One of the American Navy’s greatest losses during World War If was inflicted not by the Japanese, but by the weather. On the of 17 December 1944, destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers of the Third Fleet Task Force 38 were replenishing stocks or food, fuel and ammunition during a sea rendezvous with support ships when a savage tornado struck the Philippine Sea. One of the commanders said later; 'My ship was riding as though caught in some giant washing machine. We were rolling between heaving cliffs of water, caught in so strong a vice of wind and sea that our 50,000 horse-power engines were helpless.' It was nine hours before he regained control of his ship, after the fleet had bobbed like helpless shuttlecocks, unable to prevent collisions in the sledge hammer waves.
The American Navy suffered great losses because of
The aircraft raid
The Japanese fleet
Answer: Option C. Refer to Read first line of the Passage.
Find a word from the passage which means "refilling".
Answer: Option D. 'replensReplenihing' means to replete or to supply material as per the second line of the passage.
A sea rendezvous means
a dive into the sea
a swim in the sea
a meeting at sea
sailing in the sea
Answer: Option D. The corCorrect usagee is 'meeting at the sea as the relevant lines say that' the ship was about to meet another ship to get the supplies when a savage tornado struck.
Sledge hammer waves means
waves moving like a sledge.
waves like a big, heavy hammer.
waves hammering a sledge
waves in which a hammer and a sledge are found
Answer: Option B. Sledge Sledge hammer means a big, heavy hammer. The author intends to state the huge force with which the waves hit the ship.
The ships caught in the tornado
are compared to shuttlecocks
had a cargo of shuttlecocks
scattered shuttlecocks in the sea
traded in shuttlecocks
Answer: Option A. Clearly mentioned in the last line of the passage that " fleet had bobbed like helpless shuttlecocks"