Extracts of The Third Level | Jack Finney | Answer Key | Chapter 1 |

Extracts of The Third Level | Jack Finney | Answer Key | Chapter 1 | MCQ of The Third Level


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Extract 1

The presidents of the New York Central and the New York, New Haven and Hartford railroads will swear on a stack of timetables that there are only two. But I say there are three, because I’ve been on the third level of the Grand Central Station. Yes, I’ve taken the obvious step: I talked to a psychiatrist friend of mine, among others. I told him about the third level at Grand Central Station, and he said it was a waking dream wish fulfillment.

a. Name the chapter.
The Last Lesson
Should Wizard Hit Mommy
On the Face of It
• None of these

b. Name the author of this chapter.
• Alphonse Daudet
• Jack Finale
• Jack Finney
• John Updike

c. Who is ‘I’ in the above extract?
• Charley
• Louisa
• Sam
• Coin Dealer

d. “There are only two” What is two in this statement?
• Blocks
• Platforms
• Levels
• Towers


a. None of these b. Jack Finney c. Charley d. Levels

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Extract 2

He said I was unhappy. That made my wife kind of mad, but he explained that he meant the modern world is full of insecurity, fear, war, worry and all the rest of it, and that I just want to escape. Well, who doesn’t? Everybody I know wants to escape, but they don’t wander down into any third level at Grand Central Station. But that’s the reason, he said, and my friends all agreed. Everything points to it, they claimed. My stamp collecting, for example; that’s a ‘temporary refuge from reality.’ Well, maybe, but my grandfather didn’t need any refuge from reality; things were pretty nice and peaceful in his days, from all I hear, and he started my collection.

a. Who is ‘He’ in the above extract?
• President of America
• Louisa
• Charley
• Sam

b. What does the word ‘Refuge’ mean?
• Safe place
• Risky place
• Neither safe nor risky place
• Both i and ii

c. What did Charley’s friends think of him?
• That he was true
• That he wanted to go to a safe place
• That Charley was right in his discovery
• That there existed the third level seriously

d. Who was Charley’s wife?
• Louisa
• Clare
• Hana
• None of these


A. Sam

B. Safe place C. That he wanted to go to safe place

D. Louisa

Extract 3

It’s a nice collection too, blocks of four of practically every U.S. issue, first-day covers, and so on. President Roosevelt collected stamps too, you know. Anyway, here’s what happened at Grand Central. One night last summer I worked late at the office. I was in a hurry to get uptown to my apartment so I decided to take the subway from Grand Central because it’s faster than the bus. Now, I don’t know why this should have happened to me.

a. What did Charley collect?
• Philately
• Stamps
• Both i and ii
• None of these

b. Why did Charley get the subway?
• It was faster than the bus
• The bus was slower than subway
• Both i and ii
• None of these

c. What happened to Charley?
• He got lost
• He found the third level
• He reached to a different level
• All of these

d. Who is ‘I’ in the above extract?
• President Roosevelt
• Charley
• Louisa
• Sam


A. Both I and II

B. Both I and II C. All of these

D. Charley

Extract 4

I’m just an ordinary guy named Charley, thirty-one years old, and I was wearing a tan gabardine suit and a straw hat with a fancy band; I passed a dozen men who looked just like me. And I wasn’t trying to escape from anything; I just wanted to get home to Louisa, my wife. I turned into Grand Central from Vanderbilt Avenue, and went down the steps to the first level, where you take trains like the Twentieth Century. Then I walked down another flight to the second level, where the suburban trains leave from, ducked into an arched doorway heading for the subway — and got lost. That’s easy to do.

a. What is ‘Gabardine’?
• A firm durable fabric
• Brown colour
• Kind of tight outfit
• None of these

b. What does the speaker mean by ‘suburban’?
• Place located on the outskirts of the city
• Place located in the city
• Place located far away from the city
• Place located in the centre of the city

c. What does ‘Duck into’ mean?
• To move downwards and enter
• To move upwards and enter
• To move aside and enter
• None of these

d. Where does the narrator get lost?
• On the first level
• On the second level
• On the third level
• All of these


