Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Selection from Defense and Happiness of Married Life by Joseph Addison (died 1719)

You who are so well acquainted with the story of Socrates must have read how, upon his making a discourse concerning love, he pressed his point with so much success that all the batchelors in his audience took a resolution to marry by the first opportunity and that all the married men immediately took horse and galloped home to their wives. I am apt to think your discourses, in which you have drawn so many agreeable pictures of marriage, have had a very good effect this way in England. We are obliged to you, at least, for having taken off that senseless ridicule which for many years the witlings of the town have turned upon their fathers and mothers. For my own part, I was born in wedlock, and I don't care who knows it.

1. A discourse is
A. an overly long essay.
B. a communication of thought.
C. an amusing essay.
D. an explanation.
2. The witlings
A. were hostile toward their parents.
B. were indifferent to their parents.
C. made fun of marriage.
D. honored their parents.
3. Socrates
A. made fun of marriage.
B. told young people to avoid marriage.
C. encouraged infidelity in marriage.
D. saw marriage as a good thing.
4. The Old English origin of wedlock meant
A. pledge making (or doing).
B. unbreakable tie.
C. husband's rights.
D. friendship.
The full essay can be found at Classic Essays. Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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