Reading Comprehension

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If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry, that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware of having no good reason for thinking, as you do. If someone maintains that two and two are five, that Iceland is on the Equator, you feel pity rather than anger, unless you know so little of arithmetic or geography that his opinion shakes your own contrary conviction.

If someone else’s opinion makes us angry, it means that....

We are subconsciously aware of having no good reason for becoming angry
no
There may be good reasons for his opinion but we are not consciously aware of them
no
Our own opinion is not based on good reason and we know this subconsciously
yes
We are not consciously aware of any reason for our own opinion
no
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Conviction means....
Persuasion
no
Disbelief
no
Strong belief
yes
Ignorance
no
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“Your own contrary conviction” refers to.....
The fact that you feel pity rather than anger
yes
The opinion that two and two are five and that Ice-land is one the Equator
no
The opinion that two and two are five and that Ice-land is on the Equator
no
The fact that you know so little about arithmetic or geography
no
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The second sentence in the passage....
Builds up the argument of the first sentence by restarting it from the opposite point of view
no
Makes the main point which has only been introduced by the first sentence
no
Simply adds, a further point to the agreement already stated in the first sentence
no
Illustrates the point made in the first sentence
yes
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The writer says if someone maintains that two and two are five you feel pity because you.....
Have sympathy
no
Don’t agree with him
no
Want to help the person
no
Feel sorry for his ignorance
yes
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A reason why people at school read books is to please their teacher. The teacher has said that this, that, or the other is a good book, and that it is a sign of good taste to enjoy it. So a number of boys and girls, anxious to please their teacher, get the book and read it. Two or three of them may genuinely like it, for its own sake, and be grateful to the teacher for putting it in their way. But many will not honestly like it, or will persuade themselves that they like it.

And that does a great deal of harm. The people who cannot like the book run the risk of two things happening to them, either they are put off the idea of the book- let us suppose the book was David Copperfield –either they are
put off the idea of classical novels, or they take a dislike to Dickens, and decide firmly never to waste their time on anything of the sort again; or they get a guilty conscience about the whole thing – they feel that they do not like what they ought to like and that, therefore, there is something wrong with them. They are quite mistaken, of course. There is nothing wrong with them. The mistake has all been on the teacher’s side. What has happened is that they have been shoved up against a book before they were ready for it. It is like giving a young child food only suitable for an adult. Result: indigestion, violent stomach ache, and a rooted dislike of that article of food evermore.

The passage is about what....

We should do to make children read
no
We should not do when we ask children to read
no
Teachers should teach in the classroom
yes
Treatment is to be given for indigestion
no
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According to the author many boys and girls read books to....
Win the favour of their teachers
yes
Spend money in a useful way
no
Express their gratitude to their teachers
no
Show others that they are lovers of books
no
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Indigestion and violent stomach ache will be the result if the child....
Reads books not suitable for his age
no
Does not read any book
no
Is forced to eat food meant for adults
yes
Is not taken to doctor regularly
no
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The writer says that teachers should....
Prevent children from reading any book
no
Compel children to read moral stories
no
Stop compelling children to read books recommended by them
yes
Carefully supervise what children read
no
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“The mistake has been on the teachers’ side”. Here the “mistake” refers to....
Making the children do please the teacher
no
Asking the children to read books which teachers don’t like
no
Discouraging children from reading more books
no
Recommending them the books intended for adults
yes
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