A. A firm durable fabric

B. Place located on the outskirts of the city C. To move downwards and enter

D. On the second level

Extract 5

I’ve been in and out of Grand Central hundreds of times, but I’m always bumping into new doorways and stairs and corridors. Once I got into a tunnel about a mile long and came out in the lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel. Another time I came up in an office building on Forty-Sixth Street, three blocks away. Sometimes I think Grand Central is growing like a tree, pushing out new corridors and staircases like roots. There’s probably a long tunnel that nobody knows about feeling its way under the city right now, on its way to Times Square, and maybe another to Central Park. And maybe — because for so many people through the years Grand Central has been an exit, a way of escape — maybe that’s how the tunnel I got into…

a. What does the word ‘Bumping’ mean?
• Collide with force
• Collide with empathy
• Collide without any support
• All of these

b. What does the narrator mean by ‘Grand Central has been an exit’?
• People get lost in it
• People want to escape through Grand Central station
• People need excuses to go to Grand Central station
• It is the best mode to reach the under-ground tunnel

c. Which literary device has been used in ‘Grand Central Station growing like a tree’

d. Why does, only, Charley get lost at the third level?
• Because he is practical
• Because he is escapist
• Because he loves to do adventurous things
• All of these


A. Collide with Force

B. People want to escape through grand central station C. Simile

D. Because he is escapist

Extract 6

But I never told my psychiatrist friend about that idea. The corridor I was in began angling left and slanting downward and I thought that was wrong, but I kept on walking. All I could hear was the empty sound of my own footsteps and I didn’t pass a soul. Then I heard that sort of hollow roar ahead that means open space and people talking. The tunnel turned sharp left; I went down a short flight of stairs and came out on the third level at Grand Central Station.

a. Why did Charley not tell anything to his psychiatrist?
• Because his psychiatrist would have gone to Galesburg
• Because his psychiatrist would have rejected his claims
• Because his psychiatrist would have told everything to Louisa
• None of these

b. What does ‘pass a soul’ mean?
• That nobody was there
• That everybody was there
• That lots of people were there
• That there were many roaming souls

c. Choose the synonym of the word ‘Empty’ from the following.
• Hollow
• Vacuous
• Drained
• All of these

d. Which noun has been used in ‘flight’ of stairs?
• Proper noun
• Common Noun
• Collective noun
• None of these


A. Because his psychiatrist would have rejected his claims. B. That nobody was there C. All of these

D. Collective Noun

Extract 7

For just a moment I thought I was back on the second level, but I saw the room was smaller, there were fewer ticket windows and train gates, and the information booth in the centre was wood and old looking. And the man in the booth wore a green eyeshade and long black sleeve protectors. The lights were dim and sort of flickering. Then I saw why; they were open-flame gaslights.

a. What is an eyeshade?
• Visor
• Spectacles
• Goggles
• None of these

b. What is ‘flickering’?
• Move back and forth rapidly
• Shine unsteadily
• Flash intermittently
• All of these

c. What is Charley talking about?
• The first level
• The second level
• The third level
• None of these

d. Where did Charley want to go?
• Illinois
• Galesburg
• New York
• Gabba


a) Visor

b) All of these c) The Third Level

d) Galesburg

Extract 8

There were brass spittoons on the floor, and across the station a glint of light caught my eye; a man was pulling a gold watch from his vest pocket. He snapped open the cover, glanced at his watch and frowned. He wore a derby hat, a black four-button suit with tiny lapels, and he had a big, black, handlebar mustache. Then I looked around and saw that everyone in the station was dressed like eighteen-ninety-something; I never saw so many beards, sideburns and fancy mustaches in my life.

a. What is spittoon?
• A receptacle for spit
• A receptacle for saliva
• A receptacle for spittle
• All of these

b. What are tiny lapels?
• Laps at the front of a coat
• Laps at the back of a coat
• Laps at the bottom of a coat
• Laps at the top of a coat

c. Charley, in his dream, travelled to …..
• Past
• Present
• Future
• None of these

d. Dressed like eighteen-ninety-something. Which literary device has been used in this line?
• Antithesis
• Alliteration
• Simile
• Personification


A. All of these B. Laps at the front of a coat C. Past

D. Simile

Extract 9

A woman walked in through the train gate; she wore a dress with leg-of mutton sleeves and skirts to the top of her high-buttoned shoes. Back of her, out on the tracks, I caught a glimpse of a locomotive, a very small Currier & Ives locomotive with a funnel-shaped stack. And then I knew. To make sure, I walked over to a newsboy and glanced at the stack of papers at his feet. It was The World; and The World hasn’t been published for years. The lead story said something about President Cleveland. I’ve found that front page since, in the Public Library files, and it was printed June 11, 1894.

