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1. wh: is Lamb's abbreviation forA. who2. The "old gentleman" is
D. whenA. Lamb himself.3. (See dictionary.com) A spark is
B. Christmas Day.
D. the year gone by.A. an elegant young man.4. The lean, starved guests are
B. a delinquent.
C. a rash person.
D. a suitor.A. the Festivals.(The OLD YEAR being dead, and the NEW YEAR coming of age, wh: he does by Calendar Law, as soon as the breath is out of the old gentleman's body, nothing would serve the young spark but that he must give a dinner upon the occasion, to wh: all the Days in the year were invited. The Festivals, whom he deputed as his stewards, were mightily taken with the notion. They had been engaged time out of mind, they said, in providing mirth and good cheer for mortals below, and it was time they should have a taste of their own bounty. It was stiffly debated among them whether the Fasts should be admitted. Some said, the appearance of such lean, starved guests, with their mortified faces, would pervert the ends of the meeting. But the objection was overruled by Christmas Day, who had a design upon Ash Wednesday.)
B. the Fasts.
C. the year gone by.
D. the stewards.
The information comes from a Project Gutenberg eBook (free download of html zip file - Charles Lamb's A Masque of Days  ).
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Answer Key: 1-C..........2-D..........3-A..........4-B
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