
  2. “Going to do for me” in a fight, means, “defeat me”, or “knock me down.”
  3. “He”, that is, the author’s opponent, was finally defeated when he fell down and hit his head against the wall.
  4. “He” threw up his sponge as a sign of the author’s victory.
  5. strength – weakness

down – up

respect – disrespect

won – lost

hard – soft

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