Remedial English Test Series 37

Remedial English Test Series 37

                                                                                   

              Identify  the ONE mistake in each line and make corrections    (1 mark for each correct answer. Total score   ___ )

From  “Of Truth” by  Francis Bacon
01 WHAT is truth? said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer. Certain  there be, that delight in giddiness, and count
02  it a bondage to fix a belief; affecting free-will in thinking, as well as in act. And though the sects of philosophers of that
03 kind be gone, yet there remains certain discoursing wits, which are of the same veins, though there be  not so much blood in
04 them, as was in those of the ancients. But it is not only the difficult and labor, which men take in finding out  of truth, nor
05 again, that when it is found, it imposeth upon men’s  thoughts, that doth brings  lies in favour; but a natural, though corrupt 
06 love, of the lie itself. One of the late school of the Grecians,  examineth the matter, and is at a stand, to think what should
07 be in it, that men shall  love lies; where neither they make for pleasure, as with poets, nor for advantage, as with the
08 merchant; but for the lies sake. But I cannot tell; this same truth, is a naked, and open day-light, that doth not show the
09 masks, and mummeries, and triumphs, of the world, half so stately and daintily as candle-lights. Truth may perhaps  come to
10  the price of a pearl, that showeth best by day; but it will not rise to the  prize of a diamond, or carbuncle, that showeth best
11 in varied lights. A mixture of a lie doth ever add pleasure. Doth any man doubts, that if there were taken out of men’s minds,
12 vain opinions, flattering hopes, false valuations, imaginations as one would, and the like, but it would  leave the mind,  of a
13 number of men, poor shrunk  things, full of  melancholy and indisposition, and unpleasing to themselves?
14 One of the father,  in great severity, called poesy vinum daemonum,  because it fireth the imagination; and yet, it is but with
15 the shadow of a lie. But it is not the lie it  passeth through the mind, but the lie that sinketh in, and settleth in it, that doth
16 the hurt; such as we spake of before. But howsoever these thing  are thus in men’s depraved  judgments, and affections,
17 yet truth, which only doth judge itself,  teacheth that the inquiry of truth, which is the love-making, or woo  of it, the
18 knowledge of truth, which is the presence of it, and the  belief of truth, which is the enjoy of it, is the sovereign good of
19 human natures. The first creature of God, in the works of the days,  was the light of the sense; the last, was the light of
20 reason; and his  sabbath work ever since, is the illumination of his Spirit. First he  breathe  light, upon the face of the
21 matter or chao; then he breathed  light, into the face of man; and still he breatheth and inspireth light,  into the face of his
22 chosen. The poet, that beautified the sect, that  was otherwise inferior to the rest, saith yet excellent  well: It is a  pleasure,
23 to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tossed upon the sea; a pleasure, to stand in the window of a castles, and to see a
24 battle, and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to the  stand  upon the vantage ground of truth
25 (a hill not to be command,  and where the air is always clear and serene), and to see the errors,  and wanderings, and
26 mists, and tempests, in the vale below; so always  that this prospect be with pity, and not with swelling, or pride.  Certain,
27 it is heaven upon earth, to have a mans mind move in  charity, rest in providence, and turn upon the poles of truth.

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                                                               From  “Of Truth” by  Francis Bacon
01 WHAT is truth? said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer. Certainly there be, that delight in giddiness, and count
02  it a bondage to fix a belief; affecting free-will in thinking, as well as in acting. And though the sects of philosophers of that
03 kind be gone, yet there remain certain discoursing wits, which are of the same veins, though there be  not so much blood in
04 them, as was in those of the ancients. But it is not only the difficulty and labor, which men take in finding out  of truth, nor
05 again, that when it is found, it imposeth upon men’s  thoughts, that doth bring lies in favour; but a natural, though corrupt 
06 love, of the lie itself. One of the later school of the Grecians,  examineth the matter, and is at a stand, to think what should
07 be in it, that men should love lies; where neither they make for pleasure, as with poets, nor for advantage, as with the
08 merchant; but for the lie’s sake.  But I cannot tell; this same truth, is a naked, and open day-light, that doth not show the
09 masks, and mummeries, and triumphs, of the world, half so stately and daintily as candle-lights. Truth may perhaps come to
10  the price of a pearl, that showeth best by day; but it will not rise to the  price of a diamond, or carbuncle, that showeth best
11 in varied lights. A mixture of a lie doth ever add pleasure. Doth any man doubt, that if there were taken out of men’s minds,
12 vain opinions, flattering hopes, false valuations, imaginations as one would, and the like, but it would  leave the minds, of a
13 number of men, poor shrunken things, full of  melancholy and indisposition, and unpleasing to themselves?
14 One of the fathers, in great severity, called poesy vinum daemonum,  because it fireth the imagination; and yet, it is but with
15 the shadow of a lie. But it is not the lie that passeth through the mind, but the lie that sinketh in, and settleth in it, that doth
16 the hurt; such as we spake of before. But howsoever these things are thus in men’s depraved  judgments, and affections,
17 yet truth, which only doth judge itself,  teacheth that the inquiry of truth, which is the love-making, or wooing  of it, the
18 knowledge of truth, which is the presence of it, and the  belief of truth, which is the enjoying of it, is the sovereign good of
19 human nature. The first creature of God, in the works of the days,  was the light of the sense; the last, was the light of
20 reason; and his  sabbath work ever since, is the illumination of his Spirit. First he  breathed light, upon the face of the
21 matter or chaos; then he breathed  light, into the face of man; and still he breatheth and inspireth light,  into the face of his
22 chosen. The poet, that beautified the sect, that  was otherwise inferior to the rest, saith yet excellently well: It is a  pleasure,
23 to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tossed upon the sea; a pleasure, to stand in the window of a castle, and to see a
24 battle, and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to the  standing upon the vantage ground of truth
25 (a hill not to be commanded,  and where the air is always clear and serene), and to see the errors,  and wanderings, and
26 mists, and tempests, in the vale below; so always  that this prospect be with pity, and not with swelling, or pride.  Certainly,
27 it is heaven upon earth, to have a man’s mind move in  charity, rest in providence, and turn upon the poles of truth.