Reading Comprehension Quiz

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From "On the Decay of the Art of Lying" by Mark Twain (died 1910)

Lying is universal--we all do it; we all must do it. Therefore, the wise thing is for us diligently to train ourselves to lie thoughtfully, judiciously, to lie with a good object and not an evil one, to lie for others' advantage and not our own, to lie healingly, charitably, humanely, not cruelly, hurtfully, maliciously, to lie gracefully and graciously, not awkwardly and clumsily, to lie firmly, frankly, squarely, with head erect, not haltingly, tortuously, with pusillanimous mien, as being ashamed of our high calling. Then shall we be rid of the rank and pestilent truth that is rotting the land. Then shall we be great and good and beautiful and worthy dwellers in a world where even benign Nature habitually lies, except when she promises execrable weather.

1. Nature tells the truth when she
A. promises bad weather.
B. promises good weather.
2. Twain says that, when we lie, we should
A. be shy about it.
B. do so boldly.
3. Lying should
A. disregard the effect on other people.
B. be motivated by good will.
4. Truth
A. always has a beneficial effect.
B. often is like a disease.
The complete essay can be found at On the Decay of the Art of Lying.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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

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