Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Mark Twain gives Advice to Youth in a speech to young women.

Always obey your parents, when they are present. This is the best policy in the long run, because if you don’t, they will make you. Most parents think they know better than you do, and you can generally make more by humoring that superstition than you can by acting on your own better judgment.

Be respectful to your superiors, if you have any, also to strangers, and sometimes to others. If a person offend you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch your chance and hit him with a brick. That will be sufficient. If you shall find that he had not intended any offense, come out frankly and confess yourself in the wrong when you struck him; acknowledge it like a man and say you didn’t mean to. Yes, always avoid violence; in this age of charity and kindliness, the time has gone by for such things. Leave dynamite to the low and unrefined.

1. The "superstition" is that
A. parents make you obey.
B. you should act on your own better judgment.
C. you should obey your parents.
D. parents know best.
2. Twain is not convinced that
A. you shouldn't avoid violence.
B. a brick is of no use.
C. you have any superiors.
D. that you shouldn't use dynamite.
3. "Extreme measures" include
A. hitting with a brick.
B. the use of dynamite.
C. an offense.
D. a confession.
4. The Latin origin of frank (as in frankly) referred to
A. the Franks, a Germanic people.
B. a banking family.
C. Italian aristocrats.
D. English writers.
The information comes from Classic Essays

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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