a. What is locomotive?
• Engine
• Loco
• Rail road
• All of these

b. What does the speaker mean by stack of papers?
• Pile of papers
• Pile of wastage
• Pile of stamp papers
• All of these

c. What was The World?
• Journal
• Magazine
• Newspaper
• Book

d. Where had Charley travelled to?
• Present
• Past
• Future
• None of these


A. All of these

B. Pile of papers C. Newspaper

D. Past

Extract 10

I turned toward the ticket windows knowing that here — on the third level at Grand Central — I could buy tickets that would take Louisa and me anywhere in the United States we wanted to go in the year 1894. And I wanted two tickets to Galesburg, Illinois. Have you ever been there? It’s a wonderful town still, with big old frame houses, huge lawns, and tremendous trees whose branches meet overhead and roof the streets. And in 1894, summer evenings were twice as long, and people sat out on their lawns, the men smoking cigars and talking quietly, the women waving palm-leaf fans, with the fire-flies all around, in a peaceful world. To be back there with the First World War still twenty years off, and World War II over forty years in the future.

a. Why did Charley want to visit Galesburg?
• As it was safer
• As it was cheaper
• As it was secured
• All of these

b. What does the speaker mean by ‘First World War still twenty years off’?
• He was in future
• He was in past
• He was in present
• He was born before the war

c. What are fire-flies?
• Fire beetles
• Water beetles
• Earth worms
• None of these

d. What does this extract show about the people of Galesburg?
• They were respectful
• They were arrogant
• They were modest
• They cared for money only


A. All of these B. He was in past C. Fire beetles

D. They were respectful

Extract 11

I wanted two tickets for that. The clerk figured the fare — he glanced at my fancy hatband, but he figured the fare — and I had enough for two coach tickets, one way. But when I counted out the money and looked up, the clerk was staring at me. He nodded at the bills. ‘‘That ain’t money, mister,’’ he said, ‘‘and if you’re trying to skin me, you won’t get very far,’’ and he glanced at the cash drawer beside him. Of course the money was old-style bills, half again as big as the money we use nowadays, and different-looking. I turned away and got out fast. There’s nothing nice about jail, even in 1894.

a. Why did the clerk stare at Charley?
• He was offering fake currency
• He was offering different currency than he needed
• He was offering older currency to him
• He was asking tickets for free

b. “That ain’t money, mister” What does the speaker mean?
• Money is fake
• Money is new
• Money is old
• All of these

c. Why did Charley not want to go to jail?
• It was costlier
• It was better than past
• It was worse in the past
• It will be better in future

d. How was old money different from new one?
• Bigger in size
• Smaller in size
• Almost equal
• None of these


A. He was offering a different currency B. Money is fake C. It was worse in past

D. Bigger in size

Extract 12

And that was that. I left the same way I came, I suppose. Next day, during lunch hour, I drew three hundred dollars out of the bank, nearly all we had, and bought old-style currency (that really worried my psychiatrist friend). You can buy old money at almost any coin dealer’s, but you have to pay a premium. My three hundred dollars bought less than two hundred in old-style bills, but I didn’t care; eggs were thirteen cents a dozen in 1894.

a. Why did Charley get his new currency exchanged?
• He wanted to enjoy more in Galesburg
• He wanted to buy two tickets for Galesburg
• He wanted to invest in Galesburg
• He was looking for safe job in Galesburg

b. Why was the psychiatrist worried?
• Because Charley had borne loss
• Because Charley had played foolish
• Because Charley had got 200 for 300 dollars
• All of these

c. What does the speaker mean by ‘Eggs were thirteen cents a dozen in 1894’?
• It was cheaper to be in past
• It was costlier to be in past
• It was modest to be in past
• All of these

d. How much premium Charley had to pay?
• Almost 100 dollars
• Almost 200 dollars
• Almost 300 dollars
• None of these


A. He wanted to buy two tickets to Galesburg

B. All of these C. It was cheaper to be in past

D. Almost 100 dollars

Extract 13

But I’ve never again found the corridor that leads to the third level at Grand Central Station, although I’ve tried often enough. Louisa was pretty worried when I told her all this, and didn’t want me to look for the third level any more, and after a while I stopped; I went back to my stamps. But now we’re both looking, every weekend, because now we have proof that the third level is still there.

