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An old man with steel-rimmed spectacles and very dusty clothes sat by the side of the road. There was a pontoon bridge across the river and carts, trucks, and men, women and children were crossing it. The mule-drawn carts staggered up the steep bank from the bridge with soldiers helping to push against the spokes of the wheels. The trucks wound up and away heading out of it all. The peasants plodded along it in the ankle-deep dust. But the old man sat there without moving.

578. The term "pontoon bridge" means

 (a) a temporary bridge constructed with the help of ropes (b) a bridge made by soldiers during a war (c) a bridge supported by floating flat-bottomed boats (d) a bridge made with wooden planks

579. The soldiers were "helping to push against the spokes of the wheels" because

 (a) they wanted to stop the carts (b) the spokes of the wheels were broken (c) the mules refused to draw the carts (d) there was a steep elevation

580. The mule-drawn carts staggered up because

 (a) there were too many mule-carts (b) the mules were indisciplined (c) it was a steep uphill journey (d) the carts were blocked by the peasants

581. The reference to the old man in the beginning and the end of the passage indicates that

 (a) the writer wants to compare between the bridge and the motionless old man (b) the description that takes place between the first sentence and the last sentence is irrelevant (c) there is an unnecessary repitition in the reference to the old man (d) the figure of the old man is brought under a sharp focus

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