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Test: Reading Comprehension- 3 - Question 1

Speech is great blessings but it can also be great curse, for while it helps us to make our intentions and desires known to our fellows, it can also if we use it carelessly, make our attitude completely misunderstood. A slip of the tongue, the use of unusual word, or of an ambiguous word, and so on, may create an enemy where we had hoped to win a friend. Again, different classes of people use different vocabularies, and the ordinary speech of an educated may strike an uneducated listener as pompous. Unwittingly, we may use a word which bears a different meaning to our listener 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 himself alike to all kinds and conditions to men.

The best way to win a friend is to avoid

Detailed Solution for Test: Reading Comprehension- 3 - Question 1

As mentioned in the passage, "A slip of the tongue, the use of an unusual word, or of an ambiguous word, and so on, may create an enemy where we had hoped to win a friend.", an 'ambiguous word' may create an enemy instead of winning a friend.
Hence the best way to win a friend is by not using an ambiguous word, or 'to avoid ambiguity in speech'.
 

Test: Reading Comprehension- 3 - Question 2

Speech is great blessings but it can also be great curse, for while it helps us to make our intentions and desires known to our fellows, it can also if we use it carelessly, make our attitude completely misunderstood. A slip of the tongue, the use of unusual word, or of an ambiguous word, and so on, may create an enemy where we had hoped to win a friend. Again, different classes of people use different vocabularies, and the ordinary speech of an educated may strike an uneducated listener as pompous. Unwittingly, we may use a word which bears a different meaning to our listener 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 himself alike to all kinds and conditions to men.

While talking to an uneducated person, we should use

Detailed Solution for Test: Reading Comprehension- 3 - Question 2

The passage tells us that we should handle the gift of speech carefully. While talking to another person we should use the speech he is most familiar with. In the case of an uneducated person also we should use the vocabulary he is most familiar with because "the ordinary speech of an educated man may strike an uneducated listener as pompous."

Test: Reading Comprehension- 3 - Question 3

Speech is great blessings but it can also be great curse, for while it helps us to make our intentions and desires known to our fellows, it can also if we use it carelessly, make our attitude completely misunderstood. A slip of the tongue, the use of unusual word, or of an ambiguous word, and so on, may create an enemy where we had hoped to win a friend. Again, different classes of people use different vocabularies, and the ordinary speech of an educated may strike an uneducated listener as pompous. Unwittingly, we may use a word which bears a different meaning to our listener 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 himself alike to all kinds and conditions to men.

If one used the same style of language with everyone, one would sound

Test: Reading Comprehension- 3 - Question 4

Speech is great blessings but it can also be great curse, for while it helps us to make our intentions and desires known to our fellows, it can also if we use it carelessly, make our attitude completely misunderstood. A slip of the tongue, the use of unusual word, or of an ambiguous word, and so on, may create an enemy where we had hoped to win a friend. Again, different classes of people use different vocabularies, and the ordinary speech of an educated may strike an uneducated listener as pompous. Unwittingly, we may use a word which bears a different meaning to our listener 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 himself alike to all kinds and conditions to men.

A 'slip of the tongue' means something said

Detailed Solution for Test: Reading Comprehension- 3 - Question 4

The sentence in the passage is "A 'slip of the tongue', the use of unusual word, or of an ambiguous word, and so on, may create an enemy where we had hoped to win a friend. ".
So, the term 'slip of tongue' is came with such things having similar meaning of lack of proper thought.

Test: Reading Comprehension- 3 - Question 5

Speech is great blessings but it can also be great curse, for while it helps us to make our intentions and desires known to our fellows, it can also if we use it carelessly, make our attitude completely misunderstood. A slip of the tongue, the use of unusual word, or of an ambiguous word, and so on, may create an enemy where we had hoped to win a friend. Again, different classes of people use different vocabularies, and the ordinary speech of an educated may strike an uneducated listener as pompous. Unwittingly, we may use a word which bears a different meaning to our listener 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 himself alike to all kinds and conditions to men.

Speech can be curse, because it can

Detailed Solution for Test: Reading Comprehension- 3 - Question 5

"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 fellows. It can also, if we use it carelessly, make our attitude completely misunderstood." An example being: "A slip of the tongue...may create an enemy where we had hoped to win a friend."
Option A also mentions the same: speech can be a curse because it can 'make our attitude completely misunderstood'.
 

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