Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Ludwig Wittgenstein continues to attract fanatics who devote their lives to disagreeing with one another about the ultimate meaning of his words. These disciples cling to their Wittgenstein, not realizing that there are many great Wittgensteins to choose from. My hero is the one who showed us new ways of being suspicious of our own convictions when confronting the mysteries of the mind. The fact remains that one's first exposure to either the "Tractatus" or "Philosophical Investigations" is a liberating and exhilarating experience. Here is a model of thinking so intense, so pure, so self-critical that even its mistakes are gifts.

1. "Many great Wittgensteins" means
A. many philosophers.
B. one's own multiple perceptions of Wittgenstein.
C. many sides of one person - Wittgenstein.
D. many in the Wittgenstein family.
2. The Latin word origin of liberating means
A. being liberal.
B. setting free.
C. being generous.
D. being critical.
3. Wittgenstein's writings are
A. a model of thinking.
B. mysteries.
C. mistakes.
D. convictions.
4. "Ultimate" in this context means
A. important.
B. elementary.
C. last or concluding.
D. furthest or highest.

The information comes from an article by Daniel Dennett at Time Magazine Most Important People of the Century.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

Answer Key: 1-C..........2-B..........3-A..........4-C
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