|VI. Reading Comprehension Sample Questions- Hard Essay 5|
7 questions/ 11 minutes
Now that I am trying to tell what I saw I am conscious of a thousand maddening limitations. Things seen by the inward sight, like those flashing visions which come as we drift into the blankness of sleep, are more vivid and meaningful to us in that form than when we have sought to weld them with reality. Set a pen to a dream, and the colour drains from it. The ink with which we write seems diluted with something holding too much of reality, and we find that after all we cannot delineate the incredible memory. It is as if our inward selves, released from the bonds of daytime and objectivity, revelled in prisoned emotions that are hastily stifled when we would translate them. In dreams and visions lie the greatest creations of man, for on them rests no yoke of line or hue. Forgotten scenes, and lands more obscure than the golden world of childhood, spring into the sleeping mind to reign until awakening puts them to rout. Amid these may be attained something of the glory and contentment for which we yearn; some adumbration of sharp beauties suspected but not before revealed, which are to us as the Grail to holy spirits of the mediaeval world. To shape these things on the wheel of art, to seek to bring some faded trophy from that intangible realm of shadow and gossamer, requires equal skill and memory. For although dreams are in all of us, few hands may grasp their moth-wings without tearing them.
1. According to the author, which of the following is true of childhood memories?
2. The author's belief that man's greatest creations lie in his “dreams and visions” is supported by which of the following ideas?
3. Which of the following statements would best maintain the meaning of the passage if it were to replace the last sentence?
4. Which of the following is mentioned in the passage as having greater meaning and brilliance in its original form?
5. It can be inferred from the passage that the “thousand maddening limitations” referred to by the author do NOT include which of the following?
6. Which of the following ideas is most central to the author's vision?
7. The attitude of the author of the passage toward the dream itself is best described as one of:
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