Read the passage given below and then answer the questions given below the passage. Some words may be highlighted for your attention. Pay careful attention.
Once upon a time, a Brahmin named Ananda Sharma lived happily with his family in a small village. He was a devotee of Fire-God. One day, during monsoons, when the sky was sunless with clouds, he planned to perform a sacrificial offering. He travelled to a nearby village, to visit his disciple named Deekshit, to request for a goat that he will offer it as a sacrifice to the God.
On his arrival, he requested Deekshit, “Son, I want to conduct a sacrificial offering on this auspicious day. Please offer me a well-fed goat.”The devotee agreed and offered him one of his best goats.
Ananda Sharma started his journey homewards. He carried the goat on his shoulders, so that he would not have any problems in controlling the animal on the way home. On his way home, three bandits watched him distantly. They were famished, and Ananda Sharma was all alone with his goat.
They discussed, “We can satiate our extreme hunger in this cold monsoon, if we can catch the goat that the Brahmin is carrying.” They decided to entrap Ananda Sharma, in order to gain the goat for themselves.
As planned, the first crook stood in the Brahmin’s path, by taking a shorter road.
When Ananda Sharma, with the goat on his shoulders, approached him, the bandit enquired, “Oh Brahmin, are you harebrained?” “Why on earth you are carrying a dog on your shoulders?”
On hearing this, the Brahmin was irked, he replied, “Why can’ you see any differences between a goat and a dog? Are you blind? Can’t you see that I am carrying a sacrificial goat?”
The bandit had played his part and replied, “Please don’t get irritated. You may have it as per your wish. Please carry on with your journey”. A little further, he was approached by the second bandit, who said, “Oh Brahmin, shame on you! How can you carry a dead calf on your shoulders like that? Shame on you!”
Ananda Sharma shouted, “Are you blind? Can’t you see properly? It is a goat and not a dead calf”. To this the second bandit replied, “Have it anyway you want it to be, please don’t bother me and carry on.” When Ananda Sharma went a little further, the third bandit persuaded him, “Oh Brahmin. How can you do such an insane thing? Why do you carry a donkey on your shoulders? Put it down, before anyone sees you doing this!”
Now, Ananda Sharma felt skeptical and suspected that he must be carrying a devil, which is changing its shape all the while.
Fearing so, he left the goat on the ground and fled home terrified. The bandits succeeded in their plan. They snatched the goat at once and consumed it heartily.