CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) 2020 MCQs Questions Paper Part 5

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Direction: It was the strangest murder trial I ever attended, where the old woman was found battered to death. He was a heavy stout man with bulging bloodshot eyes. All his muscles seemed to be in his thighs. The clock had just struck two in the morning. Mrs. Salmon in 15 Northwood Street had been unable to sleep: she heard a door click shut and thought it was her own gate. So, she went to the window and saw Adams (that was his name) on the steps of Mrs. Parker՚s house. He had just come out and he was wearing gloves. He had a hammer in his hand and she saw him drop it into the laurel bushes by the front gate. But before he moved away, he had looked up at her window. The fatal instinct that tells a man when he is watched exposed him in the light of a streetlamp to her gaze-his eyes suffused with horrifying and brutal fear, like an animal՚s when you raise a whip.

Mrs. Salmon was called in the Court.

‘And do you see the man here in court?’

[She looked straight at the big man in the dock, who stared hard at her with his Pekingese eyes without emotion.]

Yes, she said, there he is.

‘You are quite certain?’

She said simply, ‘I couldn՚t be mistaken, sir.’

‘Thank you, Mrs. Salmon.’

[Counsel for the defence rose to cross-examine.]

‘Now, Mrs. Salmon, you must remember that a man՚s life may depend on your evidence.’

‘I do remember it, sir.’

‘Is your eyesight good?’

‘I have never had to wear spectacles, sir.’

‘You are a woman of fifty-five?’

‘Fifty-six, sir.’

‘And the man you saw was on the other side of the road?’

‘Yes, sir.’

‘And it was two o՚clock in the morning. You must have remarkable eyes, Mrs. Salmon?’

‘No, sir. There was moonlight, and when the man looked up, he had the lamplight on his face.’

‘And you have no doubt whatever that the man you saw is the prisoner?’

‘None whatever, sir. It isn՚t a face one forgets.’

Then he said, do you mind, Mrs. Salmon, examining again the people in court? No, not the prisoner. Stand up, please, Mr. Adams!

And there at the back of the court with thick stout body and muscular legs and a pair of bulging eyes, was the exact image of the man in the dock.

‘Now think very carefully, Mrs. Salmon. Can you still swear that the man you saw drop the hammer in Mrs. Parker՚s garden was the prisoner and not this man, who is his twin brother?’ Of course, she couldn՚t.

[Excerpts from “The Case for the Defence” by Graham Greene]

Question 21

Why do you think, has the Author called the trial, strangest murder trial he ever attended?

A. Because the accused had a very strange personality.

B. Because, despite having a potential witness and evidence against the accused, his wrong could not be proved.

C. Because, Mrs. Salmon՚s evidence could not be proved before the Court.

D. None of these.

Question 22

his eyes suffused with horrifying and brutal fear, like an animal՚s when you raise a whip. can be called as:

A. Personification

B. Simile

C. Onomatopoeia

D. None of the above

Question 23

The expression “Pekingese eyes” used in the passage refers to which of the following?

A. Bulging eyes

B. Red eyes

C. Small eyes

D. None of them

Question 24

Why was Mrs. Salmon convinced that the man she saw had committed the crime?

A. Because she saw the man on the steps of Mrs. Parker՚s House and he was wearing gloves.

B. Because he had a hammer in his hand and she saw him drop it into the laurel bushes by the front gate.

C. Because when he looked up at her window, his eyes were suffused with horrifying and brutal fear.

D. Because she had seen him clearly in the light of street lamp.

Question 25

Who was murdered in the scene described in the passage?

A. Mrs. Wheeler

B. Mrs. Parker

C. Mrs. Salmon

D. It cannot be inferred.

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