- 07/03/2019 at 7:31 am #1306661EduGorillaKeymasterSelect Question Language :
Direction: Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow. Certain words/phrases are printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of these.
Once upon a time, two brothers, John and Andrew, who lived on adjoining farms, fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side by side, sharing machinery, and trading labour and goods as needed without a conflict. Then the long collaboration fell apart. It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference, and finally, it exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence. They were desperately in need of reconciliation.
One morning there was a knock on John’s door. He opened it to find a man with a carpenter’s toolbox. “I’m looking for a few days work”, he said. “Perhaps you would have a few small jobs here and there that I could help with?” John, replied, “Yes, I do have a job for you. Look across the creek at that farm. That’s my neighbor, in fact, it’s my younger brother Andrew. Last week there was a meadow between us, but he took his bulldozer to the river levee and now there is a creek between us. Well, he may have done this to spite me, but I’ll do him one better. See that pile of lumber by the barn? I want you to build me a fence; an eight-foot fence so I won’t need to see his place or his face anymore.”
The carpenter said, “I think I understand the situation, Show me the nails and the post-hole digger and I’ll be able to do a job that pleases you.” John had to go to town, so he helped the carpenter get the materials ready and then he was off for the day. The carpenter worked hard all that day measuring, sawing and nailing. About sunset when John returned, the carpenter had just finished his job. John’s eyes opened wide, his jaw dropped. There was no fence there at all. It was a bridge stretching from one side of the creek to the other! A fine piece of work, handrails and all, and Andrew the younger brother was coming toward them, his hand outstretched. Andrew hollered to John. “You are quite a fellow to build this bridge, after all, I’ve said and done.”
The two brothers stood at each end of the bridge, and then they met in the middle, taking each other’s hand, and then embracing.
They turned to see the carpenter hoist his toolbox onto his shoulder. John called to the carpenter, “No, wait! Stay a few days. I have a lot of other projects for you,”
“I’d love to stay on,” the carpenter replied, “but, I have many more bridges to build.”
Which of the following is the MOST OPPOSITE in meaning to the word ‘Reconciliation’?
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