Reading Fiction Practice Exercises: GED Language Arts, Readings
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Read the following passages and their related questions.
Zeus, the highest of all gods, was angry with mankind because they had stolen fire from him and used it to burn sacrifices to other gods. So he created a new creature and named her Pandora. He also invited all the other gods to bring gifts to Pandora. One god gave her the gift of beauty, another gave her grace, another brought her charm—until finally Pandora was the most beautiful and delightful woman ever created.
But then Zeus gave her one last gift: a box that contained all the evils and sorrows that the world could ever imagine. He sealed the box tight and placed it in Pandora's hands; then he sent Pandora down to earth to be a gift for mankind.
The moment that humans saw her, they fell in love with the wonderful Pandora—for her beauty and charms were very great. As soon as mankind had gathered around her, they urged her to open her magical box, hoping to find yet more wonderful gifts from the gods. So Pandora opened the box that Zeus had given her—and out flew every form of evil and wickedness that the world could imagine. Death and disease and war and poverty all flew out of the box and engulfed the world of mankind. At the last moment, however, Pandora snapped shut the lid of the box, just before Hope could fly away. The only thing left inside her magical box was Hope itself.
- Why did Zeus create Pandora?
- He loved people and wanted to make a nice gift.
- He didn't create Pandora; the other gods did.
- He was angry with humanity and wanted to punish them.
- He was lonely and created a partner for himself.
- Pandora created herself.
- What is the meaning of the expression you opened Pandora's box?
- You have created all sorts of new problems.
- You have given someone a meaningful gift.
- You have invented a new and wonderful thing.
- You have done something of real merit.
- You have opened a path for communication.
- This passage is an example of
- free verse.
- What type of narrator is telling this story?
- first person
- second person
- There is no narrator.
- third person
- direct address
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