Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Selection from Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay Self-Reliance

There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.

1. Ignorance in this selection is ignorance of
A. science.
B. one's own place in creation.
C. literature.
D. art.
2. Suicide in this selection means
A. death of one's ability to make a living.
B. death of one's happiness.
C. death of one's personal powers.
D. death of one's friendships.
3. "Plot of ground" refers to
A. one's strength.
B. service to others.
C. memberships.
D. one's own makeup.
4. Emerson believed that each person is
A. new in nature.
B. of value only as an earner.
C. of importance only as a citizen.
D. the same as most other people.
The information comes from 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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