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Read the passage on the left to answer the following questions: 81 no, rather than that, he would creep down the stairs like a cat and slip out unseen What does like a cat mean in this excerpt? A) abruptly B) carefully Q frustratingly D) quietly 9) Which phrase means the OPPOSITE of prevaricate in paragraph 3? A) to exaggerate Bj to avoid cleverly g to make confusing Dj to deal with honestly

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10) Which detail should be included in a summary of the passage? A) The young man wonders what men fear most. Bj It is an exceptionally hot evening in July. ( The young man is considering committing a crime. D) The house the young man lives in has five stories. 11) Why does the young man frequently see his landlady? A) They live on the same floor. B) They pass each other on the stairs. O He shares meals with her in her kitchen. D) He passes her kitchen whenever he leaves.

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Crime and Punishment (excerpt)

Fyodor Dostoevsky


1On an exceptionally hot evening early in July a young man came out of the garret in which he lodged in S. Place and walked slowly, as though in hesitation, towards K. bridge.


2He had successfully avoided meeting his landlady on the staircase. His garret was under the roof of a high, five-storied house and was more like a cupboard than a room. The landlady who provided him with garret, dinners, and attendance, lived on the floor below, and every time he went out he was obliged to pass her kitchen, the door of which invariably stood open. And each time he passed, the young man had a sick, frightened feeling, which made him scowl and feel ashamed. He was hopelessly in debt to his landlady, and was afraid of meeting her.


3This was not because he was cowardly and abject, quite the contrary; but for some time past he had been in an overstrained irritable condition, verging on hypochondria. He had become so completely absorbed in himself, and isolated from his fellows that he dreaded meeting, not only his landlady, but anyone at all. He was crushed by poverty, but the anxieties of his position had of late ceased to weigh upon him. He had given up attending to matters of practical importance; he had lost all desire to do so. Nothing that any landlady could do had a real terror for him. But to be stopped on the stairs, to be forced to listen to her trivial, irrelevant gossip, to pestering demands for payment, threats and complaints, and to rack his brains for excuses, to prevaricate, to lie--no, rather than that, he would creep down the stairs like a cat and slip out unseen.


4This evening, however, on coming out into the street, he became acutely aware of his fears.


5"I want to attempt a thing like that and am frightened by these trifles," he thought, with an odd smile. "Hm... yes, all is in a man's hands and he lets it all slip from cowardice, that's an axiom. It would be interesting to know what it is men are most afraid of. Taking a new step, uttering a new word is what they fear most.... But I am talking too much. It's because I chatter that I do nothing. Or perhaps it is that I chatter because I do nothing. I've learned to chatter this last month, lying for days together in my den thinking... of Jack the Giant-killer. Why am I going there now? Am I capable of that? Is that serious? It is not serious at all. It's simply a fantasy to amuse myself; a plaything! Yes, maybe it is a plaything."


Fyodor Dostoevsky

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