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Questions 1–4 are based on the following passage.

I think I knew General Washington intimately and thoroughly; and were I called on to delineate his character,
it should be in terms like these.
His mind was great and powerful, without being of the very first order; his penetration strong, though not so
acute as that of a Newton, Bacon, or Locke; and as far as he saw, no judgment was ever sounder. It was slow in
(5) operation, being little aided by invention or imagination, but sure in conclusion. Hence the common remark of
his officers, of the advantage he derived from councils of war, where hearing all suggestions, he selected
whatever was best; and certainly no general ever planned his battles more judiciously.

1. Why does the author write the first two lines (1–2) 4. What does the author mean by the term
before writing about Washington? “penetration” as used in line (3)?
A. as simply an introduction to establish his topic A. power to read minds
B. to serve as a notification that he is about to B. ability to enter or pass through objects
expose Washington C. genius to engage those who are of a first
C. to prepare the reader for the limitations he order mind
found in Washington D. ability to assess and figure out difficult tasks
D. to qualify himself as one who is knowledge-
able enough to fully present the subject
5. What may be inferred about Washington’s
judgment based on the passage?
2. Which of the following best describes the A. He was quick to decide and held to his
treatment of Washington in this passage? decision.
B. He was slow and methodical, but committed.
A. presented only those aspects of Washington C. He ignored input from the greatest minds of
that are deemed positive the day when deciding.
B. reflected primarily on the negative sides of D. He rushed to judgment before considering
Washington the consequences.
C. presented both the positives and the flat sides
of Washington
D. reflected upon the personality of Washington as
opposed to his accomplishment

3. What may we infer about the author as it


relates to the assessment of Washington’s
mind?
A. He knew enough of the top minds of his
day and could relate them to Washington.
B. He was informed from sufficient sources
as to make a relative comparison to those
with first order minds.
C. He believed he had the ability to properly
assess the abilities of Washington’s mind
and could appropriately compare it to those
he could recognize as having a mind of the
very first order.
D. A mind of the very first order was indeed a
rarity and that only he and a very few others,
certainly not Washington, possessed such
a mind.