Reading Comprehension Quiz

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From An Apology for Idlers by Robert Louis Stevenson (died 1894)

Idleness so called, which does not consist in doing nothing but in doing a great deal not recognised in the dogmatic formularies of the ruling class, has as good a right to state its position as Industry itself. It is admitted that the presence of people who refuse to enter in the great handicap race for sixpenny pieces is at once an insult and a disenchantment for those who do. A fine fellow (as we see so many) takes his determination, votes for sixpences, and, in the emphatic Americanism, it "goes for" them. And while such an one is ploughing distressfully up the road, it is not hard to understand his resentment when he perceives cool persons in the meadows by the wayside, lying with a handkerchief over their ears and a glass at their elbow. Alexander is touched in a very delicate place by the disregard of Diogenes. [Furthermore,] where was the glory of having taken Rome for these tumultuous barbarians who poured into the Senate-house and found the Fathers [Senators] sitting silent and unmoved by their success? It is a sore thing to have laboured along and scaled the arduous hilltops and, when all is done, find humanity indifferent to your achievement.

1. "A delicate place" is
A. a person's intelligence.
B. the place in the mind of taking offense
C. the eye of Alexander.
D. the solar plexus.
2. Since Stevenson was remarkably industrious, he must be
A. insincere.
B. joking.
C. supporting times of idleness.
D. in favor of the uselessness of other people.
3. "it goes for them" means a fellow's determination goes for
A. Americanism.
B. idleness.
C. insults.
D. sixpences.
4. The industrious person takes offense at
A. the indifference of idle people.
B. scaling hilltops.
C. Diogenes.
D. achievement.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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