|VI. Reading Comprehension Sample Questions- Medium Essay 6|
8 questions/ 12 minutes
The electric atmosphere of the American business world is all too apt to make our young people impatient. They want to fly before they can even walk well. Ambition is a splendid thing, but moving too quickly is just as injurious as getting along too slowly. Young people between twenty and twenty-five must be patient. Patience may be a difficult thing to cultivate, but it is among the first lessons we must learn in business. A good stock of patience, acquired in early life, can be drawn upon and makes a splendid safety valve. Because a young person, as he approaches twenty-five, begins to see things more plainly than he did five years before, he must not get the idea that he is a business man yet, and entitled to a man's salary. If business questions, which he did not understand five years before, now begin to look clearer to him, it is because he is passing through the transitory state that separates the immature judgment of the young man from the ripening penetration of the man. He is simply beginning. Afterward he will grow, and his salary will grow as he grows. But Rome wasn't built in a day, and a businessman isn't made in a night. As experience comes, the judgment will become mature, and by the time the young man reaches thirty he will begin to realize that he didn't know as much at twenty-five as he thought he did. When he is ready to learn from others he will begin to grow wise. And when he reaches that state where he is willing to concede that he hasn't a “corner” on knowledge in this world, he will be stepping out of the chrysalis of youth.
1. The primary function of the passage is to:
2. According to the passage, which of the following indicates that a young man is passing through the transitory state that precedes maturity?
3. According to the author, which of the following is NOT true of a young man between the ages of twenty and twenty-five?
4. According to the passage, a young businessman must guard against all of the following dangers EXCEPT:
5. It can be inferred from the passage that the author uses the image of a “safety valve” most likely in order to:
6. The description of the American business world at the start of the passage most clearly implies that which of the following is true?
7. Which course of action would the author be LEAST likely to recommend to a young man looking to enter the business world?
8. It can be inferred from the passage that a man who thinks that he has “a 'corner' on knowledge” thinks that he:
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