Lesson 8

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 READING #8
Most men and women pass 1 life without ever considering or criticising 2 their own conditions or those of the world at large. They find themselves born into a certain place in society, and they accept what each day 3 , without any thought beyond what the immediate present requires. They seek the satisfaction of the needs of the moment, without much forethought, and without thinking that by sufficient effort the conditions of their lives 4 be changed. A certain percentage, guided by personal ambition, make the effort of thought and will which is necessary to place themselves among the more 5 members of the community; but very few among these are seriously concerned to secure for all the advantages which they seek for 6 . Only a few rare and exceptional men have that kind of love toward mankind at large that makes them unable to endure patiently the general mass of evil and suffering, 7 of any relation it may have to their own lives. These few, driven by sympathetic pain, will seek for some new system of society by which life may become richer, more full of 8 and less full of preventable evils 9 it is at present. But in the past such men have, as a rule, failed to interest the very victims of the injustices 10 they wished to remedy.

Adapted from Proposed Roads To Freedom by Bertrand Russell

Multiple-Choice Questions

Select the answer you think is correct.

1.

   a)

out

   b)

at

   c)

through

   d)

above


2.

   a)

if

   b)

either

   c)

when

   d)

both


3.

   a)

was

   b)

finishes

   c)

brings

   d)

is missing


4.

   a)

could

   b)

must

   c)

would

   d)

had better


5.

   a)

numerous

   b)

innocent

   c)

honest

   d)

fortunate


6.

   a)

him

   b)

them

   c)

themselves

   d)

anyone


7.

   a)

despite

   b)

regardless

   c)

because

   d)

on account


8.

   a)

problems

   b)

themselves

   c)

excuses

   d)

joy


9.

   a)

than

   b)

which

   c)

although

   d)

when


 

 

10.

   a)

who

   b)

which

   c)

where

   d)

whom