SELECTED COMPREHENSION PASSAGE
Speech is a great blessing but it can also be a great curse; for while it helps us to make our intentions and desires known to our followers, it can also if we use it carelessly make our attitudes completely misunderstood. A slip of tongue, the use of an unusual word or an ambiguous word may create an enmity where we have hoped to win a friend. Again different classes of people use different vocabularies and the ordinary speech of an educated man may strike an uneducated listener as showing pride. Unwillingly, we may use a word which bears a different meaning to our listeners from what it does to men of our own class. Thus speech is not a gift to use lightly without thought but one which demands careful handling, only a fool will express herself/ himself alike to all.
- The passage reveals that
(a). speech always reflects one’s attitude.
(b). the use of ambiguous words and unusual words brings us friends.
(c). careless use of words create enemies.
(d). careful use of words may bring us profit but not friends.
- Speech is a great blessing
(a). if we use it to please others.
(b). if we use it indiscriminately.
(c). if we use it to play one against the other.
(d). if we use it carefully.
- A ‘slip of the tongue’ means
(a). using words carelessly
(b). biting the tongue while speaking
(c). incurring loss of profit in hasty bargain