Reading Comprehension Quiz


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In his essay Advice to Writers author Robert Benchley compares two other authors who give advice to writers:


If, for instance, the subject under discussion were that of learning to skate, Miss Klickmann might advise as follows:
Don't try to skate if your ankles are weak.
Get skates that fit you. A skate which can't be put on when you get to the pond, or one which drags behind your foot by the strap, is worse than no skate at all.
If you are sure that you are ready, get on your feet and skate.
On the same subject, Scribners might bring to light something that [Robert Louis] Stevenson had written to a young friend about to take his first lesson in skating, reading as follows:
To know the secret of skating is, indeed, I have always thought, the beginning of winter-long pleasance. It comes as sweet deliverance from the tedium of indoor isolation and brings exhilaration, now with a swift glide to the right, now with a deft swerve to the left, now with a deep breath of healthy air, now with a long exhalation of ozone, which the lungs, like greedy misers, have cast aside after draining it of its treasure. But it is not health that we love nor exhilaration that we seek, though we may think so; our design and our sufficient reward is to verify our own existence, say what you will.
1. The more practical advice comes from
A. Miss Klickmann.
B. Robert Louis Stevenson.
2. The more literary advice comes from
A. Miss Klickmann.
B. Robert Louis Stevenson.
3. The lungs cast aside
A. greedy misers.
B. ozone.
C. treasure.
D. deep breath.
4. "Its treasure" is
A. ozone.
B. lungs.
C. air's value to the body.
D. greedy misers.
The information comes from about.com: Classic Essays

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