a. Why could Charley not find that corridor again?
• It didn’t exist
• It was under construction
• It was demolished
• It disappeared in reality

b. What made Louisa worried?
• Charley’s invention of third level
• Charley’s claim of being on third level
• Charley’s proof of finding another level
• All of these

c. What does ‘Look for’ mean?
• Forget
• Search
• Break out
• Remember

d. Who are ‘We’ in the last line?
• Charley and Sam
• Sam and Louisa
• Charley and his friends
• None of these


A. It didn’t exist

B. Charley’s claim on being on third level C. Search

D. None of these

Extract 14

My friend Sam Weiner disappeared! Nobody knew where, but I sort of suspected because Sam’s a city boy, and I used to tell him about Galesburg — I went to school there — and he always said he liked the sound of the place. And that’s where he is, all right in 1894. Because one night, fussing with my stamp collection, I found…

a. Where has Sam gone according to Charley?
• Illinois
• Galesburg
• Grand central Station
• Third level

b. How old was Charley?
• 31 year old
• 32 year old
• 33 year old
• 34 year old

c. How was Charley associated with Galesburg?
• Spent his whole life there
• Spent his childhood there
• Spent first few years there after his marriage
• All of these

d. How did Sam really travel to Galesburg?
• In reality
• In imagination
• In imagination of Charley
• None of these


A. Galesburg B. 31 year old C. Spent his childhood there

D. In imagination of Charley

Extract 15

That night, among my oldest first-day covers, I found one that shouldn’t have been there. But there it was. It was there because someone had mailed it to my grandfather at his home in Galesburg; that’s what the address on the envelope said. And it had been there since July 18, 1894 — the postmark showed that — yet I didn’t remember it at all.

a. What is first-day cover?
• Envelope with a blank paper
• Envelope with a written paper
• Envelope with a unapproved stamp
• All of these

b. Who had mailed that first day cover to Charley’s grandfather according to the speaker?
• Sam
• Charley’s Grandfather
• Charley himself
• Charley’s friends

c. Who proved the date on the first day cover?
• Postmaster
• Ticket Collector
• Ticket Examiner
• Stamp seller

d. Where is the first day cover mailed to?
• To oneself
• To others
• Neither to oneself nor to others
• None of these


A. Envelope with a blank paper B. Sam C. Postmaster

D. To oneself

Extract 16

Charley I got to wishing that you were right. Then I got to believing you were right. And, Charley, it’s true; I found the third level! I’ve been here two weeks, and right now, down the street at the Daly’s, someone is playing a piano, and they’re all out on the front porch singing ‘Seeing Nelly Home.’ And I’m invited over for lemonade. Come on back, Charley and Louisa. Keep looking till you find the third level! It’s worth it, believe me!

a. Who is ‘I’ in the first line?
• Charley
• Sam
• Psychiatrist
• Both ii and iii

b. How was Galesburg different from other cities?
• It was peaceful
• It was chaotic
• It was disturbing
• It was full of exposure

c. Who has been invited for lemonade?
• Sam
• Charley
• Louisa
• Sam

d. What does the speaker want Charley and Louisa to do?
• To abdicate their town forever
• To continue looking for third level
• To continue looking after third level
• None of these


A. Sam B.  It was peaceful C. Sam

D. To continue looking for third level

Extract 17

At the stamp and coin store I go to, I found out that Sam bought eight hundred dollars’ worth of old-style currency. That ought to set him up in a nice little hay, feed and grain business; he always said that’s what he really wished he could do, and he certainly can’t go back to his old business. Not in Galesburg, Illinois, in 1894. His old business? Why, Sam was my psychiatrist.

a. Who is a psychiatrist?
• One who treats mental disorders
• One who deals in psychological medicines
• One who is engaged in psychiatric practice
• None of these

b. What made Sam convert his new style of currency into older ones?
• Because he wanted to go to Galesburg
• Because he wanted to earn premium
• Because he wanted to start the business of hay and grain
• All of these

c. What business did Sam prefer to do according to Charley?
• Business of Hay
• Business of Grain
• Business of Wheat
• All of these

d. Find out the antonym of ‘Dubiously’ from the above passage.
• Surely
• Definitely
• Unclealy
• All of these


A. One who treats mental disorders B. Because he wanted to go to Galesburg. C. All of these

D. Surely

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