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Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases are given in bold to help you locate them while

answering some of the questions.

I was ten years old then, and my brother, Nick, was fourteen. For both of us this buying of a gift our mother on Mother's day was a time of excitement and great imprtance.

It was our first gift to her. We were very poor. It was just after the firstWorldWar andwe lived in difficult times of trouble. Our father worked now sometimes as a waiter. Birthday andChristmas gifts were taken care of by him as well as he could, but such a thing as a mother's day gift was out-of-the-ordinary luxury. But we had been lucky, Nick andmyself.A second hand furniture store had opened on the block, and deliveries were made by means of loading the furniture on a wobbly pushcart, which we carefully pushed through traffic, to the customer's home. We got a nickel each and, perhaps, a tip. I remember how Nick's thin, dark face lighted up with the joy of the present. He had first thought of it in shool; and the thought of surprise and giving grew in him, and myself, and we were highly excited.When,we secretly told our father, hewas very pleased.He strokedour heads proudly. "It's a fine idea", he said. "It will make your mother very happy". From his town, we knew what he was thinking.He had given our mother very little in their life together. Sheworked all day, cooking and buying, looking after us in illness and stoking the stove in the kitchen with wood and coal to keep us warm in winter. She did her own washing of the family clothes in the bath tub. And she did all these things silently. She did not laugh much, but when she smiled at us it was a beautiful thing-well worth waiting for.

How old is the narrator, the one who is telling you the story and how old is Nick?

(a) Fourteen years and ten years.
(b) Ten years and fourteen years.
(c) Fourteen years and thirteen years.
(d) Thirteen years and fourteen years.



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The answer is option b.
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