Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Use the dictionary, the acronym finder, and the word origins dictionary (links above) as needed. A new quiz is available each Monday through Thursday. This is the quiz for January 29.

Selection from Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay Self-reliance

Discontent is the want of self-reliance; it is infirmity of will.

Regret calamities, if you can thereby help the sufferer; if not, attend your own work, and already the evil begins to be repaired.
Our sympathy is just as base. We come to them who weep foolishly and sit down and cry for company instead of imparting to them truth and health in rough electric shocks, putting them once more in communication with their own reason.
come to them=go to them
The secret of fortune is joy in our hands.
in our hands=in the work of our hands.
Welcome evermore to gods and men is the self-helping man.
For him all doors are flung wide, him all tongues greet, all honors crown, all eyes follow with desire.
all honors crown=all honors are heaped on
Our love goes out to him and embraces him because he did not need it.
We solicitously and apologetically caress and celebrate him because he held on his way and scorned our disapprobation.
held on his way=held onto his way
The gods love him because men hated him.
"To the persevering mortal," said Zoroaster, "the blessed Immortals are swift."
swift=swift in bestowing approbation.

1. The Latin origin of rely (as in reliance) meant
A. to follow.
B. to insist.
C. to support.
D. to bind.
2. Emerson was a believer in
A. superstition.
B. tradition.
C. reason.
D. ritual.
3. Some men hate the self-helping man because of his
A. kindliness.
B. scorn of their disapprobation.
C. bowing to tradition.
D. sociability.
4. Persevere (as in persevering) means
A. persist, continue steadfastly.
B. lack humor.
C. be available to others.
D. be religious.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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