Exercise 8

Instructions to Solve
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.

Question 1 :

The best way to win a friend is to avoid


A). irony in speech
B). pomposity in speech
C). verbosity in speech
D). ambiguity in speech
Answer : Option D

Question 2 :

While talking to an uneducated person, we should use


A). ordinary speech
B). his vocabulary
C). simple words
D). polite language
Answer : Option B

Question 3 :

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


A). flat
B). boring
C). foolish
D). democratic
Answer : Option C

Question 4 :

A 'slip of the tongue' means something said


A). wrongly by choice
B). unintentionally
C). without giving proper thought
D). to hurt another person
Answer : Option C

Question 5 :

Speech can be curse, because it can


A). hurt others
B). lead to carelessness
C). create misunderstanding
D). reveal our intentions
Answer : Option C