Reading comprehension test 305

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Question 1 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
I am already far North of London, and as I walk in the streets of Petersburgh, I feel a cold northern breeze play upon my cheeks which braces my nerves and fills me with delight. Do you understand this feeling? This breeze, which has travelled from the regions towards which I am advancing gives me a foretaste of those icy climes. Inspirited by this wind of promise, my daydreams become more fervent and vivid. I try in vain to be persuaded that the pole is the seat of frost and desolation; it ever presents itself to my imagination as the region of beauty and delight. There Margaret, the sun is forever visible, its broad disk just skirting the horizon and diffusing a perpetual splendour. There - with your leave, my sister, I will put some trust in preceding navigators - theresnow and frost are banished; and, sailing over a calm sea, we may be wafted to a land surpassing in wonders and in' beauty every region hitherto discovered on the habitable globe, Its productions and features may be without example, as the phenomena of the heavenly bodies undoubtedly are in those undiscovered solitudes. What may not be expected in a country of eternal light? I may there discover the wondrous power which attracts the needle and may regulate a thousand celestial observations that require only, this voyage to render their seeming eccentricities consistent forever. I shall satiate my ardent curiosity with the sight of a part of the world never before visited, and may tread a land never before imprinted by the foot of man. These are my enticements, and they are sufficient to conquer all fear of danger or death and to induce me to commence this laborious voyage with the joy a child feels when he embarks in a little boat, with his holiday mates, on an expedition of discovery up his native river. But supposing all these conjectures to be false, you cannot contest the inestimable benefit which I shall confer on all mankind, to the last generation, by discovering a passage near the pole to those countries to reach which at present so many months are requisite; or by ascertaining the secret of the magnet, which if at all possible, can only be effected by an undertaking such as mine.

The passage may be:

A
a report filed by journalist
B
a log-book entry of a military officer
C
the observations of a diplomatic attache
D
the dreams of an explorer
Question 1 Explanation: 
The answer can be inferred from lines 'I will put some trust in preceding navigators - there snow and frost are banished; and, sailing over a calm sea, we may be wafted to a land surpassing in wonders and in' beauty every region hitherto discovered on the habitable globe. I shall satiate my ardent curiosity with the sight of a part of the world never before visited, and may tread a land never before imprinted by the foot of man'. It is clear from the above lines that the author is an explorer/sailor who wishes to explore the world.
Question 2 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
The passage prima facie may be:
A
intended for Margaret
B
written by a brother for his sister
C
epistolary
D
All of the above
Question 2 Explanation: 
It is clear from the above passage that this paragraph is a letter written by a brother to his sister whose name is Margaret. Read the lines 'There Margaret, the sun is forever visible, its broad disk just skirting the horizon and diffusing a perpetual splendour. There - with your leave, my sister, I will put some trust in preceding navigators'. Epistolary means a letter or something associated with letters. So the right option is option (D)-all of the above.
Question 3 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
The writer is
A
curious and driven by wanderlust
B
escaping from the law
C
migrating to a different continent
D
on a commercial venture
Question 3 Explanation: 
It is clear from the passage that the author is very curious and excited about the journey. His great desire to travel can be inferred from lines'These are my enticements, and they are sufficient to conquer all fear of danger or death and to induce me to commence this laborious voyage with the joy a child feels when he embarks in a little boat, with his holiday mates, on an expedition of discovery up his native river'. Wanderlust means a very strong and irresistible compulsion to travel. So option (A) is the answer.
Question 4 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
The writer is
A
shrewd
B
mercenary
C
idealist
D
None of these
Question 4 Explanation: 
The author is not shrewd, mercenary or idealist. He is simply someone very passionate about travelling and exploring the world. So the answer is option (D)-none of these.
There are 4 questions to complete.