1 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases have been printed in $bold$ to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
A long time ago, on a big tree in the lap of the mountain, lived a bird named Sindhuka. It was a $rather$ special bird because its droppings turned into gold as soon as they hit the ground.
One day, a hunter came to the tree in search of prey and he saw Sindhuka's droppings hit the ground and turn into gold. The hunter was struck with wonder. He thought, 'I have been hunting birds and small animals since I was a boy, but in all my 80 years, I have never seen such a miraculous creature. He decided that he had to catch the bird somehow. He climbed the tree and $skilfully$ set a trap for the bird. The bird, quite unaware of the danger it was in, stayed on the tree and sang merrily. But it was soon caught in the hunter's trap. The hunter immediately seized it and shoved it into a cage
The king's prime minister though, was $reluctant$ to accept the bird. He said 'O Rajah, how can you believe the word of a foolish hunter and accept this bird ? Has anyone in our kingdom ever seen a bird dropping gold ? The hunter must be either crazy or telling lies. I think it is best that you $release$ the bird from the cage.'