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We sat in silence in the dark of the night as the large head appeared from the large foliage. The female was young, healthy and alert. Seconds later, she walked confidently to the edge of a waterhole followed by not one, not two, but three beautiful young cubs. Like works of art on display, all four tigers bent low at the waterhole that had been created for them and for the myriad creatures that shared their troubled kingdom. The Goshri tigers had come visiting and we watched them with rapt attention on our closed − circuit TV screens, in the conservation retreat of Harsh and Poonam Dhanwatey, a husband and wife team whose life had been dedicated to the protection of tigers in and around Maharashtra’s Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve. Their son Nikhil carefully positioned the cameras and cabled them 40 meter from their conservation retreat, near the waterhole that had turned into a magnet for every conceivable animal found in the Tiger Reserve itself. We were making preparations to set up one of the first Community Conservation Reserves in Central India. Originally into business, the Dhanwateys changed tracks midstream by shutting down a thriving interior design business in response to just one meeting they had with Dr. Ullas Karanth and Valmik Thapar, two of India’s finest tiger people, in Nagpur. In their own words: “From admirers of wildlife we became passionate defenders and we launched our non-governmental organization called Tiger Research and Conservation Trust (TRACT).” The Dhanwateys lived for years in a small hut that was their field camp near the famous Tadoba Lake and they discovered the secrets of the forest in the best way possible, by walking its trails, and generally learning all they could about the magical mix of life that comprised this tropical, dry deciduous forest.
Based on your reading of the passage, choose the right answer from the given options to complete the following sentences.

(a) Before taking up the cause of tigers the Dhanwateys were………

(i) working in a non-governmental organization
(ii) in the textile business
(iii) working with Dr. Karanth
(iv) managing an interior design business

(b) The waterhole is referred to as a magnet because ……

(i) a magnet was placed there
(ii) all the animals were attracted to it
(iii) cameras had magnets
(iv) water was not available

(c) The narrator had gone to the Tiger Reserve to ………

(i) kill tigers
(ii) set up a Tiger Reserve
(iii) set up the first Community Conservation Reserve
(iv) employ Nikhil in the Tiger Reserve

(d) The meeting with Dr. Ullas Karanth and Valmik Thapar changed the lives of …… 

(i) Nikhil
(ii) the Dhanwateys
(iii) the narrator
(iv) TRACT

(e) The activities in which the champions of TRACT are not involved are …….

(i) killing of tigers in that area
(ii) discovering the secrets of the forests
(iii) Walking the trails of tigers
(iv) living in the deciduous forests

(a) managing an interior design business

(b) all the animals were attracted to it

(c) set up the first Community Conservation Reserve

(d) the Dhanwateys

(e) killing of tigers in that area