Reading comprehension test 274

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Question 1 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
The art of growing old is one which the passage of time has forced upon my attention. Psychologically there are two dangers to be guarded against in old age. One of these is undue absorption in the past. It does not do to live in memories, in regrets for the good old days. One's thoughts must be directed to the future. This is not always easy; one's past is a gradually increasing weight. The other thing to be avoided is clinging to youth on the hope of sucking vigor from its vitality.

"By the art of growing old", the author means

A
Some special skill by applying which one can grow old
B
That growing old is like creating a work of art
C
The acceptance of old age as a fact of life
D
The refusal on one's part to grow old
Question 1 Explanation: 
Some confusion can arise between option (b) and option (c). However, we can eliminate option (b) on the pretext that that old age comes to every being; growing old is more of a fact rather than an art which is unique only to some. Therefore, "by the art of growing old", the author means, the acceptance of old age as a fact of life.
Question 2 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
The passage deals with the process of growing old. What does it describe?
A
The decay of the senses in old age
B
The psychological problems of old men
C
The desire in man to grow old
D
An old man's ability to recollect his past
Question 2 Explanation: 
The passage which deals with the process of growing old describes the psychological problems of old men. This can be seen mentioned in the second line of the passage.
Question 3 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
"It does not do to live in memories." This statement means that
A
The past is not contained in memories
B
The old men are very forgetful
C
Old men often think of the past
D
Thinking of the past does no good to old men
Question 3 Explanation: 
All the options other than option (d) are vague and lack sense in accordance to the passage. Therefore, the statement "It does not do to live in memories." means that thinking of the past does no good to old men.
Question 4 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
It is difficult for old men to think of the future because
A
They are unable to think
B
They do not know what the future is like
C
The past occupies their minds
D
Their feeling that the past was far happier than the present grows stronger day by day
Question 4 Explanation: 
It is difficult for old men to think of the future because their feeling that the past was far happier than the present grows stronger day by day.Old men live in the past and mourns for loss of their youth when they were healthy and independent. Hence, option D is correct.
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