All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very …..(1)….of their motivates there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long …..(2)….. of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not …..(3)….. by some demon whom one can neither …..(4)….. nor understand. For all one knows that demon, is simply the same …..(5)….. that makes a baby …..(6)….. for attention. And yet it is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to …..(7)….. one’s own personality. Good prose is like a window pane. I cannot say with certainty which of my motives are the strongest, but I know which of them deserve to be followed, And …..(8)….. through my work, I see that it is …..(9)….. where I lacked a political purpose that I wrote lifeless books and was …..(10)….. into purple passages, sentences without meaning, decorative adjectives and humbug generally.

1. (a) mention
(b) bottom
(c) Idea
(d) consideration

2. (a) bout
(b) feeling
(c) Source
(d) condition

3. (a) driven out
(b) driven for
(c) Driven on
(d) driven at

4. (a) help
(b) resist
(c) Like
(d) conquer

5. (a) feeling
(b) sense
(c) Desire
(d) look

6. (a) squall
(b) play
(c) Desire
(d) look

7. (a) overcome
(b) change
(c) Efface
(d) deface

8. (a) looking in
(b) looking for
(c) Looking at
(d) looking back

9. (a) interestingly
(b) seldom
(c) Constantly
(d) invariably

10. (a) inspired
(b) betrayed
(c) Moved
(d) introduced

Answer Keys

1) B 2) A 3) D 4) B 5) C 6) A 7) C 8) D 9) D 10) C